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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.


Hawaiian Monk Seal – Let’s Help Save In Ways We Can


Photo Credit: Alexandre Lauder

The Hawaiian monk seal is a species in crisis. There are currently fewer than 1,100 seals remaining and their numbers continue to decline by 4% per year. The challenges they face are numerous including shark predation, human disturbance and habituation, fishery interactions, habitat loss, entanglement in marine debris, infectious disease, and even intentional killings. If the current population trends aren’t reversed, the population is expected to slip below 1,000 within the next few years.

Hawaiian Monk Seal chillin at Maui Sunset

Photo Credit: Bazza Duck

Key Facts about the Hawaiian Monk Seal:

  • The Hawaiian Monk Seal is one of the most endangered species in the world
  • They are endemic to the Hawaiian Islands and exist nowhere else in the world
  • Habitat covers 1,240 miles from the Northwest Hawaiian Islands to the main Hawaiian Islands
  • The Hawaiian name is ‘Ilio-holo-i-ka-uaua, which translates to dog running in the rough seas
  • Monk Seals are the oldest species of seals on the planet

Photo Credit: Darren MacDaniel

The Maui Darren‘s Top Five things you can do to help:
1.) Let ’em be! Give ’em space (100′ or more), use a zoom.
2.) Call it in 808.292.2372 on Maui!
3.) Educate. Endangered!
4.) Be the Champion. Spread the Word!
5.) Volunteer, Donate!

Hawaiian Monk Seal Bazza Duck

Photo Credit: Bazza Duck

Facebook Pages of Organizations Helping Save the Hawaiian Monk Seals from extinction
Photo Credit: Mark Goldberg

Photo Credit: Mark Goldberg

Oahu: (808) 220-7802
Kauai: (808) 651-7668
Molokai: (808) 553-5555
Maui & Lanai: (808) 292-2372
East Hawaii: (808) 756-5961
West Hawaii: (808) 987-0765
Hawaiian Monk Seal & Sunset

Photo Credit: Bazza Duck

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