I live on the leeward side of Maui, which means that very little rain ever falls here. I also live at sea level which, here in the tropics, translates to constantly warm temperatures. Neither of these conditions are conducive to the growth of deciduous trees.
So my hike this morning on the Kahakapao loop trail in the Makawao Forest Reserve delighted me - immensely. It was like being transported two thousand miles to the Pacific Northwest, but without the hassles of traveling.
Despite a threatening storm (which never quite made it here) the water was clear and fishies were abundant on my ocean swim this morning. A manta ray even put in an appearance swimming slowly along deep down below me at one point.
I'm a guy who likes to get out into the ocean several times each week and interact with the creatures I encounter there. I often swim with dolphins, sharks, rays, and whales. Check out my photos on my website: www.TropicalLight.com