Monday, February 29, 2016

Waimea Canyon

It's hard to believe that one island can have so many different attributes, but Kauai has so many beautiful areas. It's one of the reasons that I really wanted to come back to Hawaii and just stay on this island for two weeks.

Waimea Canyon ...



"Cloud Bow" at the highest point on the island ...





So wild to be standing above the clouds ...



On the Canyon Trail overlooking Waimea Canyon (that's one steep drop over the edge) ...









The very top part of Waipo'o Falls (not sure this final view would be worth the hike to some, but a beautiful day to be out exploring anyway) ...



So, essentially, we walked just over 3.5 miles round trip, across that dirt bald, to see the very small top of this waterfall ...

Kauai at Sunset

Because everyone should enjoy this view and this sound at least once ...

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Na'Pali Coast Raft Tour

By far, our favorite thing to do on the island, was this raft tour by Captain Andy's Charters ... if you go, ask for Captain Alison and Kamalei ...

You start out the tour from Kikaola Harbor just past the main Port Allen in Ele'ele ... and you start with spinner dolphins right by the raft ...







The water is ridiculously clear in all of Hawaii ...



Not a bad place to be stationed if you're in the military ...



And the Na'Pali Coast ... because of weather conditions and massive 25 foot and above swells, we weren't sure we could take the planned route, but we got incredibly lucky with the weather and the waves ...





The Awa'awapuhi Trail is up there somewhere ...



Sea caves ... winter conditions and large waves means you can't go inside, but summer tours get to go in ...



Something about the mountains, the clouds and the bright blue waters is simply breathtaking (and pictures do not really do it justice) ...



My desktop screensaver for the year (because it's fabulous) ...



Token shot by one of our guides, Kamalei ...



The clouds and the mist made it magical ...



Whale watching ...



Snorkeling, though the weather was coming in off the southern coast ...



More whale watching ...



We absolutely loved this rafting tour. It was a six-hour day, but it was fabulous. Catered lunch, included, though some of our group ended up being a little seasick from the rough ride. Anyone with health issues, particularly back and / or hand issues, might want to skip out on this particular activity. It's a rough ride, and you sit side saddle on the edges of the raft, using gloves to hold onto the ropes, and it gets bumpy (at least in winter months) ...

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Kalalau Trail (to Hanakapi'ai Beach and Falls)

Breathtaking from the first steps on the trail ... or actually, walking from the far lot to the trail head ...



Starting from Ke'e Beach ...





Stunning views of the Na'Pali Coast ...







Fording the river to get to Hanakapi'ai Beach (we managed to keep our feet dry, but not everyone did) ...



Taking a break at the 2 mile point on the beach (there's sand here in the summer months) ...



Watching huge swells come in ...



Walking through the bamboo and forest for another 2 miles to make it to Hanakapa'ia Falls...



Catching first sight of the falls ...













My crazy husband swimming in the FREEZING cold water ...



Another break back on the beach ...









We survived, despite the dire warnings (which incidentally, are at the front of practically every trail we go on) ... best hike ever!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Checking out the North Shore Attractions

Stopping to see the easy spots ... Opaekaa Falls ...





Seeing the Kilauea Point Lighthouse (from a distance, as it was closed due to trail reconstruction, which you can see in the photos) ...






Taking a walk on the infamous Hanalei Bay beaches (still windy, even with the headband) ...