By: A. Murphy
Kauai, Hawaii – I recently visited one of the most gorgeous places one has ever laid eyes on. A green and red dream studded with blue water surrounding the island. To me, it looks like it’s the place where the Hawaiian Gods live.
Nicknamed the “Garden Isle”, Kauai is covered with lush greenery and tropical plants watered regularly by abundant rainfall. As the oldest amongst the Hawaii Islands, it has been transformed the most by the forces of erosion which resulted to natural wonders such as Waimea Canyon and Na Pali Coast.
We took a bi-plane tour on our second day to see the beauty of the island in aerial perspective. We chose the bi-plane for the experience of an open-air ride. Seeing the whole island up in the air was breathtaking. The view of the Na Pali Coast from above was absolutely stunning. Again, I will say it to emphasize more on its splendor – ABSOLUTELY STUNNING. The pilot then flew above the Waimea Canyon and Mount Waialeale. All those waterfalls coming down the cliffs of Mount Waialeale left me at a standstill to contemplate with awe and reverence the spectacle of the beauty that was right in front of my eyes.
Fact: Waialeale means “rippling water” in Hawaiian. Mount Waialeale is considered as the second wettest place on earth.
On our third day, we took the Na Pali Coast rafting tour to see it in a different sight. This tour is not for the old nor for those who are not physically fit. Along the way, we came across a group of dolphins and turtles which was amazing. The view of the Na Pali Coast is so grand that we find it hard to grasp the whole essence of it. Those sky scraping mountains and cliffs touching the clouds makes the island look like a citadel of pure beauty. A place protected by the Hawaiian Gods themselves.
In many ways, the island is different from all the other islands. It is almost you have stepped into a totally different place. Compared to Oahu and Maui, Kauai is less populated and more laid back. The aura the island brings makes you want to disconnect from the rest of the world. So peaceful and calm that it doesn’t get you too hung up on the pressure of being a tourist.
Seeing the cliffs of the Na Pali coast and the valleys of the island, you can’t help but hum the Jurassic Park theme song.