Maui Postcards Feature

Postcards from Maui

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Words by Dalene Heck / Photography by Pete Heck

It is always a difficult task to curate our best photos from one destination, but this time was especially trying.Because everything about Maui IS a postcard.

Our process usually goes like this: Pete will do the first cut, and present me with about 50-60 photos to choose from. Then I do another pass, saying yay or nay as we work through the entire list.

And then, sometimes, bickering begins. The goal is to get the list down to a manageable size, but because we both have our own ideas and favourites, our voices can rise in volume and our tones turn snarky in this process.

The bickering began a little earlier this time as we each found it so hard to cut down on the list at all. And it wasn’t just about disputing the composition or intensity of color in the photos – so many photos evoked personal emotion in us, making it hard to dismiss them. There were those that reminded us of the endearing Aloha spirit, our blissful day on the beach at Napili Kai, or that sunset that shocked us around a corner on the Road to Hana. So many moments on Maui became special memories for us.

Before our trip, people often whispered paradise about this mystical island, and now we understand. Because it truly is.

So here is our best take on Maui in our ongoing postcard series. We managed to bicker our way down to only 18 photos, but many, many, worthy gems were left on the cutting room floor.

Secret Beach Sunset
Along the Kapalua Coastal Walk
Maui Flower
Sunset from Wailea
Road to Hana
Hamoa Beach
SUP Maui
Napili Kai
Hawaii State Flag on Koki Beach
Maui Mailboxes
Maui Lava Rocks
Along the Road to Hana
Wailea Beach
View from Napili Kai Beach Resort
Maui Sunset

wait! there’s more.

If you have been following along on Facebook and Twitter (which we really hope you are!) then you may have noticed us talking about our latest social media obsession: Trover.

It is an extremely handy app for posting and finding real travel “discoveries”. Think Instagram but without the insane number of selfies, or juicy Pinterest photos but with real travel tips and geotag information that can help you find that locale by yourself.

We’ve been using it religiously for the past few months and have discovered that not only is it great for us to discover real finds on our own, but we can help share more with you about the locations we visit. So, here is our curated guide to Maui, including treasures that we and other Trover-ers have found. Enjoy!

Maui Guide – a photo list by Hecktic Travels

Many thanks to the Maui Visitors Bureau for having us. As always, all opinions are our own.

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  1. Those are absolutely beautiful pictures! I can see why it was so difficult to narrow it down. I’m sure some of the ones you didn’t end up choosing are gorgeous, too. Hawaii is near the top of my list of places to visit, I can’t wait 🙂

  2. Wow, such amazing photos. I love the one of the little flower and the mail boxes. I’ve been looking a Trover and I really like the idea of it.

    1. I like both of those too, it is hard to pick a favorite. I hope you come find us on Trover! We really are enjoying it – it’s so useful.

  3. Thank you for sharing Maui’s aloha with the world. I’ve lived here 12 years and the beauty of this stunning island continues to amaze me.

  4. The one with the girl on the beach is definitely my favorite. I especially like how her footprints are so clearly visible in the sand.

    1. Glad you liked it! That’s one that caused a bit of bickering as there is also one without her in the shot. I’m glad we went with this one though. 🙂

  5. My favorite postcard is the one in front of Napili Kai with the stand up paddler. I have fond memories of my first trip to Maui with my parents. We stayed at Napii Kai and then returned there on my honeymoon with my husband. Postcards are for creating memories. Mahalo

  6. These pictures are just stunning! Very impressive! I imagine it was difficult to choose the pictures:) I had the same experience when I was in India, some many experiences and beautiful landscapes.
    I’m also a huge Trover fan. I discovered this app recently and it comes in really handy.

  7. Sigh… lovely post. Thank you. I went to Maui once last year, then three times this year, and still haven’t seen all I want to see! You can just stay happily in one spot there and just soak it in through all your senses, absorb the Aloha. Ahhh…the scent, the sound of birds and breezes. So healing.

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