This image was taken on the beach where I shot the cover of The Affect of Red (see my writing blog). The sand stretches, undisturbed from Maalaea to Kihei, which is at least a mile in length. It is also the beach that Sophia is starting her morning on in the end of chapter 30. The island on the horizon is Kaho’olawe as mentioned in the description of her surroundings. Also in the distance is the cinder cone at Wailea. I fequent this beach on Maui often. Kealia Pond, which borders Sugar Beach, is a nature preserve and a favorite place to take photographs. Recently the County of Maui has been draining the pond and early each morning several fishermen are out reaping in the bounty. This morning the fish were not biting
We live on the east side of Maui, which is usually cooler and wetter during the summer. Sugar Beach is on the west-facing side of the island and I can count on warmer and sunnier weather most days. Access to the beach is much easier on the west side, which seems to be a pattern for all the islands. I’m not sure why, but the east-facing side of the islands I’ve been to, tend to have dramatic cliffs, and beaches are hike-in only. But, they are always lush and green from the moisture-laden trades.