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Day Ten: Kauaʻi

Posted on Friday, September 19th, 2008

Dave!I was so not ready to leave The Big Island of Hawaiʻi. Just a few more days would have been nice.

Oh well.

My flight into Kauaʻi was early in the morning, so the condo I rented wasn't quite ready when I got here. Since it was a beautiful day, I decided to drive up to see the Hindu Monastery that's hidden up one of the canyon roads. You're not allowed to photograph inside the temple itself, but the grounds are really beautiful. Off a little side-path, there's a fantastic statue in a little grotto that begged to be photographed...

Hindu Temple Statue

Since my condo still wasn't ready after my visit, I needed some lunch. One of my friends had told me that the best place for a veggie burger on the island was at Bubba's, so off I went...

Bubba's Place

I was not misled. The veggie burger was amazing... easily one of the best I've ever had. As if that wasn't enough, it was a fun place to eat as well...

Bubba's "My Monkey Made Me Do It" Sticker

After lunch I set out to arrange for a helicopter tour of the Na Pali Coast. I had hiked along the area a long time ago, and have wanted to see it from the air ever since. A lot of Kauaʻi is best seen from the air. Much to my surprise, there was an opening immediately, so off I went...

Helicopter View: Falls

Helicopter View: Waimea Canyon

Helicopter View: Island Interior

Of course, the one place I wanted to see... The Na Pali Coast... was hit by a storm so we couldn't fly there. This was not entirely unexpected, because the weather here changes minute by minute, but it was upsetting. I had just paid quite a chunk of money for nothing.

Except... not really...

Whenever one door closes, another door opens.

The heavy rains caused all the waterfalls in the crater of Mt. Waialeale to fire up, providing breathtaking views wherever you looked. I was so stunned at the site of dozens (hundreds?) of waterfalls pouring over the crater that I almost forgot to snap a few photos. Incredible. A tiny picture can't begin to capture the wonder of it all...

Helicopter View: Crater Waterfalls

Everywhere on the island except the Na Pali Coast was beautiful which, I suppose, is something to be grateful for...

Helicopter View: Sunny Day

Not bad for my first day.

Which is a good thing, because vacation time will be ending all too soon.


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Comments

  1. Danalyn says:

    Watch out for Velociraptors on Kauai.

  2. Selma says:

    I have really enjoyed your trip to Hawaii. I visited there about ten years ago when my sister lived there. It is a magical place. A hui hou kakou!

  3. I LOVE Kauai. It reminds me of home. Yes, I know, Kentucky and Kauai aren’t even remotely similar…but it was the people there. So friendly…so redneck (good thing, kinda)…so homey. I could totally see myself living there.

    Gorgeous photographs!

  4. Lisa says:

    You have taken some gorgeous pictures on this trip. I’ve never been to Hawaii but it certainly is a place I hope to see someday.

    BTW…I love the “Monkey” sticker.

  5. Patty says:

    Kauai is the only island I haven’t seen so far….maybe some day. I agree…would love to see the Na Pali coast too. Loving all your photos! I really like the Big Island too. Must get to Hawaii…..sniff..sniff.

  6. claire says:

    What a fantastic variety of terrain. The multi-waterfall shot with clouds is super cool.

  7. Lewis says:

    Omg…those pics are some of the coolest ever. I would have died to snap those! Amazing.

  8. Stacey says:

    Your photos are stunning! thanks for sharing, now I’m totally jonesing for my trip there to be NOW instead of in the spring. Gah!

  9. Tug says:

    Breathtaking…just.wow.

  10. whall says:

    That first picture of, what is it? a bridge over River Kauaʻi? Anyway, it looks kind of like a fish.

  11. Greeneyezz says:

    Wow!

    Those photos are beautiful!
    Absolutely beautiful!
    Those waterfalls look surreal.

    ~ZZ

  12. kilax says:

    These photos are amazingly beautiful. I especially love the one that shows all of the contrasting unique colors in the mountains.

    You may have mentioned before, but is it fairly easy to find vegetarian food there, among all of the (I would assume) seafood?

  13. I don’t use the word “breathtaking” very often, but today is one of those days. I can only imagine how amazing this was in person.

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