Panoramic Views of Kauai, Hawaii
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Since Kauai was our favorite island in the State of Hawaii to visit, I thought I'd post our panoramic photos separately. Sorry if there was some bleed-over on a couple of the shots due to the cheap disposable panoramic camera I used. The island is so beautiful--although it had been even more so before hurricane Iniki hit the island (See Wikipedia entry below). Attached with this blog are some photos of the Napali Coastline and Waimea Canyon from our Safari Helicopter ride, sunsets and waves on the Beaches of Barking Sands, and the North Shore of Kauai.
Hurricane Iniki (11 September 1992) (pronounced [ɪniki]) (Hawaiian for strong and piercing wind) was the most powerful hurricane to strike the U.S. state of Hawaiʻi and the Hawaiian Islands in recorded history. Forming during the strong El Niño of 1991–1994, Iniki was one of eleven Central Pacific tropical cyclones during the 1992 season.
The Nā Pali Coast runs for 16 miles (26 km) of rugged terrain along the northwest side of Kauai. The Na Pali coast extends southwest starting at Ke'e Beach all the way to Polihale State Park. Kauai is also the oldest inhabited Island of Hawaii. The pali, or "cliffs", rise as high as 4,000 ft (1,200 m) above the Pacific Ocean. The Na Pali Coast state park was formed to protect the Kalalau Valley where the first people settled in Hawaii from Polynesia.
Why are there so many waterfalls? The highest peak on this mountainous island is Kawaikini at 5,243 feet (1,598 m). The second highest peak is Mount Waiʻaleʻale near the center of the island, 5,148 feet (1,569 m) above sea level. One of the wettest spots on Earth, with an annual average rainfall of 460 inches (11,700 mm), is located on the east side of Mount Waiʻaleʻale. The high annual rainfall has eroded deep valleys in the central mountains, carving out canyons with many scenic waterfalls. [From Wikipedia]
The place we stay at on Kauai, Barking Sands PMRF, is located in a dry and sunny part of the island. Although it may rain quite a bit up in the mountains of Hawaii, the shoreline is usually dry throughout the entire State of Hawaii.