Hawaii 2010--Maui

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We are off! The rig self-destructed and we are homeless. Might as well go to Hawaii. We settled onto the plane and then Jen pulled this giant pillow o
We are off! The rig self-destructed and we are homeless. Might as well go to Hawaii. We settled onto the plane and then Jen pulled this giant pillow o
First view. there we are......Big Island, ah, but Maui first.
First view. there we are......Big Island, ah, but Maui first.
Day one after 9 hours on an airplane......of course we had to get our feet wet!
Day one after 9 hours on an airplane......of course we had to get our feet wet!
Iao Valley..very plush and usually full of clouds.
Iao Valley..very plush and usually full of clouds.
Heliconia. The colors are actually more like part of the pod.
Heliconia. The colors are actually more like part of the pod.
These flowers then come out of the colored pods.
These flowers then come out of the colored pods.
Not sure what this  was but huge. Some were on small trees.
Not sure what this was but huge. Some were on small trees.
apple bananas....why apple? That is a flower at the end of the stalk.
apple bananas....why apple? That is a flower at the end of the stalk.
And what are these?
And what are these?
??? maybe a double hisbiscus?
??? maybe a double hisbiscus?
The leaves were gigantic.
The leaves were gigantic.
Torch ginger
Torch ginger
More dramatic Hawaiian wildflowers.
More dramatic Hawaiian wildflowers.
This was like a red pine cone. Felt just like one too. But again it isn't the flower but rather the pod that holds the tiny little yellow flowers. Gin
This was like a red pine cone. Felt just like one too. But again it isn't the flower but rather the pod that holds the tiny little yellow flowers. Gin
Just pretty leaves.  These were all on our hike to Twin Falls on the Hana Road.
Just pretty leaves. These were all on our hike to Twin Falls on the Hana Road.
This was our first waterfall, Twin Falls.
This was our first waterfall, Twin Falls.
Well of course I had to get my feet wet.
Well of course I had to get my feet wet.
Well, maybe more than just my feet. There were all these people but no one else swam. It was gorgeous!
Well, maybe more than just my feet. There were all these people but no one else swam. It was gorgeous!
Sharing the wettness.....yes. I swam in my clothes. The next falls I was better prepared and wore my suit.
Sharing the wettness.....yes. I swam in my clothes. The next falls I was better prepared and wore my suit.
The Road to Hana coastline.
The Road to Hana coastline.
The flowers
The flowers
and the colors.
and the colors.
These are all hibiscus
These are all hibiscus
in someone's yard
in someone's yard
in one of the small towns along the road.
in one of the small towns along the road.
More Road to Hana....small villages and Taro fields.
More Road to Hana....small villages and Taro fields.
Our first black sand beach, just outside of Hana.
Our first black sand beach, just outside of Hana.
Lots of sea arches and caves.
Lots of sea arches and caves.
Our first of many black sand beaches.
Our first of many black sand beaches.
Most were too turbulent for swimming. Many Hawaian beaches are too turbulent for swimming!
Most were too turbulent for swimming. Many Hawaian beaches are too turbulent for swimming!