Ahihi Kinau, Maui

Ahihi-Kina’u, Maui

Long lanes in calm pools of clear water surrounded by moss-covered lava rock reflect the gray sky above and Kaho’olawe island in the distance at ‘Ahihi-Kina’u.

Found on the shores of South Maui, ‘Ahihi-Kina’u Natural Area Reserve is a Marine Life Conservation District, meaning that what you see under the water is just as beautiful as what you see above it. This Hawaii distinct sets the area apart under strict protections for the treatment and management of everything living in the water. Additionally, a community group in the area has set forth guidelines for the Department of Land and Natural resources on managing the area to protect its beauty and resources.

This, combined with the fact that the waters here are usually calm compared to the rest of Maui’s wind-blown shores, makes ‘Ahihi-Kina’u a favorite snorkeling spot. The water clarity and amount of fish here have led to naming portions of the area, “Fishbowl” and “Aquarium.”

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About Rob DeCamp

I am a professional photographer living on Maui, in the State of Hawaii. I made my living shooting weddings, but now have shifted my energy to nature photography. What started as a hobby, has now become my passion. I love to explore nature, and capture the ever changing colors and shapes that I find. No matter how many times I go back to the same place, it never is the same. The lighting, the weather all change to give me a different feeling. I think that is what inspires me to keep shooting!