The Aliso Beach area of Laguna is an amazing area of our coastline. It is a place that is forever etched in to the happiest parts of my memories and a place that has brought me tremendous peace in a chaotic world. Last week I returned from a trip out to the Hawaiian Islands to represent Scotty Carter and Bryan Pezman at Wys Gallery. The first two days of the trip were dedicated to helping put the finishing touches on the gallery for the two day Grand Opening Celebration. This gallery is charmed. Not only does it have some of the most amazing artists I have ever seen, but also it has ownership and staff that are poised to significantly impact the art market in Haleiwa and the world beyond.
One of the fringe benefits of being out for the grand opening was the opportunity to hop on over to Kauai. Prior to this recent 3 days on the garden isle, I had only been there on a same day trip and it was to catch a couple of waves. Don’t get me wrong, that was amazing too but the trip was so short lived I could hardly say that I absorbed the experience of Kauai fully. Perhaps even 3 days is too short of a stint to lay claims that I have processed all that Kauai has to offer as well but so much stuff was packed into the trip that I would tell you I think it is one of the most wonderful places on this planet.
The most memorable part of the trip was the boat ride captained by Tim Hamilton. We set out for the Napali Coast before sun up and were treated to a glorious sunrise. There is something about being on the water and watching the sunrise! Oh and by the way, there were a few extra cool cats on the trip that absolutely contributed to the experience. Brian Wyland and extraordinary photography Bryan Pezman were in the boat as well. From the majestic coastal ranges of Napali coast, towering above us with lush, green vegetation and trees to the striking blue water of a health and living coastline, we are completely in awe. We were mesmerized to silence and an economy of words. When you see something so full of wonder and beauty you almost lose the ability to use language to relate to others what you are seeing. That was clearly the case on this boat excursion.
We were visited by a pod of Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins. They expertly weaved back and forth underneath the boat leaping from the water in jubilee and surfing the wake left by the boat. I can’t remember a time when a dolphin didn’t make me smile. The entire gang found themselves captivated by these little guys and all doing their best to capture these mammals that have the physical gifts to outrun boats if and when they want. Dolphins of all creatures in the wild, are among the ones that are among the most receptive to human interaction. I have always believed that the natural expression of a dolphin was a smile and that you could see the happiness and joy in their eyes. They played around the boat for 45 minutes giving us a few opportunities to snap a few photos and capture a little video. They were without question a highlight of the 4 hour adventure.
The icing on the cake for us was the cave boating that we did. The Napali Coastal Range has cave openings in several spots along our journey. We were surprised to find out that you could actually get a boat back there. Who would I be to say how safe it was as Tim used local knowledge to give us a view of this special place. It is my belief that the tourist boat operators may not go into the spots that he took us to and I am beyond grateful! In one particular cave visit, we found ourselves in one end and staring up at an opening in the mountain with blue sky and whispy clouds above. It was one of the most amazing things that I have ever seen, and although there is natural beauty all over the world for those who seek it, I would be hard pressed to find something more amazing than this cave. Water cascaded down the inner cave walls from the heavens above and the ocean color, influenced by a deep blue sky, had this rich, aqua color that I wish I could recreate for you so you could see just how entrancing it was. I felt like I was on a real life scene in a Pirates of the Caribbean setting in a bizarre and wondrous new world. It was surreal to say the very least. We paused in the back end of the cave under partial darkness and illumination from the gaping hole in the top of the mountain range bearing a partially cloudy sky. The smell was divine and I can’t express what that is like. Fresh air permeated the cave and I just wanted to drink it all up and soothe the soul. In a strangely fascinating way, this natural wonder cleansed and perhaps forever changed me. As we made the last pass in the cave towards the second opening I realized that I could have laid back in the boat and stated at the intricacies of God’s amazing work for much longer. It’s during these moments that I can cement in my mind, that the world was created by a power so much bigger than us. To say it is awe inspiring is a desperate attempt by a mere mortal here on earth to give you one ounce of the joy I felt in this cave and I must apologize that it falls short.
The Napali Coast is to die for and it is a place that I will return. How could I not? I do recommend that anyone who hasn’t been touched by a visit to this spectacular area of the coastline of Kauai, to put that on your hot list like yesterday. Aliso Beach and all of Laguna is a special place as well and we are blessed to call this area home. Perhaps we take it for granted because it is accessible to us daily when our busy lives allow us to break free, or perhaps the Napali Coast is a place that is absolutely incomparable to anything else and so tantalizingly unique that makes it incomparable to even the best coastline’s the world has to offer. Go experience it and judge for yourselves!