Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Haleakala Shadow

The first morning after we arrived in Maui, Eileen and I got into the Jeep Wrangler and drove up to the top of Haleakala mountain.  From there we were supposed to see a great sunrise.  We got up around 2:30am to beat traffic and got there around 4am.  The sun wasn't due to be up for two hours.  I hoped that there would be some great nighttime starlight shots to get, but those hopes got dashed.  It was actually very cloudy at the top, the wind was blowing about 40mph and it was about 35 degrees F.  It was cold!  So, we just stayed in the Jeep and slept until just before sunrise.  However, the sun never broke through the clouds.  We ended up driving down the mountain until we got thru the cloud deck and pulled over to a scenic outlook.  That's where I got this shot.

You can see the shadow of Haleakala cast over the rest of the island!  Also, it was during a blue moon and you can see the moon adds a nice little accent to the image!  It was a great view, but still wish we could have seen the sun from the very top!

Kihei - the city we stayed in - is along the coastline in the lower left portion of the shot.

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More about Haleakala from Wikipedia
Haleakalā (/ˌhɑːlˌɑːkəˈlɑː/; Hawaiian: [ˈhɐlɛˈjɐkəˈlaː]), or the East Maui Volcano, is a massive shield volcano that forms more than 75% of the Hawaiian Island of Maui. The western 25% of the island is formed by another volcano, Mauna Kahalawai, also referred to as the West Maui Mountains.
The tallest peak of Haleakalā ("house of the sun"), at 10,023 feet (3,055 m), is Puʻu ʻUlaʻula (Red Hill). From the summit one looks down into a massive depression some 11.25 km (7 mi) across, 3.2 km (2 mi) wide, and nearly 800 m (2,600 ft) deep. The surrounding walls are steep and the interior mostly barren-looking with a scattering of volcanic cones.

Haleakala Shadow
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Inside the Painted Church

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Inside the Painted Church

Just a couple miles away from the place where we stayed in Captain Cook is the St Benedict's Catholic Church, aka "The Painted Church".  The image here is an 11-shot panorama.

The images painted on the walls and the ceilings depict life and death as well as scenes from the Bible.  The altar and the left side depict life.  The right side and the rear of the church depict death. If you look at the palm fronds in the ceiling arches, you can see that the ones that point to the front are green (alive with life), while the ones that point to the back are brown (dying or dead).  The priest who founded the church used these paintings as a way to explain the bible to those who could not read. 

Here is more from Wikipedia: 
Saint Benedict's Catholic Church (also called simply The Painted Church[1]) is a parish of the Roman Catholic Church in Honaunau, Hawaii. It was built between 1899-1902 under the direction of the Belgian Catholic missionary Father John Velghe, who then painted frescoes along the interior ceiling and walls. An untrained folk-artist, Fr. Velghe depicted various biblical scenes, such as Cain's murder of Abel, Jesus refusing the Devil, and the writing on the wall, as well as a vivid illustration of sinners in Hell.[3] While the building itself is small and rectangular, Fr. Velghe painted Gothic vaults above the altar, creating the illusion of a European Gothic cathedral, inspired particularly by Burgos Cathedral.[1] Several other priests learned from Velghe and went on to establish other 'painted churches', including Star of the Sea Painted Church, painted by Father Evarist Gielen.[4]
St. Benedict's continues to be an active Roman Catholic church in the Diocese of Honolulu, vicariate of West Hawaii, holding five masses per week.[5] It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is open to the public for viewing seven days a week.

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Inside Painted Church
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Monday, February 19, 2018

Rocks and Waves

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Rocks and Waves

We stayed on the islands of Maui and Hawaii during our vacation.  Maui was first and our accommodations was a VRBO in Kihei.  One afternoon, Eileen and I went down to Kamaole Beach Park II where I tried to get some ocean sunset pictures.  This is one of those.

It's a combination of three or four different photos masked together.  It was hard to get the waves to crash at the right time in various places in the shot, so I took a bunch of different ones when the waves hit the rocks in different spots and then put together a few of the best ones.

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RocksandWaves
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Captain Cook Sunset 02

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Captain Cook Sunset 02
Here is another view of the pool and the awesome sunset over the ocean as seen from our lanai in Captain Cook, Hawaii.

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Lanai Sunset
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Captain Cook Sunset 01

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Captain Cook Sunset 01

We had a fantastic trip to Hawaii!  This was an early 25th wedding anniversary present to Eileen and myself.  Our anniversary is actually on July 11th, but we wanted to go to Hawaii in February to see the whales and that did not disappoint!  What a great anniversary and here's to 25 more, Eileen!  I love you with all my heart and Happy Valentine's day, too!

Our good friends, Valerie, Ellen and Theresa went along with us and they made the trip a great one as well! We stayed on the islands of Maui and (the big island of) Hawaii.  I think the place we stayed on Hawaii was the best!  This was the view as the sun was setting from the pool below the main house.

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Capt Cook Pool Sunset 01
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