Sunday, July 11, 2010

Home from Hawaii

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{colorful flowers and palm trees in Kaua'i}

We returned home yesterday from our honeymoon on the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i.
it was
(big, deep, sigh)
BEAUTIFUL.
Here are some pictures from our trip!

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{Night lights of Waikiki, Oahu}
 We flew into Honolulu and stayed our first night in the high energy, fast pace Waikiki before flying out to the oldest island of the Hawaiian chain, Kaua'i.

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{Rainbow over Hanalei Bay in Kaua'i}
We saw at least one rainbow every day!

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{Rain on Pu'u Poa beach in Princeville, Kaua'i}

Rainbows form because of, well, rain! So it also rained every day on the North Shore of Kaua'i.
Usually it was just a gentle, passing, misting and refreshing rain.

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{Sandy, golden Po'ipu Beach}
Sandy, golden beach= sandy, golden me 
(probably more sandy then golden thanks to gobs of sunscreen!)

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{surfer riding waves at Po'ipu beach}
I surfed on waves of bliss, perhaps, but no real ones. 
Not this time. 

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{Kalalau Valley on the Na Pali Coast, from the Pu'u o Kila lookout}
Evidence of the presence of Grace abounding in our natural world...

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{Nate and I at Pu'u Poa beach}
Island Love.

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{view of Na Pali coastal waters from the KalalauTrail}
We hiked in for a short day hike to Hanakapi'ai Beach. If I ever go back, I'd like to hike the whole thing The 22 miles round trip trail requires a camping permit and it would be totally worth it! Next time...

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{Hanakapi'ai Beach, Na Pali Coast}
On the hike, we ate our lunch under hanging cliffs and on large, black pumice rocks inhabited by a ferrel cat. This got us out of the steady rain clinging to the mountains. It was a very muddy, slick trail and we were soaked through, but that really is what made it so fun. 

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{Bali Hai view, back in Princeville, Kaua'i}
Watching the sunset on Kaua'i is a big event for us and everyone else visiting Kaua'i! 
There were always a lot of people gathered outside to watch the sun melt into the ocean.
 We were able to walk to a place where we could see the sun set over whats called Bali Ha'i. Remember the song Bali Ha'i in the musical South Pacific? Parts of that movie were filmed on the 
North Shore of Kaua'i!

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{sunset over Bali Ha'i at Pu'u Poa Beach}

Big,
deep,
sigh
of contentment.

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6 comments:

gina said...

Beautiful! It looks like a wonderful vacation--your photos make me want to hop a plane and go tomorrow! Thanks for sharing!

Y is for Yogini said...

Ah, Hawaii. Breathtaking photos! It looks like you had an amazing time. I miss it over there — my fave is Maui. :)

jamieonthemat said...

wow, what incredible photos! thanks for sharing them. welcome back!

Kat said...

Congratulations Eliza! Sounds like a wonderful time. I especially like the night one of the city and the sunset. Beautiful. I look forward to seeing some Hawaii-inspired art!

EricaG said...

Looks like an amazing adverture. So romantic!

americanepali said...

Looks like you had a great time. You should have said the surfer was Nate! :)

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