by Lesley Kim
What I love about traveling is the experience of something new and unique. On our trip to Kauai, we visited Waimea Canyon, which has been called the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. The beauty of seeing nature at its finest was absolutely stunning. Just a little bit about Waimea Canyon- this natural wonder is 10 miles long and 30,000 feet deep, located in the west side of Kauai. Waimea Canyon is also near one of the rainiest places on Earth. Kauai is actually the oldest of the Hawaiian islands and like all the Hawaiian islands, Kauai is the top of a volcano. Lava flowed into the ocean, creating the land that later became Kauai. Waimea was created when the volcano collapsed as well as from rainwater from the Kauai’s main mountain.
During our visit to this beautiful canyon, there was a slight mist in the air, almost feel as if you are suspended on a cloud. The drive up to the canyon was slow and steady, and once you reach this destination, there is ample parking before you can enter the viewpoints. Reds, blues, and violets can be seen in the ridges of the canyon, and it almost looked like a massive painting. Like the Grand Canyon, there are fencing all around to prevent accidents. I felt fairly safe with little children in tow, however, like in any trip, you still have to watch the little ones at all times and keep them at arms length.
I thought our visit to the Waimea Canyon was almost magical. My only regret was, I brought only one lens, a macro, for the entire trip to Hawaii!