Waimea, Kilauea and Wailea

Waimea Canyon is called the Grand Canyon of Hawaii. Though I haven’t seen the latter yet, I’ve looked at many photos and there’s definitely a similarity.

It was very sunny and hazy the day we were there, but you can still see most of the colors.




April is a wonderful time to go because it’s not mobbed with people and tour buses.

waimea visitors

When I was here in the summer six years ago, I could hardly find a place to stand.

You can even pay to have your picture taken with this guy:

grass skirt

We passed on that.


The road to Kilauea Lighthouse was so nice I had to stop and take a photo:

road to Kilauea

There’s only one word for the weather: perfect.

I do like the graphics on the sign that marks the lighthouse.

kilauea sign

As you drive closer, there’s a wonderful view of the entire area:

Kilauea Lighthouse

kilauea lighthouse

Once you’re at the lighthouse, you can admire its beauty,


marvel at the aquamarine water below,


the waves crashing onto rocks,

rocks, cave

or the surrounding vistas.

view from Kilauea

After the lighthouse, we drove along the highway until we came upon this sight:

hanalei valley

Hanalei Valley is the greenest, loveliest patchwork quilt of farmland I’ve ever seen. The mountains aren’t too shabby either. Kauai is most definitely my favorite island.

Only one more Hawaii post after this one!


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19 Responses to Waimea, Kilauea and Wailea

  1. What an amazing array of landscapes. Breathtaking, really. On another note, you need to find a way to prepare/resize your pictures for the internet as they take a long time to open. Any picture manipulation programme will do it – make the pictures 1200px along the longest edge at 240dpi or less, as you don’t want people lifting your pictures.

    • Thanks for telling me that. I try not to post too many photos for that reason, but I had so many from Hawaii and just didn’t want to bore people with endless posts. I’ve also started using a larger size provided by Flickr. I do worry about image quality with resizing, but will definitely explore that after we move. Are you having a problem with all the photos or just the larger ones?

      I have seen my photos on different sites, but they’ve always credited me, so I’m not even using a watermark. That could change, but people can remove watermarks with Photoshop anyway. I have mixed feelings about all that. . . .

  2. Now I really want to go to Hawaii!

  3. TBM says:

    I really want to go back and explore some more!

  4. Caroline says:

    The landscape is quite varied. That canyon is so beuatiful, all the colors of the rock.
    I do really love lighthouses and that’s a particularly nice one.
    And the lst shot with all those greens is another beauty.

    • Yes, Kauai is quite varied–I never got tired of the place. I love lighthouses too.

    • I was thinking the same thing: how varied the landscape is among the Hawaiian islands. Amazing really for relatively small islands.

      I also marvel at the vibrant colors everywhere you look. I especially love the blue water against the reddish rocks above.

      • Yes, there is so much packed into such a small space, but you never feel squeezed or crowded. I didn’t really take in how varied Kauai was until I looked at all the photos.
        That red soil is everywhere, Jackie. They even sell t-shirts in that color so they’re easier to wash. 🙂

  5. Caroline says:

    Carole, on my laptop your photos open the very moment I click on them.

  6. delicieux says:

    Hawaii looks so beautiful! I’ve always wanted to go there, and you’ve inspired me even more.

  7. Patti says:

    Beautiful. I really do need to get to Hawaii some day.

  8. Cheryl says:

    Spectacular array of luscious photos, Carole. Can’t wait for the next post!

  9. Another amazing post! Between this and the NaPali post I am really looking forward to heading back to Kauai some day… hopefully soon.

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