Peahi At Opana Point Pacific Ocean Maui North Shore Hawaii

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Peahi At Opana Point Pacific Ocean Maui North Shore Hawaii Photograph






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Maui, Ha - United States

The name Peahi originally applied to an ancient Hawaii land area (ahupuaʻa) at about 2055′00″N 15617′00″W . . Like many ancient land areas, it extended from the northern slopes of Haleakalā to the sea-level Peahi gulch. It also lent its name to a reservoir formed by a dam across the Uaoa Stream. The name Peahi means "wave" in the Hawaiian language, in the sense of a fanning or beckoning motion of the hand. The Jaws surf break is roughly three miles east of Pāia and just north of Pauwela from the Hana Highway (Route 36) at 2056′36″N 15617′52″W. A mostly unpaved road leads north from the highway between mile marker 13 and 14. The name Peahi for the break is a word-play on the nearby ancient area name, since the Hawaiians had several other words such as nalu for waves of water. When the Maui surfers John Roberson, John Lemus, and John Potterick were surfing the break in 1975, they noticed a sudden change in the conditions to huge dangerous waves, and gave it a nickname after the film Jaws, comparing the unpredictability to a shark attack. In the 1980s, a few intrepid wind surfers reached the break from Hoʻokipa. The wave sizes at Jaws (which can exceed 60 feet (18 m) during the months of December to March) attract big wave surfers such as Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama using the tow-in surfing method of big wave surf riding they co-invented (with Darrick Doerner and Buzzy Kerbox). Since the steep cliffs and fast-moving waves prevent paddling to the break, surfers are towed by personal water craft launched from nearby areas such as the boat ramp at Māliko Bay. Haiku-Pauwela is located at 2055′14″N 15618′45″W . . Information Source: Wikipedia

Maui, Ha - United States

╰⊰✿ . . Aloha everyone . thank you so much for your kind comments . isn't it wonderful . this is Jaws . ✿⊱╮. .

Livonia, Mi - United States

Amazing capture, Sharon... to me there is something so exhilarating and invigorating in the sound and sight of crashing waves, the memory of which this image stirs.

Sandbach, Ch - United Kingdom

Raw power - love it Sharon!

Vrindavan, U. - India

This one is soo wonderful and powerful image!

Pleasanton, CA - United States

So powerful!!! Amazing image, Sharon!!

Berlin - Germany

The power of nature is captured very well, nicely done, Sharon. :) vote

Smithers, BC - Canada

I love your work Sharon, every photograph emits beauty, elegance and love! This capture fills me with a great longing for the ocean, I so miss it :-) F and V

Cierpice, Ku - Poland

What a power ! Great shot Sharon !

Domodossola, VB - Italy

Love this, Sharon!

Monroe, CT - United States

Love that powerful surf, Sharon!!

Dublin - Ireland

wonderful image

Clarence, NY - United States

Awesome capture Sharon.

Leeds, We - United Kingdom

Awesome! A superb natural abstract.

Nashville, TN - United States

WOW, looks like a storm wave...can almost feel the electricity in the air, awesome!

Berlin - Germany

oh! wow! what a sea!

Sharon Mau replied:

╰⊰✿ . miss you so much . . mahalo Judith . ✿⊱╮

Omaha, NE - United States

Nice layer shot of the wave! I can feel the spray on my face! Nice work Sharon!!

Burlington, ON - Canada

beautiful...especially at the high point of the breakup of the wave !!

Sharon Mau replied:

╰⊰✿ . it is my favourite part too . . mahalo Bob . ✿⊱╮

Waterloo, ON - Canada

Wow! Very powerful!!!!

Sharon Mau replied:

.. it was an amazing morning on Ho'okipa . the ocean was rocking . :: Aloha :: thank you Robin :)

Brick, NJ - United States

Wonderful wave action capture!!

Sharon Mau replied:

Aloha Angie . thank you sweetheart :))

Reno, NV - United States

There is just something about the ocean and its unrestrained power. Great capture Sharon.

Sharon Mau replied:

.. it is good to hear from you Dan .. thank you :))

Palatine, IL - United States

What a great capture Sharon, the force of nature one minute and serene the next.

Sharon Mau replied:

.. thank you so much Julie .. Peahi is definitely the wild side of the island :))

Stalowa Wola, po - Poland

Wow! Fantastic work, as always!!! Beautiful!

Sharon Mau replied:

Aloha Andrzej .. thank you so much :))

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