Reflections of Kauai: The Garden Island – Hardcover
By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi
It is hard to imagine a place on this earth more beautiful than Kaua’i, with its misty rain forests, magnificent canyons, towering seaside cliffs and broad beaches. Kaua’i is small – 33 by 25 miles – but incredibly varied in its terrain.
To the north is the rugged Na Pali district, where peaks reach as high as four thousand feet. Here are deep valleys where ancient Hawaiians once lived and remnants of stone heiau where they worshiped. On the east side of the island the Wailua River winds through deep forests and plunges over waterfalls before it empties into the sparkling Pacific.
The sunny south, today a main attraction for the tourists who flock to Kaua’i, was once the playground of royalty. To the west is the sleepy town of Waimea, near the site of Captain Cook’s first landing in the Hawaiian Islands and gateway to grand Waimea Canyon. At the center of it all is Mount Waialeale the world’s rainiest spot and source of the waters that keep Kaua’i’s mountains so green.
All of this and more is explored in Reflections of Kauai, with lively, informative text and gorgeous photographs. Sprinkled throughout the text are myths and tales that capture the spirit of ancient Hawai’i. We learn of giants who once roamed the land and of the wondrous feats of the legendary Menehune, the small but strong people who were masters of engineering and stonework.
Reflections of Kaua’i: The Garden Island is a book to be treasured by visitors and kama’âina alike and a must have for anyone who’s fallen in love with Hawai’i’s most romantic island. (Amazon)
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