Kauai winter holidays recap

Hawaii’s climate may be regarded as perpetual summer, but the winter season means ocean conditions that could prove fatal if caution is not exercised. The signs are up for a reason folks – always better to be safe than sorry. When I snapped this shot, lifeguards to the left of me were calling out on bullhorns, warning swimmers who were nearing a danger zone. At a distance on the right, a mother monk seal and her pup were enjoying a section of beach that had been cordoned off from onlookers. Hawaiian monk seals are a protected species and the two were oblivious (or atleast they seemed to be) to the small crowd around them.

Mama Seal wiggled out of the viewfinder while baby looks on...

Mama Seal wiggled out of the viewfinder while baby looks on…

rs_in_the_MINIFrom the casual, laid back westside to the green and beautiful northshore, a few Kauai scenes to revisit over and over again. During the holiday season front lawns especially come to life with xmas decorations and lights. A LOT of lights! It’s actually a tradition to drive around at night to admire the twinkling show, with some homes making a competition out of it.

Eating flavored shaved ice (snow cone) at Jojo's in Waimea.

Eating flavored shaved ice (snow cone) at Jojo’s in Waimea.

Hiking one of the many beautiful trails on the island (Sleeping Giant in the background)... just remember to bring a water bottle!

Hiking one of the many beautiful trails on the island (Sleeping Giant in the background)… just remember to bring a water bottle!

Imagining what it would really feel like if those large inflatable ornaments were covered with snow. (Inflatables were a hot item this year)

Imagining what it would really feel like if those large inflatable ornaments were covered with snow. (Inflatables were a hot item this year)

pier-lunch

A must – getting a variety of takeout from the local grocer’s for an impromptu lunch at the pier (eats from Ishihara Market in Waimea). Assorted sushi, shoyu ginger ahi poke, raw kim chee crab, smoked tako (octopus) poke (bottom), and li hing mui mango (top) for dessert.

Taro fields in Hanalei valley.

Taro fields in Hanalei valley.

Ke'e Beach at the end of the road - north shore Kauai.

Ke’e Beach at the end of the road – north shore Kauai.

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