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.