Maui Is So Full Of Beauty

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I have been here in Maui for the past 3 weeks visiting my Mom.  While we have been together, we have been exploring the island, and taking in all of the beauty around.  This is my Mom.  She is also my best friend and confidant.  She is an absolute blessing in my life!


Today we drove to the Maui Tropical Plantation here on the island.  I have driven by this plantation several times and yet, I had no idea that it was so large and beautiful. 

When you walk into the souvenir shop, you will find fresh fruits and vegetables that are grown there on the plantation grounds.  As you exit the other side of the building, you come to a beautiful landscaped area with a small man made lake.  Below is the lake and public access area.  You will see a green box in the left lower corner of the picture.  That is a feed box stocked with duck food for the public to throw to the ducks. 

    Tropical Plantation

 As you venture out further into the plantation, you will find yourself surrounded by a plethora of beautiful and fragrant flowers.  Everywhere you look, there is another unique blossom, plant, or tree.  The photo below is a bundle of flowers that have opened on a tree.  These trees are so bazaar how they blossom before they grow in their new leaves.  Often you will see a clump of flowers sticking out of the end of a baron branch. 


Other flowers grow on the trees and bushes, (shrubs), and are in a variety of amazing colors. 


I had never seen a lot of these types of flowers before.  They are so different than the flowers that we grow in Washington. 


Everywhere you look, there is a new and unique type of flower!

Maui Flowers

The colors are magnificent!  If I lived here full time I would have a yard covered in flowers!

maui trees

When you walk further into the back of the plantation, there are several rows of trees.  There are mangos, bananas, avocados, and macadamia nut trees.  In the photo below, the mango trees are loaded with mangos.


Off to the right of the photo below is the banana tree orchard.  The bananas here are a bit smaller than the bananas that we buy in the store.  They are a bit sweeter in taste.  The mountains behind the plantation is where the IAO (pronounced e o) Valley is located.  This is where the Hawaiian Battle of Kepaniwai took place.

tropical plantation

The sugarcane shown below is the main crop here on Maui.  There has been a lot of controversy here on the island between central Maui and east Maui over the growth of the sugarcane. Maui

This large tool is what they use to harvest the sugarcane after the crop has been burned to remove the grassy like leaves.


There are so many things to see and do here.  I enjoy learning about the culture and history of the Hawaiian natives.  I am off again to go and explore with Mom.  We will be visiting the sight of the battle that I mentioned above.  Hope you all have a great week and I will see you soon on the Rain!!

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Comments (21)

Patricia Aulson
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

I'd love to se it some day perhaps....Sure looks beautiful.

Patricia/Seacoast NH

Mar 22, 2010 11:39 AM
Marlene Hoffman - Naples Beach Condos
Downing-Frye Realty, Inc. - Naples, FL

Lovely, Dawn.  Some of the flowers are grown here in FL also.  Sounds like you are having fun. :0)

Mar 22, 2010 11:54 AM
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

Looks like you get to spend three weeks in paradise with a fun Mom who's also your best friend.  It doesn't get better than that.  Enjoy!

Mar 22, 2010 02:54 PM
Andy Chaudoir
Professional Inspection Services - Georgetown, Texas - Georgetown, TX
Your Home Inspection Connection in Central Texas

Hello Dawn - Thanks for the trip to Maui.  We hope to be there in September for the Maui Marathon.  Have a great week.

Mar 22, 2010 06:24 PM
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Grants Pass, OR - Bend, OR
The Savvy Broker - ABR, CRS

Your Mother is very beautiful and so are your pictures of Maui. I hope to visit the island some day!

Mar 22, 2010 07:09 PM
Peter and Dawn Smith
Circle Shot Media - Vancouver, WA

Aloha Micheal,

Thank you very much.  Most people think that we are sisters when we are out together.  Yes, I am very lucky.  I have 10 more days here!  If you are ever in the area, give us a hollar!  Maui No Ka Oi!  Enjoy your week!



Mar 22, 2010 10:09 PM
Peter and Dawn Smith
Circle Shot Media - Vancouver, WA

Aloha Patricia,

If you ever do have the chance, I am sure you would enjoy it here.  I know I sure do.  It is beautiful here!



Mar 22, 2010 10:35 PM
Peter and Dawn Smith
Circle Shot Media - Vancouver, WA

Aloha Marlene,

You are lucky to have such beautiful flowers there in Florida.  I wish they would grow in Washington.  I love all of the bright colors.  Have a great week! 



Mar 22, 2010 10:36 PM
Peter and Dawn Smith
Circle Shot Media - Vancouver, WA

Aloha Andy,

You are quite welcome!  I hope that you get to come over in September.  I was here in September 09 for a month.  If you make it out, let us know!  You have a great week too!



Mar 22, 2010 10:39 PM
Peter and Dawn Smith
Circle Shot Media - Vancouver, WA

Aloha Lora,

You are so right about that!!  I am pretty lucky.  Enjoy your week! 



Mar 22, 2010 10:40 PM
Peter and Dawn Smith
Circle Shot Media - Vancouver, WA

Aloha Melinda,

Thanks!!  If you do ever get a chance to come over to the island, I am sure you will really enjoy it.  It is not hard to do!  If so... let us know!  Have a wonderful week.



Mar 22, 2010 10:42 PM
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

Hi Dawn - your photos are wonderful - your Mom is gorgeous :) I love the shot of the mountains in the background - perfect!


Mar 23, 2010 02:22 AM
Sharon Paxson
Sharon Paxson, Realtor® EQTY Forbes Global Properties - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

Dawn - thanks for sharing your photos of Maui - it really is one of my favorite places. The flowers are so beautiful, and they are unique.

Mar 23, 2010 03:07 AM
John Thomas
E3 Green HOMES - Boulder, CO
EcoBroker, MSEE, MBA

Really great photos Dawn...luck you to be able to visit your mom there for an extended time away. And good for your mom to be able to live in such a beautiful place. Thanks for letting the rest of us do a little arm chair traveling.

Mar 23, 2010 07:33 AM
Deena Cottingham
GreenApple Staging & Images, Calgary Staging & Photography - Calgary, AB
Home Stager & Photographer

You are very fortunate, Dawn -- both to have such a great relationship with your Mom . . . and that she lives in Maui!

Mar 23, 2010 08:05 AM
Peter and Dawn Smith
Circle Shot Media - Vancouver, WA

Hi Debi,

Thanks so much!  Mom said to tell you that you are her new best friend!:)  I went up into the mountains that are in that photo yesterday.  Wow!  It is gorgeous.  There is a stream that runs off of the mountains up there that I went wading in.  It is really cold because it is run off from the mountains.  It really felt good though because it was so hot here.  I have been busy getting our fan page set up the last 2 days.  You are right, not easy!!  I finally have figured it out.  I almost e-mailed you to get some help as I was pulling my hair out!  Have a great Wednesday:)!


Mar 23, 2010 09:25 PM
Peter and Dawn Smith
Circle Shot Media - Vancouver, WA

Hi Sharon,

Thank you and mine too!!  It is so hard to go home after being here for so long.  I really miss it when I am gone.  One of these days we will sell everything and move here!!  I too, love the flowers here.  So many different varieties and they are all so fragrant and colorful.  Enjoy your Wednesday!:)


Mar 23, 2010 09:30 PM
Peter and Dawn Smith
Circle Shot Media - Vancouver, WA

Aloha John,

Thank you very much!  Yes, I am very lucky!  I am glad to share the pictures so that you can "visit" from home.  I really enjoyed your post about Boulder with all of the photos of the rock formations.  I was born in Boulder so it is nice to see the pictures and read about the area.  Have a great Wednesday!:)



Mar 23, 2010 09:40 PM
Peter and Dawn Smith
Circle Shot Media - Vancouver, WA

Aloha Deena,

I must agree with you!  I absolutely am very lucky!  Mom is a great woman and I am so thankful to have a close relationship with her.  It doesn't hurt that she lives in paradise!:)  Have a great Wednesday!


Mar 23, 2010 09:45 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Your mom looks so young!  Great lineup of pictures you took.  The Maui Tropical Plantation is so pretty isn't it?!

Mar 27, 2010 09:10 PM