August 2, 2012

On Day 8, Dr. J rose after an enjoyable luau to travel around the island to the Iao Valley, Paia, the farms on the side of Mt. Haleakala, Makawao, and then Kihei and Waimea on the south central coast.

Above: A pond in the gardens of Iao Valley State Park. The park is located in the interior of the West Maui Mountains, and is annually in the top 5 wettest places on earth, providing fresh water to the west coast and central part of Maui.

Below: Pictures 1 to 3 show a field of sugar cane, and the burning of the sugar cane field. This is done to economically
burn away brush and debris so it won't get mixed with the sugar cane, while the sugar cane itself is unharmed.
Pictures 4 to 12 are from the Iao Valley, a wet area that was formerly a properous and Taro and other farming area, containing Kuka'emoku,
or the Iao Needle, which was believed to increase fertility in those who climbed the needle, seen in Pictures, 7, 10 and 12.

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