Upcountry Maui offers cool weather, gorgeous wildflowers, and views for days.
While this cool weather keeps some people away, others are drawn to getting away from the heat of the beaches. Homes still used louvered windows in this area, they just keep warm Hawaiian quilts on their beds for nighttime.
The higher you get into upcountry, the better the view. By only a couple thousand feet up, you are able to see both the north and south sides of the island at the same time, framing the West Maui Mountains in the distance. Behind you, the 10,000 foot high summit of Haleakala makes its own weather and brings rain to the hills and central valley, while casting a rain-shadow over South Maui.
Here in Kailua-Kona, Hurricane Madeline passed without incident. We are thankful that on this leeward side of the Big Island the duo of 13,000+ ft peaks of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa act as a protective wall, keeping most westbound … read more
After being hidden for too long for many us, the Big Island’s Pu’u O’o volcano flow emerged above ground recently, slowly making its way near Kalapana and into the ocean. Visitors from all over have read more
During Christmas week, a beach keiki (child) looks for an opportunity to ride his skim board in Hanalei Bay on Kauai’s northern side. read more
Taken from high above the Big Island–miles and miles above–Mauna Kea stands out in this image taken last month by an Expedition 45 crew member aboard the International Space Station. read more
A red hibiscus adorns ocean-wet lava rock on the Big Island’s Kona shoreline. read more
The Red-crested cardinal was introduced to Oahu and Kauai in the late 1920’s – early 1930’s from South America. This beautiful bird was photographed on the island of Maui. read more
Your flower today comes from the lush hillsides of Hualalai on the Big Island of Hawaii–Shell Ginger (Alpinia zerumbet). Hualalai is known for being one of the most productive, rich parts of the Kona coffee belt. This area provides plenty of rain … read more
While we may not the standard “Fall colors” display in autumn leaves and changing grasses in Hawaii, we do have orange in our gorgeous October sunsets. read more
Another Kona day ends with a beautiful sunset. read more
The sun rises behind Ka’anapali Beach creating a scene of cool pastels with an inviting tone. read more
Front the Four Seasons Resort at Hualalai, is a gorgeous view of Waiakuhi and Kukio Bay. read more