Nostalgic Hawaii 1994 – Kauai

In 1994 we had a holiday trip to Hawaii and visited Honolulu in O’ahu, The Big Island and then the island of Kauai. For the first part of the holiday we stayed in Honolulu for a couple of days and then we flew to the Big island for a few days of exploration. Our final destination was the beautiful island of Kauai.

These photos were captured on a Canon film camera and the negatives subsequently scanned and then post processed in Capture One Pro. The image quality in many cases is poor as many of the negatives were damaged by heat and humidity over time.

We stayed at a beach resort hotel in Kauai, I think it may have been the Kauai Beach Resort, and it looked somewhat wild outside the hotel along the beach as there had been a large storm a few weeks prior to our arrival. There was a lot of debris and downed trees on the beach.

Waioli Huila Church, Hanalei

Helicopter Trip

To kick off our visit in Kauai we took a wonderful helicopter tour of the island covering Waimea Canyon, Honokohau Falls and the norther coast of the island. This was a really wonderful way to get an overall aspect of this mountainous, lush tropical island.

Walk to Hanakāpī‘Ai Beach

We trekked to Hanakāpīʻai beach on the Nā Pali Coast which was a wonderful scenic walk along the steep coastline. Hanakāpīʻai Beach is a beach in the Hawaiian islands located on Kauai’s Nā Pali Coast. The beach is approximately 2 miles from the start of the Kalalau Trail, a very popular hiking trail which is located at Keʻe Beach. It is also about 2 miles from Hanakapiai Falls.

Waimea Canyon

After seeing Waimea Canyon from the air by helicopter we subsequently took a drive up the valley by car to get a closer look at the “Grand Canyon” of Hawaii.

Waimea Canyon, also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, is a large canyon, approximately ten miles long and up to 3,000 feet deep, located on the western side of Kauaʻi in the Hawaiian Islands of the United States. Waimea is Hawaiian for “reddish water”, a reference to the erosion of the canyon’s red soil.


I did try my hand at surfing on the north coast of Kauai ….. well boogey boarding to be precise. I hired a small boogey board but was rather unsuccessful at getting out past the enormous waves crashing into the beach. I was tossed back onto the sand numerous times before I eventually gave up.

I tried out some experimental long exposure photography at the beachfront of our hotel with some interesting cloud effects.

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