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Casey + I recently went on a trip to Kauai.  We had both never been to any Hawaiian Island, and the “Garden Isle” seemed to be calling our name.  The island is unlike any place that I have ever been before.  Most of the island is lush and green (the north, east, and south side), but head 25 miles west and you hit desert!  It’s so amazing to me that the landscapes can be so very different on an island that only measures 33 x 25 miles.

We stayed on the east side of the island, which was nice as far as travel was concerned (conveniently located).  But if we ever head back there, I would definitely stay on the north side of the island.  The town of Hanalei was so sweet, and was just how I had imagined a Hawaiian town!  The Napali Coast was also a must see, and well worth the expensive boat ride.  The photographs that I took of the coast cannot even beginning to describe what you see while it’s in front of you.  I was on a fast boat, it was raining some of the time, and the light was behind the mountains while we were on the boat- not the best conditions for a landscape photograph-but I thought I’d post some just so you had a glimpse of it’s beauty.  The enormity of the mountains are really unexplainable, you have to go check it out for yourself.

* For those of you that want a little more info, see the bottom of this post for exact locations/explanation/ of each photograph.*

  1. a bizarre scene on the west side of the island
  2. the BEST shave ice on the island!  wishing well shave ice- on the north side-right before you enter the town of Hanalei (right side of road)
  3. yum!  i have never had shave ice-ever-until this trip.  my mind was blown!  they even put ice cream at the bottom.  what?
  4. north end beach + palm tree in Hanalei
  5. north end beach- we went to this beach twice.  yes, the water really is that blue!  it’s freaky, actually.
  6. garden on the east side.  smith family garden.
  7. happy accident.  yes, the water is that blue!  i wish i was swimming there right now…
  8. dog w/ a lei on.  too cute!  owner was bat sh*t crazy though, so I snapped and ran
  9. plumeria on the east side.  i love the smell of plumeria!
  10. more bizarre scenes on the east side.  we went to the very farthest west part of the island, and had to go down a 5 mile bumpy dirt road to get to the best deserted beach!  no photos there, though.  the sand was gnarly  and i didn’t want it on my gear
  11. west side- the back side of Napali Coast + Waimea Canyon- the Grand Canyon of Hawaii.
  12. car-scape on the east side.  slow shutter, fast driver.
  13. west side- Waimea Canyon
  14. west side- desert waterfall on the way up the canyon
  15. west side- back side of Napali Coast.  fog was thick, then rolled out
  16. Napali Coast from a boat.  we departed from the north side and used Napali Catamaran.  the two guides were super funny-check out the link for some more photos.  the views were incredible but did not photograph well due to rain and light.  go see if for yourself, you won’t be sorry.  these mountains were enormous!
  17. Napali Coast
  18. Napali Coast
  19. Napali Coast
  20. the only 2 photos of us together… at the top of the west side of the island
  • Jess - Wow! What a beautiful place! Those mountains are gorgeous…. as are the two of you :)

  • Deann B. - GOR-juss!! So many faves out of this set! And I second the yumminess that is Hawaiian shave ice. Shave ice made anywhere else in the world will never be as good. ;)

  • Gina - These make me want to go back to Hawaii so bad. There is just something so magical about that place. You did a great job capturing that magic. And, Shave Ice rocks.

  • claire - kim, i love all of these so much!

  • Sara - Looking at these photos is like a mini vacation! Is shave ice the best or what? If you ever go to North Shore Oahu, up in Haleiwa you have to try Matsumotos!

  • Keri - OMG…Your landscapes make we want to cry! They are so beautiful!

  • Kristen Honeycutt - LOVING the TS! They are all so gorgeous- I need to be there immediately. Hope you had a wonderful time!!

I know, I know.  I’ve been ignoring my blog lately.  I think it’s part of what I do this time every year; hibernate!  Winter around here is the time where I rejuvnate, take vacations, and scheme up new ideas.  Truthfully, the blog takes a back seat because I’m  avoiding my computer like the plague!  I could shoot all day everyday, and not get tired of it.  It’s the computer work that really gets me down.  I have tons of personal work sitting on my hard drive just waiting for the day that I decide to work on it…

Well, maybe it’s the new look that I’ve been working on around here that’s got me motivated, but I’ve decided to make a promise to my blog readers: fresh new blog posts every Monday and Thursday morning!  So be sure to check back twice a week to see some new work.

And  in case you are interested, I’ve got a fresh site up: KIMHAYESPHOTO.COM

I’ve decided to concentrate on big images that load fast, and to cut out all the extra stuff on my website + blog.  It’s all about the photos, right?  The new site is iPhone compatiable, which is super important these days.  Most of the sites I look at lately are from my iPhone.

Be sure to check back Monday morning for a new post!  Here is another shot of the beautiful Eman from last weekend:

  • Deann B. - I LOVE IT!! Everything looks so clean… it makes your images POP off the page! Great job, lady!

  • Jess - Love the new site Kim! Milo is just begging to be in your “Dogs” gallery!!

  • melia - fracking fantastic! you’ve made me all excited about the Click of my Booq again. Looks so good!

  • Gina - So excited for Monday’s and Thursday’s! Love new blog posts and all the great pictures.

Today Lincoln and I celebrate our birthdays!!

Lincoln turns 9 , 63 in dog years- what an old geezer!  Here he is below, sporting his grey beard.  (I’d rather show his grey, than mine) :)

“Grey Beards” is one of his many nicknames, although I don’t think he likes it much.  He usually shoots me an annoyed glance when I use it.

  • Deann B. - Awww… what a sweetie. Here’s to hoping BOTH of you had a wonderful day. :)

  • Winnie Forbes Photography - A Very Happy Belated Birthday :)

  • claire - happy birthday to you + lincoln :)