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

Kealia Pond

We visited this small wildlife preserve, Maui Bird Watching | Friends of Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge, in South Maui several times. It is close to the airport and Whole Foods. The blurry Sleepy Orange is a life butterfly.

Wai’anapanapa State Park

Midway along the loop road to Hana we stopped at Division of State Parks | Waiʻānapanapa State Park ( We purchased tickets in advance. The highlight there were the Brown Noddies. The Hawaiian cemetery there is private.

I was looked at other tours on YouTube. Most people only go to the beaches. There are so many beaches, many are almost empty. I found the gardens and other places mostly empty too. Very serene.

Maui Nui and Travels

It was raining off and on the third day. The Maui Nui Botanical Garden was a small native plant garden and a bit disappointing. We stopped for lunch at one of the many excellent food trucks, the Ula’Ula Cafe. Then we started an adventurous drive around the Central and Western coast of Maui. Starting with the Kahekili Hwy later becoming the Honoapiilani Hwy. Some of it is a dirt road.

High Line Park

I joined my friends for a Sierra Photo NYC – New York City Sierra Club Photography Committee outing on the High Line. We had a nice pizza dinner after the day’s shoot.

Old Bethpage 2

After seeing the village we went for lunch at Cold Spring Harbor.

October Nature in Central Park

Same day as the the post before this one. The weather was perfect.