This week brought me to an exciting and unexpected destination, Kauai! As I announced last week, Angie of Angie Away offered to host me on what is frequently referred to as Hawaii’s most beautiful island, and I accepted. I couldn’t be happier I went — I got to explore another beautiful island, meet one of my favorite bloggers and make a new friend.
Onto this week’s Photo of the Week candidates!
I flew in a tiny propeller plane away from Maui, with just three total seats in my row. I was sad to leave that island, but the beautiful views from the sky eased the pain.
I didn’t have long in Kauai, so we didn’t waste a minute. Within an hour of leaving the airport I was driving along the beautiful and famous Waimea Valley Road. Here I experimented with HDR photography in Photoshop. What do you guys think?
Hanalei Bay really pushed me over the edge into agreeing with the masses — I think Kauai might just be the most beautiful island of them all.
It was in Kauai that I finally tried the sport I was so anxious to give a go at — SUPing, or Stand Up Paddleboarding! I loved it.
Perhaps my greatest undertaking this week was hiking eight miles of the Kalalau Trail along the Napali Coast. The full twenty-two mile hike is one of the most famous in the world, and now that I’ve had a taste of it I’m excited to go back someday and do the whole thing!
The shaka is a hand symbol used frequently on the islands to convey a variety of different meanings — hello, goodbye, thank you, take care, etc. It’s a friendly gesture often thrown up as a thank you to friendly drivers on the road, and it embraces the spirit of aloha that has made me love these islands so much.
I’m very sad to say this is my final Photo of the Week from Hawaii! Next week you’ll be seeing photos from storm-battered New York. Which photo is your favorite this week?