More photos and videos from Maui.


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Natalia and I wanted a photo of us in our resort room wearing our handmade leis. We are on our sweet deck.


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Here I am having a drink on our deck before we went for dinner in Lahaina at Lahaina Grill.

Dinner at Lahaina Grill


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Natalia wanted to capture the amazing food we had at Lahaina Grill. We ordered the chef's sampler
meaning we got to try just about all of the great items on the menu. These are the appetizers. I think
one was the crab cakes, one was shrimp cakes, and I don't remember the othere one.


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Here's the salad course. I love tomato and mozzarella salad with vinaigrette. Yum!


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Just to prove that I was actually there too, these are the main courses. The tuna was awesome!


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Natalia loved the desserts here too. Apparently, this is the best restaurant on the island of Maui.
We'd argue against the last restaurant we went to before flying out, but this was pretty excellent.


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This tree is in the middle of Lahaina and is a banyan tree. It's quite old and actually grows in
all manner of different directions. Pretty neat.

More snorkeling photos


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I think this is a puffer fish, but it was pretty ugly.


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I haven't been able to identify this fish yet, but it was definitely the most common one we saw.


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I think this is a lemon butterfly.


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This is absolutely a sea turtle and it scared the crap out of us. We totally weren't expecting to
see this at all. There's no zoom in use here on my Olympus Stylus 770SW (totally waterproof)


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A little closer view as he swam right next to me.


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Haha, sea turtles get the Paul Perrault stamp of approval.


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Natalia could just about touch this guy. Sea turtles also apparently get her stamp of approval as well.
Look at the turtle's eyes though. Don't they look like alien eyes??


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Seriously, I thought this guy was going to bite me. He was ridiculously close.



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After getting ripped off by resort food for a few days, we wandered around and actually found a mall RIGHT
next door to the Westin. Yeah, really. Here's Natalia loving life and enjoying her ice cream cone.


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Sunsets on West Maui are definitely awe-inspiring. This is from our hotel restaurant (not worth the
price for sure) and it did have a killer view.


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We had a guest join us for dinner. He moved quite quickly but I managed to get a shot of him.


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Natalia and I having dinner at the Westin Maui Resort, 17 August, 2009.


The Road to Hana


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After spending a few days lounging on the beach, it was time for a little bit of touring.
We rented a car from a nearby hotel and took off to circumnavigate the island of Maui,
exploring the road to Hana at the same time. Natalia was having challenges with the windy
craziness of the road, so we pulled off for a short hike along the Waikamoi Nature Trail.
This view, looking down into the forest shows how lush this side of the island is.


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The bamboo forests were really interesting for me. I think the only other time I've seen this
is in Southeast Asia.


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I don't remember the name of this flower, but I thought it was really cool and so snapped a photo.


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Natalia thought this tree looked like a jail, so she climbed in and I took a photo.


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Me holding a bamboo stalk at the top of the Waikamoi Nature Trail. It looks like I'm on fire
because of the sun glare, but that's cool - I am pretty hot!


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Natalia got upset at me for taking this photo, but I thought it was funny as she crawled over this tree.


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The forest was filled with these giant red Eucalyptus trees. The smell infiltrated the forest, similar
to near the Precidio in San Francisco.


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On the way down the trail, we saw a rooster, which made me laugh.


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The Road to Hana is ranked among the best drives in the world, for views like this looking out towards
the Pacific Ocean.


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This is just about halfway to Hana, at Ke'anae Valley. Those are taro fields below Natalia.


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I'm pointing down to some taro fields.


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So, as it turns out, one of Natalia's favourite treats in Maui was shave ice. In this case, I chose to
add guava flavoured syrup, which was surprisingly good. This is at the "Halfway to Hana" roadside stop.


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A few miles further up the road, we got stuck waiting for road construction for about an hour
so we took some photos, had some lunch, and wandered around. The entire drive was like this
where we'd look into a valley, see a beautiful waterfall, turn the corner, and see more waterfalls.
There was a guy in the car ahead of us who showed us how to crack open a coconut and eat the meat
of the coconut. Yum yum!


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After driving for awhile, we were ready for some cooling off. So, we pulled into a little pullout,
wandered for about 100 metres, and found this sweet pool, fed by waterfalls.


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So, of course, what do you do, you go swimming!


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I always had this image in my mind of Hawaii and swimming under waterfalls. It seemed fitting to
do this with my new wife for our honeymoon.


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We decided to stop at Wai-anapanapa State Park to check out the black sand at this beach.

Here's a video of Natalia checking out the black sand beach



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Natalia at Wai'anapanapa State Beach.


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We found a cool little cave near the Beach and explored it looking for gremlins.


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We had a nice lady take a photo of us. I asked her, "Will you take a photo of my wife and I", and just how
I said "wife", the lady could tell that it was new for me and she asked if we were newlyweds. Pretty funny.


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This was a ridiculously high waterfall on the other side of Hana that Natalia and I explored.


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Natalia thinking about getting in a little deeper.


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This will always be my memory of Maui - swimming in waterfall-fed pools.

A video of Natalia actually getting in and swimming around.



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Natalia swimming around in the pool.


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Natalia actually under the falls.


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Natalia looking back towards the incredibly high waterfalls.

Haleakala National Park - Kipahulu section


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As we continued driving around impossibly narrow hairpin turns, we wound up in the National Park
near Kipahulu. We decided to wander down to the lower pool and have a swim. This area is called
the "Seven Sacred Pools", but there are actually 24 of them. More about this section of the park
HERE . In this photo, you can see some of the falls and pools.


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Looking the other direction from the pools places you squarely in view of the Pacific Ocean. This area is
susceptible to flash floods making swimming here a little unpredictable.


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Kipahulu area gets the Paul Perrault stamp of approval. I feel like after this trip, I should likely refill
my ink pad from all this stamping.


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Here is Natalia swimming in the lower pool.


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Did I mention that I love my waterproof camera?


Since I wasn't terrifically interested in travelling back along the Hana highway, Natalia and I decided
to embark on a bit of an adventure along the Pi'ilani Highway and make a full loop around the island.
It's not for the faint of heart as I wouldn't really call it a "highway" as you'll see.


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Yeah, that's right, there's really only enough width to drive one vehicle through here. It sort
of reminded me of driving along the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland. More on that HERE .


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This road is barely built up off the ocean. I can only imagine how crazy the road would be in a storm.


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This is actually one of the better parts of this road.


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Here's where it started to deteriorate.


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Yes, those are cattle in the middle of the road.


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Cow!


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I thought this rock arch was pretty cool.


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We basically drove all around the base of Haleakala volcano. From the south of the island, this is the view
looking up to the volcano. We've now gone from an area around Hana that gets ~400 iches of rain a year
to one that gets roughly 10. Amazing variety on Maui!


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As we were just getting out of the worst part of this drive, the sun just started to set. We really wanted
to be off the bad roads by nightfall, and we just made it. For future reference, an early start definitely
helps out if you're trying to circumnavigate Maui.


More snorkeling


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As it turns out, I actually REALLY enjoyed snorkeling. You'll notice I'm wearing a shirt here since
I'm a giant idiot and burned my back and shoulders on the first day. That's right, I'm dumb.


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Here's a big school of fish. It's actually really cool to swim right over a big group of fish since
they don't even seem to care that you're there.


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A close-up of that fish I can't identify.


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I want to call this guy a lamplighter, but I think it's actually called a unicornfish.


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Natalia with a bunch of fish below her. I mean, how cool is this??


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Another shot of Natalia with fish right under her.


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Natalia wanted to take this for her sister Elizaveta.


Our drive up to Haleakala


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So, as it turned out, our last day on the island was the only bad weather day we saw. We drove up to the
top of the volcano for a view... This is the visitor centre at almost the summit.


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We went for a little wander around up a cinder cone, but we couldn't really see too much.


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On top of a cinder cone near Haleakala visitor centre.


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Can't you see inside the crater?? Isn't it cool??


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On top of the summit is a number of observatories, some owned by the department of Defence and some
of them used for research. I told Natalia to look like she was really thinking hard like the eggheads
inside the observatory.


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We really thought that we weren't going to have seen anything after the big drive up the mountain.
Then, all of a sudden, the clouds broke, and we were allowed a quick glimpse into the lunar-looking
crater.


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Natalia, along with the barren-looking crater.


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I thought this sign was awesome. We basically drove the whole way up in clouds and the whole way down too.


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It seems that it doesn't matter whether you're driving along the south of the island or somewhere
in the upcountry, you still have to watch out for cattle on the road.


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After all of that rain, it was nice to actually see a rainbow on our way to dinner at Mama's Fish House
in Pa'ia, a little stoner hippy town.


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I thought these carvings were awesome outside of the restaurant.


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Natalia on the beach in Pa'ia at Mama's Fish House.


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A silhouette of us on our last evening in Maui.


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Natalia absolutely LOVED this cocktail. It had fresh coconut milk in it.


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I had some kind of rum cocktail which was also quite tasty.


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It seems fitting that in a honeymoon all about food and relaxing that our last couple of photos
are of our favourite meal on the island. This is the stuffed mahi-mahi that the restaurant is
renowned for.


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I don't remember which fish I had but it was also awesome. As a side note, Frank Sinatra ate here
(along with piles of other famous people) and left his signed photo at the bar. How cool is that?

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