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Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 21, 2018, 07:51:43 AM »
Maui – The Valley Island


We flew to Maui next, as that’s were my niece was getting married.  Maui is known as the “Valley Island” but often called the “playground of the wealthy”.  There are definitely lots of expensive accommodations here, but Maui caters to all types, including budget conscious. 

The island of Maui features an abundance of beaches, especially along the west coast.  Lots to see in Maui, with a volcano in the center of the island, a wonderful drive to “Road to Hana”, lots of waterfalls, great snorkeling opportunities and lots of lush green valleys. 

I was strapped for time in Maui due to the wedding, but still had time to see some of the highlights of this gorgeous island.  Hope you enjoy the photos!




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Strictly Media / Re: Photobucket is hurting and making changes.
« on: May 21, 2018, 07:49:59 AM »
Have not used them since they tried to take my photos hostage for $400 a year.   That stunt they pulled last year hurt any credibility the company had.  Time will tell if this new CEO can save the Photobucket.  Nice to see the links working again and the photos are up and looking great. 

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Eastern Sierra Forum / Re: Tioga Pass Opening Update
« on: May 19, 2018, 07:00:05 AM »
Thanks for the update P A C.  I’m heading up to the Eastern Sierra on Memorial Day weekend for a quick weekend trip.  I don’t think there will have as much snow on Tioga Pass as last year but will still be incredible beautiful.  Might share some photos unless the weather closes the pass. :(

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Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 17, 2018, 06:52:42 AM »
Kauai – Hawaii




Last photo from Kauai………………………………



Kauai Sunset taken from Popu Beach

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Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 16, 2018, 06:52:27 AM »
Kauai – Hawaii



Maha' Ulepu Beach




Popu Beach - Near our Resort where our group stayed at

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Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 16, 2018, 06:50:22 AM »
Kauai – Hawaii



Kauai Countryside




Oldest Church on the Island – Still in-service and taking in all sinners

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Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 15, 2018, 06:56:20 AM »
Kauai – Hawaii



Kauai's Sporting Horn




Makaleha Mountains

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Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 15, 2018, 06:54:30 AM »
Kauai – Hawaii



Grove Farm Plantation – Where they used to grow sugar canes and delivered them by train to a sugar mill




Old Sugar Mill – All sugar cane farming has stopped so the sugar mills are now all closed!



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Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 14, 2018, 06:44:15 AM »
Kauai – Hawaii


Nawiliwili




Nawiliwili Bay




Nawiliwili Bay – Where the Cruise Ships dock


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Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 14, 2018, 06:42:09 AM »
Kauai – Hawaii


Snorkeling at Tunnels Beach is like swimming in a aquarium!


Snorkeling at Tunnels Beach




Snorkeling at Tunnels Beach

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Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 14, 2018, 06:39:03 AM »

Lava in Halema`uma`u crater at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano nearly overflowed the crater's ledge when I was there in April of this year.  It had Park Rangers, Scientists and volcanologist in a tizzy.  They knew something might happen, but when or where was a complete guess.  A volcano does whatever a volcano wants to do.

Mauna Loa on the Big Island was (and is) more of a concern.  It has not erupted since 1984 and is way overdue.  In recent years, scientists have reported that magma is slowly filling chambers beneath Mauna Loa.  Right in its path is Hilo.

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That is a nice trout kit.  I’m mostly a fly guy but do carry some lures if I’m heading to some special lakes I visit in the back-country.  But if you’re serious about catch and release in the back-country, get rid of the Treble Hooks.  Replace them with singles.

Might also want to carry some:

•   Extra Leader material
•   Extra spool with line (if you get a birds nest in the back-country, you’re done without a back-up!)
•   Clippers
•   Fishing Line Floatant
•   Split-Shot
•   Swiss Army Knife
•   Ketchum Release Tool (Catch & Release)
•   Pole Case (protect the pole while hiking)
•   Fishing License
•   Don’t forget your 10 Essentials when you’re in the back-country!

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Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 12, 2018, 07:59:06 AM »
Kauai – Hawaii


Tunnels Beach – My Favorite place in Kauai for Snorkeling




Green Sea Turtle – Tunnels Beach - Borrowed underwater camera from brother




Green Sea Turtle – About 200 yards out where the waves first hit the coral reef

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Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 11, 2018, 07:10:43 AM »
Kauai – Hawaii


Queens Bath – Nice place to chill




Deserted Kauai Beach

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Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 11, 2018, 07:08:32 AM »
Kauai – Hawaii


Anini Beach




Lumahai Beach




Hannalei Bay
– Started raining in the local mountains and produced many waterfalls!

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Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 10, 2018, 06:40:41 AM »
Kauai – Hawaii

Wailua River & Fern Grotto



The Wailua River feeds two popular waterfalls: Opaekaa Falls and Wailua Falls.



Opaekaa Falls




Opaekaa Falls




Wailua Falls

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Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 10, 2018, 06:38:16 AM »
Kauai – Hawaii

Wailua River & Fern Grotto





Secret Falls




Fern Grotto

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Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 10, 2018, 06:36:35 AM »
Kauai – Hawaii

Wailua River & Fern Grotto


The Wailua River flows to gorgeous waterfalls and lush, jungle landscapes along the island’s East Side. Kauai has the only navigable rivers in Hawaii, and the Wailua River being the largest.

The scenic river itself is best explored by kayak.  Open-air boats also offer guided tours of the Fern Grotto, a natural lava rock cave sheltered by draping ferns.



Wailua River




Wailua River




Wailua River by Kayak


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Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 09, 2018, 06:54:55 AM »
Kauai – Hawaii

Na Pali Coast








Pod of Spinner Dolphins





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Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 09, 2018, 06:52:26 AM »
Kauai – Hawaii

Na Pali Coast

Our group saw Na Pali Coast from rented Kayaks.  Go early before the Trade Winds kick-up as the ocean can get rough later in the afternoon.



Pod of Spinner Dolphins were swimming next to us most of the way there.






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Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 09, 2018, 06:50:01 AM »
Kauai – Hawaii


Na Pali Coast

Na Pali Coast stretches fifteen miles along the north-west coast of Kauai between Ke`e Beach in Haena State Park to Polihale State Park in Mana.  Na Pali is not accessible with a car, you either have to walk in (covered that), ride a boat (or Kayak) or helicopter over it.

Whatever way you see it, this rugged coast will leave you breathless as you gaze upon the pali (high cliffs) that  rise as much as 4,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean,  sea caves, lush green valleys and cascading waterfalls that fall to the shores from thousands of feet above.














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Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 08, 2018, 07:07:32 AM »
Kauai – Hawaii



Back to Ke’e Beach to catch a dazzling sunset!





Many more great trails to discover in Kauai.  Couple that I think are unique is the Waimea Canyon Trail and Pihea & Alakai Swamp Trail.  Waimea Canyon Trail goes through a rain forest then to the “Little Grand Canyon” and the Pihea & Alakai Swamp Trail goes through a swamp hiking on a boardwalk.




Waimea Canyon Trail




Pihea and Alakai Swamp Trail

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Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 08, 2018, 07:04:49 AM »
Kauai – Hawaii


Kalalau Trail



Nearby is Hanakoa Falls




Kalalau Trail and Napali Coast




Kalalau Trail and Napali Coast.  You can see from here how the trail hugs the cliffs


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Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 07, 2018, 06:51:33 AM »
Kauai – Hawaii


Kalalau Trail


Crossing Hanakapioi Stream



Close by is Hanakapioi Falls



Hanakapioi Beach

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Trip Reports from Elsewhere / Re: Hawaii
« on: May 07, 2018, 06:48:07 AM »
Kauai – Hawaii


Kalalau Trail

Kauai has some of the best hikes in the state of Hawaii.  At the end of the road heading north on Kuhio Hwy in Haena State Park are Ke’e Beach and the start of the Kalalau Trail.  Ke’e beach is one of the most spectacular beaches in Kauai with views of the Napali Coast.  My goal was to hike to Hanakapiai Beach and see some waterfalls in this area.



Looking down on Ke’e Beach at the start of the Kalalau Trail.  Popular beach to swim and snorkel





Kalalau Trail.  Beautiful views of Napali Cliffs from the trail


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