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Debra Lumpkins and the Japanese tradition of Gyotaku

Debra Lumpkins

 

Debra Lumpkins turns her snorkels into art through the Japanese tradition of Gyotaku

 

Gyotaku is the traditional art of fish printing. The origins of Gyotaku can be traced back to the mid-1800s where Japanese fishermen would use it to record the size and species of their catches. Over the years the practice of fish printing has been transformed into an art form. Debra Lumpkins has adopted this art form and creates stunning fish prints. Her many snorkel trips studying the fish in their natural environment allow her to capture the fishes’ essence, thus bringing you on those underwater adventures through her art. An illustrator and graphic designer prior to moving to Maui from the Pacific Northwest, Debra studied scientific illustration and screen printing. After moving to Maui in 2008 she began to explore Gyotaku techniques.

fish prints

Debra believes that a successful Gyotaku inspires the viewer to contemplate marine life and our connection to it. Debra’s friends and family share her love for the ocean and often provide her with fish they caught while fishing or diving. Her husband can be found spearfishing along Maui’s reefs not only looking for dinner, but also for new subjects for Debra to print.

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Maui Luau tickets
Maui Luau tickets

Top 5 West Maui Snorkel Spots

When it comes to scenic snorkeling, whale watching, and the perfect mix of outdoor activities, natural beauty, and nightlife, Maui is everyone’s go-to Hawaiian getaway. No matter what your level of comfortability in the ocean, we guarantee you’ll enjoy one of Maui’s best ocean activities, whether it be snorkeling, surfing, stand up paddleboarding, windsurfing, outrigger canoeing, kayaking, sailing, parasailing or more.

snorkeling West Maui

Snorkeling, in particular, is one of the best, easiest, and most cost-effective ways to see the beauty of the Valley Isle. While there are many guided snorkeling boat tours around Maui, it’s just as easy to grab a pair of fins and a mask and explore the sites yourself! Below we give you the best tips for where to snorkel in West Maui from shore, and we hope you enjoy your time in our tropical paradise.

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Best Aerial Ocean Views over Maui Hawaii

Want to see whales breaching, the world’s tallest sea cliffs, and emerald-green rainforests, all within one hour?  Then hop aboard a first-class ride in the sky and get ready to have your socks blown off!

Each year, over 2 million visitors make their way to the tropical island of Maui.  Most of these visitors rent a canary yellow Jeep, spending most of their time and money on guided tours through the jungle, across the ocean and up to the top of the crater.  If you’re looking for a new way to see the sights, we’re here to point you in the right direction!

Helicopter Tours Maui

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Spectacular New Molokini Photos

We saw these photos from Redline Rafting, and we had to share them.  You can’t really beat Molokini in the afternoon with no wind and no one around.  Doesn’t get better than that!

molokini reef

This shows the Reef’s End with a pretty outstanding perspective.  The last time we snorkeled here, it was our favorite part.  The reef comes up pretty close to the surface (around 10-20 feet at spots).  This makes for sunlight making the reef really vibrant.  Gorgeous!

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Pac Whale Snorkeling Molokini
Pac Whale Snorkeling Molokini
A Brief History of Molokai

A Brief History of Molokai

From lush, razor-backed mountains to some of the largest sea cliffs in the world, it’s no wonder why Molokai is considered one of the best-kept secrets in Hawaii. Commonly known as the Friendly...

Maui Fauna of the Month: Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin

Maui Fauna of the Month: Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin

The shores of Maui are often synonymous with Humpback Whale sightings. And while these magnificent creatures are well-worth the decision to book your Hawaiian vacation during whale season, the...

How to See Maui in Two Days!

How to See Maui in Two Days!

If you only have a small window to explore the stunning beauty of Maui, we want to make sure you don't waste your time behind a slow-driving chicken farmer on the Road to Hana or end up eating at a...

Sailing off the Coast of Maui, Hawaii

Sailing off the Coast of Maui, Hawaii

We recently enjoyed a pretty amazing boating experience with Shadowfax out of Maalaea Harbor.  This beautiful yacht only takes 6 passengers on private sails around the south and west coast of Maui....

Maui Animal of the Month: Hawaiian Monk Seal

Maui Animal of the Month: Hawaiian Monk Seal

Think of seals and odds are you’ll picture the craggy coasts of Northern California or the frigid waters of Oregon’s shores. But an exceptional breed of seal prefers sandier banks and warmer climes....

Redline Snorkeling Molokini
Redline Snorkeling Molokini

Wildest Whale Watch EVER!

We've been on countless whale watching trips in Maui waters: large catamarans, fast rafts, sailing charters, kayaks, snorkeling, from the beach, and from the cliffs. But nothing compares to a...

Salty Ceremonies on Maui

While weddings in Hawaii are most often located on the shores of sprawling golden sand beaches or lawns of pristine resorts, there's an alternative not many couples consider - a boat! Wedding...

All About Molokini’s Back Wall

Arrive on Maui’s leeward side and it may be impossible to tear your eyes away from Molokini—a small, horseshoe-shaped landmass that rests between Makena and the outlying island of Kaho’olawe....

Fish of the Month: Humuhumunukunukuapua’a

Much of the Hawaiian language is so beautiful it stops newcomers in their tracks. Mahalo, kokua, pono, keiki, kuleana—and who would ever be able to forget the oh-so-ubiquitous,...

Scuba Diving at St. Anthony’s Wreck

Ever dream of scuba diving a sunken ship in tropical waters? Our friend Trevor Boyce, from the Mill House Restaurant, went last week and got some great footage and photos from his dive at the St....

South Maui Weddings

We've listed some of our favorite spots to get married as well as great vendors for your wedding day on Maui.   Wailea Weddings When it comes to getting married in Maui, Wailea is the most...

Father’s Day Maui Treasure Hunt

Happy Father's Day, everyone! I thought I'd share a fun thing I did for my wife and kids recently, in hopes that it inspires dads to do something different and create some memories they won't soon...

Favorite Maui Breakfasts

Forget drive-thru breakfast burritos and protein bars eaten at your desk: Maui breakfasts are meant to be savored. Whether you’re fueling up for a day of fun or indulging after some Molokini...

A Brief History of Ni’ihau

Think of Hawaii and the major players of Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island will likely pop into mind. But besides the smaller islands of Molokai and Lanai, which together with Maui comprise Maui...

Charles Lindbergh’s Hawaii

The Aviator’s Last Flight - Hana, Maui, Hawaii Hana—Maui’s remote, heavenly town—boasts both astounding natural beauty and fascinating history. It’s the birthplace of Kamehameha the Great’s most...

10 Things to Reserve before Maui Vacation

When traveling to Maui, there are a few things worth reserving beforehand in order to escape the hassle and/or higher prices.   1 - Car Rental It feels like regardless of when we reserve, we...

Things to Do with Kids on Maui

Maui is one of the most family-friendly beach destinations you can hope for, and an excellent place for kids of all ages to explore a wide range of both land and ocean activities. No matter if it's...

Underwater Adventure with Atlantis Submarine

We recently adventured on an incredible underwater tour with Atlantis Adventures exploring the deep blue world. The high tech submarine can take up to 48 passengers at a time out of Lahaina Harbor....

How to protect both your skin and Maui’s reefs

If you’ve been paying attention recently, you know how important it is to protect our oceans. Chances are, as an ocean lover, you probably are already doing your part by recycling, avoiding...

Maui Fishing

Maui is home to numerous tropical fish that are native only to Hawaiian waters. These fish come in all colors, sizes, and flavors as well as catch difficulty level. Maui Sport Fishing On the way to...

Maui Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Maui has small waves built for beginners and stand up paddleboarding. Below you’ll find detailed information about SUP in Maui, local tips, video, photos, & the latest updates. SUP lessons are a...

Maui Bike Tours

Ride from the summit of Haleakala Crater, enjoy the diverse trails of Maui, or cruise along the streets on your road bike. There are currently a couple of highly recommended ways to ride down...

Maui Chefs Table Blows Doors Off!

An unparalleled culinary adventure awaits you at The Mill House Restaurant and Bar.  If you're looking for a sensational evening or event, then you've met your match. learn more about the Maui Chefs...