Kauai Tour South

Wailua River Upstream

Wailua River Upstream

This tour contains 16 images in two blog entries arranged as if one started at the highest point of Wiamea State Park and drove back to sea level, and then North around Kauai finishing near Tunnels Beach at the opposite end of a fabulous Hawaiian island.  This post contains 8 photos from what are called the South and middle sections of Kauai.  The first three photos are at the top, roughly 5,000 feet in altitude looking out over the Napoli Coast, only a few miles away from Tunnels Beach as the crow flies, but over a three hour drive because the roads do not go all the way around Kauai. The stitched panoramic photo of The Grand Canyon of the Pacific was shot on the way down the canyon at an elevation of 4,000 feet.  “Wasted Sugar Mill” is at sea level not far from the park entrance.  One Tree on a Hillside is near Hanamaulu.  The final two photos are off Hawaii Route 580 near Wailua.

89 responses

  1. So beautiful! And ‘grand canyon’ suites the photo perfectly. Looks much like Arizona!

    March 21, 2013 at 11:27 am

    • John, that is what the place is sometimes called.

      March 21, 2013 at 12:40 pm

  2. Love this photo. The clouds are great. Thanks for stopping by and the like of my post “First Day of Spring Attire”.

    March 21, 2013 at 11:46 am

    • You are welcome and thank you for commenting.

      March 21, 2013 at 11:49 am

  3. Thanks for this post. I went there on a honeymoon – right place, wrong man. Now that I live in Costa Rica – right place, right man, it’s wonderful to see these great photos of yours of one of my favorite places. Thanks, again.
    On my Way…

    March 21, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    • They say it’s better the second time around.

      March 21, 2013 at 12:41 pm

  4. All great pictures!!! Especially the sugar mill…

    March 21, 2013 at 1:04 pm

  5. I fall behind previous commentors here ; ) but I sure did enjoy reading.. The way you managed the gallery suits well the beauty of the canion & th sea view. I also enjoyed the carving of the mountains as well as the humor in the girls excercise.. Thank you! I is a pleasure to find one of your posts on the reader!

    March 21, 2013 at 1:05 pm

  6. A very stunning set.

    March 21, 2013 at 1:06 pm

  7. Beautiful work.

    March 21, 2013 at 2:19 pm

  8. Stunning photos, such a great work again! :)

    March 21, 2013 at 2:39 pm

  9. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog so that I have now discovered your wonderful photographs :-)

    March 21, 2013 at 2:57 pm

  10. Shayan


    March 21, 2013 at 3:02 pm

  11. Great pictures – one of my favorite places in the world is Hawaii and Kauai in particular, I actually like the abandoned sugar mill one a lot.

    March 21, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    • I had to stand on a pile of old tires to get that shot and it’s a good thing nobody saw me doing it. Thank you for commenting.

      March 21, 2013 at 5:31 pm

  12. Absolutely gorgeous. Love your Grand Canyon. :-)

    March 21, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    • That’s what they call it. I forget how many shots I stitched for that one, at least six.

      March 21, 2013 at 9:09 pm

  13. Just beautiful !

    March 21, 2013 at 7:57 pm

  14. breathtaking

    March 21, 2013 at 10:54 pm

  15. Hawaii… it’s in Hawaii rite? so beautiful.

    March 21, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    • Yup, it is in Hawaii and Hawaii is part of the USA. They take greenbacks, speak American English and tolerate their fellow citizens from the mainland very well.

      March 21, 2013 at 11:32 pm

      • i only know Hawaii as far as Hawaii Five O series. :)

        March 22, 2013 at 1:23 am

  16. Absolute Perfection

    March 21, 2013 at 11:43 pm

  17. Stunning photos.

    March 22, 2013 at 3:39 am

  18. These are lovely photos!! Love the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, never knew Hawaii had such a beautiful landscape! Looks like it should be on some long lost island somewhere!

    March 22, 2013 at 10:00 am

    • Hawaii has many beautiful spots. In the header there is a menu button for paradise and on the drop down is Hawaii. There is a lot to view here.

      March 22, 2013 at 3:31 pm

  19. Ron, these are gorgeous. Are you shooting in HD or are they just amazingly vibrant?

    March 22, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    • I don’t use HDR. That set was shot with a Nikon D700, Nikon 20mm f/2.8 AF, Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 and Nikon 70-300 VR.

      March 23, 2013 at 8:02 am

  20. Thank you.

    March 25, 2013 at 7:55 am

  21. Ron, I’m telling you, I get a lot of links for photography sites, and I end up staying on your site for a while. It’s ‘sticky.’

    March 25, 2013 at 6:19 pm

  22. This is amazing, I so wish I could be there!


    March 30, 2013 at 12:22 pm

  23. Brilliant Photos. I think my favorite is the “Wailue River Upstream.” Something about the gleaming clouds and deep blue sky that catches my eye. I also like the post on northern Kauai. I can’t wait to visit the island someday.

    March 31, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    • Thank you Jeff. Every bit of Hawaii is special.

      March 31, 2013 at 9:31 pm

  24. We would love to post “girl flipping out” at toemail if you do not mind? http://toemail.wordpress.com

    April 1, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    • That is fine, but make sure you link back to the full post. Ah yes, her toes are bare!

      April 1, 2013 at 6:42 pm

      • It’s posted now. Thanks so much, we really appreciate it! :)

        April 3, 2013 at 6:15 pm

        • You are welcome and I left a comment.

          April 3, 2013 at 6:23 pm

  25. vichot

    Exceptional and stunning photographs! Kauai seems like such a beautiful place.

    April 2, 2013 at 11:09 am

    • Kauai is indeed beautiful and many movies have been filmed there.

      April 2, 2013 at 11:17 am

  26. just one word, ‘splendid’ !! :)

    April 4, 2013 at 7:39 am

  27. wow, wow. wow

    January 12, 2014 at 8:09 am

  28. I always love your landscape shots. Gorgeous and informative. Thanks!

    January 12, 2014 at 8:29 am

  29. Superb landscape shots, Ron…

    North coast images are so pleasing to the eyes :)

    January 12, 2014 at 8:45 am

  30. Two words. Wow, Boum!

    January 12, 2014 at 8:58 am

  31. Wow!

    January 12, 2014 at 9:18 am

  32. BEAUTIFUL! I love Kauai, I wish I could visit every year!

    January 12, 2014 at 9:49 am

  33. Hawai’i is beyond beautiful…this seems like the stuff of paradise. Your photo tour of Kauai park has really brought that beauty out to everyone.
    Thanks for this little sightseeing trip you have given us.


    January 12, 2014 at 10:40 am

    • You are welcome and thank you for commenting.

      January 12, 2014 at 12:25 pm

  34. Truely amazing landscapes, love them sooo much!

    January 12, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    • Thank you, that babe in the blue slip dress is super hot.

      January 12, 2014 at 12:28 pm

  35. Gorgeous images!

    January 12, 2014 at 1:10 pm

  36. An amazing and totally beautiful place!

    January 12, 2014 at 3:02 pm

  37. fabulous series…loved the ‘grand canyon’ and the sugar mill…certainly is a beautiful place!

    January 12, 2014 at 3:17 pm

  38. Gorgeous shots! I hope to see it in person one day myself!

    January 12, 2014 at 9:30 pm

  39. Thanks you brought this up again, Ron.

    January 13, 2014 at 12:51 pm

  40. Beautiful photos. Thank you for posting. We spent 9 days on Kauai many years ago, 1999, and put 600 miles on a rental car. So much beauty to see! Your photos brought back good memories.

    March 4, 2014 at 9:50 am

    • This last trip was 10 days and I don’t think that I drove nearly that much.

      March 4, 2014 at 9:58 am

      • It was when we were there in December, helicopter tours were not flying, dive trips were cancelled, so we drove. We stayed at Kapaa and had fun chasing the farmer’s market to which we went almost every day.

        March 4, 2014 at 10:14 am

        • In january most boat trips were canceled and some helicopter trips too. The diving in Kauai is so expensive that I don’t bother. I don’t mess with the helicopters either, not my thing.

          March 4, 2014 at 10:17 am

        • What is the best month for Hawaii?

          March 4, 2014 at 10:19 am

        • All of them. Maui gets lots of whales in the winter. Kauai can get windy in the winter. It does get a bit warm everywhere in the summer, but not terribly hot.

          March 4, 2014 at 10:22 am

        • Thank you, because we Do plan to go again at some time in the future. PS, you have a great blog.

          March 4, 2014 at 10:25 am

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