The Magic Sands

Evening light on Na Pali Coast spires from Tunnels Beach, Island of Kauai, Hawaii USA (Russ Bishop/Russ Bishop Photography)

Evening light on Na Pali Coast spires from Tunnels Beach, Island of Kauai, Hawaii

The north shore of Kauai has long been the stuff of lore. From children’s songs like Puff the Magic Dragon to movies including South Pacific, King Kong and Jurassic Park, the backdrop of lush spires and sun-drenched sands on the aptly named Garden Isle leaves a lasting impression on anyone who visits.

From the village of Hanalei to the end of the road at Ke’e Beach the views are spectacular and easily accessible. At road’s end, the famed Kalalau Trail begins and winds its way along the dramatic Na Pali Coast for 11 challenging miles to Kalalau Beach.

Whether you’re looking to get away from it all in a remote tropical valley you can call your own, or simply want to experience a sunset like no other with your toes in the sand, you’re sure to find your little piece of paradise on Kauai.

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Fall in Hawaii

Sunset over surf, sand and peaks from Tunnels Beach, Ha'ena, Island of Kauai, Hawaii (Russ Bishop/Russ Bishop Photography)

I consider this more of a public service announcement than anything (insert wink here).

On the mainland the season is finally in full swing with brightly colored leaves, a crisp change in the air, and perhaps even a touch of snow at the higher elevations. But things in our 50th state haven’t changed much at all since last season, or the season before – in fact, they haven’t changed much in years. The temperature is still a constant 82 degrees, with light trade winds gently blowing the coconut palms. Dolphin frolic close to shore and the golden sun sets into the azure sea most every evening.

So while we’re all excited about the new look in the rest of the country, let’s not forget some things (and places) never change. And in the case of Hawaii, that’s just fine!

McWay Cove Big Sur

Evening light on McWay Cove and Waterfall, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur Coast, California (Russ Bishop/Russ Bishop Photography)

McWay Cove in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park on the Big Sur Coast is one of the highlights of any trip down California’s Highway 1. The turquoise waters of this secluded lagoon combined with one of the only free falling waterfalls on the Pacific Coast make for a breathtaking scene. The cove, which is part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, is hidden from the highway but a short trail from the state park leads to spectacular views of the falls and surrounding coastline.