For going on 10 years I've had the "obligation" of accompanying Miss Laura on her work trips to Hawaii, Maui in February & July and Kauai in October. And for the most part, I've enjoyed the trips. But July is just about the worst time for me to be away from my busy Real Estate Clients, so this is my last visit to Maui for quite a while. And although I brought my full landscape photography kit, I only managed a few trips out. Mostly I was catching up on work, and in preparation for a full week of commercial gigs when I return, getting a little R&R.
In addition to chasing the incredible beauty of the Hawaiian Islands, I've always used these trips as testing / learning opportunities and this trip was no exception. I have an upcoming trip to Scotland in the fall so I used this visit to Maui as a checkout run of my landscape kit. So the first few days I stayed pretty close to the Sheraton Maui and did some gear and workflow tests.
And the Sheraton Maui is a pretty darn perfect location to nerd out with your photo gear.
One of the, okay my, realities of the "modern" world of photography is that there are countless ways to render your travel photography kit useless by forgetting any number of items. Be it batteries, memory cards, chargers, card readers, filters or adapters, etc. So I'm constantly "practicing" taking my kit on the road which helps reduce my chance of this kind of failure for both my landscape and client work.
But there's only so much testing I can do so Miss Laura and I took a short hike on the Acid War Zone Trail north of Kapalua. The trail starts out as a bunch of dirt bike tracks so we picked one and headed out towards the wild and windy coast of north Maui. This is a trail I hadn't hiked before but I knew it was going to head past the Nakalele Point Lighthouse. And to be fair Lighthouse is a generously used term here, officially I guess it's called a "Minor Light". In any case, I loved the way it was perched on the ragged Maui north coast.
I've been to this part of Maui a few times and every time I go I start thinking in black and white. Something about the way the white surf crashes into the black volcanic rocks that make up this amazing coastline.
If you keep following, the seemly random, Acid War Zone Trail, you will eventually run into the Nakalele Blowhole. As I mentioned, I've been here before but I've never captured an image that made it past the culling stage. But this trip things were looking up. First the blowhole was really rocking. And second, there were very few folks visiting. And the ones who were, seemed to have heeded the many safety warning so there wasn't anyone standing next to the blowhole looking in. So I had plenty of time to shoot a number of images trying to get perfect timing and conditions.
Well that's it from this trip to Maui and I'll be saying goodbye to Maui for quite a while. I plan to tag alone with Miss Laura on her Kauai in October but skip the February and July Maui trips. Next up is hopefully some camping / backpacking in the North Cascades.