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Kaua‘i's Wai‘ale‘ale CraterSo, I am looking at my Facebook page… my personal one, not the business, and I see this photo pop up of Kaua‘i that looks incredibly familiar. Immediately, I knew who took it, how and where. Heck, I even helped NAME it. So when you see these images floating around the web, Twitter, Facebook, Google, Tumblr, Pinterest, etc., you will know who took them and how.

These incredible photos of Mount Wai‘ale‘ale Crater were taken by our very own, LEONA BOYD. The same talented, award-winning photographer who helps fill our books with those beautiful images of Hawai‘i.

Kaua‘i's Wai‘ale‘ale CraterThese photos first appeared in the National Geographic Traveler’s Photo Contest in 2011. (Can you believe she didn’t win?) They have since been blogged about and shared literally tens of thousands of times. Most often, no one knows who took them or how. So let me share that with you…

The most consistently rainy place on the planet is the flat plateau at the top of Kauai’s Mount Wai‘ale‘ale. It is completely ensconced in clouds more than 300 days a year, gets more than 432 inches of rain annually and its 3,000-foot cliff walls are nearly vertical. Only twice per year is the sun directly overhead, leaving no shadows. To capture Wai‘ale‘ale Crater in its entirety with no shadows, no clouds and after an exceptionally heavy rain is literally a once in a lifetime event.

We are very glad Leona had that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to photograph the “heart of Kaua‘i” and share it with the world. Oh, and of course, Andrew was there too, someone had to steer the plane!



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