Five hundred years ago on Maui, as the southern face of Haleakala was erupting, rivers of molten lava rushed down towards the sea. As the steaming lava hit the cooling ocean water below, unique land masses were created, making a naturally artistic display of craggy pinnacles, sea caves, arches and grottoes.
This Kanaio coast was not identified on maps for many years, and even today remains unfamilar to many of those living on the island. However, due to the plentiful marine life in the area, it is a great favorite with divers and fishermen, and some rafting excursion companies also give up-close tours of the area and its raw beauty.
In this view, you can see the cinder cone of Puu Pimoe rising below, as well as get a different and interesting perspective of the back side of Molokini and imposing Kahoolawe. The scene was captured at sunset by artist Richard Fields.
Lahaina Printsellers custom-prints this image on waterproof canvas in our Lahaina studio using only the finest archival inks, which are tested and guaranteed not to fade or shift under normal circumstances for over 100 years.