Maui, the second largest island in the Hawaiian island chain behind the Big Island of Hawaii, is nicknamed the Valley Isle. This name derives from the fact that the island is made up of two volcanoes (a volcanic doublet), where the lava flowed between the two to create an isthmus or valley connecting them. The older volcano to the west rises 5,777 feet above sea level and the younger volcano, Haleakala is more than 10,000 feet above sea level!
Like most islands, Maui is filled with microclimates, from extremely wet areas to drier regions; warm regions to surprisingly cold ones (10,000’ elevation on Haleakala will do that, even if on a tropical island!) Within these varied climates, Maui offers everything any one would ever want in a tropical island vacation. There are iconic beaches, with soft sand and turquoise waters. There is snorkeling to see the tropical fish and famed Hawaiian honu, as well as plenty of beach chairs for a good read while sipping a lilikoi (passion fruit) drink.
Yet Maui also has plenty for the more adventurous – there’s kite surfing in Kahului, SCUBA diving at the partially sunken crater of Molokini, mountain biking down Haleakala volcano, world class surfing at Ho’okipa Beach, a rainforest hike in Iao Valley, horseback riding with Hawaiian cowboys (paniolo) in Makawao and a 2+ hour, 600+ turn, winding road drive to Hana! If so inclined, you can start your day at sunrise in 30 degree weather at the top of a volcano and end your day in 85 degrees watching whales breach and sipping Mai Tai’s along the shores at a lively bar in the old whaling town of Lahaina.
Needless to say, Maui offer no shortage of creative adventures. Join me in this week’s prompt as we discover the colorful island of Maui, Hawaii.
Maui, no ka `oi!
Daily Creative Wanderlust Prompts: Maui, Hawaii
Monday – Draw tropical fish.
Tuesday – Take a photo of an old tree in your area (celebrating Lahaina, Maui’s almost 250yr old Banyan tree.)
Wednesday – Create a watercolor wash of a Maui sunset (with palm tree silhouette.)
Thursday – Write a children’s story of a whale coming to Hawaii for the winter to find love.
Friday – Create a vintage Hawaiian collage.
(Note: all links above are to be used as inspiration only. Notice colors, shapes, aesthetic and elements to then create your own, unique art.)
Examples of Some Creative Wanderlust Prompts: Maui, Hawaii
Here are some examples created with the prompts above.