Kappa, Hawaii – Island of Kauai Hot Spot Location
This was a pretty incredible sunrise on the beach of Lydgate State Park on the east side of the Island. This spot is only suitable for sunrise. This area does not have any dynamic locations for photography. We searched high and low and traveled almost every street in the area, and we were so disappointed we called to see if we could get off the island and go somewhere else. We have traveled extensively, and this was the worst photography trip we have ever taken. Sorry, we tell it like it is.
We would like you to be very well aware, so you do not make the mistake that we have. We are in the business of traveling to find the most excellent photography locations around the world. We assumed Hawaii would be incredible for photography, and we believe it is the very worst location that we have traveled to. Just because it is Hawaii does not mean its automatically a photographer’s paradise. In fact, we called it photographers hell.
Yes, there are a few spots to get award-winning photography, but just a few, and each will keep you busy for a few hours. We could do all of the good spots in one day, and we were stuck here for If I remember right 5 or was it six days. We would like to forget about this trip.
DIRECTIONS: You get there by going down Leho Drive off of Kuhio Highway (Route 56), the main road on the easternmost side of the island in the center of the island. It’s behind the Aston Beach Hotel. You can go through their parking lot too.
Several homeless people live in this park. Every morning you see groups of people at the tables eating. I have to wonder if some organization comes in with food in the morning. The morning we took this picture a younger homeless man spoke to us of Jesus and how he helped him and helped everyone. At one point, he said, “Ask Jesus, and he will deliver.” Not making fun in any way, but in frustration, Pam responded, “Can we ask Jesus to get that girl to move out of my picture?” His response was spot on when he said, “It seems Jesus wants her in the picture.” Pam smiled and decided he was right. Instead of fighting Jesus as he called it and the universe as Pam calls it, She rolled with it and accepted that that was precisely how it was supposed to be. A clear message that we don’t always have control over everything we shoot.
Pam references this day and this moment often. It was a very profound experience. One she will never forget. When something seems off in her photography, she now accepts that it is supposed to be this way and remembers this man the great valuable lesson he taught her many years ago. She also is reminded of this moment many times in general life. Sometimes it is just the way it is meant to be. It’s called acceptance.
Lens: Generally this area is a wide angle lens location.
Gear List at a Glance: Circular polarizing filter, neutral density filter, tripod, shutter release, wide angle and zoom lens.
When to Go: December through March is the rainy season, but most of Kauai’s frequent showers hit the northeast side of the island. If you travel west or south, you can avoid the rain, but this spot and our other two favorite island spots are in this rainy area. Winter months also bring the rough sea waters they told us. We only found three perfect photography spots on the whole island. The south side was all desert. Some cried the day we spent traveling to Waimea Canyon on the south side where there was nothing but one tourist view at the top. It was pretty bad. We went there in desperation to find a good photography location knowing it would bomb out before we left but did it anyway. We would not go to this island for photography in the rainy season. We were distraught to be stuck here for a week.
Park and Area Information:
Entrance Fees: Free open park. No fees
Aston Aloha Beach Hotel – 3-5920 Kuhio Highway Kapaa, HI 96746 • Reservations: 1-855-410-5694
We stayed here. Great bang for the buck. Best price on the island. Please pet the black kitty cat that lives there for me if you stay here. I him in my room. I traveled alone this trip and got lonely.
Bobby V’s Italian Restaurant