Our hotel, Hale Pau Hana (HPH). Our room was in building at right; 2d floor.
View from our deck at HPH pretty much every evening [ho hum] (^;.
Brown anole (Anolis sagrei, a.k.a. Norops sagrei). Introduced. Native to Cuba/ Bahamas.
Green area in the distance is the "chin" of Maui (arrow in picture below).
There are dozens of beaches along the Kihei/ Wailea/ Makena coast.
We spent several hours every day walking along beaches. Our favorite activity!
Kaho'olawe island (see map above) in the distance.
We often walked to this area (south of HPH) to look for sea turtles feeding on the rocks.
Large flock of colorful parakeet-type birds.
We got 2 "noodles" to help keep us up while snorkeling or just bobbing in the water. Blue
and green are colors of Seattle Seahawks -- favorite football team of one of our grandkids.
Cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis). Introduced to Hawai'i in 1959. Native to Europe/ Africa/ Asia.
Gold dust day gecko (Phelsuma laticauda). Introduced. Native to Madagascar. Often sitting on the
railing right outside our door. Inset (not my photo) is to give a better idea of what they look like.
Start of a long beach (even farther south from HPH) extending from Mana Kai Maui hotel (in background)
to Andaz Maui (luxury hotel) and Wailea Elua Village (luxury apartments). We walked this beach every day.
Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas), in shallow water right off the beach in front of HPH. Dozens of
these guys swam up & down the coast every day, looking for vegetation to eat off big rocks.
We saw dozens of kinds of fish around rocks/ coral in water near HPH. Tried to get good
photos, but were generally unsuccessful. There was often sand being kicked up by waves.
A school of hundreds of these guys swam right next to me. Oblivious to my presence.