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Hawaii Food And Wine Festival on Maui

When we think of Maui, some of the first things that comes to mind are beautiful sunsets, blue ocean and sandy white beaches, scenic drive on the Road to Hana including waterfalls and bamboo forrest and sunrise at Haleakala. I am sure you will have your own addition to what I’ve mentioned. Maybe a wedding or honeymoon here on Maui, the hiking adventures, scuba diving and snorkeling and the famous whale watch.  I love all those.   And now, when I think of Maui, I think of those things, plus.  What do I mean by “plus” – because there are so much more.  the local food, the ocean vodka, the fresh gourmet dishes prepared from “farm to table”, and so on….

Hawaii Food And Wine Festival on Maui

Last night I was invited to attend the “Maui on My Mind” a signature event at the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa. This inagural event on Maui is part of the on-going Hawaii Food and Wine Festival. As Melissa Chang from  Frolic Hawaii described it – This event has “nine renowned chefs took locally grown, raised and caught products and made exquisite new dishes; nine winemakers from around the world offered a variety of wines for pairing. Mixologist Chandra Lucariello of Southern Wine & Spirits and Aaron Alcala-Mosley of Cow Pig Bun created refreshing cocktails that were big hits with the crowd.” It was a fabulous night! I posedt and shared real time photos  last night. This morning I created an album on Facebook: go to Hawaii Food And Wine 2015 photo album to see the food photos, and more!

It was a successful inaugural event and I am looking for the next one in year 2016!



Majestic Haleakala by Andrew Shoemaker

Haleakala Mountain Maui

“Rise of Kilo”

I captured this moment at sunset on top of Haleakala as tropical storm Kilo was making it’s presence known to us here in the islands. We experienced flooding, and lot of thunder and lightning which I personally enjoy and it was very special to observe a storm happening around you and below you while you’re at 10,000 feet above the clouds :)  This moment was the calm before the storm and before you ask, yes the clouds are purple here! There is no color added to this image. I hope you enjoy …

Into The Crater

“Into the Crater”

A glimpse down into the crater of Haleakala at sunset this past weekend. We got very intense colors from the sky and with all of the storms below the clouds, I was the only one here photographing this for quite some time. I’m sure I’ll never again have Haleakala all to myself!



Upon arrival at Haleakala’s crater, I found this scene unfolding before my eyes. I was the only person there due to the storms happening below, and it’s as if Haleakala decided to reveal itself just to be photographed. Very surreal feeling having this scene to yourself! Much Aloha.

Haleakala Maui 4

“New Heights”

I captured this scene while soaring above the majestic Haleakala Crater in a helicopter here on Maui. It was very interesting seeing the crater from this perspective as you’re usually looking up at it or standing at it’s edge to view sunrise. Maui from the air was absolutely spectacular!


Mahalo Andrew Shoemaker for allowing me to showcase your Haleakala Photos here on A Maui Blog.  Haleakala is one of my most favorite places here on Maui, and you have captured some of it’s majesty.

To see more of Andrew’s work (and purchase a piece of art you like), visit Andrew Shoemaker Photography Website.


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