La Pérouse Bay, Maui, Hawaii…

J’ai parcouru le chemin sauvage de la baie de La Pérouse entre ombres et lumières pacifiques, avec une vive émotion, sur les traces du grand navigateur français… il traverse Ahihi-Kina’u Natural Area Reserve où il devient un petit sentier. Cette baie est une côte de lave aux rochers incisifs qui abritait à l’époque 4 hameaux hawaïens, abandonnés lors de la dernière éruption de 1790. Le comte de La Pérouse a été le premier Européen à poser le pied sur Maui en 1786. Il était un homme libre avec un esprit éclairé, opposé à l’appropriation du monde par les pays occidentaux: il a refusé de revendiquer Maui au nom du roi de France, yesss! 🙂

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I walked along the wild pathway of La Pérouse Bay, between Pacific shadows and lights, with deep emotion, over the footsteps of the great French explorer… this bay is a lava coast with incisive rocks which housed 4 Hawaiian hamlets in the 18th century, abandoned during the last eruption in 1790. It lies beyond Makena where the land reverts to wilderness; a narrow road crosses the Ahihi-Kina’u Natural Area Reserve and ends at a trailhead. Le Comte de La Pérouse was the 1st European to set foot on Maui in 1786; he was a free man with an enlightened mind who opposed the appropriation of the world by Western countries: he refused to claim Maui on behalf of the King of France! Last but not least: he was born in Albi, a very pittoresque town of our région Midi-Pyrénées, 45′-drive from Toulouse… 🙂
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Fran%C3%A7ois_de_Galaup,_comte_de_Lap%C3%A9rouse

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Posted on 9 February 2015, in melanie. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Superbes comme toujours tes photos! Bonne soirée! Bisous!

  2. How very beautiful, Mélanie. 🙂

  3. “Au nom du roi de France”… ai grijă cum calci pe lava pietrificată! Franţa are nevoie de picioare întregi! Am glumit, desigur! Formele acelea ciudate, par a fi fiinţe mitologice ieşind din valuri. Imi imaginez ce splendoare de peisaj poate fi văzut la faţa locului şi nu în poze cum fac eu acum şi mă minunez de atâta frumuseţe! Şi arborii par o dantelă scăpată din mână de o zeiţă în plutuirea ei prin văzduh, între pământ şi ape! Distracţie plăcută Melanie!

  4. Non seulement tu nous montres de belles images, mais tu nous apprends des choses sur La Pérouse… Merci!

  5. oh boy, you’re in heaven! (thinking to activate the saleswoman in me a bit more 😉 )

  6. Similar to Nordic peoples that came to Vinland (America) or went to Greenland and lived there, and perhaps appropriate it, but not claimed for their kingdoms.

  7. Lovely pictures, Melanie. Leslie

  8. You are following great footsteps.

  9. How neat! A true naturalist!

  10. Fascinating… I have sent this to my husband who spends much of the year in Hawaii (working… it’s tough 😉 ) – he will be as interested as I was, I know 🙂

  11. oh that’s great, I had two colleagues in Toulouse!

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