Kauai, first impressions

It’s been 17 years since I last visited Kauai, Hawaii. And it’s nice to see that not much has changed.

Here’s an ‘at the airport’ sketch at Oakland airport, where we boarded our flight to Kauai.
oakland

First impressions? I knew I’d love the mountains and cliffs, but I’d forgotten about the wild chickens that are everywhere: How could I? They never let me forget them through the rest of the trip.
firstimpressions1
firstimpressions2

They did have competition, sometimes. From the nēnē or Hawaiian geese. Unlike our local loud, honking Canada Geese, these geese had a really gentle, almost polite call, and they came and inspected my sketchbook one day. I tried grabbing a second sketchbook and doing a quick capture… All I got was this one tagged goose, then they left…
geese

This was the most laid-back vacationing I’ve done in a long time. No real plan for the day, lost of time to sit around and chat, collect plumeria.
plumeria

Eat shave ice…( After a pretty tough hike along the Na Pali coast on  a super-hot day)
shaveice

And then maybe swim a bit…

The most challenging bit of sketching in Kauai was the color: those skies, those seas: such unreal color, it was a struggle to do it all justice. This is one of my first sketches, and I thought it to be way too quiet and subdued a capture of the place and the vegetation.
beachnorth2

My first response was to go looser and let the colors mix and do their own thing. This is the view from the first place we stayed in, on the north shore. It was a steep drop down from the cliffs where we were to the reef below.
reefnorth

More from Kauai coming up soon.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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12 Responses to Kauai, first impressions

  1. Dana Doran says:

    You are very fortunate to have been so close to the Nene….so rare to see one in the islands these days! Lovely sketches!

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  2. barbganias says:

    We just returned last week from Kauai — my favorite island. I always take my camera — and it’s wonderful to see your sketches illustrating so many of my shots over the years. Can’t wait to see more.

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  3. zumpoems says:

    Amazing artwork!

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  4. miatagrrl says:

    Lovely, loose sketches! Glad you got a chance to relax before Chicago! See you soon!

    – Tina

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  6. Old Kauai – always enchanting. Great sketches.

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  7. Jennifer says:

    I enjoy all your evocative sketches! Thanks.

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  8. Aloha. Your sketches are great! I live on the Garden Isle and while writing a blog about things you should know about Kauai, I forgot to include about the chickens! After reading, my sister-in-law politely asked, “What about the chickens?” I guess we become immune to them after a while.

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    • I can totally understand that: sometimes it takes an outsiders eye to see what is amazing about your home. I travel with my kids, and having them around is really helpful in seeing the everyday stuff they find magical.

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