I was up and on Kam 1 beach early this morning to catch the golden rays of first light. I love sunrise on Maui and plan to catch it every day I'm here. The photos you can get in that light are amazing.
Unfortunately, they started burning cane at 6 am and it wasn't long before huge plumes of towering smoke covered the sun's rays and then black ash began to fall all around on the beach, the blanket I was sitting on and then I found it hard to breathe. I couldn't stay.
I read up on it and looks like HC&S plan to burn every morning from 6 to 10 am for the next 5 days. Had I known their burn season starts March 13, I would have planned my vacation for earlier than that. I've dealt with the cane smoke on one other vacation and suffered for it, so I'm a bit unhappy it's here again. I won't start a discussion on alternative methods of harvesting that are healthier and less intrusive and more eco-friendly, since I am a tourist and only here a tiny bit in the scheme of things but it's fairly disappointing that the trades have died down a bit, the waves are smooth for swimming and I won't be able to enjoy my early mornings on the beach as much while they burn the cane. Just thought I'd post a heads up for those staying in the Kihei area.
I guess I'll be burning gas to head up north. I hear they have stopped the practice of burning cane in the Lahaina area.
I'm trying to post a blog but taking too much time to learn the blog stuff, so I'll be posting a regular trip report and a link to some pictures somewhere else, I hope.