Hawaii (Maui & Hawaii) Vacation Photographs

November 2005

Hawaii (the islands of Maui, Kauai and Hawaii) has always been a favorite vacation destination for Edie & Jerry especially for photographs. This year UConn (The University of Connecticut) was playing in the Maui Invitational Basketball Tournament, always a good excuse to go to Maui and get some good photographs! The tournament is the 3 days preceeding Thanksgiving so we scheduled our itinerary to arrive the Thursday prior to the holiday and then fly to the Big Island of Hawaii for another week after the tournament ended. I had received media credentials for the tournament so I photographed all the games UConn played. It was a really competitive tournament - something you don't usually find this early in the basketball season. Besides Connecticut the rest of the field included Arizona, Arkansas, Gonzaga, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan State and host school Chaminade. The games didn't disappoint! The Gonzaga vs Michigan State triple overtime match in the semi-final round has to be one of the best college basketball games ever played. UConn played & defeated Arkansas, Arizona and Gonzaga to win the tournament title.

Besides watching basketball on Maui we managed to take in some of the other great attractions on the island. One morning we drove up to the Haleakala Crater, a dormant volcano 10,000 feet above sea level, to watch the sunrise. We, along with two or three hundred new friends, stood in the 40 degree blackness until the sun slowly rose over the opposite rim. I am sure that there are mornings when the sunrise is spectacular. This wasn't one of them. Although the sunrise was nice it wasn't especially dramatic. The early low angle sunlight that illuminated the crater and played out against the earthy colors of this ancient site did allow for some good photographs.
On another day we drove to Hana but not using the route that most tourists use. Instead of driving from the northwest side of Maui over the northern coast to Hana we elected to skirt by Haleakala to the southeast and drive the southern coast of the island to the east coast and Hana. Let's just say the joke we heard about the Hawaiian Highway Department was true: They improved the road and made it two lanes - by painting a line down the middle of it! There were many sections of this newly paved road that two cars could not pass without both pulling slightly off the highway. On our way to Hana we were able to see the Seven Sacred Pools, part of Haleakala National Park, and located on the eastern part of Maui. The pools were about 15 miles before we reached Hana. They are formed by the Pipiwai stream which creates a series of pools and waterfalls as it enters the ocean. Another good photo opportunity! After having luch in Hana we drove back on "The Road to Hana" along the northern coastline. We stopped to photograph some windsurfers near Mama's Fish House, a fish restaurant not to be missed.

The highlight of our stay on the Big Island of Hawaii had to be the doors off helicopter ride over the Kilauea Volcano. Our pilot was terrific and the volcano obliged my photography by having a small piece of the bench break off and drop into the ocean while I was shooting it. We also visited the falls at Akaka State Park, on the road to Hilo. All together it was a great vacation as we had plenty of time to just sit in the sun and 'veg out' too.

Copyright 2005 Jerry Molaver
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