Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A Hui Hou, my Beautiful Kauai


A Hui Hou, My Beautiful Kauai

Well, it has definitely been awhile since I have blogged. I have been pretty busy these past couple weeks though, trying to get ready to move back to the mainland. Actually, I am writing this from the LA airport – and there was a mouse right by my foot earlier, eww! Next stop Seattle, then to Bellingham for some hiking and fishing with my Dad!

So, as I mentioned I’ve been pretty busy. In the past few weeks I worked for a little bit, but mostly I kept taking lots of pictures! Making sure I had been everywhere I wanted to go.  I will keep blogging and posting pictures after I get back home because I have had some fun adventures lately – I just have to find the time to blog!

It was hard leaving Kauai, but I’ll be back for a visit in 130 days! I had an amazing adventure, moving over to Kauai for almost a year! By far my favorite thing about moving to Kauai was the gorgeous scenery and breathtaking views all over the island, and I got to photograph most of it! God couldn’t have had me come to a more beautiful place. When I would tell people that I met that I lived on Island and was a photographer - they were pretty jealous. From the flowers, to the little critters and the sunsets…it is all beautiful!

Things I will miss:
The smell of all of the wonderful flowers…
Sunsets…
Sunrises…
Warm weather…
Tropical storms…
Beaches…
Salty ocean air…
Sand between my toes…
All of the hiking I got to do…
Rainbows…
Listening to the geckos bark at night…
Yelling “CHICKEN” out the window and watching them run away and freak out…
Driving with my windows down all the time…
The sun…
Turtle watching…
Going to the rocks and just watching the waves crash, for hours on end…

Things I won’t miss:
Cockroaches; aka Cocka-bugs – There is just nothing good about them!

I couldn’t have picked a better place to have my adventure - on a small, beautiful island in the Pacific, surrounded by God’s amazing nature and beauty. And I have enjoyed learning more about Hawaii and my heritage, and meeting the friendly people of the islands.

This is one of the last pictures I took - the sunset out at the Waimea Pier. It hadn’t been a very pretty day, but the sunset was beautiful and peaceful, a wonderful way to end my time on Kauai.


So to Kauai I say, A Hui Hou – Until We Meet Again (in 130 days). It was fun; thanks for the memories.
Aloha,
Kaileia

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Snorkeling


Tuesday morning we woke up early and headed North. We accidently drove right by Snorkel Bob’s, where we rent our gear from, but we made a loopdy-loop and got our gear!

We got to Haena State Park, parked the car and started walking on the beach toward Tunnels.  Got there and started snorkeling.  One of the first fish I saw was a parrot fish – it was the biggest one I had ever seen!  Snorkeling was so entertaining, as usual. It’s just a whole different world under the water.  So many different kinds of colorful fish: big fish, little fish, red fish, blue fish – Oh wait, Dr. Suess already wrote this.  Anyway, it really is an amazing experience.  There was a lot of coral, and some sea urchins. (My friend’s mom stepped on a sea urchin today over on Maui – thankfully she got some antibiotics and is doing well.)  We also got to snorkel above some scuba divers, which was kind of fun!  We saw a lot of surgeon fish while snorkeling, and a whole school of little silver fish.  Of course we saw the Humuhumunukunukuapuaa, the Hawaiian State fish.  After snorkeling for awhile we headed back to the car and while walking along the beach we saw a little turtle in the water.  We snorkeled for awhile at Ke’e Beach but it wasn’t as good as Tunnels.  We did see a school of ~200 sliver fish and my Dad and I had fun taking turns diving at them – making them scatter in every direction.

No pictures today but tomorrow I will blog about our hike to Hanakapi’ai and there will be a lot of beautiful pictures!
Aloha,
Kaileia

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Sunsets and Nene


For dinner we headed to the Kilauea Fish Market. My Mom, Nancy and I went here when they were visiting. We both got the fish taco, which is what I got last time. But this time we added some hot sauce – that was delicious!




After dinner we went and parked at the local hangout to watch the sunset. It wasn’t the best sunset but there were some very pretty clouds.

 








This picture is of a flock of Nene (the Hawaiian State bird) that flew by.


Check back to hear about all of our hiking adventures and see more pictures!
Aloha,
Kaileia