“Pic of the Week”. May 3, 2013. Rainbow over West Maui

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If you want to see lots of rainbows — almost too many to count — Maui is the place you should go.   The frequent showers carried in by the trade-winds usually don’t last long and give way to brilliant sunshine.  The sunlight is dispersed when it hits the water droplets in the air and, voila —  a magical rainbow!  Often Maui’s rainbows span a full hundred and eighty degrees and double rainbows are common.

I like this photo because you can see the lush green bulk of the West Maui Mountains (an eroded volcano) framed behind the rainbow, which seems to stretch to “infinity and beyond!”

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The Valley Island of Maui: 3) Central, Upcountry and South Maui

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The largest stretch of (relatively) flat land on Maui is the valley between the two volcanoes, Haleakala and the West Maui Mountains.  This area is commonly called “Central Maui” and it’s here most locals live.  “Upcountry Maui” refers to those communities that lie within a thousand meters or so of sea level on the lower slopes of Haleakala abutting Central Maui, an area that tends to be cooler and greener and that’s popular with cowboys and ranchers.  “South Maui” refers to the stretch of coast on Haleakala’s southwestern rain-shadow, just south of Central Maui.  South Maui is a very dry and popular tourist area with great beaches, upscale resorts and lots of golf.

Rainbow over sugar cane field, Central Maui

Besides its thousands of homes, Central Maui is mostly …

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