RAINBOW BOOKENDS, GREAT WHITE GIANTS RETURN TO MAUI

RAINBOW BOOKENDS REAPPEAR AT THE RAINBOW SHOWER, MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN EVER

Clear sky rainbows in the morning, first ever post-sunset rainbow in the evening

Also, TOPSY-TURVY WEATHER IN MAUI, EXTRAORDINARY CLOUD

It happened again today. Just like it did three days ago – on Sunday, Jan 22. Both ends of this day at the Rainbow Shower were bracketed by rainbows. Only this time, they were even more beautiful.

The first ones this morning were rare clear sky rainbows. The mist and sun kept dancing with each all day. By late afternoon, more rainbows started to appear. And this evening, I witnessed something quite remarkable, possibly for the first time.

The sun had already set. The Rainbow Shower house and lawn were already enveloped in darkness as you can see from the first two photos. Yet the sun’s rays were still reaching up high and the sky and setting the clouds on fire as well as the rainbow.

It was an awe-inspiring, amazing sight. Feeling blessed? You betcha.

So I ran into the house get the camera and share it with you. Enjoy!

MAUI’S GREAT WHITE GIANTS ARE BACK (select photos)

Today I had to run some errands in town. On my way, I could not resist and had to stop at Ho’okipa Point for another look at Maui’s Great White Giants that are pounding against the lava rocks at one of the world’s most famous surfing spots – Ho’okipa Point. But with the waves at about 25 to 30 feet, no one was crazy enough to try to surf on them.

MAUI’S GREAT WHITE GIANTS ARE BACK – a 1-min video by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – Jan 25, 2017

Here’s a 1-min video consisting of 25 “live shots” – with my background music – Banana Boat from the Caribbean. 🙂

https://youtu.be/7-QshdLAJyU [Youtube version]

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HOOKIPA PHOTO ALBUM

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UPDATE JAN 27, 2017

A 1-min video by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – Jan 27, 2017 – filmed around 4PM

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Just got back from a quick outing to Paia. Stopped at Ho’okipa Point on my way. Beautiful afternoon. What attracted me most of all was the scent of the ocean. Love it. So pure and healing especially with light trade breezes like today’s.

The surf is now “surfable” – about 6-10 ft waves. And there were lots of surfers starting their weekend on water.

Check it out…

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Youtube link: https://youtu.be/XhrQqixcbdI

PHOTO ALBUM

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UPDATE FEB 5, 2017

TOPSY-TURVY WEATHER IN MAUI

Normally, we get trade winds blowing from the northeast. Today, however, we are experiencing strong “anti-trade” winds from the southwest.

No, this is not a political anti-TPP statement. 🙂 But who knows, it could be. You never know what Mother Nature has up her sleeve.

How strong are the winds?

Not very. according to the official Weather.com. Only 22 mph right now. But the gusts must be much stronger. Because for the first time ever (!), they have literally opened my bedroom sliding screen door. Twice!

At first, I did not believe it was the wind. I thought I had forgotten to close it. But when it happened the second time…

So now I propped it up a little – using my university crest as a door stopper. 🙂 No offense meant. It’s just that I needed something narrow to wedge on the track behind it.

The wind is almost never an event unto its own. Like an advance scout, it precedes the arrival of the main army. Tomorrow, we are expecting rain. So it goes…

FINALLY, AN OFFICIAL WIND ALERT

Better late than never?

Now they tell us… after the wind opened this door for a third time, and blew off the (heavy) top of my spa. And it also knocked down my wheel barrow. Here’s a weather update I just got:
“SOUTHWEST WINDS WILL INCREASE… REACHING 25 TO 35 MPH IN SOME SPOTS… WITH LOCALIZED GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH…. A STRONG AND FAST MOVING COLD FRONT WILL APPROACH THE ISLANDS TONIGHT… WITH INCREASING SOUTHWEST WINDS EXPECTED AHEAD OF THE FRONT.”
Talk about closing the barn door after the horse is gone, I could have told them this morning the winds were stronger than the 22 mph the Weather,com said.
I just hope and pray that we don’t lose power or internet. Knock on wood, so far so good (rhyme intended) 🙂
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UPDATE FEB 6, 2017

EXTRAORDINARY CLOUD HOVERS OVER RAINBOW SHOWER FOR ALMOST 2 HOURS IN GALE FORCE WINDS

I have never seen anything like it before. Last night, an enormous cloud that took up 2/3 of the sky, shaped like a giant whale or a blimp, hovered above my house for nearly two hours.

The head was pointing to the west. The tail was in the east. The light you see which looks like the whale’s eye is actually the moon trying to shine through.

I snapped this picture when I first saw it a little after 10 PM without expecting much. I had never taken a shot before with my new iPhone camera in complete darkness. Then I went back to watch the rest of a movie. When I came back out about an hour-and-a-half later, the cloud was still there.

What made this phenomenon so extraordinary is that at the same time we were (and still are) buffeted by gale force winds that blew off the top of my spa and opened the sliding screen door – 3 times! Eventually, I had to tape it down to the frame using masking tape.

Yet the giant cloud was still there, like a massive immovable object impervious to gale force winds. Amazing! Wonder what it meant?

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UPDATE FEB 7, 2017

LITTLE BLONDE “CRABS” PLAYING ON LAVA ROCKS

This morning, thanks to a real estate showing of my property, I did three things on a spur of a moment that I don’t usually do.

First, before I even cleaned up, I spent an hour raking and mowing the debris from the strong winds in the last two days have brought down on the lawn.

Second, I had breakfast. Well, I mean – a real breakfast, a veggie omelette at Colleen’s in Haiku town center – not my usual, a few grapes and half a banana.

Third, I drove down to Ho’okipa Point to watch the surfers on this beautifully clear morning. The forecast was rain, by the way. 🙂

You can see for yourself now how great the weather is this morning. It is rare that one can see the West Maui Mountains. Usually they are enveloped in clouds. The surf was about 10-15 ft with an occasional 20-footer.

 

 HAPPY FAMILY SCENE

But the most interesting scene was watching this family down on the rocks. Their two kids, a toddler and a baby still in diapers, played on the lava rocks like two little blonde crabs. 🙂

But one or both of the parents kept a close eye on them. The mother eventually took both kids into that little basin which the ocean had carved out in the lava rocks like a bathtub. Of course, she took off the diaper first. Not her own. 🙂

WELCOMING BACK BIG SURF AT HO’OKIPA POINT

WELCOMING BACK BIG SURF AT HO’OKIPA POINT

Something made me jump into my car shortly after noon today and drive five miles to Ho’okipa Point, one of the world’s most foremost surfing spots. Not because I expected to see anyone actually surfing today. Because I did not.

I had heard that big surf may be revisiting us in Maui again today. And since I have not had a chance to see any while I was in Arizona in the last 2.5 months, thought I’d make the pilgrimage. They are always spectacular and never the same, Just like no two waves are ever alike.

So here are first some panorama shots I brought home from that outing.

Here are now some regular shots of today’s Ho’okipa big surf.

When I say “big,” keep in mind that everything is relative. These were 20-25 foot puppies. We have seen waves at this spot 40-50 ft high, And at the Jaws, which is even closer to my home, they can be easily well over 60 ft.

So let’s say today we had “medium” size puppies by Maui standards. 🙂

 

MAUI BIG SURF SPECTACULAR

MAUI BIG SURF SPECTACULAR

Jan 15, 2016

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35-45 Blue and White Giants Roll On and Crash into Rugged Coastline

They were not kidding when the weathermen said we would get 35-45 ft surf today. Right after posting a heads-up about it this morning, Elizabeth and I jumped into our El Jeepo and headed down the unpaved rough and tumble road to Jaws.

Jaws is a cove about 4 miles from the Rainbow Shower where the world surfing record was set in 2001 with a 75-ft ride.

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When big surf comes to Maui, half the island seems to move to our neighborhood. So even though it was only mid-morning, there were already hundreds of people watching the surfers being towed in and taking on the giant waves.

But we’ve seen it all before with even bigger waves. So we did not stay very long.

“We’ve done our annual pilgrimage,” I joked. “We can go now.”

We drove on for about 5 miles or so to another world famous surfing spot – Ho’okipa Point. Now here, today, the surf was truly spectacular. We stayed probably half an hour watching and filming the blue and white giants break and crash into the rugged shore.

At one point, while making a video, my legs got splashed by a rogue wave. I heard a young woman behind me scream, “you’re too close. You’ll get sucked in.”

It’s all on film which you’ll be able to see when I edit and post it. For now, you can also see a still shot Elizabeth took of my standing on the tip of Ho’okipa Point and filming the surf.

I just smiled and waved to her back, thinking she was a tourist. Later, after I finished filming and went over to talk to her and Elizabeth, I found out that she was also local. And that she thought I was a crazy tourist who did not respect the dangers of the ocean.

Well, maybe I was (crazy). But definitely not a tourist… 🙂

Take a look at some still shots… (the two surfer shots are file photos from Jaws)

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Fruit stands spring up along with big surf
Our “El Jeepo” looking as if it is surfing down a green lawn 🙂
Here are some additional shots from the Maui Big Surf Spectacular…

Here’s now a video of the spectacular surf on Maui’s north shore…

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MAUI BIG SURF SPECTACULAR – UPDATE

ESPN, Jan 26, 2016

Surfers risk lives paddling into historic 80-foot waves

You saw it first at the Rainbow Shower “news channel.” And now, ESPN has also published a story about the huge waves that made waves and news on Maui 11 days ago.

It is not often that one beats the national news network by 11 days. It helps if you live within 4 miles of the world’s greatest two surfing spots – the Jaws and Ho’okipa Point.  That’s what Elizabeth and I did on Jan 15, when giant surf arrived in Maui (see MAUI BIG SURF SPECTACULAR), drawing out the best professional surfers onto the waves.

Today, ESPN caught up with us. The sports network published a great story about that day, including some spectacular pictures. Take a look…

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I inserted our El Jeepo at the exact spot where we parked that morning at Jaws.

For more, see…

Surfers risk lives paddling into historic 80-foot waves – http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/14626909/surfers-risk-death-paddling-historic-80-foot-waves-jaws

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ONE YEAR AGO…

Jan 22, 2015

Here are also some scenes from the same two surfing spots – Jaws and Ho’okipa Point – from a year ago…

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BIG SURF ARRIVES IN MAUI, AND SO DO BIG CROWDS, AND BIG BROADWAY VOICE

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BIG SURF ARRIVES IN MAUI THIS MORNING, AND SO DO BIG CROWDS AND A BIG BROADWAY VOICE

Also, Maui Pops Orchestra Christmas Concert

Earlier this morning, Dec 6, 2015. I took Elizabeth to the airport. She will be visiting some of her mainland family during the next few weeks.

As it turned out, she had a chance to see some pretty spectacular Big Surf arriving in Maui this morning as we drove past Ho’okipa Point, one of the world’s preeminent surfing spots.

No surfers in the water this morning, though. Too dangerous. The waves were about 35-40 feet in my estimation. But a slightly bigger surf is expected in our home neighborhood – at the Jaws. That’s where a surfing world record was set a few years ago when someone surfed a 75-ft wave.

Today, however, the surf is expected to be “only” 40-50 ft. Which is perfect for the BIG WAVE TOUR pros who will be competing at the Jaws.

When that happens on Maui, nearly every other aspect of life stops. Half the island, it seems, turns out at the spot which is a walking distance from the Rainbow Shower, our home. So the Hana Hwy and all adjacent roads in our neighborhood were already packed with parked cars well before 9 AM.

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Here’s a local news story about that competition, which apparently will be broadcast live on CNN…

The WSL Big Wave Tour Peʻahi Challenge has been called ON commencing at 8 a.m. this morning in 40’ to 50’ faces at the infamous big wave location. This marks the first BWT event at Peʻahi, famously known as “Jaws,” with competitors paddling into the gigantic swell – no tow-assist will be given.

For more, see…

Pe’ahi Challenge ON with 40-50 Foot Surf | Maui Now http://mauinow.com/2015/12/06/pe%ca%bbahi-challenge-on-with-40-50-foot-surf/#.VmSJ5FJQdlk.twitter

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POLITICALLY CORRECT: Maui Pops Orchestra “Holiday” Concert

And then in the afternoon, I went to the annual Maui Pops Orchestra Christmas Concert at the nearly sold-out Maui Arts and Cultural Center.

Oops… everybody is being so “politically correct” that now we are supposed to call Christmas Concerts “Holiday Concert.”  That’s what the program now calls it.

Why is the Maui Pops Orchestra reticent to call it a CHRISTMAS concert? Trying to fit in with the “liberal” New World Order crowd?

HolidayPops2015_FlyerNever mind that the orchestra played  Christmas songs.  Such as, “Christmas at the Movies” (potpourri), “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” etc.

So shall we now start renaming all songs and old movies to fit with a new un-Christian PC terminology? And “re-christen” Jesus Christ into some non-denominational deity?

So why not call a spade a spade and Christmas Christmas?

Unfortunately, this is nothing new. This kind of a cultural assault on Christianity has been going on for several decades now. Check out, for example, these Washington Times and Truth in Media columns by this writer from the 1990s:

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By the way, the concert was great.  The guest singer, Capathia Jenkins, a Broadway star from Brooklyn, was outstanding.  She raised the roof and the audience off their seats several times at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.

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WINTER SURF ARRIVES AT HO’OKIPA POINT

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High Surf at World’s Foremost Surfing Spot

Also, First Avocado Fruit of the Year at Rainbow Shower and Hawaii Symphony Orchestra Concert

Today, Oct 27, 2015, the big winter surf officially arrived at Maui’s north shore.  Twenty to 30-foot white mountains rolled in and roared all afternoon.

I had just finished pruning our Rainbow Shower tree when I got a voice message from Elizabeth who was driving to an art class.

“I am just passing by Ho’okipa Point, and the surf is beautiful,” her voice message said.

By then, I had already received a high surf warning on my iPhone. The surf was supposed to be 20 to 30 feet. So I was not surprised.

I met Elizabeth on our local road on her way back from her class. We turned around and drove right back to Ho’okipa Point for a closer look.  Ho’okipa is one of the world’s foremost surfing spots, in case some of you may not be aware.

And this is what we saw… waves of about 20-25 feet on average, and maybe even some 30-footers or bigger. There were no surfers in the water, though. Too dangerous even for the pros.

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Elizabeth, normally scared of even the tiniest waves, looks in the above shot as if she is challenging the big ocean surf with her camera and pink dress. 🙂

First Avocado Fruit of the Year

IMG_4808 When we got back home, I continued my “farmer’s yoga” work, pruning some limbs off of our Avocado tree in gulch which I planted back in 2009. Lo and behold, we were also rewarded by our first avocado fruit of the year.

This Avocado tree has an interesting history. A neighbor gave it to us as a housewarming gift in a half gallon pot back in April 2009. I planted it near our house.  It died within a few weeks.

But I did not want to accept its death. So I dug up the roots and transplanted them down in the gulch. It came back to life but not for long. It died again after a few months.

Again, I did not want to accept its passing. I dug up its roots again and replanted them in a different spot near the Anahata-Huaca-Ahu, the sacred place and the shaman’s altar.

It evidently liked it there. Because it is now a 20-foot tall beauty, And is starting to bear fruit as proof of its good health and happiness.

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra Concert Featuring World Renowned Soprano Sumi Jo

Along with the big surf, Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and the world renowned soprano Sumi Jo also arrived in Maui on Oct 27. And Elizabeth and I were on hand at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center to bear witness to and enjoy their brilliance.

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The guy I am seated next to during the intermission is the most loyal supporter of arts and culture on Maui.  He has never missed a single event at MACC. And is always so happy, smiling at everyone. It was my honor to be photographed with him. 🙂

After the concert, Elizabeth said, “after seeing all those operas around the world with you, and hearing so many different singers, I have to say that I think Sumi Jo was the best of them all.”

That’s quite a compliment. Because we have indeed seen MANY operas and heard dozens of excellent singers at some of the world’s most famous opera and concert venues.

CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENT

The Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra will make its Maui debut in an exciting performance featuring soprano superstar Sumi Jo. Praised for her remarkable agility, precision, and warmth of her voice, and for her outstanding musicianship, the Seoul-born singer has established herself as one of her generation’s most sought-after sopranos by the world’s top opera houses such as La Scala and The Metropolitan Opera. Audiences around the world recognize Sumi Jo from her many recordings and appearances, including the closing ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Games.

Maestro Jorge Mester, former music director of the Louisville Orchestra and Pasadena Symphony, will lead the HSO and Ms. Jo in a program of popular opera favorites, including music by Lehar, Offenbach, and Johann Strauss. Mester is a sought-after conductor in opera houses worldwide, including the New York City Opera, the Sydney Opera, and the Washington Opera.

For more, see… http://hawaiisymphonyorchestra.org/

 

MAUI COUNTY FAIR 2015: CELEBRATING HAWAIIAN CULTURE

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MAUI COUNTY FAIR 2015

Celebrating Hawaiian Culture

It has been several years since I was last at the Maui County Fair. Perhaps in 2012? I am not sure.

In fact, I didn’t even know the Fair was on until a friend mentioned it to me yesterday.

Yet five years ago, the Maui County Fair was at the top of our list of important events.  The 2010 Fair was when Elizabeth won the first prizes in quilt competitions for both large and small creations.

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Eliz Musical quilt  2014-01-02 at 9.55.16 AMThe small one she made for me, she said. The large one, for her native state of Texas (see “Elizabeth – Double Winner – http://yinyangbob.com/HI2010/Oct/Photos.html). They still grace our Rainbow Shower home.

Compare them to that wimpy 2′ x 3′ quilt featuring two witches and a cat which won the 1st price this year! (right photo).  Guess quilt-making may be going downhill in Maui.

Today seemed hardly the day to make a return visit to the Fair. The tropical storm Niala has been dumping tons of rain on our island. At times, Maui looked more like the Highlands of Scotland than Hawaii.

Here are some shots I took around noontime today. The mountains around the Iao Valley above Wailuku were lost in the fog and clouds. They looked like the Gates of Hell.

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And the weather got WORSE (!) from there on… 🙂

Undaunted, I went to the Fair and promptly fell off the wagon.

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Since about three years ago, Elizabeth and I have been avoiding eating fried or gluten-rich foods like the plague. At least when we are together. But with her still being in Arizona and confessing over the phone about her dietary transgressions, I also broke down today and had some Malasadas and Funnel Cake at the Fair.

“No dinner for you tonight,” I resolved as I was munching and loving the “bad” food.

Nobody else seems to be feeling bad about doing the same.  🙂

5The highlight of my hour-and-a-half visit to the Fair was the Ulalena show. I caught just the end of it, right after polishing off my Malasadas. 🙂

The Ulalena musical celebrates the Hawaiian culture. Elizabeth and I saw it several years ago in Lahaina where it plays every day for tourists and kama’aina (locals) alike. It is the second longest running musical in America, according to the Ulalena promoter, who said that only “Cats” has had a longer run on Broadway.

Here’s a 1:25 min-video clip from the show’s finale…

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After the show, the cast came back out to the stage and each spoke for a few minutes about why they are doing it and what it means to them. There was a short Q&A afterward.

Here are also some still shots from that segment:

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My drive back home took me past the Kahului harbor. Like clockwork every Sunday, there was the “Pride of America” cruise ship disgorging the thousands of  floating tourists upon Maui.

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The ship sails on Monday night on to Hilo on the Big Island. Elizabeth and I have learned to set our clocks by its schedule. 🙂

HO’OKIPA POINT: HAVING WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS SURFING SPOT ALL TO MYSELF

SEPTEMBER 16, 2016

HO’OKIPA POINT: HAVING WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS SURFING SPOT ALL TO MYSELF

This morning, on a spur of the moment, I drove to Ho’okipa Point, the world’s most famous surfing spot which lies about 5 miles from the Rainbow Shower. At the time, I had no idea that I did the exact same thing on this exact day one year ago.
Except that back then I did it in the afternoon (see https://www.facebook.com/bob.djurdjevic/posts/10206108279560902).
One big difference: This time, and or the first time in my life, I was THE ONLY PERSON at Ho’okipa Point! (literally at the point, not the parking lot).
I could not believe it. Normally, this tourist attraction swarms with people. And I spent at least 15 minutes down there by myself watching the surfers and the waves and the beautiful sky.
Maybe it was the mostly overcast day that kept the tourists away. More joy for me. Because the quality of light was amazing. It was as if you’re looking at the ocean through a milky filter.
What I also did not realize at the time was that the color of my shirt blended in so well with the color of the ocean and the sky. Invisible spirit guides doing their magic, I suppose.

Enjoy!

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SEPTEMBER 16, 2015

WINDSURFING AT HOOKIPA POINT

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WINDSURFING AT HOOKIPA POINT

Looking at World’s Foremost Surfing Spot from a Different Angle

This afternoon, driving home from running some errands in town, I realized that in all these years that I have been driving nearly every by the world’s most famous surfing spot – Hookipa Point – I have never ever taken a picture of it in the windward direction, looking toward the east from where the trade winds come.

So here are some shots I snapped while driving in El Jeepo this afternoon.

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And now, by contrast, here is also a photo album I shot on Sept 1 at the Hookipa Point, the day of our first big surf of the fall season.

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In these shots, we are looking toward the west, the usual angle for my Hookipa Point gallery of surf photos.

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Hurricane Ignacio mercifully gave us a miss today (Sept 1), passing north of the Hawaiian islands. But he did send us some messengers in its wake. Great waves rose and crashed against the shore at Hookipa Point this afternoon, one of the favorite surfing spots on Maui.

I was driving back home past Hookipa from running some errands in town when my car practically turned itself into the Hookipa parking lot. And so here are some photo memories I brought home afterward. Which I can now share with all of you.

The surfing season on the windward (north) shore usually doesn’t start until later in the fall. And it runs through the winter and early spring. But this is the earliest date on which I have seen waves like this.

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By the way, Hookipa isn’t really a beach although there is a tiny strip of sand, too. It’s more like a gateway for the surfers to enter the ocean. Only a few feat from the shore, you come to some pretty sharp coral.
Combined with the big surf, that makes for a dangerous combination which only experienced surfers can handle. And even they get hurt.
The doctor who worked on my (chainsaw) knee in the ER on Aug 25 is a surfer himself. He told me stories about how many world famous surfers he had patched up from coral cuts or other crashes.
By the way, I did not realize until today that Hookipa is considered the world’s foremost surfing spot until I saw it this morning in Wikipedia.

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BIG SURF AT HO’OKIPA POINT

Jan 23, 2015

After Jaws, we moved on to Ho’okipa Point, about 5.5 miles west of Jaws. The scenery there just as spectacular, only in a different ways.

First, we were able to get right down to the sea level to take some of the shots. At Jaws, unless you are a surfer, you can only observe the action from about half a mile away.

Second, at Ho’okipa the ocean is wide open. So the waves are longer and resemble the white mountains of foam and water crashing against the shore.

Enjoy…

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Here’s also a short video I made at this magical spot…

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And then just before leaving Ho’okipa Pt and heading back home for a hearty breakfast, I spotted a bent tree that provided a perfect photo-op for a Yin-Yang balanced Gemini… 🙂

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Aloha!

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UPDATE JAN 23, 2015

MASSIVE SWELL HITS HAWAII, ENTIRE STATE GETS STOKED

 
The Huffington Post  |  By Landess Kearns
Posted: 01/23/2015
 
Yesterday, Elizabeth and I brought you the surfing action at Jaws and Ho’okipa Point (see http://wp.me/p3R16m-1xr). Today, the big surf news went global after Huffington Post among others posted this story.  
 
“On Wednesday, the biggest swell of the winter season hit Hawaii’s north-facing shores, bringing waves of up to 40 feet to famed surf spots like Jaws, Pipeline, and big-wave surfing mecca, Waimea Bay.
 
It seems like everyone with an Instagram account or a video camera went up north to watch the daredevil surfers, so we rounded up some of our favorites. The images below will definitely get your heart racing — and you won’t even have to get your feet wet.”
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BE SURE TO WATCH TWO SHORT BUT BREATHTAKING VIDEOS…