Nothing says honeymoon quite like Hawaii. For my honeymoon, I visited Maui and the Big Island and loved both. With its dramatic natural beauty, pristine beaches and friendly aloha spirit, the 50th state is the perfect place for a couple to spend their first few days of marriage. Last month, my friends Maggie and Danny Valentine began their honeymoon by spending four nights in the tiny town of Kapaa, Kauai, followed by four more in the resort area of Wailea, Maui. When they returned, I couldn’t wait to see their photos of Kauai since I had heard all about its stunning cliffs, canyons and waterfalls.
Like the Big Island, Kauai is far less developed than Maui. Kauai is also happens to be Hawaii’s northernmost island, so the weather tends to be cooler — Maggie and Danny found that Maui was much warmer and sunnier. But it’s Kauai’s rains that have formed its legendary lush landscape.
“From Lihue, where the airport is located, all the way north, Kauai’s landscape is the most wild, beautiful, tropical thing I’ve ever seen,” Maggie says. “Dark blue and green mountains rise up in weirdly-shaped peaks; they say Mt. Waialeale is the rainiest peak in the world, which is why the north side of the island is usually dripping and overcast. There’s lots of rolling green wet fields where taro is grown too. On the other hand, the southern part of the island looks like a desert — red sand and barren fields.”
The newlyweds enjoyed hiking around the island, especially the Kalalau Trail along northern Kauai. But steep volcanic cliffs and dense forests make much of the island inaccessible by car so helicopter is a popular way to supplement your sightseeing. Maggie and Danny took a ride with Jack Harter Helicopters to get a closer look at the Na Pali Coast, Waimea Canyon and Mt. Waialeale. Below are their photos taken both from the ground and in the air.