New Lens Artist, Anne, of Slow Shutter Speed picked a topic – WATER – that if you don’t love, you might be my cat, Moji instead of a human. She will probably have more to say tomorrow.

“High and fine literature is wine, and mine is only water; but everybody likes water.”

Mark Twain.

My favorite water lives in Maui, Hawaii. Sit back, put on plenty of sunscreen and enjoy a serene afternoon by the water as we take the Road to Hana bus tour and leave the treacherous drive to an expert. Then return to Ka’anapali for a quick dip in the ocean before heading to Lahina to relax and watch the sunset.

“Hawaii is the only place I know where they lay flowers on you while you are alive.”

Will Rogers
Searching for Serenity? Search no further, here it is!

Plenty of Great Challenges to Enjoy This Weekend

Road to Hana: Waterfalls and Black Rock Beaches

Here today, gone to Maui.

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I’m a fan of puns, waterfalls, and Hawaii.

Numerous waterfalls – perfect for a relaxing shower of warm water

I think I can see a walking path that goes under the falls. We watched from a bus stopped high above the waterfall on the Road to Hana.

Misty morning hike
cooling droplets drench my clothes
fresh beads quench my thirst

Haiku
© Marsha Ingrao 2022

 “When life places stones in your path, be the water. A persistent drop of water will wear away even the hardest stone.”

Autumn Morning Star

They didn’t let us get off the bus and hike over to the waterfalls. If they had, we might not have gotten back on the bus. Then we would never have made it to Hana.

Drumming the water
Rhymic water pulsating
Pounding away cares

Haiku
© Marsha Ingrao 2022

Hana nice day!

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Azure water, black sandy beaches, relaxed swimmers enjoying paradise.

There were a few decisions to be mindful of.

 “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”

Ryunosuke Satoro.

After the harrowing, I mean relaxing Road to Hana trip, we relaxed at the resort in the water.

“…the water stretching out from you until it’s beyond sight, moving and blue and alive and so much bigger than even the black beyond seems because the ocean hides what it contains.”

Patrick Ness

Oddly, you don’t feel like you are moving much until you notice suddenly that you are quite a ways away from the shore and staring at a different hotel. Luckily my husband kept a close eye on me from shore. His shrinking wave that beckoned me to come in seemed to happen in the blink of an eye. Relaxing suddenly became hard work. 🙂

Finish perfection
sun setting gold amethyst
sky and ocean one

Haiku
© Marsha Ingrao 2022
Sunset at Lahaina

Write Photo Challenge: Boats

Thank you KL Caley for hosting Write Photo.

“I’m spoiled after spending a week relaxing under the sunny Hawaiian skies, where boating took us to see whales, not to catch them or any other species of sea life,” Ernie thought as he walked up the brick path to his boat. “No tossing nets, no pulling up anchor, no pouring over the weather reports before daybreak each day. I could get used to that.”

Shelly put her hand in his and winked as if she could read his mind. “None of those bikini-clad beauties lounging out here on the brick walk, eh Ernie.”

“You’ve seen one girl, you’ve seen ’em all,” Ernie said giving her a teasing grin.

Shelly gave his arm a playful punch. “You sound just like your sister. I thought I was going to lose it when she said, ‘This is okay, but I’ve seen the ocean before.’”

“Shel, much as I loved our trip and those beautiful blue skies and turquoise waters, they don’t hold the thrill of the catch. Here, I never know what’s going to happen each time we go out. And moreover, I bet those girls wouldn’t know what to do with a fish if one jumped in their lap.”

“Like it’s ever that easy!”

“You’re missing my point.”

“And your point is?”

As they reached the boat, he pulled her to him and held her close.

“This is the point.”

He kissed her slowly, gently, firmly, twisting the ring on her finger as he did, then he picked her up and carried her onto his little old boat.

“Let’s go fishing, Mrs. Carlton.”

Now it’s your turn

There are so many wonderful challenges to get your feet wet in the Challenge World. If you just want to relax and enjoy a good story, check out this month’s Story Chat where KL Caley brings us a cute, light, magical short story, “Handle with Caution.”

Here where we are Always Write you still have plenty of time to weigh in with your Dream Travel Plans on WQW or your displays of public art on PPAC #36.

Join me tomorrow as I join Sunday Stills and several other wonderful challenges. I’m so excited to introduce you to BZD short for Bear’s a Dog, a few of my recently curated pictures using a new photo app on my phone.


75 responses to “LAPC #187: Water Fun in Maui”

  1. Alive and Trekking Avatar
    Alive and Trekking

    Beautiful photos! What a joy to view these 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Yes, we loved going there. I’d go back every year if I could.

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  2. robertawrites235681907 Avatar

    I love your pictures of Hawaii, Marsha. Do you see the face of the child in the water at the top of the waterfall in the second picture? It gave me quite a turn.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I can’t see it on my phone. I’ll look at my computer when I get home. It must be a ghost.

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  3. Photos by Jez Avatar

    Fantastic post, Marsha 👏 Your shots in Hawaii are amazing 😃

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Jez. It’s a gorgeous place!

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  4. Jemima Pett Avatar

    That’s very nice. And I’ve been to a Pacific island, and it was wonderful. But I’d rather be in rainy, windy, cold England… Then again, if you offered me a swap, I might see if I could cope…. lol

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You would probably get bored!

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  5. Pepper Avatar
    Pepper

    Great pics of the road to Hana. 😁

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      It was a highlight of the trip especially meeting up with a semi going the opposite direction toward us!

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      1. Pepper Avatar
        Pepper

        Oh, my! I’ve been on that road. That must have a bit scary. 😳

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          It was only when we met the semi.

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  6. #Writephoto Round-Up – Boats – New2Writing Avatar

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  7. Leya Avatar

    Wonderful waters, Marsha – and love your haiku! If I have a favourite, it is the splendid opener – and the sunset of course!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks so much Leya.

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  8. JohnRH Avatar

    Wow. GREAT photos Marsha. Love the Will Rogers quote too. I still say if we just ran a garden hose from the end of a Hawaiian waterfall before it goes into the ocean to the U.S., we eventually could water all 48 states. They just don’t listen to me! 😱

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      LOL, John I don’t know why they don’t listen. That’s a great idea! Then we wouldn’t have to buy all that bottled water.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          🙂 Genius!

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  9. restlessjo Avatar

    It does look rather wonderful. Marsha. Love that sunset!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Jo. It is a magical place. The air just wraps you in coziness and love.

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  10. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    love your pictures and beautiful haiku Marsha and now i want to go! 💖

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Let’s both go! LOL It’s one of my favorite destinations. 🙂 You can fly fairly cheaply from SF.

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      1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

        99 right now and 200 for my fav hotel… wouldn’t it be fun. With the remodel… I just can’t get away.-:(🥲

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Me either!

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  11. KL Caley Avatar

    Wow, what a wonderful combination of water images, Marsha. You did an incredible job combining the prompts. I loved the poetry woven throughout too, but of course, I have a soft spot for your romantic story at the end. Thank you so much for including #writephoto amongst your challenges, much appreciated. KL ❤

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I had fun with your challenge. I’m so glad you liked it. Fiction isn’t my forte.

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      1. KL Caley Avatar

        It was wonderful, Marsha, so sweet. Your poetry is excellent too. KL ❤

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Thanks, KL.

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  12. Jim Borden Avatar

    I’d love to take that road to Hana someday. beautiful photos…

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      It is so worth it. Some people drive it themselves, but I’m glad we went on the bus.

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      1. Jim Borden Avatar

        from what I’ve heard, I think I’d prefer the bus as well…

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          It’s worse going around the northern border of the island. The car rental places advise you not to do it. We did it, and I’m not sure how we made it. It was a one-lane nail biting experience. Hana took longer on the bus, but when bus met semi, they manoevered for nearly 30 minutes, but we made it without falling off the cliff, obviously. 🙂

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          1. Jim Borden Avatar

            I’m not sure I’d want to be looking out the window on such a drive!

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            My poor husband had to! I admit that sometimes I had to close my eyes.

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          3. Jim Borden Avatar

            I wonder if they have many accidents…

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          4. Marsha Avatar

            I’m sure they do or they wouldn’t advise peoplenot to drive their rental cars on that road. LOL Fortunately, most of them probably don’t gove over the cliff. Much better to scrape a car than to go over the cliff!

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          5. Jim Borden Avatar

            not worth trying it!

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          6. Marsha Avatar

            I don’t have any pictures of it, I don’t think! Too scary!

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          7. Jim Borden Avatar

            I don’t blame you for not trying to take any pictures!

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  13. BeckyB Avatar

    wonderful water scenes

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Becky B. Eternal Traveller and her husband were on that bus tour, Road to Hana with us. It was an amazing time.

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      1. BeckyB Avatar

        what memories 😀

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  14. photobyjohnbo Avatar

    I’ve only visited the islands twice, but both trips have been etched in my memory. From the solemn monument at Pearl Harbor to the pristine beaches of Kauai, we have explored several of the islands at least briefly. We marveled in the views of Waimea Canyon and drove the Road to Hana. You have made me want to visit our 50th state again.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I know, me too. Maybe we can plan a blogger trip over there. Wouldn’t that be fun?

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  15. Toonsarah Avatar

    I’ve never been to Hawaii but it looks beautiful – you ‘sell’ it well!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      My natural Chamber of Commerce personality. 🙂

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  16. Zelda Winter Avatar
    Zelda Winter

    Oh Marsha, you had me at Hawaii…love the photos AND your wonderful haiku! 🙂 Blessings to you!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Awww, thanks, Zelda. I absolutely love writing haikus.

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      1. Zelda Winter Avatar
        Zelda Winter

        They are FUN and Quick, haha!!

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  17. the eternal traveller Avatar

    The day we did that bus tour was one of the best days of our holiday. Happy memories.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      It was a great day. There were so many great days, it’s hard to pick. Our whale watching was a great day, too.

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  18. Aletta - nowathome Avatar

    Beautiful photos of Maui! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Aletta. It was a super fun trip.

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  19. Sadje Avatar

    Wonderful pictures. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Sadje. Hawaii was one of the places on my bucket list when I was 50. I had never been. Now it feels like home but it’s just so far away. 🙂

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      1. Sadje Avatar

        My pleasure! I’m glad you checked it off your list. 👍🏼🥰

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  20. Forestwood Avatar

    Thanks for joining in on Friendly Friday. Those photos do justice to the prompt Searching for Serenity.
    Have a lovely weekend, Marsha.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Amanda. And happy Monday to you. 🙂

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  21. sustainabilitea Avatar

    Enjoyed your photos and your haiku, Marsha. Have to respond to your email yet. Today we went to Casa Grande Monument. It was so interesting. Then we stopped at Windmill Winery for charcuterie and amazingly good wine. Good day.

    janet

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Those are two places I’ve never visited or even heard of. I’ve got so much to learn. 🙂

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      1. sustainabilitea Avatar

        We haven’t been many places yet but we’ve found some that are very interesting and fun. Lots of big-name places yet to explore but being in Phoenix means being quite a distance from places like the Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Monument Valley, and so on. I also like Montezuma’s Castle but I look forward to seeing Canyon De Chelly again (haven’t been since I was a child) and similar spots.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I haven’t been to the Petrified Forest or Monument Valley, but I have been to GC and MC. Both were amazing to see.

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          1. sustainabilitea Avatar

            I haven’t been to Monument Valley since I was a child but we’ve been to Petrified Forest more recently. When I was growing up, you could still take petrified wood!! No more, of course.

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            Wow! Did you take any?

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          3. sustainabilitea Avatar

            I think my parents did.

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          4. Marsha Avatar

            We didn’t have any petrified rocks, but we had some grinding stones in CA. They were plentiful in our area, so it was probably on our property when we moved there. I don’t remember when we got it.

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  22. Anne Sandler Avatar

    Wonderful response to the “water’ challenge Marsha. And thank you for taking me to Maui. I’ve not been to that Island and it is beautiful through your lens. Not only are your images great, so is your writing. Take Care

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you so much, Anne. Congratulations again on being part of the Lens Artist team. 🙂

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