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Memories of Maui and Hawaii

I was saddened to hear about the devastating wildfires in Maui this past August. Having lived through the 1989 earthquake in San Francisco, I feel a kinship with others who experience natural disasters. Trust me, this isn’t a club you want to join.

I also spend more time than I care to admit on YouTube, and I started seeing videos from Maui locals about the wildfires. As I watched, I learned some interesting things. I found out their economy depends on tourism. Unfortunately, the media made it sound as if the entire island had burned down. It hadn’t. While parts of Lahaina were devastated, the rest of the town was still standing. So was the rest of Maui, but the tourists had all been scared away. As a result, it was hurting people’s livelihoods. Tourism is their biggest industry. Their jobs depended on visitors coming back.

I haven’t had a real vacation in ten years, so I figured why not? I met with a travel agent and booked a trip to Maui and the Big Island of Hawaii. Seeing the Kona coast has been on my bucket list for years. Then I had to decide which camera to bring. I opted for my Sony GH5. I loaded it, along with three other lenses, into my backpack camera bag. Unfortunately, there was a problem. It’s a heavy camera. So were the lenses. Lugging it through big airports would have been problematic. I needed a smaller, lighter weight camera. Lucky for me, I found a Sony ZVI-1. I love it! It’s small, light weight and easy to travel with. It also takes amazing photos. In other words, it’s a keeper.  iPhone cameras have also come a long way as well. 

No, I did not go to Lahaina. Those people need time to grieve. I spent three days in Maui at a resort in Wailea. From there I went to Kona, on the Big Island. Those five days passed much too quickly, but I managed to get some amazing photos while I was there. 

Gayle Martin

A Maui Mystery Tree. @2023 by Gayle Martin. All Rights Reserved.
Maui Shops. © Gayle Martin. All Rights Reserved.

Black Lava Beach in Kona © 2023 by Gayle Martin. All Rights Reserved.

 The Gazebo at Kona © 2023 by Gayle Martin. All Rights Reserved.

A Secluded Location on the Big Island. © 2023 by Gayle Martin. All Rights Reserved.
Fountain and Orchard on the Big Island of Hawaii. © 2023 by Gayle Martin. All Rights Reserved.
A Hawaiian Sunset in Kona. ©2023 by Gayle Martin. All Rights Reserved.


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