Postcards from Hawaii

Words by Dalene Heck / Photography by Pete Heck
Heading to the eastern end of Molokai we passed a shirtless, well-tanned man sitting on a guradrail amidst tall emerald grass curling all around him. He was, as far as we could tell while driving at the speed limit, tuning his ukelele.

Could we have possibly seen anything more typically Hawaiian? Actually, the answer was yes, on that small island that is often described as being “old” Hawaii. From the magical afternoon spent with cultural icons, to the explicit reminder on road signs that things are different there. There is no spa, no luau offered just for tourists. Molokai is as off-beaten as it gets in this clump of islands in the middle of the Pacific.

And then there were some subtle, but mostly drastic, changes when we made the quick hop to Lanai. Palm trees were replaced by Cook pines, the soil was a vibrant burnt red and cool breezes cut through the sun’s punishing rays. It was as laid-back and casual as Molokai but a little more polished in order to cater to the tourists that usually crawl the island. With the two big resorts closed for renovations, it was much quieter than we expected.

And then onto Maui with even bigger changes. Modern in infrastructure and offerings and with a bigger population, tourism is much more present. Maui didn’t fail to surprise us though, even on the second time around, of the abundant laid-back Hawaiian spirit. And that second experience cemented our fond opinion for us. Even when seen at its most commercial, Hawaii stands out as the most adored state we’ve ever visited.

Although only tiny plane rides exist between the islands, it was startling, when seen back to back, how different they all really are. There truly is something for everyone.

Although only tiny plane rides exist between them, it was startling, when seen back to back, how different these Hawaiian islands really are.

Molokai Postcard
Slow Down Molokai
Molokai Pier
Molokai Surf Board Driveway
Kaunakakai Street Scene
White Plumeria
Molokai Coconuts
Molokai Beaches
Molokai Post Office
Molokai Coastline
Molokai Beach Trails
Lanai Postcard
Sweethearts Rock Lanai
Lanai Sunset
Lanai Sunset Pines
Hulopoe Beach Lanai
Lanai Golden Hour
Lanai Puu Pehe Sunrise
Lanai Cat Sanctuary
Maui Postcard
Grand Wailea Night
Wailea Beach Sunset
Wailea Beach Maui

This post is dedicated to Keli’i Brown of the Maui Visitors Bureau who recently passed away. We were blessed to work with him, to share ha with him, and to call him hoaloha. He will be forever missed and remembered.

where we stayed

For our last few days in Maui we were welcomed back into the magnificent Grand Wailea. For a full review on our experience there, read this.

Our trip to Hawaii was courtesy of the Molokai Visitors Association, the Lanai Visitor Bureau and the Maui Visitors Bureau. All opinions, as always, are our own.

16 Comments... Read them below or add one of your own
  • Mom
    December 23 2015

    Sending condolences to Family & friends of Keli’i Brown and hoping they follow this website to know thoughts are with them.

  • December 23 2015

    This is some absolutely stunning photography, I’ve never really had a burning desire to visit Hawaii but congratulations – you’ve succeeded in stoking a new fire. Already skyscanning airfare…

    • December 30 2015

      Glad you enjoyed Kayti! Truth be told, we never expected much from Hawaii, but now it is one of our favourite spots on the planet!

  • December 23 2015

    You captured the islands beautifully! From the landscapes to the details. So sorry to hear about your friend at the visitors bureau, I’m sure you did him proud by your images and stories.
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  • December 23 2015

    Great work!! You captured the place and atmosphere beautifully. There are some images in here that tell me you’ve jumped to a whole new level; compositionally speaking, I think this is your best work yet!!
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  • December 23 2015

    Good writeup. I like how you composed those shots. I’ve only been to Maui, which is pretty developed. But if you go out towards Hana, it gets quiet real quick.

    • December 30 2015

      We LOVED Hana, on our very brief visit. Would love to spend some more time out there.

  • Wendy Harvey
    December 23 2015

    Beautiful…mahalo

  • Stunning photography! I’ve heard mixed reviews about Maui from friends, but I’ll just have to decide for myself someday!
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  • December 27 2015

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to all! G Thank You Dalene and Pete for the wonderful vistas… enjoy your day everyone!
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    • December 30 2015

      Thanks Cathy! Happy holidays to you!

  • January 3 2016

    A great article about a place I want to visit so bad. At the moment unfortunately out of our budget, but we’ll make it one day. Your pictures are mindblowing – Wow!

  • January 24 2016

    I lover the photos incredible place
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  • February 2 2016

    Eye-striking photography, I must say! Each of the splendid clicks show the beauty of the Hawaii land. Travellers who love exploring new destination can add this place to their bucket list. Thanks for sharing this amazing post with us.

  • Beautiful photos! I definitely think ukulele whenever I picture Hawaii. Thanks for sharing!

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