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---Alice Abrams

Friday, April 27, 2007

Photo Hunt - Rare


Kilauea Lighthouse is the northernmost point of the main Hawaiian Islands. Built in 1913, it had the largest lens of it's kind and guided ships heading to and from the Orient. In the 1970's its light was turned off and this landmark was replaced by a low-maintenance light beacon. The lighthouse is located on a narrow peninsula and remains one of Kauai's most popular attractions. Native vegetations and an informative visitor center attract thousands of tourists to this site to bird watch, view the sweeping cliff and ocean vistas, and revel in Kaua's past. Nearby is the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, home to a diverse population of nesting seabirds and the only such sanctuary in the islands. Residents include the red-footed boobies, the Laysan albatross, and the great frigate bird with its 8-foot wingspan.

Crater Hill, landward from the lighthouse, is part of an extince volcano that looms above the refuge and is open to hikers. From this hill are terrific views of the North Shore coast and the seabird nests. Moku'ae'ae Islet, pictured here, is just offshore from the peninsula. It is a bird sanctuary and often home to the Hawaiian monk seal who may be seen lazing in the sun near the shoreline.

I took the second and third photos. The third photo is the islet referred to above. It was teeming with birds!

36 comments:

Incog & Nito said...

Beautiful pictures and story. Happy weekend.

Jenn in Holland said...

Ah, these area gorgeous shots. Wow.

Heart of Rachel said...

Hi Gracie. Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures. I love the idea of lighthouses. I find them romantic but can't explain why. I've never been to one before. I'm sure it's great to see something so lovely.

Kimberly said...

I really need to get to Hawaii! These pictures are stunning!

Dragonheart said...

Beautiful photos! :) Thanks for sharing the story behind the photos. It is a beautiful and rare location. :)

Lifecruiser said...

Oh, how I'd love to be there!!!! I just love the ocean & beach life.

It's like I belong there somehow. I get the ultimate peace from being there. I can stroll on the beach for a whole day without getting tired!

I guess that's why we love our vacation spot so much - a small island outside Swedens east coast, called Fårö. Where the famous Swedish film maker Ingmar Bergman lives too, but don't tell any one - I don't like his films! *giggles*

Thanks for stopping by and heartly welcome back :-)

Captain Lifecruiser

Pat said...

Gorgeous photos!! I never visited this place when I was in Hawaii - I wish I had now.

Happy Weekend!

UKZoe said...

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!
And rare indeed, such peace and so on, although I bet it looks a lot different in a storm.

Imma ( Alice) said...

I don't know what it is but I LOVE light houses. Great post, beautiful photos.

Everyone is invited over to see my "rare" post too. Hope to see you there.

GEWELS said...

Lovely photos. My rare is Hawaii too! Great minds think alike.

jennyr said...

wow! that's very neat! i would love to go to a place like that and take a bunch of pictures, hehehe!

Sarge Charlie said...

great photos, i love lighthouses, they reach out in the night and show you the way

Autumn said...

Oh what beautiful photos..I love how blue every thing looks

Sue said...

Beautiful photos, I too love old lighthouses .. :)

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

well i have red footed boobies too but how did you know? it's just that my red footed boobies are long and empty, you know? sigh...

smiles, bee

LoveMyStarr said...

How amazing!! Those pictures are breath-taking. I would love to visit there!

Linda said...

Absolutely beautiful pictures!

Raymond said...

The thing about Hawaii is, no matter where you are you can't take a bad picture! Those are lovely. We didn't get a chance to visit Kauai so thanks for sharing.

Amy in NY
http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/workinprogress

Gledwood said...

Gracie: something I wanted to ask you. How did you get that Random Blog Button placed at the top of yours? I use them quite a lot sometimes when I'm bloghopping: have found the most amazing things that way. I tried to apply myself, at least twice, but they never got back to me. And how do I know if someone has a random chance in ten thousand (or whatever it is) of landing on me if they DO use Random Blog ??

Any info/advice you have on this would be most gratefully accepted.

G

srp said...

What a gorgeous place and wonderful history and geography lesson. I hope to visit Hawaii some day.

YTSL said...

Have been to the Hawaiian Islands a couple of times. Unfortunately, have yet to venture out beyond Oahu and "the big island"... ;(

Simply Coll said...

Some day I hope to have the chance to visit Hawaii. Lovely, lovely photos. The water looks incredibly blue.

jmb said...

Hi Grace, beautiful photo, what a lovely spot.
Not playing today, mind drew a blank.
jmb

Sue said...

Beautiful shots! Lighthouses always look so peaceful.

Mine is finally up!

peppylady said...

I never thinking of Hawaii having light houses.
I only think of Atlantic East Coat for light houses.

My photo is up for the photo hunt.

Crazy Working Mom said...

Awesome photos! :)

Thanks for sharing the photos and the stories.

amy said...

Just beautiful..great colors!


Hope you stop by and check out the Scavenger Hunt starting Monday over at Amys Random Thoughts!

Katie M. said...

beautiful pictures. and I just love light houses. I miss living on the ocean :( we have always lived where we were no more than an hour from the beach...

too bad oklahoma is stuck in the middle!

Tricia said...

Beautiful photos and good choice for this weeks theme too. Light houses are getting rarer and rarer aren't they?

Smalltown RN said...

those are beautiful photos...thankyou so much for sharing...the little community that I live in is called "Lighthouse Country" and that is because we have a lighthouse that can been seen just off the shore...I have a picture of it on my sidebar on my blog....but yours is wonderful...thank you again...cheers

Queenie said...

Love these pictures, wah!!! I need a holiday!

Loving Annie said...

Gracie,
Just came back to visit after being away on vacation for 2 weeks ! Great posts (and pictures and cartoons) as always ! It was good to catch up with what has been going on with you, and I hope the ants will NOT return !

Teena said...

I think lighthouses are so cool!

Thanks for stopping by mine :)

meeyauw said...

That is a lovely lighthouse. I enjoyed reading your commentary and history!

Geeverughese C said...

wow so gorgeous and breathtaking. I must go to Hawaii.

George

Claire said...

The photographs are absolutely stunning. Another place i have to go.