Welcome to Kauai and enjoy yourself, but… one of the things that Kauai has taught me is to ” Stay Humble”. When you visit Kauai and the air is fresh with the smell of plumeria, or my new found even sweeter smelling flower called Tanga Tabu, one feels like dancing the Tarantella! The trade winds blow softly against your face, the blue turquoise water sweetly sparkles, beckoning you to enter… An amazing day to remember. But then a new day has risen, the mood has changed, and so has the weather. The air is now heavy, the sky has darkened. When you had just captured the island, and almost at the wave of your hand, it had submitted to you, and the waves beckoned to your call. What just happened? Kauai has just shown you a new personality. I have seen many of these personality traits. Once I had hiked into Hanakapiai waterfall to take a photo of the beautiful waterfall there. I finished the 4 mile hike, set up my camera and took three shots, and then, KABAM!!! down came the rain. I packed up and hiked out in a torrential downpour. Take note: “slippery when wet”. I used my tripod as a walking stick. Start getting in shape now for that hike. It’s a doozy. I was humbled. I say all this to partly warn you, but in some measure explain that Kauai is not easily mastered. It is an island with mood, personality and “teeth”. Just the other day I went to Lumahai Beach and saw a dramatic change in its formation. The previous large ocean storms rearranged the beach leaving it much more expansive. With every explosion of waves over the shelf came new sand to then form it’s new appearance.
You usually get off of the rides at Disneyland and smile saying,” boy that was fun”, but here it’s even more fun with a little scary thrown in. The other day when I was at Lumahai I watched the largest wave exploding over the reef every 7 minutes, charging up the beach . I noticed a visitor coming onto the scene, walking over to the shelf and thinking about climbing up onto it. Thats a no no!! I quickly ran to his rescue saying NO, don’t go up there! He looked at me a little defiantly and reluctantly walked away only to then see a massive and startling wave break right over that same shelf.
Another beach to be very watchful at is Secrets Beach. What is a beautiful long stretch of beach in the summer, becomes a rocky, sand removed turmoil of danger with huge shore break waves rushing up the beach knocking people over like pins during a bowling match. Have I gotten your attention yet? There’s lots of fun to be had, but I’m just trying to keep you safe, and when you come it may be the adventure of your life. As you stare at the occasional approaching black clouds filled with rain, be comforted with a local expression here, ” no rain, no rainbow”. Watching beautiful rainbows splashing down like radiant neon beams or looking over today and seeing a tremendous splash from a huge Humpback whale is car stopping. You just have to exclaim, WOW!! There’s really never a dull moment here, but do be careful!!! And have fun.
I so love Kauai, but I respect it tremendously and encourage you to do the same. Hopefully a few of my photos will better explain what I’ve been talking about. Until next time Aloha