Photographer's Note

This image doesn't do it justice, but the greens in the mountains of the Na Pali coast on the northwestern shore of the Hawaiian island of Kauai are among the most vibrant you'll see anywhere. I've been to some very green mountains in Vietnam and Peru but for me the greens on Kauai are on another level.

On this particular day, there'd been a shower just before the sun broke through for this shot and a lot of haze was still lingering as you can tell by the sea and sky that seem to blend into each other. I think that haze took some of the luster off the greens here but I still wanted to share this view with you.

I usually don't do open mountain views like this since I'm not very good at them but I couldn't pass up this view. This overlook is officially in Kokee State Park which is adjacent to the better known Waimea Canyon.

As you might expect, the source of these lush greens is rains and lots of it. In fact, the wettest spot on earth is not far from here. Mount Waialeale at the center of Kauai receives an average of 460 inches or 1169 centimeters per year!

I've been to Hawaii a few times now but this was my first time to the island of Kauai. I don't think you can go wrong visiting any of the Hawaiian islands, but for me Kauai is the most spectacular in terms of sheer natural beauty. If you can only visit Hawaii for a short time, definitely spend most of it on Kauai.


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Additional Photos by Douglas Arrasin (darrasin) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 717 W: 55 N: 835] (2860)
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