Wailua Falls, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. Travel there last month brought us onto this Garden Isle in the midst of heavy rains most days there, a foreshadow of the flooding to come after we left.
The falls are a 173 foot waterfall that feeds into the Wailua River. The morning of this visit was another rainy day, that seemed to make it all even more beautiful. Water pouring over the falls with a force that was impressive, and the sound of the falls pounding down heard the minute of opening the car door was riveting all without even seeing the falls yet.
Not exactly thinking of Earth Day per se that day, but in a way I was. How beautiful is this earth? How unfortunate that it is not honored at every level.
A great pleasure of the Sunday Traveler has become meeting and talking to the local people of the place I am visiting; learning about their world view, and about their home. This gentleman and I talked about Kauai, my memories of a certain place I had stayed at long ago right before Hurricane Iniki hit the island, the local politics on rebuilding, the loss of some of the people at that time. I’m happy to report that basket now sits on a shelf in my home, and I’ll always remember him.
The Wailua River that winds between the Maunakapu and Nounou Mountain ridges.
Happy Earth Day 2018