Monday, 15 December 2008

Yoga - Forgotton how much I love it !!!

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Well, I had forgotten how much I love Yoga classes, especially in Maui.  I went on Sunday morning and it was as good as it can possibly ever get. What a workout. I loved it... Jennifer's classes are the best... click on this link to check out Yoga with Jennifer Lynn

Saturday, 13 December 2008

Humpback Whales have returned to Maui's North Shore Ho'okipa (from Alaska).

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Well at last, humpback whales have arrived in Maui from Alaska to give birth and mate, I saw some yesterday at 4pm from the cliff tops at Ho'okipa. The first ones this winter since returning to Maui in November. I saw about 5 breaches, and it was great to see them again. I just happened to spot the huge breach splashes while running along the diff tops for a little exercise during these recent windless days in Maui. Here are a few pictures I took last year of a whale breaching during the best ever whale watching trip on the sailing boat Scotch Mist II which sails from Lahaina...A true Whale Tail   Maui's South shore historical whaling town.

 

 

    A REAL WHALE TAIL  !!!

 

 

*** For more information on Humpback Whales and their annual migration to Hawaii go to the Pacific Whale Foundation's web site

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Ke'anae Peninsula, Hana Highway, Maui North Shore, Hawaii

After an hours drive on the Hana Highway,  we arrived at Keanae Peninsula, a favourite quiet location on Maui's North Shore. Not only beautiful scenery, but some lovely wildlife too,  in the form of a dragonfly.

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Sunday, 7 December 2008

Waiting for Rescue, Had a puncture...

So, Took some MORE photos of windsurfers and Kite surfers at Ho'okipa on ANOTHER windy and wavy day in Maui.  The waves have been big for many days now, so i couldnt resist coming to the beach for another photo shoot.

I stopped at the top of the road to Hookipa  because the view and the lighting on the waves from up there was lovely.. I then decided to move on and park down in the main car park to sit on the cliffs at the far side, BUT couldn't. I had a puncture. The tyre was SO flat i couldnt even move the car anywhere, so waited for rescue from Bino and Dave. I didnt even try to change the tyre myself because the car was on the slope and i couldnt move the car without at least trying to pump the tyre to roll down to the flat.   Dave and Bino came to the rescue, with a battery operated tyre pump which did the trick, at least to get the car to level ground..  the valve was damaged, so the air didnt stay in long.. Well, at least i made myself useful - keeping out of the way and taking more pics while Dave put on the spare tyre - on level ground.....

Thanks Bino and Dave...

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Saturday, 6 December 2008

BIG WAVE week at Hookipa in Maui

ITs been a good week at Hookipa for the surfers and photographers, The waves have been big and the scenery very pretty with lovely lighting in the evenings for some nice pictures of the waves, sky and action.

Here are some photos to summarise a pretty week on Maui. Egrets and Cows love it there too.

 

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Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Wedge Tailed Shearwater - Successful Release from Ho'okipa

A happy ending...

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UPDATE to Friday's posting 'SAVE OUR SHEARWATER'

Well what a result!!! I checked in with Kahului Wildlife Rescue today who proudly informed me that the Shearwater I rescued on Friday has been ringed and was successfully released back into the wild later that same day as it had quickly showed great signs of improvement and seemed ready and willing and able to return back to the oceans of Hawaii.... It was returned and released from Hookipa (where I rescued it from certain drowning in the shorebreak) to ensure that it would return to familiar territory just in time for dinner