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19 May 2011

Updated May 19

Kapalua, Iao Valley Outings

Beach and rain forest both offer beautiful sceneries

FROM HAIKU, MAUI (HAWAII)

(Kapalua-Napili beach, May 17)

 

 

Exploring our own island

 

Kapalua, Iao Valley Outings

Beach and rain forest both offer beautiful sceneries

HAIKU, Maui, May 19 - Now that Elizabeth is back home from Texas, we've gone on to exploring our own island some more. First, we drove to Kapalua, on the west side of Maui, to meet a friend who was visiting there from Arizona.

The ocean was as calm as I have ever seen it there. (Kapalua was the first place I visited on Maui some 25 years ago). The black and white lei Elizabeth is wearing was he "welcome home" gift.  The black are the kukui nuts, the white tiny shells. The Napili Kai Beach Resort, where our friend was staying, had beautiful plants all around.

Iao Valley

The next day, we joined a group of Kaunoa seniors for an easy hike through the lush Iao Valley. Even though we have been there many times before, we have never taken this trail.  So it was fun to discover some new parts of the valley that has always felt like the womb of the island, the bottom of the Puu Kukui "female" volcano that I wrote about back in 2005 (see Between Two Volcanoes, Jan 1, 2006, and left shot below).

As it turns out, it was not just a yin-yang experience in terms of volcanic energies, it was also a young-old gathering.  The sacred Iao Valley attracted to its womb on Wed morning just about any age group capable of walking.  From pre-schoolers to late-bloomers, people of all ages assembled to pay respects to and be enchanted by beautiful Mother Earth (nature).  Take a look...

At the end of an easy 1.5 hr-hike, we walked down toward the creek that carved out the Iao Valley.  The stream also provides Maui's "best drinking water" to several communities (Wailuku, Paia, Wailea...).

There is also an interesting Korean temple.  But to me, the most interesting was another nature show.  Take a look at how that Banyan tree is gripping a big rock on the edge of the creek., like an Anaconda (snake) squeezing the living daylights out of its prey.

This is a composite picture at the same spot. Make  you wonder who will win this battle a hundred or more years from now?  Will the tree die before it crushes the rock? Or will the rock crumble in the Banyan clutches?

And that's all she wrote so far for the month of May.

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