"Should've been here yesterday." Welcome to Hana, where the weather, wind and waves are in constant flux...Albee Layer making the most of the leftovers.

"Should've been here yesterday." Welcome to Hana, where the weather, wind and waves are in constant flux...Albee Layer making the most of the leftovers.

While the waves come and go in Hana, the beauty of the countryside is constant.

While the waves come and go in Hana, the beauty of the countryside is constant.

The ancient Hawaiians considered this beautiful stretch of Maui coastline sacred...and sharky...Still feels like both...

The ancient Hawaiians considered this beautiful stretch of Maui coastline sacred...and sharky...Still feels like both...

Albee Layer dropping into a little piece of ocean that saw A LOT of attention this past winter. This day was empty, but just as scary.

Albee Layer dropping into a little piece of ocean that saw A LOT of attention this past winter. This day was empty, but just as scary.

Billy Kemper obliging Matt. "I've never been choked out before." Meola to the mirth of the boys.

Billy Kemper obliging Matt. "I've never been choked out before." Meola to the mirth of the boys.

While the weather in Hana is fickle, the trade winds at Hookipa are unrelenting...Matt Meola isn't complaining.

While the weather in Hana is fickle, the trade winds at Hookipa are unrelenting...Matt Meola isn't complaining.

An "uncrowded" afternoon at Maui's fabled Honolua Bay.

An "uncrowded" afternoon at Maui's fabled Honolua Bay.

They don't call him "Hippie Hana Hank" for nothing — he seldom ventures this far from Eden...a rare sighting at Honolua Bay.

They don't call him "Hippie Hana Hank" for nothing — he seldom ventures this far from Eden...a rare sighting at Honolua Bay.

Hidden safely away from the westside crowds, Hank Gaskell unleashing on a favorite eastside sandbar.

Hidden safely away from the westside crowds, Hank Gaskell unleashing on a favorite eastside sandbar.

Hike far enough and you can find a new perspective on a familiar beast...Jaws...

Hike far enough and you can find a new perspective on a familiar beast...Jaws...

Joel Tudor sliding into the sunset, Honolua Bay.

Joel Tudor sliding into the sunset, Honolua Bay.

Matt Meola enjoying a solo session at one of his favorite waves on Maui.

Matt Meola enjoying a solo session at one of his favorite waves on Maui.

There isn't a more solid human on the planet. Dege O'Connell celebrating life and his birthday with flair.

There isn't a more solid human on the planet. Dege O'Connell celebrating life and his birthday with flair.

The local boys call this type of wave an "Albee wave" — looks like crap, windy, maybe dry, but with a big ole air section.

The local boys call this type of wave an "Albee wave" — looks like crap, windy, maybe dry, but with a big ole air section.

Yeti sighting...after days of searching, we were rewarded with a session with the elusive Mr. Marzo.

Yeti sighting...after days of searching, we were rewarded with a session with the elusive Mr. Marzo.

An unridden nugget peels just out of reach of the crew in Maui's Garden of Eden.

An unridden nugget peels just out of reach of the crew in Maui's Garden of Eden.

Hank may be Maui's Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde - quiet and unassuming on land, add water and you discover a different animal.

Hank may be Maui's Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde - quiet and unassuming on land, add water and you discover a different animal.

Post-session poke bowls...no reason to rush when you're just going to be stuck behind rubber-necking tourists anyway.

Post-session poke bowls...no reason to rush when you're just going to be stuck behind rubber-necking tourists anyway.

"Hey look! Albee's board looks like a pink-tipped penis! HAHAHAHA!!!!"

"Hey look! Albee's board looks like a pink-tipped penis! HAHAHAHA!!!!"

Front row seat (notice head in whitewater) to tube-riding exploits of Dege O'Connell. Not sure if it was worth the price of admission.

Front row seat (notice head in whitewater) to tube-riding exploits of Dege O'Connell. Not sure if it was worth the price of admission.

Can't help but shoot sunset photos when the setting is so idyllic.

Can't help but shoot sunset photos when the setting is so idyllic.

Rare gl-ass off at Hookipa is always worth enjoying.

Rare gl-ass off at Hookipa is always worth enjoying.

Surf-n-turf Maui style: spearfishing in the morning, pig hunting in the afternoon and cook-out and beers after dark...Paradise.

Surf-n-turf Maui style: spearfishing in the morning, pig hunting in the afternoon and cook-out and beers after dark...Paradise.

Westside's favorite son, Granger Larsen, exposing the reef at Honolua Bay.

Westside's favorite son, Granger Larsen, exposing the reef at Honolua Bay.

24 Photos: Maui by DJ Struntz

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