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Hanalei River in Hanalei Valley, Kauai, Hawaii

Hanalei River in Hanalei ValleyView All Sizes

Magnificent Na Pali Coast, Kaua’i

Stunning Na Pali CoastView All Sizes

View of Na Pali Coast and Kalalau Beach, Kauai, Hawaii

Kalalau Beach and Na Pali Coast

JOURNAL : July 14, 2002

Beautiful Kauai Island

Kauai > Hawaii > United States

Series Beautiful Kauai Island
View of the Na Pali coast and Kalalau Beach, Kauai, Hawaii

Kalalau Beach

On a clear day we can see the North Shore of Kaua'i from our house in Mokuleia. It looks like a misty cloud on the horizon. When my sister had her house in Kap'a, she was directly across the water, nearly 100 miles.

In Our Backyard

Our family has been coming to Kaua'i long before I was born and one of my earliest memories is motoring up the Wailua River in an old Zodiac inflatable boat. My grandfather was with us too. Since Kauai is just a brief hop over from Oahu and airfares relatively cheap, we've returned many times throughout the years, some of us living on and off there, vacationing, or visiting family and friends.

Kauai to.. British Columbia?

A memorable adventure was our aborted sailing trip to Fiji. My mother and I were crewing on a 40-foot sailboat with another family. We stopped in at Hanalei Bay for a couple of days on the first day out of Honolulu. It was during that time that the captain's wife discovered she was pregnant and the trip was called off.

So my mother and I motored around to other vessels moored in the turquoise bay and offered ourselves up as crew to wherever they were bound.

Kaua’i Island

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Aboard the Mareva

Soon we were off in the opposite direction to Vancouver, British Columbia aboard the Mareva with Paul, Sasha and their daughter Mareva. After a month on the North Pacific we navigated through the Straits of Juan de Fuca with Vancouver Island on the left and the Olympia Peninsula on the right. The sunset lit up the harbor with a wonderful glow as we docked.

Hawaiian Village near the Wailua River, Kauai

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Beautiful Kauai Island

July 14, 2002

Kauai > Hawaii > United States

Tags   Walkabout · Islands · Ocean

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After a Month at Sea...

That night we had a fabulous dinner in the brilliantly lit city of Vancouver. In the morning the harbor smelled of delicious fish n' chips. Mom rented a car and the two of us explored the southern end of Vancouver Island. Within a few days my dad and sisters flew over from Hawaii and we rented an RV. That summer we drove around the Okanagan as the ripest harvest was hitting the roadside stands. We gorged on the most amazing peaches, apricots and apples. British Columbia is pretty awesome.

Wait — wasn't this supposed to be about Kauai?

Various Adventures

Check out our camping trip in Kalalau Valley, or a helicopter trip through Waimea Canyon and along the Na Pali Coast, or our boat trip and hike through Wailua Valley.

Mt. Waialeale and Hanalei Valley, Kauai, Hawaii

Mt. Waialeale and Hanalei ValleyView All Sizes

Boboli Gardens, Pitti Palace, Florence

Boboli Gardens

Waialua, Mokuleia and Haleiwa from Mt. Ka’ala

Up on Ka’ala

View of Paris from Notre Dame Cathedral

From Notre Dame

Bullard Mountain adjacent to the Glacier

Mendenhall Glacier

Summit Lake and the Coast Mountains just past White Pass Summit.

White Pass & Yukon Route

The Korean Bell of Friendship inside the Belfry.

Korean Bell of Friendship

Camping on the Willamette River

Willamette River

San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan

Ponte Vecchio and Arno River from Ponte Santa Trinita, Florence, Italy

Ponte Vecchio

Random Adventures!

Canyons, Buttes, Red Rock of Sedona, Arizona : via Helicopter

North Sedona

Girls on a Rock

Castle Lake

A bridge over Vincent Creek near the campground of the same name.

Vincent Creek