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Makauwahi Sinkhole

13 Feb

Makauwahi Sinkhole

Makauwahi Sinkhole

Makauwahi Sinkhole

The Makauwahi Sinkhole is a small portion of the largest limestone cave found in Hawaii. Paleoecological and archaeological excavations of the sediment that has filled the pond in the sinkhole put its age at some 10,000 years, and have revealed at least 45 species of bird life. More importantly, the findings of this study show how the first humans that inhabited Kauai affected the pre-human natural environment. It is one of only a handful of sites in the world that show such impact. A reforestation program is in place to restore the environment to its pre-human condition by re-planting indigenous species.

Visitors generally agree that this place is unlike any other public site they have encountered. At the center of its many attractions is Hawaii`s largest limestone cave, the richest fossil site in the islands, and a uniquely preserved archaeological site. It’s a living museum dedicated not just to the past, but also to experiments in native species conservation. On abandoned farms and quarry lands surrounding the cave, native plants and animals have returned in response to innovative restoration techniques. Acres of restored forest land, dune vegetation, and wetland habitat feature almost 100 species of native plants, including many endangered species, as well as endangered waterbirds and even an underground ecosystem of blind cave invertebrate

http://cavereserve.org/

Hike with Jeremiah

18 Jul

I do not typically endorse guides and excursions on Kauai. But Jeremiah was awesome. He really pushed me and I him. I enjoyed a FULL day of hiking and Jeremiah and he had great knowledge of the trails. I DEFINITELY plan on hiking again with with him soon. I received this today and wanted to pass this along to all my guest who are looking to explore Kauai by foot.
http://www.kauaihikingtours.com/

My Hike with Jeremy

My Hike with Jeremy


Aloha from Kauai,

It’s been nearly six years since I moved to this beautiful island to start my hiking & adventure guiding business. As most of you know, I’ve been in the adventure business for over 16 years, with a bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Education and many years of field experience – from teaching “primitive skills” while mentoring “at risk youth” in the wilderness, to guiding all-inclusive luxury group tours for adults and families. Currently, I’m focusing solely on private tours (on Kauai, the other major Hawaiian Islands and beyond) for families, individuals, and small groups of all ages and ability levels.

About five years ago, I sent out a email requesting for support in spreading the word about my website for global hiking tours, GetOutsideAdventures.com. I received a tremendous response and I am grateful for the support & encouragement!

Since that time my experience, knowledge and understanding of this spectacular island have continued to deepen. It’s been an honor to share “island treasure” with hundreds of visitors over the years. I love what I do and feel truly blessed to make a living doing what I’ve always been passionate about: going on adventures with interesting folks in awe-inspiring places! While I’ve received some terrific feedback, I know that when it comes to Hawaii, the islands themselves are the real star – even places I visit regularly continue to reward me new surprises! So far word of mouth has proven the most reliable means of promoting my business. So….

Once again, it would be of great assistance if you would take the time to spread the word to your family and friends planning a visit to Hawaii by forwarding this email and/or sharing the links below.

If you’ve been on a hike with me, please use the TripAdvisor and Yelp links to write a short account of our experience together. Your recommendations and feedback make a big impact on the visibility and credibility of my company on the web.

Sincerely yours,
Jeremiah

Kauai Posted On Apple.com

2 Mar

What an Honor to be Chosen!

Lumahai Beach

Lumahai Beach

Apple just kicked off their new World Gallery campaign.

The World Gallery campaign spans across 70 cities in 24 countries. This geographical scale makes it the largest mobile photography gallery ever assembled. iPhone photographers will be posted on various Apple channels, including but not limited to, outdoor billboards, print publications, Apple.com and/or the App Store.

It was exciting to be chosen for World Gallery! I can’t believe my photo is on a billboard! Apple Article

The story behind this Kauai picture ~

Lumahai Beach is a popular and picturesque beach. This long stretch of white sand beach was made famous by Hollywood when Mitzi Gaynor spent her time on this beach washing that man right out of her hair, in the movie South Pacific. The beach is easy to reach by following a short trail down to the beach.

I normally do not go to this beach for sunset pictures. The surf was rockin’ earlier in the day so I thought it might be a good place for a change at sunset. I like to take lots of pictures at sunset because you never know what each sunset has in store. I started taking panoramic pictures with the iPhone as the sun set. This is a difficult time for any camera because of the difference between light and dark. We all know what happens when a subject is backlit~ everything else in the picture is very dark. I really am impressed on the ease and clarity that the new iPhone has taking panoramic pictures adjusting for the light in very difficult lighting conditions. I am very honored that Apple chose one of my Kauai pictures because Kauai is a very special place for Steph and I.

My Kauai Flickr photos have been viewed over 1.3 million times.
Chucks Kauai Pictures on Flickr
Please do me a favor and repost to all your media sites. I would like to get as many likes as I can!

My Kauai picture is now now on 19 billboards around the world!

If you know anyone in these towns I would like a picture:

US \ SAN FRANCISCO \ BROADWAY AND POLK

US \ LOS ANGELES \ SAN DIEGO FWY S/O CENTINELA

US \ NEW YORK \ BROADWAY W/O HAVEMEYER

US \ BOSTON \ CAMBRIDGE ST E/O TEMPLE

US \ ATLANTA \ MLK JR DR E/O TECHWOOD DR

CA \ TORONTO \ EATON CENTER

CO \ BOGOTA \ AUTOPISTA NORTE CALLE 145 N – S + S –N

UK \ LONDON \ HEATHROW P1000

CH \ ZURICH \ HARDTURMSTADION

TR \ ISTANBUL \ UNALAN

UAE \ DUBAI \ HARD ROCK HOARDING

apple_billboard

AU \ SYDNEY \ PJ GALLAGHERS

AU \ PERTH \ STIRLING HIGHWAY

CN \ NANJING \ WORKER’S CULTURAL PALACE

CN \ SHANGHAI \ ZHONGSHAN PARK

CN \ WUHAN \ YAN JIANG AVENUE

TH \ BANGKOK \ RAMA 3 IN BOUND

IN \ MUMBAI \ MAHIM CAUSEWAY MT

IN \ DELHI \ AKSHARDHAM OVERHEAD BRIDGE – NOIDA TO DELHI

Staying Safe In The Sun

10 Jul

Staying safe in the sun – skincare tips in the heat
Leaving daily cares behind and heading off on a Hawaiian vacation is a dream come true for many individuals. Whether riding horses through the hills or lying back on glittering sand, it is easy to become lost in the moment. Unfortunately, all that sun can be tough on the skin; however, with just a little extra care, it is possible to enjoy that dream vacation without having to pay a price for it later.
Skin damage
We have all become used to hearing warnings about skin cancer being caused by prolonged, unprotected exposure to the sun – and it is important to take these warnings seriously – but many people don’t realize that unfiltered sun exposure can also damage skin in a number of other ways, including:
• Premature aging: Too much sun can speed up the development of fine lines in the skin and make existing creases deeper, as well as giving skin a rougher texture, making regular sun-worshippers look old before their time.
• Discoloration: The production of extra melanin in response to exposure to the sun doesn’t happen evenly and can play havoc with skin tone, creating lasting stains and blemishes that often look increasingly bad with age.
• Drying: The sun can do a lot of damage simply by drying the skin out, sometimes permanently robbing it of its natural glow and leaving the surface taut, fragile, and vulnerable to breaking and cracking, as well as to infection.
Skin protection
The best way to protect against the damage listed above, of course, is to cover up when spending prolonged periods of time in the sun, wearing loose fitting clothes and a broad brimmed hat. Because this isn’t always practical – and because most of us enjoy feeling the sun on our skin – the next best line of defense is sunscreen.
To be effective, sunscreen needs to be applied before going out into the sunshine and needs to be re-applied often. It is important to make sure that the sunscreen you use is the right strength for your skin type and for the amount of UV in the atmosphere. When applying sunscreen, it is important not to forget areas like the ears, the feet, between the fingers, and the back of the neck.
After-sun treatment and skin repair
If damage to the skin occurs despite using an adequate sunscreen product there are measures that can be taken to treat and repair skin – and the sooner these measures are taken the better. Applying a good moisturizer like Argan Oil can help the skin to repair itself. Natural products like lactic acid and bearberry juice can be used to lighten discolored areas, while glycolic acid creams can repair damage and give the skin back some of its elasticity without making it as photosensitive as some other products will. It is important to buy skincare products from a reliable source, and to remember that results may vary based on personal factors.
Packing for a holiday in the sun
Even people planning to spend most of their time sunbathing should pack loose fitting clothing when going on vacation for those times when more than just a swimsuit will be required. As well as the usual sunscreen, it is a good idea to take a stronger product along for use on particularly high-UV days, and after-sun treatments like those mentioned above should not be forgotten.

Kauai Beach Allure

6 May

Nukolii Beach

Nukolii Beach

The Endless Allure of Kauai’s Beaches

Always dreamed of a condo right on the beach where the first thing you hear when you wake up every morning is the sound of the ocean? Love to feel the sand between your feet and the sea breeze in your hair? Why not come to Kauai and live the dream! You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to gorgeous sandy beaches in Kauai: from the relative quiet of a relaxing walk on Moloaa Bay to the more popular hustle and bustle of Poipu beach park, which has a lifeguard on duty, showers, picnic spots and a designated spot for children to splash in the ocean. Kauai has some of the most picturesque beaches in Hawaii. But what can you do on Kauai’s beautiful beaches? Here are just a few ideas for fun Hawaiian beach activities!

Take To The Water

The water sports on Kauai are second to none. In fact, Kauai is considered by many to be the best Hawaiian island to visit if you’re planning to try your hand at some water sports (whether you’re an expert or a rank beginner). If you are new to the water then, Kauai is the perfect place to try a new water sport for the first time, particularly surfing, because the laid back and friendly attitude of the local residents mean you won’t be made to feel at all self conscious if you fall of your board for the first, second, or even fiftieth time! Whether you’re looking to surf or snorkel in the open sea, windsurf on one of the islands fresh water lakes, or enjoy a boat tour complete with a well informed tour guide to lead the way, you’ll find all of these options and more on Kauai. If you plan on taking to the water during your trip to Kauai then ensure that water sports are covered by your vacation insurance policies: many policies don’t cover water sports or require that you take out an additional policy if you want to hit the surf during your vacation, so it’s better to check and be sure before you arrive on the island. After all, you don’t want to be stuck on the shore watching everyone else have all the fun!

Enjoy Incredible Views

As well as waking up to the sound and smell of the ocean every morning, you will also be able to enjoy incredible views from the beaches and bays of Kauai. The Jurassic Park movie trilogy was filmed in Kauai, and the much anticipated fourth movie is scheduled to be filmed on the island too, with filming penciled to start later this year. The island was chosen because of its untouched and almost primitive landscape: the scenery here really will take your breath away! Jurassic Park isn’t the only movie to have been filmed in Kauai’s bays and beaches, and movie buffs may well experience a sense of déjà vu when exploring the island. Parts of South Pacific were filmed on the Napali coast, Raiders of the Lost Arc was filmed here too, and Elvis filmed two of his movies (Blue Hawaii and Girls! Girls! Girls) on the island.

Swim With Dolphins

Finally, not only can you see dolphins in the surf from Kauai’s beaches, you can also take the opportunity to swim with them yourself. There are no sea creatures such as dolphins in captivity on Kauai (something that is considered a massive plus point of the island) so there isn’t a designated place where the chance to swim with dolphins are guaranteed. But it’s likely that you swim off the Na Poli coast, you will find that you are swimming alongside dolphins: the Na Poli boat tours also regularly sail alongside large pods of dolphins. Natural dolphin encounters in their own environment (as opposed to commercial encounters with captive dolphins) are a truly special, once in a life time experience. And you’re likely to be able to enjoy this experience off the coast of Kauai! What more reason do you need to visit Kauai and explore everything its coastal region has to offer?

Hanalei Bay Resort

20 Sep

Hanalei Bay Resort Pools

Hanalei Bay Resort Pools

Hanalei Bay Resort

Hanalei Bay Resort

kauai

25 Jun

Why Kauai is an unrivaled destination

The island of Kauai is located about 20 minutes away via cheap flights from Honolulu. It is the fourth largest of the Hawaiian Islands and is also the oldest at six million years old. It was formed as the Pacific plate slid over the Hawaii hotspot, and the island is certainly volcanic in its origins. This fiery birth resulted in the incredibly rich soil and lush growth of trees and plants that now cover the island; hence the name Kauai, its title as the “Garden Isle”. A small island, covering approximately 550 square miles, Kauai can easily be traversed within four hours.

Kauai maintains a comfortable average temperature of 78° F and the ocean waters surrounding the island hover between 74°F and 80°F. Kauai is also very rainy; one of the wettest places on earth is located here on the east side of Mount Wai’ale’ale, with an average annual rainfall of 460 inches. The huge amount of precipitation feeds the many scenic waterfalls, and it also carved out the deep valleys and canyons of the island that make Kauai so spectacular.

Kauai history and facts

The first European to set foot on Kauai was Captain James Cook who sailed into Waimea Bay in 1778, and named the location for the Earl of Sandwich, his patron.

Along with the neighboring island of Niihau, Kauai was the last of the Hawaiian Islands to become a part of the Kingdom of Hawaii under King Kamehameha in 1824.

Beginning in 1835, the sugar industry became the dominant force in the Hawaiian economy, with the first sugar mill being established in Old Koloa Town in the same year. Sugar remained a booming industry there for more than a century, but today many of the plantation lands have been converted for ranching. The last remaining sugar plant is currently transitioning to sugar-ethanol production.

The volcanic soil and heavy precipitation result in Kauai having exceptionally fertile land. In addition to sugarcane, coffee and many varieties of fruit, including banana, guava, mango, papaya and pineapple are also cultivated.

Kauai is home to thousands of wild roosters and chickens. Descended from Polynesian and European chickens, they roam freely with few natural predators. Kauai is also home to a large population of stray cats that have had a detrimental effect on the native wildlife, particularly the birds.

Must-see tourist attractions in Kauai

Waimea Canyon, located within Waimea Canyon State Park, is one of the most familiar locations in Kauai due to its frequent appearances on film and television; one of its most famous appearances was during the flight to the island in Jurassic Park. “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific” is the largest canyon in the Pacific and one of the most scenic. Surrounding it is Kokee State Park, a more than 4,000-acre expanse of Koa hardwoods and Norfolk pines, as well as native plants and wildlife.

Visitors looking for an active itinerary in Kauai will enjoy the kayaking and coastal hiking trails along the Na Pali Coast.

The Holo Holo Koloa Scenic Byway is a 19-mile stretch that connects many of the historical and cultural sites on the island, such as Malhuia Road, also known as the Tree Tunnel due to the canopy of eucalyptus trees lining it; and the Spouting Horn, a blowhole rock formation that spouts seawater plumes into the air.

Author: Aimee Claire
Spouting Horn Kauai

New Hope Church

30 Mar

Nukolii_Beach_2013-3-4

The start of our day on Kauai was a typical one. We walked 2.5 miles down Nukolii Beach. Once we arrived at Lydgate Park, we stopped and took a few pictures. The large community pavilion next to the beach was full of activity. Just as we started walking back down the beach a band started playing. We realized there was going to be a church service so we decided to return just to listen to the band and see what was going on.

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As we approached the pavilion, Bart and Cookie greeted us and told us they were holding their service at the beach this week to celebrate New Hope Church tenth anniversary. He made us feel so welcome we stayed for the service, bare feet, empty pockets, and pretty super casual clothes and all. Everyone was friendly and came up and introduced themselves. We met so many wonderful people.
The service was so casual with lots of great music. At the end of the service, everyone walked to the ocean where they held a baptism in the ocean.

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Lydgate_New_Hope-9

After baptism of four parishioners, they served a great home cooked meal.
I would suggest if you want to attend a non-denominational church while you are on Kauai, New Hope Christian Fellowship Lihue would be a very good choice.

Island Hopping from Kauai

14 Oct

Island Hopping from Kauai

Napali Coastline, Condos In Kauai

Napali Coastline

go! which offers direct flights from Kauai to Honalulu and Kahului but also connecting flights to the other islands. Other airlines providing inter-island flights from Kauai are Hawaiian Airlines and Island Air. Flight times from Kauai to the other islands is relatively short with a flight to Honalulu taking just 15 to 20 minutes and the furtherest flight to the Big Island taking nearly an hour and a half.

Island Cruises

If you want to explore several of the islands without spending a lot of time at airports, a relaxing way to island hop is with a cruise. Island cruises can offer luxurious surroundings and stress free travel in addition to the opportunity to see several of the islands in a relatively short space of time. There are a number of cruise companies offering itineraries which take in around four of the islands. Most cruises are for a duration of 7 to 14 nights, many departing from Honalulu and spend one or two days at each port, giving you the option to set off and explore each new island or perhaps take a break from island adventures to relax on board for a day. One advantage of taking a cruise as a way of island hopping is that you can enjoy the unique sea vantage point of the scenery of these beautiful islands during the day or at sunset over dinner while you cruise. If you think a cruise is for you but you are not sure which of the islands you want to visit, there are numerous island guides online to provide inspiration.

Day Tripping

Perhaps you want to spend the majority of your vacation on Kauai – and who could blame you – but you are interested in a small island hop just to explore something different. Island hopping doesn’t have to take days or weeks; it is possible to hop to another island for a day trip. Possibly the best island suited to visiting in one day is the nearest island Oahu. With such a short flight time, you could easily fly into Honalulu in the morning and return in the evening. Certainly a popular day trip from Kauai is a visit to the famous Waikiki beach or those interested in a bit of history can take in Pearl Harbour, the Arizona Memorial and U.S.S. Missouri; all located on Oahu and can be organised as a guided tour or you can make your own travel arrangements to give you the freedom to explore at your leisure. Alternatively, you could head to the North Shore of the island and Polynesian Cultural Centre. For something really unique, why not take a helicopter tour of Oahu, experiencing the breathtaking scenery of jungles, beaches and ocean from above.

Author : Eve Pearce

Hanalei Bay Resort 52012

18 Feb

Some recent pictures I took February 2012 around Hanalei Bay Resort 52012.
My Pictures and Videos on Flickr