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You can take wonderful pictures of Hawaii on any of the five main Hawaiian islands, but Kauai (which is known as the Garden Island) offers some extra special photographic opportunities. It is the greenest of all the Hawaiian islands and is the home of Mount Waialeale. This peak is located in the center of the island and is the wettest spot on earth with an average rainfall of 440 inches per year. And all that rain makes for a large variety of plant life in the interior reaches of the island.
The outer regions of Kauai do not get anywhere near as much rain as the center portion of the island does. Rainfall averages anywhere from about 19 inches per year in the town of Waimea to 85 inches per year in Princeville (on the north side of Kauai). This makes for a wide variety of different photographic tropical landscapes.
When you think about taking pictures of Hawaii, you automatically think of beautiful Hawaii beaches, and Kauai definitely does not disappoint in this area. From Poipu Beach on the island's southern tip to Tunnels Beach and Ke'e Beach on the north shore, there are dozens of beautiful Hawaiian
beaches to visit and photograph. Perhaps the most picturesque of all is Lumahai Beach. Another great spot is the beach along the graceful curved shoreline of Hanalei Bay.
On the west side of the island, you will find the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Gorgeous Waimea Canyon looks like a scaled-down version of Arizona's Grand Canyon - only with lots of greenery. There are dozens of hiking trails and pathways to explore in the canyon area if you desire to see more stunning scenery than one can see from the lookout points alone. Driving beyond the canyon on Waimea Canyon Road will bring you to the spectacular Kalalau Valley lookout.
Because of the heavy rainfall at the island interior, there are numerous rivers and creeks flowing year-round on Kauai. The largest of these is the Wailua River. It is the only navigable river in all of Hawaii. You can take a boat trip up the Wailua River to see the beautiful Fern Grotto. Many couples choose to get married at this scenic location.
Kauai, Hawaii is home to some of the most beautiful and spectacular waterfalls to be found in the tropics. Many of these can only be seen by helicopter or by taking an extended and difficult hiking trip into the interior of the island. In fact, one of the most dramatic waterfalls can only be seen by air and was featured in the movie "Jurassic Park". However, there are a few which can be easily accessed. Of these, Wailua Falls is easily the most famous. This twin waterfall was featured in the 1970's TV series "Fantasy Island". It is located near the town of Lihue.
When taking pictures of Hawaii, you will no doubt want to include shots of the many beautiful Hawaiian flowers. Kauai, as the Garden Island, takes a back seat to no one in this regard. It is a wonderful place to visit. In fact, you will probably never want to leave.