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A Trip Up Waimea Canyon

One of the highlights of any trip to Kaua’i is a drive up Waimea Canyon. This spectacular drive on the western part of the island goes from sea level to above 5000 feet. In addition to beautiful canyon views there are views of the spectacular Na Pali cliffs from Koke’e State Park above the canyon. This year I made the trip twice.

Waimea Canyon is the largest canyon in the Pacific and truly a dramatic sight to behold. The canyon measures 10 miles long, 1 mile wide, and more than 3,500-feet deep. It was carved thousands of years ago by rivers and floods that flowed from the Mount Wai’ale’ale summit. The lines in the canyon walls depict different volcanic eruptions and lava flows that have occurred over the centuries.

You can get some wonderful views of parts of the canyon before you even get into the park.

View of Waimea Canyon, Koke'e State Park

View of Waimea Canyon

I love this view of Waimea Canyon from Pu’u Hinahina Viewpoint.

View of Waimea Canyon, Puu Hinahina Viewpoint, Kokee State Park

Waimea Canyon, Pu'u Hinahina Viewpoint

There are lovely birds in Waimea Canyon, exotic for me …

Erckel's Francolin, Kalalau Overlook, Kokee State Park

Erckel's Francolin

Red-crested Cardinal, Puu Hinahina Overlook

Red-crested Cardinal

Red-crested Cardinal juvenile, Puu Hinahina Overlook, Kokee State Park

Red-crested Cardinal juvenile

Pacific Golden-Plover, Kalalau Overlook, Kokee State Park

Pacific Golden-Plover

Apapane, Kalalau Overlook, Kokee State Park

'Apapane

Zebra Dove, Kokee State Park

Zebra Dove

… and of course the ubiquitous Kaua’i chickens.

Chickens, Kokee State Park

Chickens devour popcorn in Koke'e State Park

Chickens, Kalalau Lookout, Kokee State Park

A hen and her family at Kalalau Lookout.

As you can tell from the photos, it had been raining off and on that day. At the Kalalau Lookout, which overlooks the Na Pali coast, I saw a beautiful rainbow.

Rainbow, Kalalau Lookout, Kokee State Park

Rainbow seen from the Kalalau Lookout

The view of the Na Pali coast through the clouds at the top of the road at Wai’ale’ale, one of the wettest spots on earth, was spectacular.

Waialeale, Kokee State Park

View from Wai'ale'ale

On the return trip I stopped to take a photo of the huge poinsettia bushes in a front yard. I thought they were gorgeous!

Poinsettias

Poinsettias

I have been a bit slow in getting my photos organized from this trip. I hope to post more this week.

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