These are really special plants; they only grow in one place in the whole world: at the top of the dormant volcano Haleakala!
Another whale sighting for us... we saw this towards the end of March, when the humpbacks are getting ready for their migration back to Alaska. In this group, there are numerous males fighting over one female as the time for mating runs short.
We went for a snorkel trip in Lanai, and on the way back to Maui we saw a pod of spinner dolphins. These dolphins swam by our boat and jumped and did lots of tricks.
Every year, from about November to April, humpback whales migrate to Maui from Alaska to give birth to calves. The warm, shallow waters by Maui are a safe place for mother whales to raise their young.
We were just hiking by the water at home, and we saw this turtle! There are tons of them in Maui.
Aedes japonicus, Kahakapao, Makawao Forest Reserve, E. Maui
Aedes japonicus on E. Maui.
Aedes japonicus caught in the act of taking a blood meal.
Aedes albopictus trying to feed on photographer.
Aedes albopictus captured while photographing other insects. Note central white stripe on thorax.
Looks a little like a cardinal but only the head is red
Green body, peach chest, red on head