The Beauty of Maui

Inside the 3rd Pool at Shoots & Ladders

Inside the 3rd Pool at Shoots & Ladders

On a vacation to Maui with friends in 2009 we were lucky enough to meet a local girl at the beginning of our trip who showed us all around the island. Shoots & Ladders is the most special place she showed us. Not for the faint of heart, Shoots & Ladders is a daredevil hike down the side of the island around mile marker 34. After a short hike, and a decent down a small ladder, you must climb 150 ft. down a rope tied to a metal pole on the top of a cliff, and that’s only half way down. You still need to scale down another 150 ft. to reach the pools at the bottom. If it sounds scary, that’s because it is. The two people I went with didn’t go farther than that. Resolved to conquer this hike, I continued onto the pools at great personal risk. On this day the waves were crashing all over the tide pools at the bottom of the cliffs. When I finally got down to the bottom it was indescribably exhilarating. I had come to Maui on the heels of a personal tragedy, and swimming in the pools at the bottom of Shoots & Ladders gave me a certain kind of peace that I hadn’t found in a long time. The shot below is a wider reference shot. If you observe the top of the frame, you can see the same colors contained in the photo above. There is also a video I made documenting Shoots & Ladders. Link to Video

Underwater Flower Makahiku Falls
The Whale Tail Waterfall 
aka The Money Shot
Early Morning at Airport Beach
Heart-Shaped Hole
La Perouse Bay
Hypnotic Hana
Inside the 3rd Pool at Shoots & Ladders
The Second & Third Pools at Shoots & Ladders
Covertible View
Black Rock & Beyond No. 1
North Side Fisheye
Pioneer Mill Fisheye
Left to Right Oheo Gulch
Slanted View of 
The Streams at Iao Valley
Olivine Yellow
Rainbow in the Waterfall
The Other Waterfall at Waikamoi
Light Under the Jungle Canopy; Hana, HI
Orange Filter Sunset No. 1
A Different View of Molokai
Orange Filter Sunset No. 2
Radiating Palms
Orange Filter Sunset No. 3
Big Wave in the Sky over S-Turns
Competition Pod 3-to-1
Blowhole Rainbow
Geisha Fabulous
King O’ the Hill
Forgotten Swimming Pool at Iao Valley
Crashing Waves on Lava Rock
A Natural Black & White
Art Restoration in Iao Valley
Pedestrian Crossing, Hana
The Hairy Turn at Shoots & Ladders
The Second Pool at Shoots & Ladders
Black Rock Sunset
Bamboo Forest Fisheye
Spider Web Palm Tree at Airport Beach
View From a Secret Place
Sign Forest, Wainapanapa State Park
White Sands at Baldwin Beach
Old Time Halloween in Lahaina
Slow Shutter to Church