Kayaking the Wailua River and Hiking to Uluwehi Falls

Kayak – 4 miles round trip, Hike – 2.5 miles round trip

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Peacocks near the Wailua Marina, Kaua’i, Hawai’i

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Wailua River, Kaua’i, Hwai’i

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Along the Wailua River, Kaua’i, Hwai’i

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Sunset flower

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The trail towards Uluwehi Falls

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Walking trees along the trail to Uluwehi Falls

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Trees along the trail to Uluwehi Falls

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An offering near Uluwehi Falls

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Uluwehi Falls, Hwai’i

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Standing under Uluwehi Falls, Hwai’i

 

Kuilau Ridge Trail, Kaua’i Day Hike

5.5 miles round trip / 1381′ elevation gain

Kuilau Ridge Trail

Kuilau Ridge Trail, Kaua’i, Hawai’i

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Lemon/lime tree along the Kuilau Ridge Trail

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A message written on the picnic table along the Kuilau Ridge Trail

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Kuilau Ridge Trail, Kaua’i, Hawai’i

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Kuilau Ridge Trail, Kaua’i, Hawai’i

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View from the Kuilau Ridge Trail

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View from the Kuilau Ridge Trail

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The end of the Kuilau Ridge Trail

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Continuing onto the Moalepe trail

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Moalepe trail, Kaua’i, Hawai’i

Wildflower Wednesday 11/23/2016

During a kayaking trip up the Wailua River in Kaua’i, Hawai’i I noticed these bright yellow flowers that speckled the shoreline.  Our tour guide described them as “sunset” flowers because they start the day with a rich, yellow color, and end the day with a red-orange hue.

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“Sunset” flower, Wailua River, Kaua’i, Hawai’i

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“Sunset” flower, Kaua’i, Hawai’i

Wildlife Wednesday 11/09/2016

During a recent trip to Hawai’i, I finally had the opportunity to explore snorkeling.  After spending a few hours in the “kiddie pool” at Lydgate Beach Park, I was ready to broaden my underwater horizons.  Anini Beach was the perfect destination for beginner snorkelers, with its’ shallow waters and abundance of wildlife.  After only 10 minutes in the water I spotted several tropical fish, two rays, a sea urchin, and a saddled snake eel.  As I chased down a beautiful tropical fish, out of nowhere a very large sea turtle swam right in front of me.  This was a dream come true!  I spent the next several minutes slowly swimming alongside a sea turtle in its’ natural environment.  Check that one of the bucket list!  ✔

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Sea turtle, Anini Beach, Kaua’i, Hawai’i

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Snorkeling at Anini Beach, Kauai’i, Hawai’i