At least once a week, I make time in my calendar to capture photographs of Kauai’s unparalleled beauty. It is an intentional act that I believe is very important as it allows me to practice my craft freely, in a way that feeds my deep love for photography. I look for places and moments that resonate with my artistic style and find a way to capture them in my own, unique way.
One of my favorite pastimes is hiking the Kalalau Trail. This is one of the most spectacular hikes in Hawaii, and in my opinion, one of the best in the world. It truly is a sight to behold and a must if you are the adventurous type. The trail climbs up and down the lush rainforest on Kauai’s north shore and offers incredible views of Ke’e Beach, the wild open Pacific Ocean, and of course, the mighty Na Pali Coast.
An assortment of Hawaiian ferns and Hala trees line the trail. Each valley you climb in and out of offers an incredible vista of the expansive, and sometimes fierce, Hawaiian ocean. Even though I’ve walked this trail many a time, it is still so exciting to experience and gives me immense gratitude for this life and the opportunity to witness such natural beauty. The entire trail is rigorous and not for inexperienced hikers, however, you can enjoy much of the beauty within the first few miles of the walk.
If you are on island and want to experience this first hand, please find more information on the DLNR’s website for more about the park and making reservations. Non-residents need to make a reservation to access the park so be sure to book well in advance. To cut down on the number of cars traveling out to that fragile part of the island, it is highly recommend to use the North Shore Shuttle. Kauai is a very fragile and unique ecosystem and anything thing we can do to help conserve its natural beauty is much appreciated.