A large trunk of driftwood arches a gap between sea and sand on this picturesque piece of beach near Kapaa town on Kauai. Winter time in Kapaa, when this picture was taken, means kona winds (opposite of tradewinds) blow onto the beach and the water temperature drops a few degrees.
The beach at Kapaa is narrow and long, alternating between soft dark sand and well-worn slabs of rock. Any given day will find surfers, fisherman, sunbathers, and beach-goers along this cooler coastline. A few hundred yards offshore a coral reef keeps bigger waves from making it to shore and gives windsurfers and kitesurfers hours of fun.