Today’s Aloha Friday Photo comes to us from Annie Chavez-Hollingshead. Annie visited the summit of Haleakala for sunrise in December 2007. She had a magical visit that she describes as follows:
I have a gorgeous capture of the sunrise, despite the flurries, and cold that we experienced right before this. I have a wonderful picture of a man that looked like Santa Claus. This was right around Christmas as a matter of fact. The interesting thing about this morning, is that is was very cold. Everyone there shivering, but this man. He had shoulder length naturally white hair, mustache, and a beard. Invision Santa. He wore nothing but a Hawaiian short-sleeved shirt, and some Cargo shorts and sandals. I never once saw this man even remotely act like he was cold. I got his attention by saying: Santa, to get his attention, and as he turned, and he realized I was going to take his picture, he gestured with a thumbs up, and let me take his picture. As we were all leaving, I didn’t see where he disappeared to? Was Santa taking a quick breather just before he had to get back to the North Pole? No one else, seemingly, was looking at this Santa looking person, but me and my friend. We have examined the photo, and no one else seemed to see what we were seeing (friend in background). We had nothing on board altering our person Just sharing…
Isn’t that an amazing story? From the photo, it looks like Santa is really enjoying the sunrise view, by flashing a shaka .
Since this photo was taken in early December, I imagine Santa was taking a pre-Christmas break to recharge his batteries before Christmas Eve. Maui is the perfect place for that.
Annie also shared this beautiful Haleakala sunrise photo that she took that same morning.
Mahalo nui loa Annie for sharing her fantastic photos and amazing story!