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Aloha from Maui! I was meant to be flying back to New York as this post went live, but instead I’m still entrenched happily in Hawaii. Some opportunities have come up, Hawaiian Airlines has a stomach-able change fee, the East Coast is too cold, and I’m having too much fun… so that’s why I’m staying put for now.

This morning I went for a run and I had the ocean on one side of me, and beautiful mountains on the other. I’ve never really believed in this whole “runner’s high” nonsense but I admit that I had a feeling pretty close to pure joy wash over me. I feel so grateful for the flexibility and spontaneity my lifestyle allows, for the beautiful things I’ve seen and done here in Hawaii, and for the wonderful friends I have here, new and old. I’m in a great place — literally and metaphorically.

I feel like I’ve been inundating you with photo choices lately, but Maui has been a more relaxed experience thus far, meaning less photos for me to narrow down and for you to eventually choose from!

Photo A

Haleakala Sunrise

One exception from the whole “laid back in Maui” vibe I have going on was the 12 mile hike I did into and out of Haleakalā Crater. It was fairly brutal towards the end and I was sore for a few days, but the beautiful sunset that evening from the summit was worth every step. Sunset photos can be fairly stale and monotonous, but I love this different perspective.

Photo B

Maui Surf Board

A huge part of my love for Maui has to do with Banana Bungalow Hostel, where I stayed for five days before going to stay with my aunt and uncle in Lahaina for another five, and where I’m heading back to today. You’ll be hearing a lot more about this place!

Photo C

Lanai Diving

My friend Kyle has lived in Maui his whole life and is currently writing a guidebook on the island! So when he took me diving on Lanai with his employer Trilogy Excursions, I knew it was going to be good. It was better — I saw a frogfish, swam through a lava tube and saw the most pristine beach I’ve laid eyes on in Hawaii.

Hopefully this week it’s easier to choose with more narrowed down options! Which photo is your favorite?

Pssst! Check out my newest post at Eagle Creek on the Top Five Adventure Activities in Southeast Asia!

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44 Comments...
  • Stephanie
    October 15 2012

    Pic A! I have seen many sunsets but none like this one, simply amazing! Love the way you took the photo.

    • Alex
      October 15 2012

      Thanks Stephanie! I’ve seen some great ones too but this was the most amazing of all, I think. I didn’t play with the saturation at all… it really looked like that!

  • Heather
    October 15 2012

    A all the way! Gorgeous. Enjoy your extended time in Maui!

    • Alex
      October 15 2012

      Thanks Heather 🙂 I just realized this delays our camera sending plans! If you can wait until November great but if you want it sent before that just send me an email and I’ll get my momma to pop it in the mail!

      • Heather
        October 23 2012

        No worries at all! If you can hold onto it until a bit later in November (~20th), that would be awesome, as I’ll be out of town anyway. Thanks!

        • Alex
          October 25 2012

          Hey Heather, no problem! Just email me when you get back? I’m so absentminded!

  • Annie
    October 15 2012

    That first shot is special. Beautiful.
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    • Alex
      October 15 2012

      Thanks Annie! Appreciate your vote 🙂

  • OrpingtonT
    October 15 2012

    A for me, too. Lovely photo.

    • Alex
      October 15 2012

      Seems like a clear winner! Thanks for voting!

  • Olivia Baackes
    October 15 2012

    Photo A!!

    • Alex
      October 15 2012

      Well, its official. It’s a landslide victory for A!

  • Emma
    October 15 2012

    Has to be A!

    • Alex
      October 15 2012

      Looks like I should start posting more sunset photos! Definitely a major consensus this week 🙂

  • Elaine Burr - Gram E
    October 15 2012

    C – Guess I’m a bit different – must be my age. Reminds me of things from my past that I’d forgotten

    • Alex
      October 15 2012

      Glad to see some love for the other photos this week! 🙂

  • Chrystal McKay
    October 15 2012

    I LOVE SILHOUETTE PHOTOS!!!! It is PERFECT and Rainbow – Incredible. Lucky you being in Hawaii!
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    • Alex
      October 15 2012

      Thanks Chrystal! I try to remind myself every single morning how happy I am to be here!

  • Dani
    October 15 2012

    The first photo is stunning!! Love it!

    • Alex
      October 15 2012

      Thanks Dani! Sounds like I need to make a print out of that one!

  • Gram
    October 15 2012

    A—-unbelievable beauty,
    but I do believe it! God is so good!

  • Sarah Somewhere
    October 15 2012

    A definitely! Im a sucker for a beautiful sunset, but those silhouettes do it for me. Glad you are having a blast!
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  • Dad
    October 15 2012

    A for the sunset and the silhouettes. Very cool.

    • Alex
      October 16 2012

      You’ve got to have the human element in there to make it a really great photography, I’m told!

  • Ashley of Ashley Abroad
    October 15 2012

    I love C, the fish literally looks like a piece of coral!
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    • Alex
      October 16 2012

      That’s what makes them such a great find… they are so hard to spot!

  • Betsy
    October 15 2012

    A all the way! It takes my breath away!

    • Alex
      October 16 2012

      Thank you so much Betsy!

  • Cat
    October 15 2012

    Love, love, love photo A. Reminds me of the statues on Easter Island for some reason. Love them all (as always) but really love A.
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    • Alex
      October 16 2012

      Do you read Andi of My Beautiful Adventures? When I took this photo I was thinking of one that she took at Easter Island — maybe you’ve seen the same one! Maybe I should give her some credit 🙂

      • Cat
        October 16 2012

        Haha, I do! Andi’s photo is exactly the one I thought of when I saw yours and one of my most favorite travel photos.
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  • Kelli Nicole
    October 16 2012

    Love them! Think I have to go with the first one. Incredible!

    • Alex
      October 16 2012

      That’s high praise coming from a professional photographer! Thanks Kelli!

  • Hannah
    October 16 2012

    Without a doubt it has to be A – possibly the best sunset shot I have ever seen 🙂
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    • Alex
      October 16 2012

      Wow, thanks Hannah! What a compliment! I will admit its definitely the best one I’ve ever taken.

  • Idun
    October 16 2012

    Photo A is amazing! But at the same time, I go for Photo C, as it’s exactly where I was just a few months ago. Or at least it looks a lot like Manele Bay, and I know the Trilogy boat goes there. You’re so lucky to be in Hawaii now! Wish I could go back..
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    • Alex
      October 16 2012

      Photo C was taken at the Four Seasons beach in Lanai… beautiful! Believe me, I wake up every single day and remind myself how lucky I am to be in Hawaii!

  • Chris Shaw
    October 16 2012

    You may be taking fewer photos this week, but you’re not making it easy to pick a clear winner, they’re ALL great!!! I get the whole sunset silhouette position, but man, that beach sure is compelling! I’ll buck the tide and go for the beach,…C !!!!!

    • Alex
      October 16 2012

      Always good to hear a dissenting opinion! Another one for the beach 🙂

  • Stephen S.
    October 16 2012

    Awesome! Great eye for photography. Hawaii is the only state I haven’t been to yet. Is Photo C the frogfish?
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    • Alex
      October 16 2012

      Indeed! He’s kind of hiding in there… they are hard to spot 🙂

  • Kathryn
    October 16 2012

    Tardy response, but AAAAAAA!!!

    • Alex
      October 17 2012

      Is that a scream, or a vote for Photo A? 🙂

  • Stepen S.
    October 16 2012

    Very Cool! I have never heard of such a fish. Great picture!
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