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This is part of the north shore of Kaua'i, looking toward the tony resort town of Princeville. There are so many beautiful, huge homes in Princeville. I can't imagine what it would be like to wake up morning after morning surrounded by such beauty. One of the worst things I could imagine is to become bored with your environment and fail to appreciate it.

The Kilauea Lighthouse sits on the end of a promontory and has been warning ships of the treacherous, rocky shore since 1910.

Just beyond the lighthouse is the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, and important breeding ground and sanctuary for many shorebird species. The waves of the Pacific crash nonstop against the butte, sending clouds of spray up into the air, creating fleeting patches of rainbows.

Another unspoiled, empty beach on Kaua'i's north shore.

I drove as far west as I could and parked my car at a point called Ha'ena. I then started hiking the Kalalau Trail, which snakes through a rain forest several hundred feet above the crashing surf. I caught a glimpse of the famous Na Pali coastline, as you can see here. I had to turn back after several miles because excessive muddiness was making the trail quite treacherous.

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