Waimea Canyon, Kauai

Monday (August 26, 2013) – Let the exploring begin! We have been told that north of where we are staying is Waimea Canyon. They call it the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. I have been to the Grand Canyon and was eager to see how Waimea Canyon compared. We wound our way (literally) up Route 550 through Waimea Canyon State Park into Koke‘e State Park. The views were spectacular!

Below are a selection of my favorites from that day’s explorations. Enjoy!

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Kalalau Valley
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Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus) Brought with and introduced by the Polynesians when they settled the Islands of Hawaii.
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There are chickens EVERYWHERE! On September 11, 1992, Hurricane Iniki ravaged Kauai. The storm destroyed many of the chicken farms throughout the island, releasing the chickens into the wild. Since there are no predators on the island, they have multiplied and thrived.
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Montbretia (Crocosmia × crocosmiiflora)
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Red-crested Cardinal (Paroaria coronata)
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We were the same height as the clouds at the lookout at the top.
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Pueo – Hawaiian short-eared owl (Asio flammeus sandwichensis)
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