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Travel & Design by designgush: Maui

One subject that has inspired artists and designers since the beginning of time is the sheer perfection of nature.  What better place to find & be inspired by exotic natural beauty than on the remote island of Maui.  Located 2,390 miles from California, 3,850 miles from Japan, 4,900 miles from China, and 5,280 miles from the Philippines, Maui & the islands of Hawaii are the most isolated population center on the face of the earth.

Maui by designgush

Due to the islands’ isolation, there are many plants and animals that evolved into separate species.  As man began to inhabit the islands, he brought with him species that adapted well to the new ecosystem, pushing out some of the indigent species. Today, continuing efforts to preserve Maui’s natural flora & fauna are in place.  Below are the Hala Tree (Pandanus tectorius) but I unofficially think of these as the Dr. Seuss Waltz.  Their multi-limbed trunks are rooted into the earth in the most unusual and fascinating way.

Maui by designgush

Maui by designgush

Maui and the islands of Hawaii were formed thousands of years ago by under-sea volcanoes that erupted in the ocean.  Today much of the landscape is covered in black lava rock as seen below paired with unusual climbing-vine plants.

Maui by designgush

Maui by designgush

The tropical plants seen below are two different types of Bromeliads.  Pineapples are part of the Bromeliad family and were considered an exotic fruit when brought back to Europe by Spanish Conquistadors in the 15th & 16th century. Today, more than one-third of the world’s commercial supply of pineapples comes from Hawaii.  The color accents of these plants below seem strategically designed creating a focal point for their simple beauty.

Maui by designgush

Maui by designgush

This Ti Plant (Cordyline terminalis) has especially full and bright red leaves and this Jade Flower remains one of the most unusual, sometimes used in leis.

Maui by designgush

And while you’re in Maui make sure to take some excursions.  The Road to Hana is nothing more than a simple & beautiful journey around the larger portion of the island.  Stopping off along the way, you can find roadside markets selling local fruits and treats.

Maui by designgush

Ask the natives which tree along the road to leave your car at while you forge along the bamboo forests’ paths in search of a little slice of island heaven.

Maui by designgush

Once in Hana, visit the Wai’anapanapa Parks where you can see and swim in the Seven Sacred Pools and be humbled by larger-than-life waterfalls.

Maui by designgush

And enjoy the beautiful and lyrical language of the Hawaiian alphabet which has only 12 letters: H, K, L, M, N, P, W plus the five vowels.

If you’re interested in seeing more inspiring photos of Maui’s exotic flora, check out this great photo stream.

Aloha’oe a hui hou!

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