Plant Screened Bridges

Post 7 of 8. I had fun photographing the bridges behind vegetation.

Hosmer Grove 2

Our second trip to Hosmer Grove was in better weather. Some of the pictures are better and I added several new life birds to my list (see list below). The Hawaii ʻAmakihi and Maui ʻAlauahio or Maui Creeper were having a territorial squabble.

The scarcity of native Hawaiian birds in due to human impact. For instance, people brought in other birds, cats, and mosquitoes.

After Hosmer we drove up to the summit and I made some great photographs of the Haleakala Crater.

Here is my list of birds that I saw in Maui. I saw 38 species in total, 22 of those were ‘life’ birds, and 8 of the life birds were native to Hawaii (yellow highlights).

Kula Botanical Garden

The privately owned Kula Botanical Garden, Maui, Hawaii is up in the Highlands. We spent a delightful leisurely half day there.

Hosmer Grove

On our first trip to Hosmer Grove in Haleakala NP to look for endemic birds. It was rainy, foggy and freezing cold. I did see one bird – the Iʻiwi or scarlet honeycreeper (Drepanis coccinea). See ʻIʻiwi – Wikipedia and also see ʻIʻiwi – American Bird Conservancy ( It feeds on the endangered Metrosideros polymorpha – Wikipedia. These photographs aren’t clear because of the weather.

Kahanu Garden

Here, at Kahanu – National Tropical Botanical Garden (, more that any other place in Maui, you will find yourself alone and able to feel what Maui used to be like. Few people go there. Perhaps because it is too educational and not glitzy enough. We loved it. I learned a lot about the native plants. The history of the place is interesting too History – National Tropical Botanical Garden (

After a full day at the Garden of Eden and Kahanu Garden we drove to Paia – Maui’s Hippie And Surfer Town – Maui Hawaii and dined at the excellent Paia Fish Market.

Garden of Eden

We made hundreds of photographs at the Maui Garden of Eden | A beautiful garden and arboretum on the road to Hana, Maui on the Northshore of Maui. These are a few of the ones that I like or that are of interest. The view of a Keopuka Rock is also known as Jurassic Rock because of its appearance in the opening sequence of “Jurassic Park.” This garden took us several hours to see. It is well maintained and lovely.

Tropical Express Waikapu

I do not recommend the Tropical Express at Waikapu. The tour was not worth the money. We could easily have seen it without the ride with little information given. They do have a nice gift store Maui Tropical Plantation.

Sunrise at Haleakala

I tried for over half a year to book a parking spot for dawn on Haleakala in Maui. The only way we were able to do it was to book with a tour group. I chose Haleakala Sunrise Tours | Visit the Crater, Kula, Makawao, Paia, Haiku ( Their guide was full of information and told us many stories. I thoroughly enjoyed it because of him.

Silversword: Argyroxiphium sandwicense subsp. macrocephalum – Wikipedia