Crystal blue waters and flowers as far as the eye–some sacred spots from the island of Maui
Posted in , May 28, 2015
This week I returned to the office after a nice, relaxing vacation to Hawaii. When my Guideposts co-workers asked me about Maui, all I could say was, “It’s sooo pretty!”
Really, the island was gorgeous. Crystal blue waters. Surfer-approved waves. Mangos falling from the trees. And flowers as far as the eye can see, the streets dotted with yellow-and-white petals. Oh how different from the garbage-lined sidewalks of New York City that I hold so dear! It’s no wonder I couldn’t stop taking photos.
I kept my eye out for secret spaces, too–sacred spots brimming with wonder. I’m happy to report that I found many. In fact, there were so many that I just had to share a few with you. Check out the slideshow below with my favorite sights from Maui.
This massive Banyan tree is one of the largest of its kind and takes over an entire block in Maui’s downtown Lāhainā. The original tree was planted in 1873 to mark the 50th anniversary of Lāhainā’s first Protestant mission. It’s now a network of trunks and limbs that climbs up to 60 feet tall. It’s seriously spectacular.
A cliff overlooking West Maui’s lovely Kaanapali Beach. This sacred spot is where ancient Hawaiians believed souls leaped from here to the great beyond. Nowadays, though, it’s a snorkeling paradise and rocky sight to behold!
This spiky plant is found only on Haleakalā, a dormant volcano in East Maui that’s more than 10,000 feet tall. Silversword can live up to 90 years. It blooms once in its lifetime, then dies. Talk about a plant that takes its job seriously!
A narrow, twisty highway in east Maui that leads to the small town of Hana. Along the way, there are many wonders to behold, including waterfalls, rainbows, rickety bridges and lava tubes. My favorite stop was a mystical and mysterious black sand beach. Oooh!
There’s nothing like being greeted by fresh blooms every morning. It really is a wonderful world, don’t you think?
Stay tuned for more on my Maui adventure coming next week. Plus, don’t forget to share photos of your favorite secret spaces–both near and far–below.
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