3/20/09

Tropical Topics, Maui Edition: Short hike on the road to Hāna.

As Maui was having exceptional, unpredictable rains during our visit and we prepared mostly for dry, sun-related leisure, we took only one hike walk in nature during our two-day visit--just a short trip somewhere near the 8-mile mark on the Road to Hāna. Note that the guide book Maui tourists rely on describes this trail as unremarkable and mostly just a good place to stretch your legs.

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A melastome, possibly a relative of my Princess Plant (Tibouchina urvilleana)?

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The paths relied on roots.

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What is most remarkable about these pictures to me now is that 45 minutes later, we were on the desert road to Lahaina where things looked downright Californian in comparison to the rain forest shown here.

3 comments:

Christopher C. NC said...

Jungly. The other remarkable thing about the real forest, not native at all, is how green it is with very little color like you see and expect in tropical landscaping.

Jenn said...

SO GREEN!

Karen said...

My in-laws live out there, I can ask them for plant ID if you like. FIL is a big-time tropical gardener and would likely know common and botanical names for practically everything you saw. Hope you had a nice trip!