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North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Napali Coast November 26th 2013

There are a variety of boat choices and options from which to see the Na Pali Coast. David's and my first choice was to have kayaked it, but this time of year, they didn't offer guided kayak trips. We actually considered renting our own kayaks and doing it ourselves, but I figured there was a reason the professionals weren't going out there. Our second choice was the zodiac, because this boat would fit inside the caves. A zodiac is a rigid, inflatable raft that seats 10-12 people...4 or 5 on each side, the driver, and the guide who can sit in the middle on the ice chest full of soda. We then had more choices regarding the length of the trip and whether we wanted to spend time snorkeling. I have what I call a healthy ... read more
Playful Dolphins
Entering the cave
Inside the cave

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Napali Coast July 4th 2013

Kaua'i is adventure wonderland for two landlocked citizens of Denver, Colorado! Days 1-3: After missing our flight from Denver to Phoenix and being rerouted through LAX, then renting a car with an empty tank only to drive the "alternate route" through an unlit backroad, we needed a couple of days to unwind. It all started with a delicious Mai Tai and Fish Tacos at Dukes in Lihue. We used these first days to prep for our epic camping adventure. There was a Costco on the island, we made several trips to Kmart, bought a cooler, a summer weight sleeping bag, beach towels, cheapo sunglasses, etc. (Coolers are approved for checked luggage, and TSA wraps it up for you at the airport, by the way.) Each errand awarded us a local surprise like the delicious freshly caught ... read more
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North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Napali Coast December 15th 2012

Waimea Canyon is one of the most amazing places I have ever seen. Just like a huge valley, a crack in a mountain, a fractured and scarred valley. Just an amazing sight. Kalalau Lookout is another one of these incredibly beautiful places on Kauai. Just beautiful. I will not write too many words about it. Just look at the pictures and you will understand me.... read more
Rainbow at Hanapepe Valley Lookout
Looking up into Waimea Canyon
Waimea Canyon Lookout

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Napali Coast July 14th 2012

Aloha Everyone! We had a serious hiking day today and thought it would be a good idea to take a video of the aftermath! Hope you enjoy the video and pictures. Yesterday, we kicked off our day by going to Wake Up Cafe for a hearty local breakfast. The french toast & spam and cheese omelette were amazing! Next, we went to visit both the dry (Maniniholo) and wet (Kee Beach) caves in Haena. We swam at the Kauluapaoa Beach & tested out our snorkeling masks (Mr. & Mrs. Snorkel-Dork have arrived to Hawaii!). The water had strong waves and the shore drops off quickly into deeper water, which is expected along the North Shore. Later on we went to the Farmer's Market in Kiluaea to pick up fresh mangoes and papayas. Then around nightfall we ... read more
Emily in the Wet Cave
Wet Cave 2
Going into the Dry Cave

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Napali Coast June 12th 2012

12th – 16th June ’12 Kauai After our very brief flight we were soon landing at Lihue Airport of Kauai. We picked up our rucksacks and walked outside to the car rental office, a bit of paperwork and a short shuttle bus drive and we were at the Enterprise office and in our hire car –a Dodge, which made me laugh. We found our accommodation – the Kauai Sands quite easily, it is a kind of giant motel, has a beach with very, very big rough waves and warning signs and a pool which has seen better days. Our room is nice, clean and has a fridge but the bed is full of springs. After dropping of our stuff we went out for a look around and found the Coconut Grove shopping centre just a couple ... read more
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Hanalei
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North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Napali Coast June 4th 2012

In all my life I’ve never looked at a landscape with my own eyes and thought it looked photoshopped; the colors a little too saturated a little too vibrant, rendering it too good to be true. I never would have believed it possible before I laid eyes on Kalalau Valley during the golden hour. I had first seen it in photographs and it was love at first sight, hovering at the top of my to-do list for the past few years, and now here I was. Those photographs I had seen in books and on the internet had drawn me here to one of the best views on Earth. But it wasn’t as simple as that; much of the research had said that with Kauai being one of the wettest places on earth, the valley would ... read more
Makua Beach
Wailua Beach sunrise
Polihale Beach

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Napali Coast October 30th 2011

I had the pleasure of having my two good friends come to visit me while I have been in Hawaii. They stayed with me and we also took a trip for the weekend to Kaua'i - one of the other islands of Hawai'i. We had booked a snorkeling boat ride that went around the Napali Coast side of the island. Unfortunately the water was not very good for snorkeling that day, too turbulent and cloudy, although we still tried! The best thing besides the scenery was a bunch of blue dolphins that went by the boat. They would occasionally jump and do flips and twists in the air, pretty cool. It was a pretty decent day for that - since Sunday ended up raining most of the time we tried to go to the beach. Though ... read more
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North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Napali Coast March 11th 2011

The video here shows that the transients from all the Tsunami wave effects had not yet died out and were still very much ongoing. The first Tsunami wave from Japan was estimated to be a 2 meter wave or increase in sea level, but was to arrive at 3:07am on 11 Mar 2011. This video was shot at around noon that same day, so just less than 9 hours after the first effects of the Tsunami were to be seen.... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Napali Coast December 8th 2010

Saturday 12-4 We rised and shined at 5am (ugh) and said our goodbyes to Miranda :o( We started the 11 mile hike thru the Na Pali coast at about 7am and all seemed to be going well for the first few miles until my left knee decided it wasn’t going to bend or allow any weight on it anymore. I think I sprained my knee or did something to it last week in San Francisco over Thanksgiving. The pain went away before we started our trip, so I figured it was fine. But ugh, that sh*t hurts now! We made the decision to keep going and after limping another 8 miles or so, we made it to Kalalau Beach. How to describe the trail? The pali (cliffs) are breath taking and the top-down views of the ... read more
Na Pali Coast
Warning Sign
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North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Napali Coast August 7th 2009

Approximately 13 months ago, I had my first Kalalau experience over a long July 4th weekend. Since then I have spent seven months backpacking in South America and seen many amazingly beautiful things, but all that has only convinced me further that Kalalau is perhaps the most beautiful place on the planet. Throughout my recent travels abroad, I have looked forward to my next Kalalau journey. Anticipating minimal employment and ideal summer weather, I dreamt of a week long camping trip, but little did I know I'd be thrown right into a relatively busy work schedule. Finally, a date was picked for a three day weekend Kalalau trip, but as the date approached, it became an inconvenient time for almost everybody who had talked about possibly going. Having not been in over a year and not ... read more
Kalalau
First Light on the Mountaintops
Drew heading into Hanakoa




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