The island of Maui, one of the Hawaiian islands, is an island full of wonderment and delights. I visited the island in September 1999 as a guest of the Air Force Maui Optical Station (AMOS), where I delivered my first paper on the subject of satellite tracking. This image is of a Luau that was held on the last day. As you can see, many people attended this amazing event! More images of the Luau are included below.

Click any of the images below to see more images of my trip to Hawaii!

This is an image of the beautiful beach that was right outside the resort I was staying in. As you can see, there was a plenty to look at!
This is an image of the beach at sunset. The tides grow as the sun sets, so the signs basically said, "Use at your own risk".
This is an image of sunset in Maui. The large black jagged things jutting out of the water are lava rocks. These rocks are very hard and sharp! It is recommended that you do not cut your feet on these as I did when I visited there! OUCH!
A typical sunset in Maui. Lovely, isn't it? The Maui trip was the first time I saw the Pacific Ocean since 1989, when I visited San Francisco.
A golf course that was across the street from the resort I stayed in. The Maui trip was the first time I saw palm trees since 1988, when I visited my old neighbourhood in Newhall, California.
Looking inside the crater of the Haleakala mountain. Haleakala is an extinct volcano that still holds the evidence of its violent past. Volcanic rocks and sulphur deposits litter the landscape. Just look at the amazing topography at the right hand side of this image!
At the top of the Haleakala mountain is the Air Force Maui Optical Station (AMOS). We were given a tour of the facilities, including their shiny new radar tracking facility. It is the largest installation shown in this image. A closer image of that is shown below.
This is a view from the top of the Haleakala mountain near the AMOS facility. When I took these images, the clouds looked so close that I felt as if I could leap out and land onto them.
This is a 180 degree mosaic view from the top of the Haleakala mountain near the AMOS facility.
This is the AMOS pride and joy. It is the new satellite tracking radar facility used to track satellites and ballistic missiles launched by the U.S. We weren't even allowed inside it!
An older facility atop Haleakala that tracked satellites optically.
A communications relay station atop the Haleakala mountain. It might also be used to control the facility remotely if necessary.
A lovely waterfall at Hana in Maui. This was the last frame of the last roll of film I had, and I regret it still, since Hana is an amazing place to hike in! That will never happen again, thanks to my digital camera!
This is the pit where the main course for the Luau would be cooked several hours later.
A pig is cooking under these large tea leaves. The leaves seal in the heat and the flavour, thus making for a tasty, tender pig. This is an old Hawaiian cooking tradition.
Almost ready! The two gentlemen are ready to remove the tea leaves under which the pig was cooking.
Unwrapping the main course at the Luau! The tea leaves were removed and the pig was unveiled for all to see!
MMMMMMM! It looks horrid, but the meat was incredibly tender and tasty! Yes, this was a pig, and it was hot.
I love these guys! They were performing on stage when I arrived at the Luau. They played happy songs and their clothes were loudly Hawaiian. I took this image, and others from the Reserved seats until I was chased away.
This was the resort I stayed in while in Maui. I love the palm trees in this shot!
This is the grounds of the resort I stayed in while in Maui. The beach can be seen just beyond the palm trees.





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