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“Maui no ka ‘oi” is a local saying that translates quite simply to “Maui is the best.” I know quite a few who’d concur — and after returning to the island for this past week’s #seeMaui trip, I might just be inclined to join them.

As I sat on my final flight into Kahalui, I listened to three separate conversations between welcoming locals and excited tourists where friendly tips and advice were exchanged, and I remembered what makes Hawaii so special — the sense of aloha. Though I spent two and a half weeks on Maui last year, I was pretty impressed with how these five days showed me completely new aspects of the island — as well as reminded me how much more there is to explore. Within twenty-four hours of landing I was on the phone with my airline trying to extend my stay in Hawaii, and while it didn’t work out, I am already plotting my return. There’s just something about this place for me.

This week’s Photo of the Week candidates are only a small preview of all the Maui goodness that will be coming your way soon! It’s nice to be back in a position where I’m struggling to narrow it down to just five photos — I can’t wait to see what you guys go for this week.

Photo A
Welcome back to the Aloha State!

Photo B
Exploring Upcountry’s

Photo C
Palm trees and — what could be more Maui?

Photo D
Dinner at — not a typo, it’s the name of the state fish!

Photo E

off the shores of Kihei

Which photo is your favorite?

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64 Comments...
  • Ashley Hufford
    May 26 2014

    Got to go with the scubas!!! I’m a sucker for turtles!

    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2014

      Well then you would LOVE Maui… they are everywhere!

  • Rashaad
    May 26 2014

    Although I love rainbows, there’s something magical about Photo D. So that’s my favourite.
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    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2014

      It really is that classic Hawaii look, isn’t it? I LOVED having dinner there!

  • Stephanie
    May 26 2014

    This was a tough one! I’m going to have to say “D” is my favorite. 🙂

    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2014

      The Grand Wailea was just classic Hawaii in every direction. I loved it 🙂

  • MCVK
    May 26 2014

    Photo A – there is nothing like eating pineapples from your own garden.

    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2014

      The pineapples really do taste better in Hawaii, too! A little less acidic, I think. Love them!

  • Yasemin
    May 26 2014

    B for the comedy value and E for the haunting turtle. I don’t know actually – like them all!

    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2014

      I like to make it hard to choose 🙂 Thanks Yasemin!

  • Shaun
    May 26 2014

    That Turtle shot in photo E is amazing BUT I have to go with photo C. Paddling out with your best friend leading the way. Hard to beat that!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2014

      I would love to get Tucker out there on a board… not sure if he’s the surfing type just yet though 🙂

  • D, I love the colors
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    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2014

      Thanks Rachel! Seems to be the favorite so far.

  • All of your pictures look amazing! I would go for photo E, since I love the underwater life 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2014

      It’s been to long since I was underwater! Can’t wait to post the rest of these 🙂

  • Soffia
    May 26 2014

    I really liked photo A, but I have to go with D, love the relaxing colors.

    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2014

      Thanks Soffia! They are both just SO Hawaii to me 🙂 I guess that’s why they made the cut!

  • Justine
    May 26 2014

    I have to go with Photo E … beautiful shots!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2014

      Thanks Justine! They were amazing dives… can’t wait to share the rest of my photos.

  • becky hutner
    May 26 2014

    best photo of the week in awhile! i have a tie here…love the retro feel of A, but really, how can you compete with a spotted eel + sea turtle a la E.

    have been enjoying your instafeed. hawaii has been at the forefront of my mind for some time — i’ve never been & must get my butt over there already!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2014

      Thanks! I feel like my Insta has come back alive since I landed in Hawaii 🙂 It will be hard to leave and try to keep things up!

  • Steve
    May 26 2014

    I am choosing D. Stunning colours.
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    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2014

      Thanks Steve! Sunsets in Hawaii are magical!

  • Molly - Yonderblog
    May 26 2014

    Photo E! Beautiful!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2014

      Thanks so much Molly! Great to put that underwater camera to work again!

  • Dad
    May 26 2014

    D….if only because the name is so cool. Like the volcano in Iceland and the lake in Massachusetts that translate from local native american indian language to “you-fish-on-your-side-we fish-on-our-side-and-no-one-fishes-in-the-middle Lake.

    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2014

      Just don’t ask me to pronounce it! 🙂

  • Katie
    May 26 2014

    E! I love turtles, and that is a fantastic shot. I’ve still not seen a sea turtle in the wild, I need to change that ASAP!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2014

      Katie, if you want a sure bet, come to Maui 🙂 I think you’d have to work pretty hard to come and NOT see one!

  • Sophie
    May 26 2014

    I love your photography! Most weeks I can usually choose my favorite photo quite easily. This week there is no possible way to narrow it down at all… I love them all equally and passionately. Great work!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2014

      Aw, thanks Sophie! That is a lovely compliment to hear. I’ll try to keep making it hard to choose! 🙂

  • Lucy
    May 26 2014

    D — the name is bonkers/awesome. And the photo is beaut too! L x
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    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2014

      Thanks Lucy! I think they should have had a promotion for a free dessert if you could pronounce it 🙂

  • I know what you mean, there is something very special about Hawaii. The turtle photo is my favourite. Hawaii was the first place I swam with turtles 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2014

      It’s amazing how many there are, right?! I feel like it’s rare to get in the water without being joined by one. One of the many magical things about Maui!

  • Stef
    May 27 2014

    This week my favorite is Photo D
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    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2014

      Thanks Stef! Definitely the overwhelming favorite this round.

  • Corinne
    May 27 2014

    Photo D- gotta love a sihouetted sunset…beautiful!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2014

      Thanks for voting Corinne — D is wildly winning!

  • Janice Stringer
    May 27 2014

    As much as I love all of your photos of Hawaii and look forward to reading your posts, I think it is the turtle I relate to – suspended in the deep blue – free!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2014

      I always feel quite inspired by the turtles I encounter on my dives and travels… they are such wise and serene creatures. So I very much agree!

  • Joella J in Beijing
    May 27 2014

    Definitely the turtle because it’s only 2 months until I do my padi now (errrm how long has this been coming?!) and I hope I see some turtles (not whale sharks!). I’m doing it in the Gilis so hopefully I will. I need to get my online learning bit done before I forget though! I’ve been practising swimming and treading water just to make sure I can do that too hahaha! Thanks for the inspiration, girl x
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    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2014

      Trust me — you WILL see turtles in Gili! Gili Trawangan and Maui are the two places on this earth I’d most highly recommend to someone wanting to see sea turtles! You’re going to love your course. Be sure to email me if you have any questions x

  • Chris
    May 27 2014

    Turtle power for me! 😉
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    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2014

      Is that a Ninja Turtle joke? If so, I missed it 🙂

  • Gram
    May 27 2014

    D is BEAUTIFUL !!! So are all the others, but D is my favorite.

    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2014

      Thanks Gram! If you go visit Uncle Mark again, you should ask him to take you there 🙂

  • Caroline
    May 27 2014

    I love D – looks like a beautiful setting!

    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2014

      Thanks Caroline! It’s funny, I find if there is a photo I’m waffling on including or not… that tends to be the reader favorite 🙂

  • Jamie
    May 27 2014

    A for Aloha. But also the scuba photos (E) are magnificent!

    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2014

      Thanks Jamie! I love the aloha lifestyle and that sign represents it beautifully 🙂

  • Ron
    May 28 2014

    I generally do not vote but the photos this week are all so nice…. So E, of course!

    Aloha

    • Meihoukai
      May 28 2014

      Not surprised in the least 🙂 Mahalo, Ron!

  • Charlotte
    June 3 2014

    Definitely E! Nothing beats diving 😉
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  • Kristen Noelle
    June 4 2014

    Wow. Both in C, the Turtle in E, but overall D! Love everything about it — the sunset, the silhouette, the water, and the peek of the restaurant.
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    • Meihoukai
      June 4 2014

      Thanks Kristen! Love reading everyone’s feedback throughout the week.

  • Ryan
    June 10 2014

    I just went from zero to Advanced OW diver last month and I love diving! And turtles are my fav! So definitely E…first comment, I’ve been a silent reader for awhile 🙂

    • Meihoukai
      June 11 2014

      Nice to meet ya Ryan, welcome to Wanderland! I love diving too, as you may have noticed 🙂

  • Jason
    June 14 2014

    D!

  • Cat
    June 21 2014

    D! I like them all as always and damn you’ve gotten awesome at photography but D just seems like it could be a hard shot to capture well.

    • Meihoukai
      June 23 2014

      Thank you so much Cat! It was a tricky one, especially without a tripod! It was definitely worth the fuss though.