Sandcastle Competition Hanalei Bay. Photos by Ruth Marvin

My Saturday on Hanalei Bay began watching keiki laughing as they prepared to swim to and from the end of Hanalei Pier.  From my stand-up paddle board, I was able to feel the excitement up close as the more experienced adult swimmers swam by on their 2 mile trip from the Hanalei Pier to Waipa and back.  Just down the beach the Junior Lifeguard Kauai Championship competition was taking place.  The Kauai Aloha spirit was evident on the beach as family and friends cheered the swimmers and junior life guards on.  


Later in the day, my wife and our granddaughter toured the Kauai Sandcastle and Art Contest on the Bay.  Locals and tourists of all ages were busy sculpting, spritzing and digging in the sand.  One of my favorite sand sculptures was a perfect replica of Mount Namolokama hugging Hanalei Bay, waterfalls and all.  There were several giant sharks, stacked turtles, monster sized geckos and many fantastical castles.  Our granddaughter’s favorite was resident Tiger Lily’s ever so patient dog, buried in the sand, with just his head popping out of a sand sculpted turtle body.

That evening at the Hanalei Canoe Club Luau, we dined on local favorites – poi, haupia pudding, roast pig and ti leaf wrapped fish while watching hula dancers by the light of the Hanalei moon.  

Lounging gecko.

Hanalei mountains and waterfalls.

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