Kauai - the Garden Island - share and enjoy photos of this beautiful place

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  1. miles and smiles
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    I'll start with one of my favorite places on Earth, the Kalalau Valley:

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    And here's the gorgeous Hanalei Valley:

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    I keep seeing posts about Kauai. My family almost always visits Maui (one exception for Oahu... and no, not Honolulu). Is Kauai that much better than Maui given the relative attention it gets, or are they about the same?
     
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    The view from the Nualolo lookout at the end of the Nualolo trail. Without a doubt the most beautiful place I've been on earth.

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    Personally I find Kauai much more beautiful, lusher and quieter.
    Of course, different strokes for different folks.
    (Both are beautiful)
     
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    The NaPali coast at sunset from Haena Beach on the north shore of Kauai:
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    Kilauea Lighthouse on Kauai's North Shore:
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    Waimea Canyon with 100_0568.jpg waterfall:
     
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    Kauai, land of many rainbows

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    Time for another photo of the magnificent Napali Coast 100_0621.jpg
     
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    Personally I love Kauai so much more than Maui ... after spending several weeks on the North Shore of Kauai I actually was shocked at the amount of traffic on Maui (which, of course, is nothing compared to O'ahu) when arriving on a flight directly from Kauai .... but every island has its only personality ... find the one that fits you the best
     
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    here's another view of Waimea Canyon ... the Grand Canyon of the Pacific ... this view is from a little higher than 3400 ft in altitude

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    Continue up even higher in altitude but look westward instead (over the Kalalau Valley) and you will feel you are in the clouds ...

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    Travelman, your latest photo is not showing. Perhaps you need to re-load. Happened to me a couple times last night.
     
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    ... wait long enough ... and eventually you will be in the clouds .. as they get lower ... and lower .. and then suround you[​IMG]

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    ... of course, how can you talk about Hawaii ... especially Kauai ... and not think about sunsets ... this photo is taken from the northern shores of Kauai from the Princeville area ... Enjoy[​IMG]

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    ... the skies can be all sorts of colors ... one night while people were looking in a similar direction as photo in post #16 ... there was a gorgeous sight right over their heads, to their right & behind them starting to take place:D

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    ... and while talking about the northern shore of Kauai (our favorite part of the island) ... lets not forget the beaches ...
    here's a beach on the drive between Hanalei & Ke'e (the end of the road) ... perhaps someeone can identify with a name ... you walk down a slope from the road through ironwood trees to get here ...

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    .... and of course, there is Ke'e beach at the end of the road on the Northern shore ... where the gorgeous NaPali coast starts

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    That's probably Lumahai beach (post #18)
     
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    ... well, and humans are not the only ones who love this area...
    here is a Hawaiian Monk seal (protected species) also sunning itself[​IMG] on the beach

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    So Scottrick, hopefully now you will start to get a better idea of just how lush Kauai can be ... and how diverse ... from the drier areas of the canyon ... to the wettest spot on earth --- literally!
     
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    Miles and Smiles --- is your avatar taken from the area near Lumahai beach?
     
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    And the wettest spot on Earth (Mt. Waialeale - about 450 inches a year) is just a few miles from a desert like area with about 15 inches a year.
     
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    That's me sitting on the Kalalau Trail, about 1/2 mile up the trail from Kee Beach. It's the place where you get you get your first really good look at the Napali coast. A place I have spent hours enjoying because the views and feel are so wonderful.

    6 years and one month later, I am back at the same spot, wearing the same t-shirt :):

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