My family and I recently vacationed on the north shore of Kauai. It was one of those trips that goes by in a blink and, while you’re there, feels surreal. I completely fell in love with this part of the earth.
We went to 5 beaches during our stay and Hideaways was my favorite. It’s an adventure just getting to this place, a steep hike down the side of the cliff, all the while hinting at the spectacular beach at the bottom.
Kauai’s north shore is an incredibly lush, garden paradise. It’s a breath of fresh air to spend time in a place so pristine and virtually untouched…2 lane roads, people living close to the land, no stop signs or traffic lights, nature as untouched by humans as possible while still supporting some human life.
A fascinating aspect of the island is the prolific population of wild chickens. A few mornings we woke to find a hen and her babies in our yard. Roosters can be heard crowing in the morning and even at random times throughout the day. The first chickens to populate Hawaii were jungle fowl, introduced by the first Polynesians. These later bred with domestic chickens brought by Westerners. When Hurrican ‘Iwa and ‘Iniki struck in 1982 and 1992 respectively, they obliterated the cages of Kaua’i’s fighting cocks, adding even more chickens into the wild. Interestingly, they have no natural enemies (save for the random hungry human) on the island. Thus, their numbers have grown and maintained.
One afternoon I stumbled on one of the almost daily farmer’s markets. Fresh, organic foods are a staple in this sleepy community.
On a drive on a remote road, we came across this big guy.
On my last morning on a walk to the beach, I came across this sign and it made me smile. Here, you can slow down in more ways than one.