Monday, June 8, 2009

Kalalau Valley's Pihea Trail

On Sunday my hubby and I decided to do a little hiking at the famous Pihea Trail which is all the way at the end of the road in Kokee State Park. The views of the Kalalau Valley are gorgeous if you are lucky enough to catch a clear day.

This is the 'ohi'a lehua flower. My hubby says that if you pick the flower, it will rain. Here's the story (from Wikipedia): "ʻŌhiʻa and Lehua were two lovers separated by the goddess Pele. Pele desired ʻŌhiʻa and when she could not have him she turned him into a tree. Lehua was devastated by this transformation and out of pity the gods turned her into a flower and placed her upon the ʻōhiʻa tree. Separating these united lovers is not encouraged, and it is said that when a lehua flower is plucked from an ʻōhiʻa tree, the sky fills with rain representing the lovers' tears." I guess he was right!
This is a beautiful 'ohi'a tree just teeming with flowers!
Another spectacular view!
Here's my hubby on the trail!
And here we are on the edge for a photo op. Look out! No guard rails here!

Hope you have enjoyed this slice of Kauai! I'm sure there will be a future painting or two coming from all of the photos I took!

Aloha from Kauai,



Southern Girl said...

Those photos are absolutely gorgeous! I hope to be able to visit Hawaii someday! It looks like paradise!

Anonymous said...

Nice pics of you & Joe! I'm sure he has so many stories... Wish we were there! Aloha, Louise & Al

LisaBongZee ~ Island Dream Life said...


This is such a gorgeous view! A friend of mine is in the middle of painting the exact scene as your first photo! It really is amazing. I loved reading about your hike and getting to see all the beauty that Kauai has to offer. Thank you for sharing your pics!!

If we make it out to Kauai soon, we will be sure to do this hike. Check out this link for my little guys Bite Site where he hikes many of the ridges on Oahu, it reminds me alot of your photos!


P.s. Can't wait to see your paintings of Kalalau Valley. Your pastel is awesome!!!

LemurKat said...

We loved Waimea Canyon - especially those rolling red dunes just past the 1500 feet marker as you go up the Waimea Canyon Drive. I don't think I've ever seen a view that has quite made me go "WOW" so much. Gods, I loved Kauai.

When I win the lottery tonight (20 mil$) I'm going to buy a house on Kauai and spend the winters here there. Most definitely!

Jean Levert Hood said...

What incredible beauty, Marionette!! It makes me reminisce about my Hawaii trips. Thank you for sharing!

Robin Maria Pedrero said...

i so enjoyed looking!! i especially liked seeing you and schar!!You live in paradise

Gary Keimig said...

Very nice art work. great blog.

LissaMe said...

geogeous photos Id like to visit hawaii someday