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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Kauai: Lighthouse, Lookouts & Waimea Canyon

Let's play show-and-tell (well, mostly "show") a bit with some of the most popular sites on Kauai, shall we? First, the Kilauea Lighthouse:
A mere three minutes off of the main highway is this view of Opaekaa Falls:
Just five minutes down the road from Walmart, you'll find Wailua Falls:
Below is a picture that shows Anini Beach as seen from the lighthouse. It was a lovely place to catch the sunset:
And, last but not least, the most popular scenic drive on the island. The road to Waimea Canyon and the Kokee lookout is about 25-miles roundtrip of twists and turns.
Waimea Canyon is aptly referred to as "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific." The views are incredible!
From there, the road gets really rocky. I've never seen so many potholes in my life!
The Kokee lookout makes the drive worthwhile. It provides pretty views of the ocean and the South end of the Na Pali Coast.
On our way back, we passed the small NASA station at Kokee Park. So being the big nerds fans we are, I took a picture of my NASA engineer. He's definitely my favorite sight in this show and tell :-)
Next up: surfing and snorkeling!


  1. sooo pretty! looks like you guys had such a good time.we heard that beach down from the light house is a nudist beach?...i dont know if its true or not but there are telescopes at the lighthouse so that cant be a good combination. haha

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  3. Haha! I think you're talking about Secret Beach, which isn't technically a nudist beach, but it's so secluded and hard to get to that apparently some people take the opportunity. We stayed away just in case :-) Anini is right next door and has the same views, but with clothes on. I didn't even think about the telescope issue...! That could be a real shocker for the sweet grandma's and grandpa's who put a quarter in the telescope.

  4. oh is it secret beach that is nudist?! haha because we actually did go there.. there wasnt one other person on the beach when we went... it was so nice! and it definitley is secret, the turn off is super hard to find and you have to hike a while down to the beach.
    AHH these pictures make me want to go back so bad, looks like so much fun!

  5. Soooooo, no one tell Jay about this secret nudist beach...he'd be the first out there with clothes off! He is already taking advantage of "naked thursday" out at powell each year on the adult trip!

  6. Hahaha!! Oh my, this comment thread is cracking me up. I'm glad Michelle's family didn't accidentally see nudists at Secret Beach, and also that Jay hasn't found out about it yet. ;) Keep that one on the DL.

    But I wanted to say that your vacation looks absolutely amazing. Just dreamy. How beautiful are these pictures?! It looks like you had the perfect romantic getaway. And now Kauai is definitely on my list of "must visit" places.

  7. Hm, yes, Jay should probably be kept in the dark about this one! It'd be "Naked Thursday" for him every day at that beach haha! Oh, and speaking of Powell... is there going to be an adult trip this year? I must ask Sharla.

  8. You my dear are just a magical photographer.. that's right.. magical.


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