Gorgeous, soft sand stretches into the distance alongside a lapping sea under the kiawe tree on a Maui beach.
Kiawe trees were introduced to Hawaii fairly recently, but have taken hold of the islands, popping up just about everywhere. These hardy trees offer shade on the beach; however they often have long, sharp thorns that make enjoying them a bit difficult.
Big swells have brought white shorelines in the last several weeks, creating waves filled with air bubbles.
From the Photographer:
“As the sun casted its colors this evening for the sunset, I enjoyed the shade of a nice keawe tree. Aloha!”
Beatiful Waimea Bay waves roll quickly into shore while the sun sets and the surf picks up, silhouetting a lone kiawe tree and creating a scene one might find in a novel. read more
The sun nears the horizon to set behind Lana’i and the Pacific ocean. Strategically pictured behind a Kiawe tree as it dips low, the sun ignites the sky into orange hues, filling the island of Maui with lingering warmth and signals of a clear evening to come. read more
A winding beach-side kiawe tree stretches skyward as sunset casts contrasting shadows on hanging buoys. “This tree is right on the beach and has caught my eye several times, and…” read more
Bright blue ocean, deposited batches of a’a lava and the soft sand of Waialea Beach is framed by a Kiawe tree at this amazing Big Island beach. read more
The Kiawe tree so common throughout the Hawaiian islands are actually Prosopis pallida, a species of mesquite tree native to South America. read more