My first foray into a trend I’ve just discovered that’s called “urban exploration” unwittingly took place in March when my friend Pam and I photographed Ahukini Pier. That is, the remains of Ahukini Pier, which is now called Ahukini State Recreational Pier.
This was once the hub of Kauai’s inter-island shipping commerce--where much of Kauai’s sugar harvest left the island and where passengers came and went. Then, after World War II, Nawiliwili Harbor was constructed and that was pretty much the end of Ahukini Landing. It closed in 1950.
While we were there, a throw net fishermen worked the coastline. A tour van pulled up and, then, a pick-up truck. A older couple emerged from the truck and spent the early morning pole fishing off the ruins of the pier. A few years back, the state swooped and shored up a walkway and railings, leaving numerous concrete pilings in place.
As I understand it, “urban explorers” seek out abandoned structures, be it buildings, underground tunnels, subway sections and/or sewer systems. I think a pier would qualify, but I’m not sure if it falls under the “urban” category. I mean “urban” and “Kauai” are not words that go together. But, then, neither do “jumbo” and “shrimp.”
In March, I also participated in the third and final “Ocean Count” of the season, on behalf of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Sanctuary. Not that you’d be able to tell by my photos in the above slide show. Even though we had a healthy number of whale sightings, I was mesmerized by the waves crashing ashore some 380 feet below me at the foot of Kilauea Crater. (Don’t worry, I wasn’t shirking my duties, either. I took these during my “breaks” between counting blows, breaches, and tail slaps.
I threw in a few other shots of some seabirds I happened upon in March, too. I think one Laysan albatross chick looks a little like a Kiwi, if you ask me. Not that I've ever seen a kiwi up close and personal. And the horse? Just one I saw in a pasture.