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S teve
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/11/2006
 

Location Shots in Maui HI ???


I am going to be taking a vacation in Hawaii (Maui). I have never been there, so I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on locations they might like to recommend to me. I am relatively new to photography, so I am "green". I wanna try to capitalize on my time there... so I would love to have suggestions instead of driving around not really knowing or even worse missing something that I should try to capture. I am sure I will do a ton of exploration on my own.... but asking can't hurt :)

Thanks in advance
Steve


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3/20/2007 12:12:57 PM

 
W.   
I think you'll get more and better! information if you ask the Hawaii Tourist Authority, Steve!

http://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/index.cfm?page=contact&level1=contact_us

Have fun!


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3/20/2007 12:24:13 PM

 
S teve
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/11/2006
  Hey W.S I didn't even think of that... I will certainly do that as well.
Thanks!


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3/20/2007 1:05:35 PM

 
John P. Sandstedt
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  Hopefully, you'll arrive in Maui late afternoon [2:00-4:00 pm.] Get into your hotel; have a nice meal. Make a reservation [perhaps before hand] to see Sunrise from the top of Haleakala. It's an extinct volcano.

If you can do only one excursion, this is the one to take. And, take it the next day after your arrival. Your body clock will be all screwed up anyway. It's expensive but . . .

You'll take a van, leaving your hotel anywhere from 2:30 AM to 4:00 AM. The earlier the better because you'll get closer to the rim and have better shooting possibilities.

Sunrise takes less than 15 minutes so you'll need to be ready. Check my Gallery; there's a picture I shot when we visited Maui.

Then, take the 26 mile bicycle ride down the mountain. It's down hill almost all the way [one place, about 500 yards, you'll have to pedal.] There will be several stops where you can take pictures.

After the ride, you'll enjoy a great breakfast. and, you'll get back to your hotel about 1:00 PM - plenty of time to relax on the beach for the rest of the day.

The western side of Maui offers a number of places for great image making and, one of the towns is home to a restaurant that boasts the best Luau in the islands. They're right.

It's also a great place to get sunsets.

Rent a car [preferably a 4-wheel drive] and drive around the entire island. If you hit it right, there are many small wateralls and flower gardens. There's also the coastline.

If you have time, puddle hop to either Lanai or the Big Island, Hawaii. Lots of great stuff to see and shoot. If you hit it right, you see some great surfing. Of course, January/February is the preferred time. Check out the Black Beaches and the black lava formations onthe Kona side.

Don't waste any time on Oahu - except for seeing the Arizona Memorial and Hilo Hattie's [a great tourist trap.]

Bring lots of cash. The Hawaiian Islands are unbelievably costly.


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3/20/2007 2:30:34 PM

 
S teve
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/11/2006
  WOW! I will look into do that for SURE! The sunset picture looks really great. It is funny you mentioned it because a buddy of mine here at work was JUST telling me about the bike ride down the mountain, it sounds like alot of fun. Thanks again for the recommendation.


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3/20/2007 2:51:09 PM

 
Nobu Nagase
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If you are going to the top of Haleakala (altitude, approx 10,000 feet, 3050 meters) on a van, be prepared for a very chilly morning photo shooting. The temperature can be close to or below freezing with the wind chill. A heavy warm-up jacket is a must. You can take a blanket from your hotel room, but it's cumbersome for a photo taking.

If you are going up there with a bike crew, they will provide a warm-up jacket, gloves, and everything you need. And probably taking a tripod is out of question unless it's a compact size.

I am partial to sunrise in Maui. There's a place I would go again for sunrise shot other than Haleakala. Before dawn drive to the tip of Keanae Peninsula (a little bit of detour) on the road to Hana and set up your camera on a tripod, and wait for nature's blessing for one of the most dramatic sunrise shots.


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3/20/2007 9:09:06 PM

 
S teve
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  Thank You Nobi.... this sounds like it is something I could do each morning and compare the stunning effects from day to day. I will deffinatly do this :)


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3/21/2007 11:40:59 AM

 
doug Nelson   In Hana, there's a lovely view behind the churchyard when Charles Lindberg is buried. If you drive to Hana, plan on an overnight stay there. This silly, frantic all-day round-trip drive folks do, so that they can claim on a T-shirt, "I survivied the drive to Hana", rushes the experience far too much. Hana is too beautiful to be rushed.


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3/22/2007 9:34:23 AM

 
S teve
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  Thank you Doug! I am so excited to go now that I am hearing such good things about place to shoot pictures....

Steve


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3/22/2007 10:36:53 AM

 
Sally  Richmond
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/21/2007
  Mauwie Wowie might help enhance your TRIP! Seven Pools, ask for a guy named hank in a yellow poncho.


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3/22/2007 4:40:43 PM

 
Samuel Smith
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  elvis?


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3/22/2007 8:46:02 PM

 
Nobu Nagase
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2003
 
.., just a "Bonkura", sam...


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3/23/2007 1:02:33 PM

 
Nobu Nagase
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..ok, back to the regular programming.. ;)


If you still have not run out your pocket money after doing all other things you wanted to do, spend another chunk on a helicopter ride over Haleakala crater and tall waterfalls. You will have a good photo opportunity to shoot the moon surface-like crater formation. I've posted this image on another thread but here it goes again... :D

A bit more about the Keanae Peninsula sunrise: it's not just a normal sunrise. It's the volcanic rocky shores, rough surf, and often stormy clouds; all of these combined with the spectacular sunrise make the shot worth extra drive in the wee hours of the morning on the treacherous Hana Highway.


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3/24/2007 8:29:58 AM

 
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