Description After sheltering under a nearby boulder from a late afternoon tropical downpour my patience was rewarded with a rainbow only befitting the Garden Isle’s most magestic valley.Excerpt from a “letter to the editor””.....it brought back fond memories of my (several) hikes to ‘Heaven on Earth’. Last time I took my honey she threw down her pack and proclaimed loudly, ‘This is insane. I’m not going a step farther!’As I peered over the more than 600-foot vertical drop to the ocean I began to remember, many years ago, my first hike to Kalalau. Well, I had to yell at her, and if I had a bull whip, I may have had to use it.(joke) She happily thanked me later for making her finish the hike, and indeed she verily danced with confidence on the return leg.For the purist, hiking is the only way. Every corner is a new breathtaking vista that serves to only lighten that heavy pack. Paddling – it sounds like fun, but you really haven’t experienced Kalalau unless you hike it and spend a few days there. Like fine wine, there is no hurry to drink.What’s the big rush ? ‘Getting there is half the fun.’ But Kalalau is ‘being there is all the fun.’ Experience its night sky filled with so many stars you will see your own shadow and swear its moonlight. Take time to savor its stunning beauty and then you will be truly blessed by this enchanting place and know why Kalalau is the world’s premier hiking destination.”
Kevin W. Smith, Honolulu Member Since April 2008 Artist Statement A nature lover all my life....a photographer from age 12. Eariy inspirations from Westerns at the Saturday matinees. Often shot in California's Sierra Nevada mountains, these horse operas were the vehicle for some of the world's greatest landscape photographers.They moved me to seek out similar scenes on our boyhood adventures. Years later Bruce Brown's "The Endless Summer" would widen our horizons. Since I've settled here the majority of my images have been of Hawaii but last year we discovered another photographer's paradise. The Bavarian Alps. The previous year we discovered the equally beautiful light of New Zealand's Southern Alps. If you wish you may visit my website at SKYSTUDIOHAWAII.com to view more images of these wonderful alpine regions. Many thanks to those who have taken the time to visit my galleries and leave comments. And a special thank you to my customers - may your new found treasure give you a lifetime of pleasure.