Photographer's Note

If you ever get a chance to stomach a drive around the island of Maui you will see some of the old and still populated villages and homes where you'd never think of anyone ever living, but they are and with perfect harmony with nature and the sea. Below is some information I pulled from the following website:

Still enjoying my son's visit from Maui and I'm thinking maybe it's time for us to move back and take life easy...........have a great week everyone.......Buddy


Kahakaloa is Located north past Kapalua, about a 40-60 minute drive.

Information & History

Kahakaloa is a small isolated village at the end of a valley. The village is home to about 100 people and their homes, two lovely churches, and several roadside stands including the Panini Pua Kea fruit stand and Ululani by the Bay, a pink cart with sodas and snacks run by Ululani Ho'opi'i, wife of recording artist Richard Ho'opi'i of the Ho'opi'i Brothers. You won't find a gas station or restaurant here, but you will find very friendly people.

After you climb the hill on the other side of the village, keep your eye out for the Kaukini Gallery and Gift Shop on the right hand side of the road. Maui artist Karen Lei Noland started the gallery on the ranch that once belonged to her grandparents. Here you'll find selections of Noland's original paintings and prints. The Gallery exhibits the hand-made works of over 100 local artists from Maui and the other Islands of Hawai. In the Kaukini Gallery Collection you will find paintings, ceramics, jewelry, koa woodwork and prints. It's a great place to shop for that special souvenir or gift from Maui.

The views back into the valley from the parking area are spectacular. You're likely to see some cattle grazing on a distant hillside. Looking towards the ocean you'll see Kahakuloa Head. The view of it here, however, is less spectacular than those you get as you approach from the other side of Kahakuloa Village.

Kahakuloa Head is 636 feet high and is best known historically for King Kahekili's Leap. In the mid-1700's Maui's last independent rule, King Kahekili, the chief rival of Kamehameha I. spent time in this area. Legend says that in the early morning, the King would climb up the hill and "leap" into the ocean below from about the 200 foot height.

There is a trail leading to the top of Kahakuloa Head, but it is very narrow and dangerous to traverse.

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Buddy Denmark (PecoBud) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 408 W: 0 N: 912] (3824)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2009-09-01
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/4.5, 1/320 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2012-05-28 12:07
Viewed: 1978
Points: 24
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