Maui's Iao Needle guards the lush valley floor of Iao valley. The 2,250 foot-high needle is surrounded by cliffs of the dormant volcano, Pu'u Kukui. It is a basaltic pinnacle that has survived eons of erosion by water.
In 1790, the king of the Big Island, Kamehameha the Great invaded Maui. Both sides in the war were fairly equal except Kamehameha had a cannon. With it, he was able to annihilate the Maui forces. The battle backed up Maui's troops up the rocky trails of Iao Valley where his troops killed almost everyone. The natives called the battle Ka'uwa'u-pali, "clawed off the cliff" and Kapaniwai, "damming of the waters.
Moments before this shot, a sudden torrential rain began falling. I sheltered my 645 camera under my poncho and hunkered on the ridgeline. I thought it was going to be a long time before I could get a reasonable image, but nearly as soon as the rain started, it cleared and I got this shot.
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batalay (36978) 2008-11-24 6:15
The great German physicist, Werner Heisenberg (Nobel Laureate and author of the "Uncertainty Principle") once pronounced, "You can never overestimate how much pleasure it gives a man to hear/see what he already knows." So it is for me with this remarkable view of Iao Needle, which I saw in 1992. It is an isolated world that must resemble a distant prehistoric time, with the ubiquitous fog, but lush vegetation. You vantage point for the image is perfect! It shows the needle with its sharpest configuration. You also scanned the side and post-processed it effectively. Warm regards,