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Aloha Photograph - Eye Of Kanaloa  -  Na Hoaaina by Sharon Mau

Eye Of Kanaloa - Na Hoaaina is a photograph by Sharon Mau which was uploaded on March 26th, 2012.

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Very nice! I love how the grass is all so subtly highlighted.


Aloha Sharon. Beautiful golden sun.


Nice work. I liked this amazing sunlight. Harmonic and original!

So gorgeous Sharon! [this silly site let me add you to my watchlist yet again because I slipped when I went to hit favorite - I think that makes about 3 times now!] I love the way the light just barely touches the grasses but glows off the water. The mythology and history you include are always so interesting to me too - I think I enjoy that almost as much as your magnificent photography.

Sharon Mau replied:

. . thank you so much everyone . . I appreciate your visit and kind comments . . so happy you enjoy it . . . this is from my January files . . the position of the sun on the horizon is evidence of the time of year this image was taken . dear Lianne . I am delighted you enjoy my quotes as well . . Hawaiian history is so fascinating . . and when you live on the islands one realises that the reality of the spiritual vortex here on Maui is truly fascinating . . I could tell you amazing stories of astonishing things I have witnessed and actually seen with my own eyes . you would be amazed . . . Wailea is on the coastline below on the right . . Big Beach is on the left of the Pu'u . the volcanic cone you see down below is a prominent cinder cone called Pu'u Ola'i . a geological landmark feature created by the last most recent lava flow on Maui when Haleakala erupted . . Puu Olai means Earthquake Hill . . The puu (cinder cone) is said to have been formed in the late 1700′s, explosively . within about a weeks time . . Imagine that once the Kealaikahiki Channel did not separate Kanaloa and Maui and our islands were one enormous island . . quote . "Geologists suspect that at one time Haleakala was not only joined to the West Maui Mountains, like today, but also was a single landmass combined with the islands of Lana'i, Moloka'i, and Kaho'olawe -- one large island known as Maui Nui (literally, big Maui) . . The submergence of Maui Nui resulted as the volcanic body moved away on the Pacific plate from the Hawaiian hot spot. The lack of volcanic upbuilding combined with continued subsidence into the ocean floor eventually sank portions of the large island into the Pacific, providing us with the four separate islands we see today." end quote - information source: Wikipedia . . the Kealaikahiki Channel between Kanaloa and Maui is a part of the annual migration lanes and birthing area for the Humpback . . this is handheld as I did not have my tripod with me on this day so it is not too clear but I wanted to share it anyway as it was so special and it wasn't shot in RAW so there isn't much depth . yet . . I wish you could have seen the Humpback Whales I saw leaping into the air in the channel far below . playing like puppies as they frolicked about in the ocean . . . they were visible even here at an elevation of about 2000 feet above sea level .

What a magical place!

Very beautiful. :)

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