Waimea Canyon – The Grand Canyon of the Pacific

View to the south from the largest Waimea Canyon lookout point

Kauai, HI

A short drive west from the town of Hanapepe, at the town of Waimea on Highway 50, there is a turnoff. Take that right turn to begin a magical 40-mile (64 km) drive leading to the Pu’u Kila Lookout. Along the way you will pass several scenic points where you can stop and photograph some spectacular views of the largest canyon in the Pacific region. I submit for your entertainment, my first blog post of 2014. I am looking forward to another year of travels and photos to share with you on a weekly basis. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – One (When two become one)

Wailua Falls

Kauai, HI

This week’s photo challenge is “One.” From the Challenge post:

This week, we want to see photos that focus on one thing. Maybe you’ve got a stark photo of a single tree silhouetted against the setting sun, or a lone sandpiper wandering the beach as waves crash.

Since I appear to have a real problem with following the Photo Challenges exactly, I have yet again twisted the rules a bit. Continue reading

The Beaches of Kauai – Swim, Snorkel, Surf, or Simply Sunbathe

Lifeguard station and one of the picnic ramadas at Salt Pond Beach


Kauai, HI

As I write this, my wife Lynn and I have returned to Fargo for the Christmas holiday. Compared to the last couple of days, it’s a balmy 2 degrees F (-16 C). Snow flurries are drifting slowly by the window, settling on the large evergreen tree in the yard. The scene outside our window is worthy of a Currier and Ives lithograph. Even so, there could be no better time than for me to reminisce about tropical breezes, golden sand beaches and shimmering blue waters. This week’s gallery of photographs features some of the beaches on the island of Kauai. Continue reading

Kilauea Point Wildlife Refuge – Home to Boobies and Shearwaters

Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse

Kauai, HI

As I write this, the continental United States is just recovering from an unseasonably cold arctic blast. Northern tier states saw lows in the -40 degrees F (-40 C). Even desert areas of Arizona saw frost warnings and temperatures in the 20s F (-6 C). It seems fitting, then for me to feature a recent visit to the island of Kauai in our 50th state of Hawaii. Continue reading

December 7, 1941 — A Day that will Live in Infamy

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Honolulu, Hawai’i

This morning, my wife and I hiked in the Estrella Mountains, here in Arizona. When we hike, neither of us says very much. We have plenty of time to think about projects, upcoming trips, and the usual flotsam and jetsam that flows through one’s mind. As we were walking, I remembered that today is the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Continue reading

McBryde National Botanical Garden – A Rainy Day on Kauai

Koloa, HI

Collocated with the Allerton National Botanical Garden, the McBryde Garden was the first of the four National Botanical Gardens on Kauai. In the Lāwa`I Valley, near the south shore, the garden houses the largest collection of Hawaiian flora in the world. The Lāwa`I stream winds its way through the floral gallery. Continue reading

Port Allen Hawai’i – Flying a Powered Glider

Port Allen Airport (PAK), Kauai, Hawai’i

I didn’t get much sleep the night before, thinking about the next day’s scheduled activity. A few days ago, at the suggestion of a friend, I reserved an early morning sight-seeing and instruction flight in a powered glider. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Eerie

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Honolulu, Hawai’i

This week’s photo challenge was clearly inspired by Halloween. Never one to do a photo challenge correctly, I opted to tweak the concept from the ghosts and goblins of All Hollow’s Eve and Dia de los Muertos to focus on a subject that is eerie in its own right; the tomb of those lost on the USS Arizona. I submit for your consideration a collection of images from the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Hawai’i. Continue reading