Hello Friends and Family,

Kaua’i Date Unknown, Part 2

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Kaua’i has many beautiful places to explore. On this particular day, I wandered to the end of the road on the island's west side to Polihale State Park. The park's website states "Please note that the road leading to the park is an unimproved dirt road that may flood during rains and become impassable. Other areas have deep sand. Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended. Rental car companies may prohibit the use of their vehicles on this park access road." I don't recall that warning but I'm glad I got to the beach and out again with no problems — it was well worth it.

If you look carefully, you might be able to make out three groups of beachgoers down by the water's edge. That is nothing like the crowds at places like Waikiki Beach on O’ahu.

I was not planning on a picnic lunch. Good thing since the waves had done quite a number on this picnic table. On a more interesting note, on the horizon, you can see the faint outline of Niʻihau AKA “The Forbidden Isle” since only the owners and residents are permitted to go there. I have taken a boat trip to the island although we were only allowed to snorkel or stay on the boat.

The beach, like many in Hawai’i, was bordered by Ironwood trees which are native to Australia. They were imported to help minimize erosion and to provide crops shelter from the tradewinds.

Looking in the other direction we see only a single beachgoer with this little cove all to himself.

Next, I drove back to the town of Waimea and then north to Waimea Canyon State Park. From their website, "Waimea Canyon State Park overlooks one of the State’s scenic treasures – the deep, colorful gorge of Waimea Canyon. Many people people call it "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific". The park consists of a scenic drive, lookouts of the canyon, a viewpoint of Ni‘ihau Island, wildland picnicking, and trails. Adjacent forest reserves with long, strenuous hikes into and out of the canyon. Seasonal trout fishing. Pig and seasonal goat hunting nearby."

Within the park, Mount Waialeale is one of the wettest spots on Earth. That frequent rain is what carved this dramatic canyon.

If you continue on the Kokee State Park Road, you eventually arrive at the Pu’u o Kila Lookout. As you can see for yourself, the view is spectacular. In fact, many times TV shows and movies will use this view for dramatic effect — even when the action is taking place elsewhere.

Note the white flowers in the foreground. Those are white ginger and wonderfully fragrant. In fact, when you approach this lookout, you will likely smell the ginger before you can see the incredible view.

As I continued to stare and take it all in, a few clouds floated in for effect.

Panning a bit to the right I began to think about how the rains have carved the ribbons of rock that we see before us. Mother Nature can sure do some spectacular work.

This was before I owned a zoom lens but if you look closely, you can see a waterfall in the dead center of the photo. It almost looks like a thread hanging down in the crease.

Panning to the other side completes this view from the Pu’u o Kila Lookout. I hope you enjoyed this short visit to Kaua’i. If I find more photos from this trip or others I have not yet shared, I will include them in a future LAHP.

Life is good.

B. David

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