Kauai… Haaahhhh!!! Big big sigh. I know a lot of people are a bit down on Hawaii because it has become crowded, and touristy, with 7-11 and Mac Donald’s at every corner. This was our first time returning to the island of Kauai since our honeymoon nineteen years ago. In the mean time we had been to Maui, which is overbuilt and touristy for sure, though still gorgeous and perfect for young children.
We didn’t see too many tourists on Kauai. Not too many hotels and condos either. What we did find: pristine white sand beaches as far as the eye can see, wild lush tropical vegetation so green it blinds you, ocean temperatures in the eighties, and, day and night, a warm breeze that gives the air incomparable softness. We hiked trails and ended up on secluded beaches, we sat in lagoons on submerged lava rocks and we hand-fed fish. We explored waterfalls and rivers, we found charming villages, lovely architecture, friendly people. We collected drift wood, cooked out on the beach and counted stars. The kids surfed as we watched them from the shade of false Kamani trees. We were mesmerized by the beauty of the place. Here are a just a few pictures of Kauai, I’ll post more later, when my brain is back on L.A. frenzied time.