After a wonderful stay on the Big Island, we flew over to Maui to meet up with some ABQ friends, Ken and Susan Hunt, who own a condo in the Napili Point complex. We rented a unit for our stay so as to be able to join them for activities.
View from our rented condo overlooking little cove near Napili Point. About a DOZEN sea turtles reside here! They seem to have no concerns about snorkelers, as they mostly rest and feed occasionally. Their sizes range from about 12" across the shell to 6 feet. Great fun to watch.
The island of Lanai is seen outlined in the distance.
Coastline walk about a mile north.
D.T. Fleming Beach Park at the foot of the Ritz Carlton property which used to be a pineapple plantation
Rugged lava and sea arches
Northern coast of West Maui looking across to the east end of Molokai. Migrating humpback whales are frequently seen in this passage. They come to Hawaii to mate and calve (the following year). The mothers do not feed during their stay and the males are too busy chasing female "tails", neglecting to feed. The calves nurse, requiring about 100 gallons of milk per day, which is the consistency of sour cream, so as to bulk up for the trip back to Alaska. Supposedly the calves can gain over 120 lbs. per day.
More uncrowded beach
Tranquil sunset over the tip of Lanai