Wailea Falls & Basket Weaving, Kauai

Waterfalls mesmerize me. Don't ask me why, they just do. So of course, while exploring as much as we possibly could while on Kauai, we trekked over to Wailea Falls, infamous for the opening scene in Fantasy Island.

It was an easy "trek" considering we were able to drive right up to it. It's beautiful and very accessible, found just off Maalo Road and Highway 583. I have to admit, though, that I was very tempted to break the rules and hike down. It's difficult to observe the beauty of a majestic waterfall and not get much closer.

What I also enjoyed at Wailea Falls, however, was meeting this gentleman, a very proficient basket weaver. He was perched carefully on a rock at the side of the road across from the Falls. It was fascinating to watch his fingers twist and turn, skillfully entwining the coconut palms together. I would have loved to engage him in conversation, but unfortunately, I was not the only explorer there that day. I had to content myself with solely observing his craft and listening to his soft-spoken responses. Maybe one day when I return, I’ll be able to find him again.