Remnants – Mala Wharf

The mangled skeleton of the Mala Wharf extends into the deep, teal-colored water along West Maui, Hawaii.


Mala Wharf is one of my favorite spots on Maui. The skeleton of the old pier — destroyed by Hurricane Iniki in 1992 — is at times eerie. But, the mangled rebar and broken concrete is also strangely beautiful.

On past trips to Lahaina, I’ve photographed Mala Wharf from above and below the water. However, on this particular trip, I decided to photograph the old pier from the sky. And, I’m glad I did. From this vantage point, you can see some of the remnants of the old pier below the water. You also get a sense of the deep, teal-colored water along this stretch of West Maui.