Chasing Waterfalls~


has stunning waterfalls.

This one is a double.

Hawaii is experiencing a severe seven-year drought.

It would be a triple or more with normal water flow.

Maui in particular is suffering from the drought.

It looks more like drought stricken Southern California, than a verdant tropical paradise.

But, it is still beautiful Maui.

Cheers to you from Moloka’i & Maui~

226 thoughts on “Chasing Waterfalls~

    1. Indeed, you’d think that such places are confined to the imagination, like to Middle Earth’s Shire, and then one is faced with scenery like that… I guess it’s true that reality exceeds imagination 🙃

      As for California, you know how Nevada is referred to as the “silver state” (because of the silver rush), and California as the Golden State? Do you know why?

        1. It’s what I first thought of when I saw the first photo 🙂

          You’d think about California, but no. I was surprised, too. It’s a euphemism for what happens to California in the summer… it’s that “golden” or dead brush… Yes, it’s harsh over a long drought 🥀

    1. It is shocking to return to a place like Maui and literally see the huge difference. It was the same when we returned to The Beagle Channel. So many glaciers were gone დ

      1. Not much, I’m afraid.
        I saw a piece on a place where diving to collect whatever has been a way of life for centuries. These divers can stay under water for exceptionally long periods of time.
        Turns out their bodies have evolved over time. There was something about their spleens evolved, to keep them oxygenated for long periods of time. I thought it would be lungs.
        Anyway, I don’t see how the next couple of generations can evolve fast enough to live in the conditions we leave them. დ

  1. The waterfall looks like it goes on forever and ever. It’s a shame to hear about the drought. So many places are being affected by severe weather that I worry this is the new “normal”.

  2. Incredible waterfall Cindy, and that perspective from the chopper really enhances it beautifully. And yes, it is almost tearful to see such a tropical wonder stricken by the drought like that. It was almost unrecognizable without that lush green and rain everywhere. It still had the low cloud but obviously no rain. It must be eerie seeing it but without feeling that humidity of rain 😀❤️🙏🏽

    1. I hadn’t read about he drought before I got here. I kept thinking it looked too dry, too brown, there were even burned areas, so I googled is Hawaii in a drought? The answer was 7 years and counting. It is very sad, especially coming from a state that is experiencing severe drought. დ

      1. Especially with such profound wildlife there, it can harm many environments permanently. I hope they have things in place to ‘assist’ them through it. The major problem is usually the currents, as in, if they are warmer or colder it affects that rain and their shoals of fish etc aren’t there so that they can feed their young and it wipes out big numbers. Hopefully it is just more localized ❤️🙏🏽

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    1. Yes. Climate change is creating these weather extremes that are altering normal weather patterns in frightening ways. Floods & fires. I hear China is suffering from drought and seeding clouds to create rain დ

        1. Approximately 8,000 people live on Moloka’i, around 166,000 live on Maui by comparison. Around 40% of the people living on Moloka’i are native. They have no traffic lights and the most extensive coral reefs in Hawaii. It is still a uncrowded and undeveloped paradise.

    1. This is definitely true. A couple of years ago we returned to The Beagle Channel with the kids, the second most stunning place I have seen on earth after Antarctica. The massive glaciers and glacier fed waterfalls were being replaced by brown dirt and rocks. It looked so visually different. Very sad დ

    1. Exactly. It is impossible to deny climate change living in California. It is such a slow, inexorably, painful process of dryness, dessication and fire. Browness everywhere, even in Hawaii დ

  4. The waterfalls in all of Hawai’i are stunning. Particularly Maui and Kauai… Beautiful shots of what should be way more water. You still shared such beauty, Cindy

    1. I hadn’t read about it before I got here. But I kept thinking, this looks different. This looks like Southern California, so I googled it. Sure enough, a seven year extended drought. Sad დ

    1. The high mountains on the windward sides still get precipitation. But the drought has been prolonged and is very evident to me since I haven’t been here in awhile. It looks much less verdant დ

  5. Hi Cindy,
    Freud and Jung would see in your first pictures the female archetype.
    Thanks for taking us to Maui.
    All the best
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    1. The source of creation. Jung was brilliantly prescient. Have you listened and watched his video and audio interview tapes? I find them, and him, fascinating. I think his early life near death experience opened up creative insigths in him that were, and still are, profound. Freud to this day underlies so much of what we do in psychotherapy, but Jung operated at a whole different level დ

      1. Dear Cindy,
        Jung always made sure that his approach to psychology is very similar to Freud’s and based on Freud’s approach. The problem with Jung is his lack of systematic thinking. Important concepts like that of archetypes he didn’t clearly define. I prefer Freud for his clear style and thinking.
        Wishing you a wonderful weekend
        The Fab Four of Cley
        🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

        1. Yes. Freud is the underpinning of understanding to this day. I really started appreciating Jung more after I retired and had more time to read and listen to him. Freud identified the unconscious. Jung the collective unconscious. Both were revolutionary.

    1. Unfortunately, I think we may have screwed up Hawaii along with everywhere else. They are having elections now and one the big issues on Maui is how to stop Maui being loved to death by too much tourism. Sad დ

  6. I didn’t realize that Hawaii, too, is suffering a drought. The weather practically everywhere has been just awful, hasn’t it? And here, so many people’s livelihoods depend on weather behaving.

    1. It is awful to see and to experience. I wasn’t aware of Hawaii’s drought either, until I got here looked around, and googled, “Is Hawaii in a drought?” People are dependent on the weather behaving. In Hawaii, farmers who can’t grow their crops are applying for subsidies to try and survive დ

      1. Makes me wonder what’s going to happen to our world if we can’t grow enough crops to feed ourselves. And did you hear about the temperature being 125 (!) by 2053 or some such??? Ouch, indeed!

    1. Remember The Ancient Mariner stuck dehydrating in the becalmed sea, crying, “Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink.” Hopefully Coleridge wasn’t prescient დ

      1. I fell in love with Oslo and wanted to return. Most of Norway, Sweden and Denmark we see on foreign language films and shows on MhZ which we watch almost daily. Listen in the foreign language and read subtitles which often do not include the more colorful words if you get my drift. It is hard to envision a drought in Hawaii though. Enjoy your time there! oxox

        1. I agree with you, Oslo is wonderful. We love and have been all over Norway. Svalbard and Greenland was on the calendar when covid hit. I like Nordkapp, all of happy Norway is special.

          1. Cindy, great to hear of places I have been to and some which are on the bucket list. Greenland has intrigued me too. Lucky you to have explored most of Norway. Perhaps someday. Meanwhile, I can live through the eyes of others and read of their adventures. Enjoy your day and week ahead. oxox

  7. How on earth did you get those fabulous shots – are you a mountain goat?? Our drought has just broken and the relief is palpable. I hope rains will come for many states.

    1. Smiling. I wish I could climb like a Mountain Goat! I took in them a helicopter with the doors off. Congratulations on the end of your drought. That is so worthy of celebration! It is sad living in an extended drought region დ

      1. Wow – that is even more exciting/scary! You are quite the adventurer. We had an extended drought for some years in Texas and then the weather patterns shifting and we had floods. Mother Nature has us in her grasp.

  8. You are certainly getting around. Doors off on Molokai. Another chopper excursion around Maui(?)

    I believe they’re receiving less than half of their annual rainfall amounts. While the amount they’re receiving seems a lot for us on the mainland, for them it is a significant shortfall for them. A tropical ecosystem is much more sensitive to such changes. And, of course, they are experiencing the same water issues caused by growth and development.

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  10. It is still beautiful. I did not know Hawaii was experiencing a drought. I will be praying for it. I know when we were not getting the rain we needed in June and July, I was really concerned for the farmers, who are dealing with enough issues, but in August, we have had so much rain! I was never so happy to see the rain. 🙂

  11. Quiet Thinker

    Our planet is getting hot in an unprecedented rate. Years to come may witness more of severe droughts ending these beautiful waterfalls.

  12. I hadn’t heard about Hawaii’s drought. Somehow that really drives home how wide-ranging and incisive changes in the climate affect even place one might consider safe from certain scenarios. Not so. 🙁

  13. Thank you for sharing…You truly are living my dream. I’m a waterfall junky and every road trip I take it has to lead me to a waterfall. My bucket list of waterfalls Maui. I’ll see you one day.

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