About Maui by Photo

Umbrella IconAloha and E Komo Mai, Maui Fans!

Maui by Photo lets your relive your Maui vacations without leaving the comfort of your home. Browse pictures, talk story, and share your favorite memories from paradise with other fans of this true island paradise.

If you’d like to learn more, take a moment to read through the info below to see what this site is all about, and how to join the fun.


What is Maui by Photo?

Maui by Photo is a website that aims to bring back all your favorite memories of vacations to the Valley Isle through my extensive photo collection. Take a trip down memory lane and revisit the beauty and magic of Maui without leaving the comfort of home. Of course, I’m sure you’d rather leave home and revisit in person, but this can be the next best thing. 😛

By covering a wide range of Maui activities and locations, from the road to Hana to beaches all across the island, I’m hoping this virtual tour will spark vivid memories of your past vacations to Maui, and maybe even inspire you to return to the island that you love. At the very least, adding a little Aloha into your day can also go a long way, too.


What Can I Do Here?

Short Answer: Talk story with fellow Maui lovers.

One of my goals for this site is to create a place for Maui visitors and locals alike to be able to Talk Story about some of their favorite parts of the island. It’s obvious that images of Maui alone are worth way more than a thousand words, but there’s even more value in connecting with other Maui fans and sharing your own personal Maui memories with others. I don’t know about you, but I certainly could Talk Story about Maui for hours on end.

Read more on how to share your stories.


No Travel Advice Here

There are already so many great Hawaii travel resources and blogs out there, so the last thing I wanted to do was create yet another site to play in the field. Those types of blogs have a ton of content and reviews about all things Maui, and if you’re looking to plan your first trip to the island, they will be very helpful. For this site, however, it’s all about the photos and stories from visitors like you.

Having said that, if you are here looking for travel advice, you’re not totally out of luck. Through the power of the Blogosphere and Twitter, I have been fortunate enough to interface with many dedicated and passionate Hawaii bloggers, and can certainly recommend the best of the best to make your Hawaii travel planning and research that much easier. Here are a few of my personal favorites:


Staying Connected

Like most blogs, we offer RSS feeds to help you stay informed of new updates here at Maui by Photo. That way, you can find out when new photos and locations are added.

But since the value of Maui by Photo really comes from our readers and those who are sharing their own stories, you should definitely subscribe to the Comments feed to read what other people are sharing about their Maui memories.


Maui by Photo on Facebook

Looking for another great place to Talk Story about Maui? How about Facebook? Check out our page and share more about your love for Maui, view a daily photo from the island, and help spread the word to all of your friends.

You can also track me down on Twitter as @MauiByPhoto. Not on Twitter yet? That’s okay, but you should really consider joining because there are so many great Hawaii fans on Twitter that you just have to meet.

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For those not on Twitter or Facebook, feel free to contact me the “old fashion way” at mauibyphoto@gmail.com.


Who’s Behind Maui by Photo?

Kris Nelson, @MauiByPhotoKris Nelson, @MauiByPhoto

My name is Kris Nelson, nice to meet you.

The history of my journeys to Maui was certainly unexpected while growing up playing hockey in the Chicagoland area. While I wish I lived in Maui, and hope to some day, I’m still here on the mainland living in the Midwest.

I’ve been a web developer since 2001 and started photography as a hobby right around my first visit to Maui in 2006. If you’d like to know more about my work, here are a few places to check out:


More Coming Soon

The Big Island wasn’t built in a day, so even though this site is up and running, there’s still work to be done. While there are already plenty of locations and activities added now, there are still a few neat features I’m working on. There’s so much beauty of Maui to share, and many more things that the geek in me wants to incorporate on this website, it’s going to be awhile until they all make it online.

What does that all mean to you? Well, I’m just saying you’ll need to come back often to check for some of the new features I’m hoping to add soon.


A Big Mahalo

Lastly, I just wanted to extend a big Mahalo to you for taking the time to visit my site, read this page, and perhaps leave a few stories here and there about your favorite parts of Maui. During my travels to the Valley Isle and my interactions with other bloggers and on Twitter, I have been fortunate to meet so many great people that I otherwise would not have had the joy of knowing. In doing so, my love and admiration of Maui has grown substantially as a result, and I hope this site has some of the same effects on you.

Aloha and Mahalo,
– Kris Nelson

Me and my loving wife, CindyMe with my wife, Cindy

Photo by the wonderful and very talented Natalie Brown, and more importantly, used here with her permission.

Like that portrait? Then read more about why having vacation portraits taken are the perfect vacation keepsake.