Kapalua Part I

Chris Wright Photo Trips

Over the spring break, I joined my brother, sister-in-law, and the nephews in Kapalua. In between family activities such as snorkeling and walks, there was time to wander around the Kapalua area and take photos.

Unlike my previous trip to Maui in 2010, this trip was spent in the northwest corner of Maui. This provided plenty of opportunities to take advantage of the lighting and to revisit areas. I have split this post into two parts as there are so many interesting photos.

Molokai, Hawaii’s fifth largest island, was the nearest island in this region and a constant presence in the landscape photos I took. Here it is at first light with the slow shutter speed misting the ocean as it washed onto the rocky headland.

The pools in the rocky areas are in a constant state of being filled and then drained by each incoming ocean swell.

Later on in the day and you can see the rising sunlight on that rocky headland and Molokai. Notice the interesting oval shaped lava pattern in the lower left.

A closeup of the oval pattern formed from the lava.

The early morning light was perfect for capturing the rocky lava in the ocean.

I was very intrigued with the way the sinuous lava flow has created a distinct pattern compared to the base rock.

Near DT Fleming Beach is the Honokahua Burial Site, containing some 1,100 remains of ancient Hawaiians. The remains were discovered during construction of the Ritz Carlton, resulting in a redesign and relocation of the hotel. A hedge separates the area and delineates the off limit section.

A monkeypod tree grows inside the hedge.

DT Fleming Beach had a nice rocky headland near one end and I found this composition interesting.

Oneloa Beach was a quick walk from the condo, good for early day photography.

There were lots of upturned lava that made for interesting photography.

A few beaches have good lava tubes with a mixture of textures and colours.

After a few days of working the landscapes and intimate landscapes, it was time to photograph the flowers.

Beach naupaka is a frequent ground shrub along the shoreline areas. I spotted this large section of it and liked how it appeared to be reaching for the blue sky.

Throughout the Kapalua area were stands of Cook pine with their distinctive “wire brush” form.

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  1. Your photos make the area real, Chris, as opposed to the conventional reality of the islands. I especially liked the slow shutter speed shots of ocean water action (where water seems to mimic rock patterns) & your attention to the lava colours & formations.

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      Thanks Lynn, appreciate the comments. The lava tubes was a neat find with the mixture of material and colour.

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