When I woke up this morning and saw clear skies and sunshine I knew I needed to step away from the computer for awhile and go on a much needed walk. What better place than Hanalei Bay; where the lush, green mountains meet the sea!
Arriving at the bay around 9:00, or so, I found a few people who had the same idea. There was a soft breeze and the sun was slightly veiled by the clouds – perfect for sun bathing. Warning: Don’t let the clouds fool you. I got my worst sunburn on a day just like this.
I felt rather conspicuous carrying my iPhone with me but I wanted to take photos so you could vicariously walk with me. Enjoy.
Because of the pounding rains we had a couple of weeks ago, there was an unusual amount of driftwood on shore. This gave some the opportunity to create art pieces.
Even though the waves were not very large, plenty of adults and children were getting their first surfing lesson.
The kids were finding all sorts of ways to have fun.
There were lots of folks capturing the moment.
Enthusiasts paddled kayaks in and out of the river mouth.
While others were just relaxing and taking in the magnificent scene.
Can you see yourself in this photo? What are you waiting for? Grab your sarong and sunglasses. Hanalei Bay is just minutes away from Kauai Vacation Rental at Honu Point.
Hanalei Bay consists of nearly two miles of beach, surrounded by mountains. In the summer, the bay offers excellent mooring for sailboats, stand up paddle boarding and swimming. The Princeville community overlooks from the northeast entrance to the bay of Hanalei River. During the winter the surf becomes large and is a favorite surf location.
The wetlands of Hanalei Bay were used to grow taro by ancient Hawaiians. By the 1860s, the new crop was rice, which was shipped to Honolulu to become the second largest export crop of the islands. The Hanalei Pier was built to help Hanalei farmers move their crops to market. The covered pier’s location near the mouth of the Hanalei River and Black Pot beach has long been a favorite family gathering place for fishing, picnicking, swimming, and playing.