We’re not that close to the ocean, so when the sound of crashing waves can be heard from our bedroom window, I know they’re BIG! While not a surfer, I love the intensity and power of big waves. As they thunder to shore, with veils of spray peeling off the crest, they are nothing short of movable art and the salty mist that remains over the Bay creates an ethereal quality, one that most certainly must provide refuge for Puff the magic dragon.
I grabbed my Iphone and headed out into the early morning. My walk started by Ka Haku and Pepelani Loop but you can start anywhere along Ka Haku and make a nice loop by walking down the steps by the St. Regis and back up through Hanalei Bay Resort. Along the way you will find many incredible vantage points for picture taking, from panoramic ocean views to the simple beauty found in a single hibiscus flower.
The morning was even more of a surprise than I expected. The sunrise colors and clouds got in on the action and that, along with the low sweeping shadows created by the sun across the golf course, provided some breathtaking shots. Add in the mist and it was a recipe for non-stop visual delights. I took several shots of the viewpoint across from Hale Moi condos, along with the brightly colored clouds over the mountains then continued on towards the St. Regis.
If you want to walk a loop, when you reach the gazebo at the St. Regis parking lot, proceed down the steps to the left. Although I’ve tried numerous times to count them (I think there are 194), the number of steps always seem to continue beyond my attention span. If a heart pumping cardio workout is on the list, these steps deliver! Try going up and down steps several times, and when you’ve had enough, take a short break when you get to the bottom, and continue to the right to the beach. The view is well worth it!
To continue your loop, head back the way you came staying to the right. This path will take you up to the Hanalei Bay Resort. I’ve probably been watching too many movies, but the canopy of intertwined tree branches and vines at the start of the trail looks like it could easily come alive and swallow you whole! No one has reported any mishaps in this area, (yet) and on a hot summer day the shade is greatly appreciated.
The trail winds around past the lower and upper tennis courts of the resort. Turn left at your first opportunity (at the top of the hill) and continue past the upper courts, through the parking lot and out onto Honoiki. If you’re lucky, as you walk through the resort you’ll see one of the many Nene, the native Hawaiian Geese, that have been frequenting the resort. Although they are an endangered species, Kauai is lucky to have several flocks throughout the Island.
At the top of Honoiki, turn left onto Liholiho and proceed back to Ka Haku. Depending on where on Ka Haku you started your walk, the loop is approximately 3 miles of unparalleled beauty.
We are very lucky to “Live Kauai!” To view all the photos from this walk, please click here to go to our Seniors With Latitude Facebook page where you’ll find all of them.