This spring, we spent most of a week on Kauai, Hawaii.
The north- and east-most of the major Hawaiian islands, it is the oldest. The 10,000 foot mountains it once boasted now reach only to 5243 feet. But that doesn’t make them inconsequential. In fact, erosion reduced the mountains without considering humans. Kauai has canyons and valleys that are not--just simply are not--accessible. The only way in or out is by helicopter. In good weather. Wow, an island of 552 square miles (one third the size of Long Island, New York, 1,401 sq. miles) with places you cannot hike or climb to.
They call Kauai The Garden Island and there are wonderful plants.
|hibiscus (Hibiscus sp.)|
|sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas)|
|ohio lehua, Metrosideros polymorpha|
Above, the hibiscus is a modern hybrid (although there are hibiscus species native to Hawaii), sweet potato is a canoe plant brought by the Polynesians and ohia lehua is native.
|Walls from pre-European times|
Kauai is a beautiful place, with glorious plants, native to lately introduced. By airplane or helicopter, you can get a glimpse into the inaccessible canyons and the vertical cliffs.
|steep mountainsides of Kauai|
And around it all, the Pacific Ocean.
|Kauai beach (with beach morning glory, Ipomoea pes-caprae)|
|Kauai and the Pacific|
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