Back to Nature in Kauai

Exotic Hibiscus Flower

For such a small Island I can say that five days left us little time with nothing to photograph. Each day we found a new area to see, and new things to photograph.

Up on the North shore Kilauea and Hanalei were an eye catching treat to explore. Weather was cooler, and changeable. Due to some storms last year roads past Hanalei were washed out. On my last visit I had a private docent led tour by my daughter-in-law of the Limahuli Garden  Perhaps, next time.

Approaching the Kilauea Lighthouse



My friend with her long lens finally got to capture images of the birds of Kauai. I tried, but quickly found other things of interest. Without long lenses, and strong arms to hold said lens, I look for things that are possible with the tools I can carry.

Meet the yellow garden spider. Aside from the wind, this spider stays still for a photo opportunity.

Yellow Garden Spider

The Nene is the official bird of Hawaii. I even caught a photo of it young.

Nene, official Hawaiian bird

Nene young

The views from this spot are spectacular. I so enjoyed visiting the north shore.

Rain started up, and we continued on to Hanalei, our selected lunch spot. But oh so fabulous a landscape.

View of Hanalei Bay


Waioli Huiia Church

Capturing some of the flowers here on Kauai. For some of these we stopped at a nursery where we could get close to our subject.

When I’m in Hawaii I like to take in a luau. The garden setting is lovely. A tram ride tour started us off.

Plenty of roosters
Smith Family Garden Luau is a family business. Now four generations continue the tradition started 50 years ago

Kalua pig roasted in an imu oven starts the ceremonial tradition. Followed by song and dance show. Not to easy to capture. I used my Fuji with a 35mm f1.4 lens and we had good seats!

I’m leaving the last bit of this photo tour for another day! Hope you enjoy the images as an arm chair traveler!



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Maui Arrival

Five hours by jet and Maui is in sight. Hawaiian Airlines arrives at 1 p.m. at Kahului Airport. An airy, open airport with a tropical feel greets the tourists. Some arrange a traditional lei greeting, and all feel the exotic vacation excitement. Those of us from drought stricken California feel instant humidity.

Since this is not my first trip to this Island I look for changes. Starbucks, Costco, and Walmart are now here.  Many make their first stop on Maui at Costco, and arrive at the hotel with a carload of goods.  This a far cry from shopping on the Island when we arrived 25 years with our two kids.

The Royal Lahaina Resort which is actually found north of Lahaina, is a perfect location. The hotel is on the Ka’anapali Beach and the ocean view from our tenth floor balcony is gorgeous.

Royal Lahaina Resort on Maui

Royal Lahaina Resort on Maui

View from our balcony

View from our balcony

Sunset on Ka'anapali Beach

Sunset on Ka’anapali Beach

Maui lends itself to many photographic opportunities, so I select my camera gear carefully for this six-day vacation. I take my Nikon D7100 with two lenses: an all-purpose 18-200mm zoom and a 35mm f1.8 for low light situations. I plan to use my small Olympus mirror-less camera for less conspicuous photography.  My Kipling bag, tricked out with a camera liner I made myself, and fits into a regular backpack with a tablet and a hoodie. My small Lowepro bag with 2 lenses also serves as my purse during travel time. My tablet allows me to check my images each night.

Tropical plants around the hotel paths

Tropical plants around the hotel paths

Poolside activities

Poolside activities

Coconut Tree

Coconut Tree

Which way?

Which way?

Hibiscus Flower

Hibiscus Flower

Gorgeous sand, beautiful sky.

Gorgeous sand, beautiful sky.

Taking it easy

Taking it easy

Another path around Royal Lahaina Resort

Another path around Royal Lahaina Resort

Soft colors in paradise

Soft colors in paradise

More photographs coming up. Any favorites?