Hawaii 5-0 travel blog

Rain and heavy clouds almost doomed our flight

Our trusty transport

We left the airport behind us

What a view

Gorgeous scenery

Wow

Amazing

Locally known as The Jurassic Park Waterfall

Beautiful valley

Pictures do not do it justice

Headed toward Waimea Canyon

We could see forever

Waimea Canyon

Lots of color

Waipoo Falls

Waimea Canyon

We got really close to waterfalls

So primal looking

Waterfalls everywhere - and this is the dry season

Approaching Na Pali

Na Pali

Na Pali Coast

Sacred canyon is burial site of ancient kings

Rugged

Na Pali Coast

Gorgeous

So inaccesible

Such sharp ridgelines

Safely (and sadly) back on land


Kapaa, Kauai, HI Kauai is an interesting place. The island is circular in shape with one main road connecting the North Shore and West Side of the island. One cannot drive completely around the island; the rugged and beautiful Na Pali Coast makes that impossible. Roadways for the most part are two lanes with little or no shoulder and lots of one lane bridges which means relying on bicycles for transportation is unsafe. Over 90% of Kauai is inaccessible by car so, wanting to be thorough in our exploration of the island, we took a helicopter tour. It was an absolutely amazing experience. Since the day started out with a rain storm, we were unsure if we would be able to have our adventure but things went our way after all. We saw waterfalls up close. We flew into steep and narrow canyons. We went over the Na Pali range. The 13-mile long Na Pali coast, featured in the film Jurassic Park and many other movies, is one of the most distinctive geological features of Kauai and consists of sheer cliffs thousands of feet high that drop directly onto pristine secluded beaches reachable only by boat, helicopter, or very experienced hikers. We had seen Waimea Canyon from the lookout but with our helicopter tour we zipped right through the canyon, again marveling at the incredible colors. We also viewed the flatlands and saw where people live. We even buzzed a cruise ship anchored in the harbor. It was over much too soon.

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