Hello Friends and Family,

1975 Kaua‘i, HI, Part 3

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Another day of exploring — and you never know what you'll find. On this day, I spotted a fisherman, standing on a rocky shelf on the edge of the ocean. In those days I was too shy to approach a stranger and ask how the fishing was going and what he was hoping to catch. Today, I'd like to think I would start that conversation — and, perhaps, learn a bit about fishing, Kaua‘i, and his life.

Nearby I spotted a makeshift shelter protecting a modern version of an outrigger canoe. Even as a mainlander, I knew that these canoes were modern adaptations of the traditional canoes that the ancient Hawaiians used for fishing and local transportation (remember that there were no paved roads in ancient times). Now, they are used for sport — a fun day paddling around or racing. Too bad there was no one around to offer me a ride in one — I would have loved that!

The beach at this location was a bit unusual. Was this a black sand beach that I had heard of? I thought that they were to be found on the Big Island where the black lava flowed to the ocean where it was ground up by wave action and deposited back on the shoreline. I decided that this was its lesser-known cousin — the brown sand beach AKA the dirty sand beach. Regardless, it was still pretty cool to be standing on a beach in a tropical destination with no one else there.

Kaua‘i is nicknamed "The Garden Isle" because of the abundant vegetation — largely the result of the generous rainfall found over most of the island. In fact, Mount Wai‘ale‘ale (near here) is the third wettest place on Earth only behind Mawsynram and Cherrapunji in India. The resulting greenery is a major draw for tourists — people want to see the vast tracks of natural vegetation — making it the favorite island for many visitors.

I agree that the greenery is spectacular to behold — but the amount of rain required to sustain it is more than I enjoy when I am on vacation. Even on this first visit to Kaua‘i, I became convinced that this is a nice place to visit but I probably would prefer a slightly drier island — especially if, someday, I might choose to live in the islands.

My exploration returned to the coast, east of where I was staying where I found this beautiful little cove which resulted in another of my favorite photos that I have ever taken. As I recall, someone has a residence on the hill to the left (note the rock retaining wall that gives away the secret). Whoever owns this property is really lucky! Maybe wealthy too — but definitely lucky.

This young man looks a bit depressed as his Kaua‘i vacation was winding down. He should not have felt that bad since Maui was next on the itinerary — and only a short plane ride away.

Back at Poipu, the scenery was just as beautiful as it was every day of my trip. By the way, if you are planning a trip to Kaua‘i as the pandemic begins to wind down, be aware that Poipu is the driest, sunniest part of the island. In my opinion, this is the place to base your Kaua‘i vacation. In addition to the condos that I favor, you will also find luxurious accommodations at hotels like the Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort and Spa just east of Kiahuna Plantation (their website says they are re-opening April 5th after Covid restrictions are lifted). It had not been built at the time of my first trip to Kaua‘i but a later visit to their poolside bar introduced me to bison burgers — wow, they were good.

On my last day, the sun heads west for its daily dunk in the ocean but before leaving us in the dark, old Sol paints a pretty hue of pink on the scattered clouds hanging out over Poipu.

Even my old film SLR filled with Kodachrome 64 was able to capture a lovely view of the sunset this evening. And yes, I did see the green flash. (The green flash is a phenomenon that occurs at sunset and sunrise when conditions are favorable, and results when two optical phenomena combine: a mirage and the dispersion of sunlight. As the sun dips below the horizon the light is being dispersed through the earth's atmosphere like a prism — and most times we see it as green.) Pretty cool.

But Mother Nature still had more beauty in store for me once the sun was totally below the horizon. On to Maui tomorrow!

To be continued...

Life is good.

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com