52 States in 8 Months

The Seven Sacred Pools

Posted in Hawaii by Ulf on January 14, 2009

2008-11-28_10-16-56-hawaii-0081There are seven sacred pools on Maui, but I’m not sure if we saw any of them. There were hundreds of pools in the area. Every waterfall had its own pool just below. Anyway, we figured out that we had to find one of the sacred pools. Therefore we followed the “Pipiwai Trail” on a 2.5 hour walk through the National Park.

It did not take long for the first waterfall to leap into view. Please also look at the roots on the cliffs on the other side of the canyon. Those plants really understand to fill even the last empty spot on Hawaii with green color.

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Somewhere on our path there was a tremendously large tree. I’m not sure if this is just one tree or an entire colony of trees, but it was breathtaking:

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But as you know, one of us has a very special relationship to high altitudes.

Some say that orangutans casually walk on the wings of airplanes during the flight, and that one of them even dances on the spinning rotor blades of an helicopter. All I know is that Andi once again climbed onto a tree.

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2008-11-28_08-56-35-hawaii-0050Meanwhile I also thought about trees, but in a less acrobatic way. I asked myself why trees would develop growth rings in their stems. At least the Hawaiian trees don’t have them. Well, I had to ask Wikipedia about the details:
According to Wikipedia the annual rings come from different growing speeds. In spring the trees seem to grow more rapidly than in summer and autumn. This results in a lower density of the “early wood” which gives it a different color. Sounds like it might make sense.

But let’s go back to the main topic. We were looking for some sacred pools. We now got really close to some pools. So close in fact that we already thought about just jumping into some of them. But we backed off and restricted ourselves to taking some photos:

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After we saw the first pools we encountered something else which we had been looking for for quite some time: a bamboo forest. Especially Ania was so full of expectation that she missed the signs.

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After traversing the bamboo forest (and finally tearing Ania out of it), we eventually reached the end of the path. There was a huge rock face in front of us, prettified by the tallest waterfall we had seen on Hawaii.

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We decided that if any of the pools we passed so far would be a sacred pool, then it must be this one. Matthias G. immediately sought his path into the water. Would this bath make him immortal like swallowing from the holy grail?
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Meanwhile I played around with Matthias’ camera and took the following picture. Suppose you hadn’t seen the waterfall before. How long would it take you to realize that the picture was taken upright to the sky (instead of a horizontal landscape view)?
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Aloha!

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