The Garden Isle, as Kaua’i is sometimes referred to, is known for its iconic landscapes. But on an island as old and large as Kaua’i, there’s only so much of its landscape that can be seen from the ground.
A flight above and through Kaua’i provides a different perspective; an experience that–if one is lucky enough to take and approaches it with the highest respect–leaves you inspired, grateful and humbled.
At first, the flight may be overwhelming; there’s so much to look at and so much to take in as the helicopter quickly jumps from one natural wonder to the next. It’s easy to dwell on what may have been missed, but soon, being present becomes undeniable and the story of the island unfolds as the helicopter weaves through the clouds. It is not simply a flight through the valleys & peaks of Waimea Canyon or along the Na Pali coast or up-close to towering waterfalls that can only be seen from the sky–it’s a trip through history in present time. On a morning with no rain or dense fog, the past is clearly visible in the untouched parts of the island. It is a reminder of the resilience of the people of Kaua’i who, for generations, have protected the land to preserve their history that it holds.