Morning Rush-Sunrise at Moloaa Bay in Kauai

Waves rush into the rocky shoreline in Moloaa Bay as the early morning light illuminates the lush green hillside in the distance on the northeast coast of Kauai, Hawaii.
Waves rush into the rocky shoreline in Moloaa Bay as the early morning light illuminates the lush green hillside in the distance on the northeast coast of Kauai, Hawaii.

I timed my trip to Kauai right when the ocean swells were at their peak. Not that I did that intentionally. It did make me change my shooting plans, especially along the north coast where the waves could be fierce at times.

I decided to stick to my plan on the second morning on the island and I got up early to head to the northeast coast to a small bay I had read about. Moloaa Bay is most famous for being where they filmed the first episode of Gilligan’s Island back in the sixties. But that wasn’t why I was going. The beach is lined with lava rocks and I had seen some really nice pictures of water flowing over them. I was hoping that the waves wouldn’t be so high as to cover them up.

After wandering around on some neighborhood roads and referring to my directions a couple of times, I found one of the few places to park while it was still dark. A short walk down the road came to a trail between some houses that led to the beach. The waves were crashing in, but I could still make out the rocks a ways up the beach. I found a (somewhat) safe place to set up and waited for sunrise. Then the rain set in. It started out as a gentle rain, but soon it was pouring. Fortunately I had a couple of umbrellas to keep my gear and I relatively dry. The rain soon let up, but by sunrise the clouds were still pretty heavy to the east. I was about to pack things up when the sun began to poke through. I quickly searched for a new composition facing the other direction. Soon the sun lit up the hillside across the bay and out of the many frames I shot, I came away with this one of the waves sweeping over the rocks.

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