Maui, Hawaii

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EDITION SIZE: 250 + 10 Artist Proofs
PRINT TYPE:  Silver Halide C-Print

Bordered on the north by the Wailea Resort area and on the south by the ‘Ahihi Kinau Natural Reserve, Makena is the place where the paved road ends and the rugged and magnificent untamed Maui begins.  The most recent lava flow from Haleakala volcano of 1790 touches the ancient storied shores of this magnificent corner of Maui, and it contains some of Maui’s most famous beaches.  It is also one of my favorite regions on the island and holds endless photographic possibilities and inspiring compositions for my eye. 

I had scouted this small cove south of Big Beach many times before, and on this occasion, it became my primary focus for the evening.  The composition came naturally, as I found the three leading lines of the disappearing lava rock gently taking one’s attention into the center of the scene, toward the warm light of a setting sun.  With a hint of quirkiness, I included the lone palm on the compositions edge, which allows the eye to explore the peripheral before returning to the source and the god rays of the evening sun.  Extending the exposure time to two minutes created a smoothness on the rolling ocean and a dynamic of movement in the sky as the clouds quickly advance overhead.

In Hawaiian, the meaning of Makena is abundance.  Along this coastal region of the Earth’s furthest away island, the magical isle of Maui, it is clear that beauty and wildness and dynamic scenes like this are plentiful here in Makena.