Late post but hello again!
This spring I went to Hawai'i. Making good use of my Sigma 10-20 to get the great landscapes, my family and I went to Mau'i for a few days before going back to their home island of O'ahu.
Mau'i was an entirely new experience for me - I've never been to the island, so traveling there allowed me to see a myriad of new places I had never seen before. We stayed at Kihei Beach across the street from the beach, and got to watch the sun set over the Pacific during Golden Hour.
The next day, we went for a 2 1/2 hour drive to see the sunrise from the tallest point on the island, Haleakala. The place is a popular spot for photographers and travel goers alike, and I wasn't planning to miss it. We left the hotel around 3:30 in the morning in hopes of getting there around 6am to see the sunrise at 6:20.
Unfortunately, when we reached the top, it was foggy, windy and rainy. Although we weren't able to see the sunrise from the top of Haleakala, the rain and fog made for beautiful forest photos around the mountain, namely, the Eucalyptus Forest.
We drove around the island a bit more during the day and ended up at Kula County. The view was incredible, and my 10-20 didn't do justice. The views are absolutely spectacular. Located a few thousand feet above the sea, we were able to see the entire county all the way down to the ocean.
Finally, we went to the Iao Valley to see the Needle. Coming from the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley, it was refreshing to see the beauty of nature. The overcast weather made for a good day of shooting in the forest-y area, and the abundant rainfall of the valley allowed the lush flora to be the highlight of all the shots.
After that, we had a great meal at a place called Sansei's in Kihei. A popular restaurant made by famous chef D.K. Kodama, we had a great meal at a very reasonable price. We waited in line for about half an hour before it opened: if you're there for the first hour it opens, you get a special 50% off their "happy hour" I believe, it's a great deal! The only negative was that they didn't take reservations, but with a deal that good, I doubt it would be wise to. The agedashi tofu (left) was firm yet tender enough to fully enjoy the texture and the flavor. The spicy tuna rolls were also divine (right); the fish was fresh and tasted magnificent, with a perfect balance of flavor and spice. The Takoan maki rolls (middle) had rice that was cooked and prepared to perfection. These were just a few dishes we ordered; you can find more of these items here.
In the end, I was sad to leave Mau'i. It was a lot of fun, and I would love to go back to see the sunrise at Haleakala, as well as the other half of the island. There are many more areas I still need to visit, but this was a great start, and I have so many more pictures to treasure. If you need a getaway, Mau'i is definitely the place to go to: the relaxed atmosphere, lush fields of sugar cane and pineapples, and beautiful beach sunsets set your mind at ease.
Until next time,