November 1st, 2010 – Kahakuloa Head

On our recent trip to Maui we did a lot of driving. Kahekili Highway (county route 340) on West Maui’s northshore is a bit of a challenge to drive as much of it limited to a narrow, twisty and very slow single lane of traffic without guard rails. Some of the rental car agencies will tell you not to drive this section roadway and that doing so will void your rental agreement. Oh well! The scenery along this stretch is pretty amazing and well worth the effort.  I could have stopped at many more locations here, but I  had to choose from a few select areas. Kahakuloa Head (Pu’u Koae) is a hill that juts 636-feet out of the ocean, east of Kahakuloa village. Legend has it that King Kahekili used to climb a 200-foot section of it before breakfast and dive into the ocean below. Although the time of day was not ideal for landscape photography, there were some nice cloud patterns and the terrain was very interesting. I tried to use it to frame this distant view of the rock.

View of Kahakuloa Head from Kahekili Highway – Maui, Hawaii

Canon 5D MkI, Canon  17-40mm/f4L , 17mm @ f18, ISO 100, Aperture Priority mode,  HDR -3 Exposures, Hand-held. Post processing -Lightroom 2.5, Photoshop CS3, Photomatix Pro.
To see a larger version or please click on the image.
Feel free to comment below if you like what you see or have any other observations.
Thanks for stopping by,
JayT
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