Living On An Island of Magical Splendor - Kauai Hawaii

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Kauai, Hawaii - An Island of Magical Splendor

In the 1980s I moved from California to Kauai, along with my 3 children and a Steinway Grand Piano. It was an adventure that changed my life forever. I found myself growing to a whole new level as a performer while working with top named artists in the music industry.

My spirit soared and took flight as I learned the true Island meaning of "aloha".

While Kauai is a breath-taking Island for a dream vacation, it is a journey of knowledge to live there. Stay with me now, as I share with you the devastation of living through a hurricane as well as viewing the wettest spot on earth.

Hurricane Iwa on Kauai 1982
Hurricane Iwa on Kauai 1982 | Source
Destruction - Hurricane Iwa - 1982
Destruction - Hurricane Iwa - 1982 | Source
Hurricane Iwa - 1982 My little son and I held each other inside our home.  I thought it was over but we were caught in the "eye".
Hurricane Iwa - 1982 My little son and I held each other inside our home. I thought it was over but we were caught in the "eye". | Source

Hurricane Iwa - Kauai, Hawaii

In order to put food on the table I took a job as the pianist for the Sheraton Hotel in Poi Pu Beach. I loved this job with extra benefits like meeting Dick Clark, "Big Bird", Rich Little and a grocery list of other celebrities.

On Tuesday, November 23, 1982 at mid-afternoon, a twenty-foot-high surf crashed over the seawall, over the swimming pool and into the ground-floor rooms at the Poipu Village hotel near Koloa landing. Automobiles were lifted and moved about in the resort's parking lot.

Mother nature had enough of my music, and she grabbed the 6 ft. black beauty grand piano and sent it out to the sea. The entire hotel, everything, looked like it had been bombed. Even changes to the seashore were unrecognizable. The entire island sat in a state of fear in the midst of the screaming wind.

All over the island, power lines were down, houses shambled and destroyed, and most roads impassable. Great trees were splitting and waves demolishing buildings. My son, Randy, and I were lucky - only slight damage to our home.

The car had some damage and we were without power for days. We could not get out of our area to get supplies. We tried to barbecue a turkey for Thanksgiving with our small outdoor grill. It burned to a crisp. We were so hungry we ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They were delicious.

    The waves claiming my piano at the Sheraton Hotel - Poi Pu Beach
The waves claiming my piano at the Sheraton Hotel - Poi Pu Beach

The Song, Beautiful Kauai

There's an Island, across the sea

Beautiful Kauai, Beautiful Kauai

and it's calling, to you and me

Beautiful Kauai, beautiful Kauai

In the midst of Fern Grotto

mother nature made her home

'neath the Falls at Wailua

where lovers love to roam

I'll return to my isle across the sea

Beautiful Kauai, Beautiful Kauai

where my true love is waiting for me

Beautiful Kauai, Beautiful Kauai

Randy Farden wrote “Beautiful Kauai” at a hotel on the Garden Isle in 1967. It became a hit the following year after Don Ho recorded it and later became a hula standard thanks to Kawai Cockett and the Lei Kukui Serenaders. "The song was inspired by the fantastic view of Hanalei Valley, Mount Nomolo Kama and the bay he saw from his hotel window,” said Tony Todaro, in his book Golden Years of Hawaiian Entertainment. Farden was born in Honolulu but grew up in Waianae. He is a member of one of Hawaii's most accomplished musical families.

© 1968
Lyrics & Music: Randy Farden

I had the privilege of recording Beautiful Kauai while living there in the 1980s.

I thank http://www.squareone.org/Hapa/b1.html for the above information. Mahalo.

Please enjoy this video, produced in part by my friends, Art Umezo and Mr. Gonsalves.

Mt. Waialeale Crater

I bought a home for me and my little family which nestled at the foot of the Waialeale Crater. This is the wettest spot in the world, surrounded by waterfalls dropping thousands of feet. We would view these waterfalls daily, either by looking through our glass wall, or from the back deck. Spectacular! Kauai Helicopters offer rides going directly into the crater.

Waialeale Crater - The wettest spot on earth
Waialeale Crater - The wettest spot on earth
Hanalei Bay - Kauai
Hanalei Bay - Kauai

Hanalei Bay

 Hanalei Bay is one of my favorite, beaches on Kauai.  I enjoyed the beautiful trees growing right on the beach to use as shade on hotter days.  But what I treasured more than the trees, was the Wialua River that reached its end right into the ocean at Hanalei Bay.  This made it possible to take a brisk, cold swim in the river, then walk a few steps to the ocean and enjoy the warmth of the bay. Depending on traffic, it was about a 25 minute drive from home.

  Waiamea Falls
Waiamea Falls

Waialua Falls, Opening Scene for Fantasy Island

The television series, Fantasy Island, was a very popular show, starring Ricardo Maltaban and Herve Villechaize. The series ran from 1977 to 1984, produced by Aaron Spelling. The opening scene features one of Kauai's most beautiful waterfalls, Waialua Falls. Located just off the main (and only) highway, it is something to behold.

Saimin is a plantation era inspired delicacy unique to Hawaii. It includes elements from Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Hawaiian and Portuguese cultures.
Saimin is a plantation era inspired delicacy unique to Hawaii. It includes elements from Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Hawaiian and Portuguese cultures. | Source

For Your DVD Library - James Michener's Hawaii

Lihue, Kauai and Famous Saimen Noodles

The first thing most people do after landing at the Lihue Airport is to drive around the island. You have two choices - you can go Northward which will lead you to the wetter , windward side of the island, or you can choose to go South to the dryer, leeward side of Kauai.

The road ends in either direction when it meets the looming NaPali Coast. The single, main highway does not circle the island.

Since the airport is in Lihue, the county seat, you may want to stop here first. This is where you will want to stock up on food, supplies or visit the museum on Rice Street.

Now, I will let you in on a little secret. If you're hungry and have a hanker'in for a hot steamy bowl of saimen, you are in for a treat...a delicious, filling and frugal home made treat.

The best saimen (noodles) in the world is right in Lihue at Hamura's Saimin on Kauai. Hamura's is a hole-in-the-wall kind of place on a back street of Lihue that is popular with the locals. It's nothing to look at inside, just a big menu on the wall and u-shaped counter seating. The kids and I ate there several times a month.

Behind Lihue is the port of Nawiliwili, the main harbor on the island. You'll find a nice beach with gentle waves at Kalapaki, some good shopping and restaurants with a flavor of old Hawaii. An off-beat area, you will want to explore the bustling waterfront on foot.

Places to see on Kauai, Hawaii

The Fern Grotto   -   Where marriages are performed
The Fern Grotto - Where marriages are performed
Wailua River - Boating Tours and Water Skiing
Wailua River - Boating Tours and Water Skiing
Wailua Beach  I lived 3 miles away up the Wailua River
Wailua Beach I lived 3 miles away up the Wailua River | Source
One of many amazing shows to visit
One of many amazing shows to visit | Source

The Na Pali Coast

Kee Beach and great snorkeling
Kee Beach and great snorkeling
Na Pali Coast - One of many sights
Na Pali Coast - One of many sights
A waterfall on the Na Pali Trail
A waterfall on the Na Pali Trail

From Lihue to the Na Pali Coast.

Turning north on old Highway 56, known as Kuhio Higway, you will drive through the plantation town of Hanamaululu. The next stop will be the Wailua River, the Fern Grotto (where couples get married), then the Wailua Beach.I spent most of my time at this beautiful beach. Conveniently, it was only about 4 miles from my home.

The next stop is downtown Kapaa, a fun trip going back in time. Leaving Kapaa behind, curving out ot town north, Kealia beach comes into view. The beach is clean and uncrowded. Local fisherman have worked the reefs and river mouths for generations.

The next seven to eight miles is a series of cane roads which lead down to the ocean, where you will find secluded coves and beaches.

Next, Kilauea begins the north shore which stretches out in a parade of towering cliff faces. One of it's main attractions is The Kilauea Lighthouse." Passing through Princeville you'll come to the stunning Hanalei Bay.

This begins a series of valleys ending at Ke'e Beach (Bali Hai), where the spectacular Na Pali Coast begins. Bring your snorkeling gear when you visit Ke'e Beach.

The Na Pali Coast, helps to make Kauai extra special among the Hawaiin Islands. It's an area about 12 miles in length accessible only by foot, helicopter or small boat. If you can take an excursion here; of all the island I can think of no other place so majestic and truly unforgettable. The 12 mile hike is nothing short of amazing and if you're up to it you will find that it is the experience of a life-time.

Kauai
Kauai
Lihue - Hwy 56
Lihue - Hwy 56
hui ku maoli ola flower - kauai
hui ku maoli ola flower - kauai | Source
Pick your banana right off the tree
Pick your banana right off the tree | Source
My typical breakfast - Picked by me from nearby plants and trees.
My typical breakfast - Picked by me from nearby plants and trees. | Source

Bananas, Papaya, Mango, Berries and Kiwi Fruit

Kauai boasts some of the most beautiful flowers and plants in the world. Almost any vegetable and fruit will grow - some year-round. I spent many a morning, sitting on the deck of my home, filling my tummy with fresh hand picked bananas, papaya, mango, berries, pineapple and kiwi. What a breakfast. The view wasn't bad either with lush,green, Mt. Waialeale and too many waterfalls to count, looking back at us.

The only thing you need to take along with you on a walk or long hike is water. When you need some energy or you get hungry, you simply look for a mango tree or kiwi fruit growing along the side of the path and snack until you are satisfied.

The aloe vera plant can be found just about anywhere. When the need arises. you simply cut off a piece from the plant in the ground and forget the medicine cabinet. The natives know exactly how to use everything growing in the ground.

Once, a woman that I didn't even know came to my aid when I was too sick to get out of bed. I remember this dear lady going out in my yard, picking some type of plants and making a tea. It wasn't long until I felt well again. I could hardly believe it.

Aloha My Friends and Thank You

In spite of Hurricanes that can happen, Kauai, The Garden Island, is a spectacular place. I hope you have enjoyed this visit to "The Wettest Spot On Earth", Beautiful Kauai, Hawaii and a first hand account of Hurricane Iwa.

Please come back anytime. Mahalo.

Aloha and Mahalo
Aloha and Mahalo

© 2011 Audrey Hunt

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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

O Boy that was such a fantastic hub. l want to go there. The pictures were amazing.

Thank you so much. Take care.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hello Dim - Thank you so much for being my first visitor.

I am so pleased that you enjoyed the hub and the photos.

Brought back many good memories and I do miss that place. :)

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Mahalo, Audrey, for bringing us this spectacular view of Kauai. Your vivid descriptions of the high points of the island and beautiful photos make me want to visit Hawaii again - this time to spend time on Kauai. Excellent travelogue.


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Ashantina 5 years ago

What a comprehensive and well informed hub vocalcoach. I've always wanted to visit Hawaii... a definite must now!!!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

This hub is outstanding on Kauai. I love the gorgeous pictures and the excellent tourist information. I wish I was packing my suitcase to travel there today! Voted/ rated awesome!


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Now I want to go even more. My son in law is returning today from two weeks there. I hope I don't hurt him, lol. The Hub is wonderfully written and the pictures and videos great. Lovely indeed!


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glowingrocks 5 years ago from New York

Great hub thanks for sharing.The photos are beautiful.


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mdlawyer 5 years ago

Vocalcoach, it is really wowsome Hawaii! Thanks for the share


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

This place and the photos are breathtaking! And your information adds to the value of this hub. Kauai is a place I really would want to see for real! Thanks for showing this fantastic place! Tina


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Thoughtforce - well, I would love to be your personal guide when you decide to visit Kauai :) Very pleased to have your comment and find that you enjoy the photos. They really do not do justice to the "real thing". I am beginning part 2 which will take you on a tour of the south side of the island. Aloha, Tina and Mahalo (thank you) ~ vocalcoach


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

mdlawyer - My pleasure. Look for the second half which covers the south shore. Thanks! :)vocalcoach


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chspublish 5 years ago from Ireland

I loved the journey you took us on. Beautiful, stunning paradise seen through your eyee, while we, the readers, benefit.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Wonderful photos and videos to enhance your life in the Hawaiian Island of Kauai! You really gave us a feel for the culture along with your knowledge of the island. Was your piano washed away by the hurricane? Do I have that right? You were lucky to have survived it even though you had to eat PB&J for Thanksgiving! Thank you for sharing


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

My sister lives in Honolulu. I was there for just a couple of days once. From what I see here on your beautiful piece, I'd rather be in Kauai. Gorgeous.

I am trying to get into the voice-over biz. I'm going to check out some of your writing related to breathing and anything that might pertain. I'm practicing with the help of my laptop making recordings and hope to be able to accomplish a demo tape soon. I really enjoyed this hub and the gorgeous photos. Thank you, vocalcoach.


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

No wonder your heart is full of joyous song. You have spent time in a heaven named Kauai. Very beautiful, and the Hub was excellent also.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Hi vocalcoach,

What a beautiful hub; words/ pictures/ music and singing.

I rate up plus bookmark.

Loved it !!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Eoddwen - Oh, thank you my friend. So pleased that this hub was something you enjoyed. I'm a happy gal today. :)vocalcoach


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CJamesIII 5 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

Although Maui is my favorite place on Earth so far, Kauai is a mighty close second! :) Great photos!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

CJames - Having lived on Mauai, I understand why you prefer Mauai . . . however, I am hopelesly devoted to Kauai. :) Ever been to Niihau or Lanai? Thanks for the follow. I'm "kayaking" over to your place to enjoy one of your hubs. Aloha, friend! vocalcoach


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

glowingrocks - Very nice to see you here. Thank you for reading my hub on Kauai. Appreciate it very much. Have a beautiful day! :)vocalcoach


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

I was here earlier but didn't comment. I turned on your video and decided it was the perfect music to do my taxes by. Now I need a vacation.:) For real!

voted up/beautiful


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mauihawaii 5 years ago from Maui, Hawaii

Informative hub with great photos.


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MyMastiffPuppies 5 years ago

Excellent hub! I can hear the ocean waves and feel the sun on my face. The pictures and beautiful and the story is too! Voted up, useful, awesome and beautiful...


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

A truly splendid hub and the pictures are awesome. That must be paradise.


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Betty Johansen 5 years ago

It seems to me that, if someone is going to Hawaii, they should try to make time to visit all the islands at length. Reading your hub makes me think so even more. And living on Kauai must be like living in splendor! What a gorgeous hub!!! Thank you for giving us all a tiny taste of Paradise.


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H P Roychoudhury 5 years ago from Guwahati, India

What an awful hub. I enjoyed the beautiful pictures and the melodious videos to the heartiest.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

H P - Thank you, my friend. You caught me off guard,,,then I broke into a big laugh. Have a marvelous day. :)vocalcoach


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Support Med. 5 years ago from Michigan

Beautiful! Glad you all were safe and grateful for the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. You made it!! v/r


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Support Med. ~ Those peanut butter and jelly sandwiches never tasted so good.:) It was a scary experience. Very blessed to be alive and unharmed. Everything has its price. And I would pay anything to continue to read your fantastic hubs! :) vocalcoach


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

hello hello - Oh yes, indeed, Kauai is paradise. I have been to every island, but Kauai is my favorite. Thanks so much!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

MyMastiffPuppies - Thank you so much for the terrific ratings and comments. So thrilled that you enjoyed this. Appreciate it so much!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Oh Fay - Hahahaha! You always light up my heart, just when I need it. I just love you! :)


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

mcbirdbks - well, its 2 months since you have left your marvelous comments on my hub. Somehow this entire hub was missing, hence the delay. Loved your comments, as always.You are a darned good person! :)


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Fossillady - Thank goodness the piano that was washed out to sea was not my personal piano, but owned by the Sheraton Hotel (brand new grand piano too). It was a joy to write this hub as so many memories popped up, here and there.

I will begin the 2nd part of this hub next month. Ihope you enjoy it as well. And those PB and jelly sandwhiches were absolutely, almost, delicious :) Thanks Kathi.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

chspublish - How rewarding to me, to hear that you enjoyed the trip to Kauai. Part 2 is in the works now. Thanks for stopping by! :)


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hyphenbird - well, I hope your son-in-law brought you something from Kauai besides his beautiful tan! Next time - YOU go. I'm delighted that you enjoyed this and I thank you for reading and commenting. Aloha! :)


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Pamela99 - So great to see you here and to know that you would like to visit this gorgeous island. Kauai would love you too!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Ashantina - You will just love this island. It has a "spiritual feel" to it. It is all about "aloha" and once you allow it to permeate your entire being, it dwells within you forever. Aloha, my dear friend!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

drbj - Writing this, was pretty darn close to being there again. It's quite a thing to discover memories that have been tucked away for so long. I must say, I did enjoy re-visiting my Kauai (oh - I am so territorial - I must get it from Clance, my doggie). Thanks, my friend. See you soon.


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Olaguma 5 years ago from Slovenia

Thoroughly enjoyed reading this hub! Amazing pictures... voted up :)


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Olaguma - Many thanks for visiting my hub. Very pleased you enjoyed the pictures. Thank you for your vote - Up. :)


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Audrey,

Thank you for the tour of Beautiful Kauai. It left me feeling peaceful and content.

How cool it would be just to be able to pick a mango or banana from a tree.

Take care :)


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Relationshipc 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

Wow. Great hub. You are right, beauty does come with a price sometimes, but I think I would personally be willing to pay that price to live there.

When we visited Maui, a guy told us that you could literally live off the land. Fruit was not being kept hidden from the public, but rather was on trees everywhere you went. I could really see how that would be possible.

You have me wanting to visit Kauai! I've been running into a lot of Hawaii things lately and I think it's time to go! For anyone there - I will be the one driving slowly and possibly holding you up until I can pull over.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Sueswan - Living in Hawaii was truly an experience that I will always remember. The best for me is the way everyone hugs each other as a way of saying hello (aloha.) And what I wouldn't give to be able to pick my own fruit everyday. Thanks for coming by and your support means everything!

Relationships - I laughed and love your last line "I will be the one driving slowly and possibly holding you up until I can pull over." :) Yes, it is possible to live off the land not only for the fruit which grows freely, but the fish too. Grab one of the "locals" and you will learn how to catch fresh fish for your lunch and dinner. Gosh - now I'm wanting to go back!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

What an amazing hub, the piano? Wow! I know the islands have such different weather systems but that must have been scary. Beautiful place to visit though, and the photos were amazing too, nell


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Well, this was previously not on my bucket list, but after reading your post I am ready to board the next plane. The beauty of this place is breathtaking. The rainbows have my attention!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

You've got to go to this Island my friend. It's an amazing place with beauty everywhere. I'll be your tour guide :)


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi Nell - Yes, it was scary alright. I still wouldn't trade having lived there for anything. Glad you enjoyed the photos. Thanks ~ Audrey


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

skin-care-natural ~ It really is a piece of heaven. In fact the photos can't really do the beauty of the Island justice. Thanks for your comments.


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Lenzy 2 years ago from Arlington, Texas

I really enjoyed reading your hub. I just returned from Kauai and it was a really special place to visit. I can't imagine living there. There is so much beauty. It must have been pretty scary during the hurricane. I'm glad you stayed safe. Thank you for sharing. Lenzy


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Lenzy - It's so nice to see you here. I'm also happy to hear that you were able to visit Kauai. As you have said there is so much beauty there. I'm going to go check out one of your hubs right now. Thanks Lenzy ~ Audrey


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Thank you for the tour. I do not think that I will ever get there, but I love the tour that you gave me. I always wondered where in the world that shot was from on Fantasy Island. Did they also do the filming of the show there too?


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Beautiful, beautiful hub!! Although it must have been terrifying to have gone through that hurricane!


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Audrey, this is such a beautiful hub ! The photos are so lovely and I really like the music videos. That hurricane video is so traumatic, shows us the power of Nature. What a wondrous place to live and enjoy. Taking only water on a hike because you can stop and eat from the trees must be a delightful experience. Voted up and across. I am so glad to have seen this hub.


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Rock_nj 2 years ago from New Jersey

I have been to Kauai twice. The hike along the Na Pali Coast is as amazing as you describe. Beautiful views of the ocean as you hike. I didn't know that such powerful hurricanes affect Kauai. I did know about all the rain, but the funny thing about it is that most of it falls in the center of the island where the mountains are. I found it interesting to be in the sun on the beach, while torrential rains are occurring a few miles away on tops of the mountains.


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Great hub and an enjoyable trip. Just imagine looking out through the glass to see the waterfalls everyday!!!Awesome!! Thank you for writing about this wonderful place. Voted up.


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

I absolutely LOVED this view of Kauai from your personal perspective of living there. The hurricane was scary but the rest of it...the beauty, the food and more was a delight to read. My parents once toured the major islands of Hawaii and fell in love with Kauai. The fern grotto was memorable to them.

When my hubby and I went to Hawaii we spent our entire time on the Big Island. Would love to see Kauai someday. Pinning this to my Hawaii board. Many up votes and happy to share. Excellent hub!!!


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Troyangeluk 2 years ago from UK

it's a shame such a beautiful natural place can be so naturally devastating. Fantastic work I love the mixture of good and bad pictures to really show detail of the situation there.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Good morning Peggy - I'm starting off my day, reading your lovely comments :) Oh, I hope you have the chance to visit Kauai. There is so much more about this Island I wanted to share. The "Grand Canyon" in Waimea is spectacular!

Thank you for being here, reading, and sharing your thoughts. I appreciate the great votes and am so happy that you are sharing this.

Aloha my friend ~ Audrey


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dearabbysmom 2 years ago from Indiana

Loved reading this! When my daughter was a senior in high school, we saved up and the two of us spent a magical 4 days and 3 nights on Kauai. We stayed at the foot of the Waimea canyons in an old restored sugar plantation. One day we drove out to Polihale Beach, an incredible day we'll never forget. This beautiful island was the perfect place to see Hawaii but not in the 'rat race' of more crowded areas. I envy your time living there, I imagine leaving was very difficult! Voted up and awesome.


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

I feel as if I have visited this beautiful place; great hub Audrey and lots of love from Wales.

Eddy.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Lady Guinevere - Hello my friend and so glad you came along on this tour of Kauai. A good percentage of Fantasy Island was filmed on Kauai. There have been many films and parts of films made on Kauai.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Audrey Howitt - Thanks for being here and yes, the hurricane was pretty scary.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Phyllis Doyle - I'm thrilled to find that you enjoyed this hub. Living on this Island was a huge learning experience for me in so many ways.

I will forever remember the years spent on the beautiful Island of Kauai. I hope that one day you can enjoy all that Kauai has to offer. Thank you Phyllis for the kind votes. Hugs ~ Audrey


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Rock_nj - I lived only a short way from Mt. Wialeale, the wettest place on earth. Not realizing how moist everything would get, I found moss growing in my dresser drawers :) And for my grand piano, I had to have a 'heater' installed.

Then, as you pointed out, as wet as my area was, I would hike just 3 miles down the hill to Waialua Beach where the weather was sunny and bright and the water nice and warm. The hike along the magnificent Na Pali Coast is spectacular and I'm so glad you have taken that hike not just once, but twice. Thank you and Aloha my friend. ~ vocalcoach


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Vellur - I'm so glad that you enjoyed this trip to beautiful Kauai. I have such nice memories from my years living on this Island. I'm grateful for the opportunity I've been given. Thank you my friend for being here, for your comments and the vote up!


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Troyangeluk - Hello and thank you for visiting my hub. Yes, the hurricane was a scary experience and one I wouldn't want to go through again. I'm so pleased that you enjoyed this and especially the detail presented. I look forward to paying you a visit soon.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

dearabbysmom - I know exactly where you and your daughter stayed. I'm so happy for you both. Kauai is very close to the original way Hawaii once was. Though all the Islands can boast about their own beauty (I've been to all of them), Kauai is for sure, the garden Island. Thanks for sharing with me and 'Aloha'. ~ Audrey


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dearest Eddy - I'm so pleased that you enjoyed your visit to beautiful Kauai. If I were as talented with photography as you are, oh, what photos I would proudly present. You and your camera would go nuts there:) Thank you dear friend and Happy Mothers Day. - Audrey


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Oh this makes me want to visit! Beautiful Audrey


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Aloha Audrey -

You would love this island. The native Hawaiins have a natural gift for singing. Thank you lovely one.


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Came back to read about this magical place inspire of the hurricanes. Great write.


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

What a wonderful account of Hawaii and the beautiful Kuuai-Hawaii!

The pictures and videos are amazing.

Nature looks glorious, even when it is furious!

Enjoyed your experience and would love to visit this place.

Thanks and voted up!


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Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

Gorgeous pics, here. We visited Hawaii when I was in high school and I loved it. Saw some of the sights you list here. I would love to go back.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Vellur

So nice to see you again here in paradise. Aloha!

ChitrangadaSharan

I'm pleased that you liked my account of Kaui, Hawaii and the videos and photos. I hope you will one day visit and drink in all the beauty. Thank you for your vote.

Paula Atwell

The memories of Hawaii, once visited, always remain. How lovely that you were able to visit in high school. Thank you Paula for being here.

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