The Garden Isle Revisited



BABY BEACH AT POIPU

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BABY BEACH AT POIPU

Periodically, I like to repost an older one so new readers can see what they missed. It has now been about ten years since I posted this one about Kauai, one of our neighbor islands. It is a beautiful island and one that many people think of when they think of how “Hawai`i” must be. Here is the old post.
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Almost two years ago, I visited with friends from California on Kauai where they had gone to visit their son. As long as I have lived in Hawai`i, I had never gone to Kauai. I stayed with them in a house they had rented in Poipu, across the street from Baby Beach, pictured above.

Nearby is the Spouting Horn. Here it is in its dormant state.



DORMANT SPOUTING HORN

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DORMANT SPOUTING HORN

I managed to get a fairly decent snap as it was spouting, but it kept happening too fast for me to get all the shots I wanted.



ACTIVE SPOUTING HORN

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ACTIVE SPOUTING HORN

Too bad I can’t give you the sound to go along with it!

One night, we all stayed in the house their son and his family had rented. It was a vacation rental called The Waterfall House. The waterfall was right outside the window with a constant sound of flowing water.



WATERFALL HOUSE

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WATERFALL HOUSE

If you turned your head slightly to the left, you knew you were in the middle of a typical tropical rain forest.



RAIN FOREST

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RAIN FOREST

My friends took a picture of me in silhouette against the waterfall. This shows how close we were to it.



SILHOUETTE AGAINST WATERFALL

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SILHOUETTE AGAINST WATERFALL

One morning, we made a sight-seeing drive around the island. The roots hanging down on the high cliffs made an impression on me. You can get an idea of how tall the cliffs are by the size of the cars.



CLIFF ROOTS

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CLIFF ROOTS

Along the road on the North Shore, we passed this cave, one of many.



ONE OF THE CAVES

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ONE OF THE CAVES

We stood on the edge of Waimea Canyon – an incredible sight!



EDGE OF WAIMEA CANYON

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EDGE OF WAIMEA CANYON



MORE OF WAIMEA CANYON

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MORE OF WAIMEA CANYON

Here are a few random shots of the views on Kauai as we drove.



ONE VIEW ON KAUAI

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ONE VIEW ON KAUAI



ANOTHER VIEW ON KAUAI

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ANOTHER VIEW ON KAUAI



STILL ANOTHER VIEW

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STILL ANOTHER VIEW

There is an area of the highway called “Tunnel of Trees,” and it is exactly that.



TUNNEL OF TREES

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TUNNEL OF TREES

One stop along the way gave me a perfect shot of these beautiful Nene, Hawai`ian Geese, our protected state bird.



NENE

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NENE

On Sunday, we went to church services in Hanalei.



HANALEI CHURCH

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HANALEI CHURCH

Here is another little village church.



VILLAGE CHURCH

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VILLAGE CHURCH

Before I left to come back to the Big Island, we made the steep hike to the Queen’s Bath.



TRAIL TO QUEEN'S BATH

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TRAIL TO QUEEN’S BATH

Can you imagine hiking into this place, then taking a bath under this waterfall in the pool? What luxury!



QUEEN'S BATH

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QUEEN’S BATH

The last evening I was there happened to be my host’s birthday. He took his wife and me out to dinner at the Beach House near Poipu, just at sunset.



BEACH HOUSE SUNSET

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BEACH HOUSE SUNSET

I hope to get to Kauai again someday, although a lot of it has been damaged by flooding recently. Each of our islands is a unique experience.

A hui hou!

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