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Maui: Big Beach, Makena

A trip to HI wouldn't be complete for me without finding the best beach with the biggest swells. Staying on the west side of Maui presented a challenge: no swells! Like none. The resort we stayed at was inside a little pocket north of Black Rock and east of Molokai and Lanai. This little pocket is perfect for families who may not be the most adventurous type, but I needed a little excitement.

About 45 minutes away is Wailea-Makena. This town sits to the south of the island but is known to develop a nice beach break with the right conditions at the right beaches. We chose to stop at Big Beach. This place had exactly what we were looking for - shore break! We ended up making a second trip to this beach since our first was so successful. Below are a few images I shot there. Thanks to Chad for being a good sport and letting me use his water housing while we were out there!

Maui: A Trip Up Haleakala

Earlier this year, when our trip was first being booked and sorted out, the first thing I added to my list of things to do/see was to be at Haleakala for sunrise. One of two volcanoes that form Maui, Haleakala is to the east of the island, about 2.5 hours from our resort. We woke up early on Sunday morning to give us enough time to get to the top - and when I say early, I mean it. I'm a "morning person" and even the 3:30AM alarm was rough. 

On the way up, we were able to catch the moon setting to the west. 

The summit of Haleakala is at 10,000 feet. At that altitude it gets cold, I realized. And since we were traveling to HI, we didn't think to pack cold-weather apparel. Life was rough waiting for the sun to come above the clouds. Here's Krystal wrapped in a beach towel (the most practical piece of equipment we brought up there).

Of course, there was a giant crowd at all viewing points. To get the best spot, we needed to break the rules a little bit. Chad and I found a few rocks to jump over and had some space to make images.

Once the sun was out, you could instantly feel the air warming up. As the sun continued to gain height in the sky, it illuminated the crater and cast some spectacular shadows.

And to give you a sense of where we were, I turned around to see the shadow the volcano was creating to the west from the rising sun. Lanai is the island in this photo and west Maui to the right.

I always have fun getting creative at my desk when I process images. Here's a black and white that I think compliments the idea of light and shadows well.


Maui: Views from the Resort

It's been a long while since I updated my Journal. In the event you didn't know, 2 weeks ago I was in Maui, HI vacationing and enjoying life. As is standard for any Holden trip, we stayed busy and needed to do a bit of relaxing after returning. I'll be sharing some of my photos over the course of the next few weeks.  This week, sights from our resort, Westin Kaanapali Ocean Villas.

This is the first view we had from the lobby. Actually, we were still outside near the valet and I shot through the lobby which opens to a wide view straight to the ocean.

Being able to stay at a place that makes accessing the beach so easily is awesome. I could've thrown a rock into the ocean from the patio and this is the view just steps from the elevator.

The best part of staying on the beach and traveling west? Being able to catch sunrise every morning! This truly is my favorite time of day and I didn't miss but maybe one sunrise.

Being as backwards as I was from traveling, I was even able to catch a moonset. This particular one was shot during the super moon on 09/09.

Next week, I'll share more images.  Until then, find me on Instagram if you haven't already (@ryanholdenimagery). Over there I've been posting a bunch of photos and some of the backstory of our trip.  

Midday Blue

I had a buddy in town and ended up at the beach both days this last weekend.  Terrible way to spend the weekend (sarcasm font).  I took a few images but have one that I really liked and want to share here. Here's to hoping we get these conditions next weekend!

Sunset at Windansea

It's taken me a week or so to get to throwing these photos online.  Krystal and I made it to Windansea one evening.  After getting changed, I felt bad leaving the pup at home, so Aria got to come along for the ride.  I didn't snap too many photos but I was able to snag a few I'm really happy with.