My Kaua ‘i
Name: Jon Letman
Occupation: Writer/Editor, National Tropical Botanical Garden
How long you have lived on Kaua‘i: 10 years
Moved from: Osaka, Japan
Favorite beach: Kaua‘i has so many great beaches, but there’s
something truly magical about Kauapea Beach (Secret) on the
Favorite drive: The way the trees rise like spires of a towering,
green cathedral on the stretch of road just before the bridge over
Kalihiwai Stream is fantastic.
Favorite hike: Walking along the boardwalk in the Alaka‘i Swamp
when the clouds and mist obscure the low growing ‘öhi‘a lehua trees
Favorite custom/tradition: Driving barefoot. Imagine trying to steer
a car with shoes on your hands.
Favorite place to take your guests: I like taking first-time visitors to
Mähä‘ulepü for its untamed beauty, rugged cliffs and strong winds.
Nobody expects that.
Favorite discovery: What most people describe as “bad weather”
is actually when Kaua‘i is at its most beautiful. Cool, wet, windy
weather cleanses everything and brings nature’s colors into sharper
Lucky you live Hawai‘i because… Hawai‘i is truly one of the
world’s successful melting pots. No place is perfect, but people in
Hawai‘i can teach the world a lot about how to get along.
(BO T TOM RIGH T) BR YCE ED WARDS; (TOP) NATHAN SEBASTIAN