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Dragon’s Teeth on Maui

Dragon's Teeth Maui 1

Dragon's Teeth Maui 2

Dragon's Teeth Maui 3

Dragon's Teeth Maui 4

Dragon's Teeth Maui 4

Dragon's Teeth Sunset

All photos above were taken by Darren McDaniel of  The Maui Darren.  “Sometimes hard to capture the beautiful color of the Dragon’s Teeth area in Kapalua; the soft grey’s often rendering the images muted . My advice: go early in the day, or late for sunset… or bring a good neutral density filter and tripod.”

Dragon’s Teeth is a good example of what can happen when forces of nature collide. As the lava from the West Mau’i Volcano poured into the ocean, fierce wind and waves forced it back and it cooled into a formation that resembles great black teeth. Makalua-puna Point was created from one of the last lava flows on Maui. However, the lava is a little different from the rest of the lava on Maui – it is much lighter, denser, and fine-grained. The wind sweeping over the point caused the lava to harden in an upward fashion. The jagged points of this formation look like dragon’s teeth, thus the name. Honu (sea turtles) often swim close to shore, so peer over the edge and look for them. To get to Dragon’s Teeth take Honoapi’ilani Hwy northeast and turn left onto Office Road just past mile marker 30 – continue reading this at Guide of Hawaii

For more information and direction on Dragon’s Teeth in Kapalua, Maui – go to this page at


Liza Learned Hawaiian Throw Net Fishing At Travaasa Hana

Liza Throw Net Fishing

Continuing with our Travaasa Hana adventure stories, one of the many activities that I really enjoyed doing was learning “Throw Net Fishing”.  Noelle took a photo of me during our lessons at Travaasa Hana, but she didn’t go with us at the bay, so I didn’t have a photo of me actually throw net fishing at Hana Bay.   I did take some photos of some of the “classmates” I had that day. These two young girls are sisters. Their whole family learned the art and skill of Hawaiian Throw Net Fishing, and it was neat to see how they are learning about Hawaiian culture through this activity.

Hawaaiin Throw Net Fishing Hana Maui

Throw Net Fishing Hana Bay via Travaasa Hana

I used to think that fishermen just throw the nets randomly but now I know that there are steps to follow to ensure that we are casting the net right.  We did not catch any fish but it was an insightful experience to learn about this culture of traditional Hawaiian Throw Net Fishing. I learned a lot from our instructor (I wish I wrote down his name, because I can’t remember at this time … will find out and write here soon)

Here is a video of Sarah Sekula explaining the process I learned (just imagine it’s me :) ). First, we learned how to “load” the net. Basically, you hold it in three parts to allow the net to open at a wide angle. This involves looping part of net over your shoulder, lunging and placing another part of the net over your leg – kinda awkward for newbies but the more you do it the more you’d get comfortable and it gets easier.  

Now here is a nice slide show video of  Hawaiian Throw Net Fishing, with upbeat Hawaiian music that I think you will enjoy:

Patience, Timing, Focus and Skill -these are the important components Hawaiian Throw Net Fishing. Read this Hawaiian Throw Net Fishing article and find out more about it.

A hui hou!

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