Hawaii 2012 - Day 4: North Shore - Kalalau Trail
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Today we had planned a visit to the North Shore of Kaua'i. The North Shore is, like on the other islands, always a bit tricky since it normally gets the trade winds that bring in clouds. These clouds are pushed against the high mountains and drop there water causing a lot of rain. Not today, we were lucky with a sunny start.
Our first visit was to the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is located on a peninsula at the most northern point of Kaua'i. It is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The sited also houses the decommissioned Kilauea Lighthouse which is kept as a monument. Until 1976 the lighthouse guided many ships safely along the rugged coast of Kaua'i. It even brought the slightly deviated pilots of the first (1927) Trans Pacific flight back on course.
We followed the road westbound via the town of Hanalei (where we had a delicious fresh fruit smoothie) to the Ha'ena Beach Park. Not for the beach, but for the Maniniholo Dry Cave. This "cave" is actually an old Lava Tube that got broadened by the force of crashing waves in the times the sea level reached until the tube's entrance. The cave is now almost 300 meters (980 ft) deep.
Today's main attraction was actually the reason why I wanted to visit Kaua'i, the Kalalau Trail. This 18-km (11 miles) long trail dates back to the 1800s. It is still the only way to reach the Kalalau Valley (see yesterday's blog entry) over land. The trail is located in the Na Pali Coast State Park and winds through a lush jungle, closely packed against the steep hills sometimes high above the wild sea. One is only allowed to hike the first 6 miles, the remainder may only be hiked after obtaining a permit. Failing to do so may be punished with huge fines and even a court appearance.
We were, because of our visit to the other highlights, late again.
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