Friday, August 04, 2006

Wailua Falls, Waimea Canyon in Kauai


Lucky me, got to go to the island of Kauai in Hawaii again last week. In a place where you could kayak forever, I made just one trip on the east side of the island to Wailua Falls. It was a guided group and I was in a triple sit-on-top -- not exactly what I'm used to! But worked out much better than I'd have thought and we had a great time, despite the rain that came continuously after the first leg of the trip up the river. Hiking through the woods through mud and rain, made it to the falls and swam in the pool and up under the water. Awesome!

I'm sure I would kayak the ocean waters around the island if I had more opportunity. Would have to be ready for surf, sharks, colder water, and higher seas -- but it's obviously done by others so I'd go for it. The island is beautiful and mostly in a natural state, unspoiled by over-development. It's small but it's still more than any one person could see in a lifetime, if you consider all the hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking available. It seems to me again that people there live a very balanced life, in harmony with the people and the environment around them; like the land, not over-extended beyond what should be, as so many people here on the mainland are.


Also did a Bike Trip: "Bicycle Downhill, Canyon to Coast" down the Waimea Canyon road to Kekhaha. Only had to pedal a few times and other than that stayed on the brakes all the way down from 3,500 feet to sea level. The bikes were outfitted with special drum brakes and were easy to ride. Beautiful scenery and fresh scent of Eucalyptus trees and the Pacific Ocean. Must return someday for more!

1 comment:

Kauai Hiker said...

Hello,

I just wanted to clarify that the waterfall on the Wailua River kayaking tour are not "Wailua" falls (which can been seen from a roadside overlook), but actually called "Secret" falls.

Also, Kauai might have less development than the mainland, but it is not "unspoiled by overdevelopment." Compared to the mainland, perhaps, but not compared to how it was unspoiled before. A lot of developers and property owners are over-extended, destroying open spaces, rural charm, and views from the roads. Like everywhere, some people are balanced and in harmony, others aren't.