This is Instagram Hawaii Spotting: Volume 5. I use Instagram a lot. A LOT. This makes sense since I’m pretty much glued to my iPhone and I love to snap photos. These are a few photos that I Instagrammed during a recent trip to Kauai. Enjoy!
The ever elusive Happy Face Spider (Theridion grallator). Ah, I finally got you to smile for me on camera! On a recent hiking trip to the Palehua-Palikea trail, I spotted two very happy looking Happy Face Spiders. They are known as Happy Face Spiders because the array of colors on the back of their abdomens make it seem as if they are, well, smiling. Hawaiians gave these spiders the name Nananana Makaki`i, which simply means face-patterned spider. It’s Hawaiian name sort of reminds me of that Steam hit from 1969… sing it with me… “Na na na na, hey hey-ey, goodbye. Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey-ey, goodbye!”
I’ll never complain about the walk down to Hanauma Bay and back up to the parking lot ever again. I promise. And I can blame the Kealakekua Bay hike for that. Think of the Kealakekua Bay trail as a reverse hike. Most trails involves a steady increase in elevation, followed by a rewarding view, and then finishing with a downhill climb back to civilization. The Kealakekua Bay trail is the complete opposite. This trail starts with a nice and steady decrease in elevation, for roughly two miles. You are then rewarded with the stunning cliffside views and inviting waters of Kealakekua Bay. On the way way back to civilization, though, is where the cardiovascular work begins. It’s a two mile upward climb from the bay and back to your car. Imagine that climb up from Haunama Bay, but lasting for 2 hours instead of 5 minutes. If you can do Koko Crater in 30 minutes then you can expect a climb up that is about four times that length. If that sounds okay to you then you’ll be awarded with one of the most pristine snorkeling spots on the island in one of the most historic bays in Hawaii.