Kauai Sketchbook

February 2, 2013 | Tunnels Beach, Kauai

Fruit Stand in Hanalei

Open-air Fruit Smoothie Stand in Hanalie, Kauai

I enjoyed all the open-air fruit stands of the Kauai North Shore. This small juice stand in Hanalei captures this part of Hawaii.

February 2, 2013 | Tunnels Beach, Kauai

On the Fish of Hawaii

Map of Kauai, Hawaii

The coral reef fishes of certain regions, say, the Caribbean and the West Atlantic, are fairly uniform wherever you are. If you know the fish of the Bahamas, for example, you won't be all that surprised by the fish of, say, the Lesser Antilles, or Belize, or Panama: the species are fairly evenly distributed throughout their range.

Hawaii is different because the chain is so isolated. Many of its species are unique to the island chain. The markings and coloration of the Hawaiian fishes is remarkable, especially when considering the state of the reefs themselves.

February 2, 2013 | Tunnels Beach

Wandering Tattler at Tunnels Beach

Wandering Tattler Sketch

It's not always easy sorting your shorebirds from each other. When I first spotted this Wandering Tattler, I thought it might have been any number of other similarly sized sandpipers. But learning the differences is important: the Wandering Tattler, for example, summers in Alaska and the very northwestern shores of Canada. Knowing that this bird is migrating from the Arctic to the islands of the South Pacific makes the site that much richer.

February 2, 2013 | Princeville, Kauai

Hawaiian Grocery Items

Kimchee Drawing

Hawaiian groceries are wonderful for their fusion of global ingredients. Although Kimchee is a staple in my own refrigerator back home, the diversity of brands and types represented even in the smallest groceries in Hawaii is a sight.

January 01, 2010 | whereabouts

Waimea, Kauai

Waimea, Kauai Sketch

Great island architecture in the town of Waimea, where Captain Cook first made contact with the Hawaiians.

January 01, 2010 | whereabouts

Surfer Guy in Hanalei

Surfer dude in Hanalei

Hanalei is a refuge for surfers, hippies and hippie-surfers. I liked this guy, walking through the streets with a lighter in one hand, and a fattie in the other.

January 01, 2010 | whereabouts

Surf Transportation in Hanalei

Kauai Transportation

Surf transportation in Hanalei. Since there is only one road through the North Shore, a car needs only do so much, which makes for some great, rusty old vehicles.

Explore more in Oceania

On the small French Polynesian atoll of Tikehau, I discover a ringworld of life adapted to the extremes of the South Pacific.

In Kauai, I discover a dark cloud hanging over the local coral reefs, one that is all too familiar.

Illustrations, sketches and notes from my travels to the island of Kauai.

My Moleskine journal sketches from the north shore of Kauai Island in Hawaii.

Moleskine Journal Sketches and notes from the Tuamoto Archipelago and the Society Islands.