Postcards from Maui

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.

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

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.

28 Comments... Read them below or add one of your own
  • July 8 2014

    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 🙂
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    • July 16 2014

      Maui is such a special place, it makes me want to do all of the islands!

  • Those photos are amazing! I didn’t realize Maui could be so beautiful. I’m very interested in what the ones on the cutting room floor looked like. Thanks for sharing with us.
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  • Cam
    July 8 2014

    Great shots guys! They make me miss Maui…

    • July 16 2014

      Sigh, me too. Every time I look at them!

  • July 9 2014

    Definitely looks like paradise to me…

    I think the very first photo is my favorite.
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  • Your photos really capture the magic of Maui, it truly is a paradise 🙂
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    • July 16 2014

      If anyone ever asked me to define paradise, Maui would definitely be my answer!

  • Ashley
    July 8 2014

    Beautiful photos!

  • July 9 2014

    Really incredible photos you picked. The ones left on the cutting floor must make an impressive Flickr album!

  • July 9 2014

    Clad you got to see a bit of the crater 😉 Lovely photos as always.

    • July 16 2014

      Thanks! It was so good to see you again there. 😉

  • Kerri
    July 9 2014

    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.

    • July 16 2014

      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.

  • Wendy
    July 14 2014

    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.

    • July 16 2014

      You were so smart in your choice to live there. 🙂

  • July 14 2014

    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.

    • July 16 2014

      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. 🙂

      • July 16 2014

        Oh it’s definitely the girl that did it! Wouldn’t have been as dreamy without her:)

  • Wesley Travels
    July 15 2014

    I love these postcards….

  • Nancy D. Brown
    July 16 2014

    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

  • Beautiful postcards! I know it is only a hint of it all too and nothing like in person! Thanks for sharing!
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  • July 22 2014

    Beautiful photos!

  • July 24 2014

    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.
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  • Dean
    September 9 2014

    I really need to get to Hawaii. It looks beautiful!

  • Millie
    January 9 2016

    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.

  • nancy
    January 6 2018

    No ka oi! <3

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