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Disappearing Lava Field Road – Kona, Hawaii, USA

 

Photo of the Day – Disappearing Lava Field Road – Kona, Hawaii, USA

On a quick trip to Kona this past summer, Brad and I stopped into the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park where we drove down to the coast line and through some tremendous lava fields. The tremendous part of them is that it is literally a field as far as the eye can see of … lava. I know that sounds silly, but as you can see in the picture, it makes you feel like you’re on another planet.

The road in this photo actually looks like it doesn’t fit … but, it was the only way to get there!

Disappearing Lava Field Road - Kona, Hawaii, USA
 

Na Pali Coast Forever – Kauai, Hawaii, USA

 

Photo of the Day – Na Pali Coast Forever – Kauai, Hawaii, USA

Now that I have weathered Hurricane Sandy, this picture brings back even sweeter memories.

The Na Pali coast is one of the most beautiful coastlines I have ever seen. I named this Na Pali Coast Forever because it seems that the coastline literally goes … forever! I also love how the cost is forever changing in both formation and color. Until next time, I’ll be dreaming of you Na Pali.

Na Pali Coast Forever - Kauai, Hawaii, USA
 

100 Year Old Kilauea Lighthouse – Kauai, Hawaii, USA

 

Photo of the Day – 100 Year Old Kilauea Lighthouse – Kauai, Hawaii, USA

I headed to the incredible island of Kauai in the Hawaiian islands earlier this year with my girlfriend (Anne) and we were lucky to have fantastic weather pretty much every day – including this one. Lighthouses have always meant something to my girlfriend and I so we try to check them out wherever we go.

This lighthouse is special not only because of its beauty and history, but also because I’m posting it on Anne’s and my one-year dating anniversary. Happy Anniversary ku’uipo!

100 Year Old Kilauea Lighthouse - Kauai, Hawaii, USA
 

Tunnels Beach Reef from a Helicopter – Kauai, Hawaii, USA

 

Photo of the Day – Tunnels Beach Reef from a Helicopter – Kauai, Hawaii, USA

On my first and only (thus far!) journey to the incredible island of Kauai, I was lucky enough to enjoy one of the most fabulous thrills of my life thanks to a wonderful gift from my girlfriend Anne. For one hour, from a helicopter (!), we explored the canyons, waterfalls, coast lines, beaches, waterways and thick rain forests that all together combine to give Kauai its nick-name, The Garden Island. On top of it all, as Anne knew what a photo junkie I had recently become, she made sure that this ride was with the doors off. Yes, that’s right, an hour long flight on a helicopter with the doors off.

At first, I must admit that I was a bit scared, but after a smooth take off and cruising around for a few minutes I was comfortable and ready to enjoy the scenery and do my best to capture it. Admittedly, my first attempt at photography from a Helicopter was not the best, but I did find a few gems and will certainly learn from the experience!

Tunnels Beach Reef from a Helicopter - Kauai, Hawaii, USA
 

Na Pali Coast Cathedral – Kauai, Hawaii, USA

 

Photo of the Day – Na Pali Coast Cathedral – Kauai, Hawaii, USA

One of the best things to do when in Kauai is to explore the Na Pali coast. There are many ways to check it out, but one that I highly recommend is a sunset cruise. The cruise itself is fairly intense as the waves along the coast are no joke. However, a little bumpiness is well worth what you are taken to.

I took this shot while cruising back to port. This part of the coast is often times called the Na Pali Cathedral as the sharp edges of the mountain give the illusion of flying buttress and other cathedral architectural components.

Do you see the cathedral?

Na Pali Coast Cathedral - Kauai, Hawaii, USA
 

Evil Orange Sunset – Poipu Beach – Kauai, Hawaii, USA

 

Photo of the Day – Evil Orange Sunset – Poipu Beach – Kauai, Hawaii, USA

I took this photo while travelling to Kauai right in front of our hotel – the Sheraton, Poipu. We woke up early and headed down to the beach to welcome the sunrise and were unfortunately presented with an overcast and rain spitting morning.

After ducking for cover a few times, the rain let up just enough for me to dart out on to the beach. After a few snaps from the sand, I moved out into the water as the sun was just under the cloud cover and illuminate it with an intense orange.

What started out as a relatively disappointing morning quickly blossomed into one of the most beautiful sunrises I have seen!

Evil Orange Sunset - Poipu Beach - Kauai, Hawaii, USA
 

Bali Hai Sunset from Tunnels Beach – Kauai, Hawaii, USA

 

Photo of the Day – Bali Hai Sunset from Tunnels Beach – Kauai, Hawaii, USA

Makana Point, also often referred to as Bali Hai (from the movie “South Pacific”), makes for a wonderful sunset back-drop on the island of Kauai. To enjoy this sunset view, hop out on to Tunnels Beach about an hour prior to sunset, bring your favorite beverage, some snacks, and a beach blanket.

Enjoy.

Bali Hai Sunset from Tunnels Beach - Kauai, Hawaii, USA
 

The Perfect Pier – Hanalei Bay Pier – Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii, USA

 

Photo of the Day – The Perfect Pier – Hanalei Bay Pier – Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii, USA

I had seen several pictures of the Hanalei Bay Pier prior to actually seeing it in real life and they were generally the type of photos that make you think a place is fake. The Hanalei Bay Pier stretches far into the Hanalei Bay, but is miniscule in length compared to the size of the bay itself.

For me, the most impressive part of the bay is both its size and the beautiful mountains which surround and frame the bay. The turquoise water, semi-circled sandy beach and sound of ocean waves crashing don’t hurt either!

The Perfect Pier - Hanalei Bay Pier - Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii, USA
 

Shipwreck Beach Cliffs Sunrise – Kauai, Hawaii, USA

 

Photo of the Day – Shipwreck Beach Cliffs Sunrise – Kauai, Hawaii

Yes, another one from Kauai! But hey, can you really blame me?

I woke up super early to snag this shot on what surprised me to be an incredible sunrise. Although it is not always fun to wake up at 5AM (especially on vacation), I have rarely been disappointed by a sunrise and the story was no different on this morning.

I drove to Shipwreck Beach and quickly noticed a small trail on top of a large rock that was really blocking the sunrise. My hope was that this would lead to somewhere on top to get a good view and that is just what it did! Although I did not walk along the cliffs edge very far, it was stunning at first site.

It makes it pretty hard to have a bad day when you can have a start like this – on that note, have a great day ahead!

Shipwreck Beach Cliffs Sunrise - Kauai, Hawaii
 

Kalalau Valley Through the Jungle – Kauai, Hawaii

 

Photo of the Day – Kalalau Valley Through the Jungle – Kauai, Hawaii

As many of you know, I just got back from a fantastic trip to the island of Kaua’i – part of the Hawaiian islands. With that said – it is certainly time to show off some of what this incredible island has to offer.

To get things started, the Kalalau Valley is an absolutely astounding lookout within Ke’e State Park. I have been to plenty of lookouts that have disappointed and left me wanting, but the only thing this lookout did was make me stick around starring into the distance and ultimately late getting started on our trek.

This lookout is roughly 5000 feet above the incredibly blue colored waters below. And, As the pictures shows, we were literally in the clouds!

Kalalau Valley Through the Jungle - Kauai, Hawaii
 
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