This article originally appeared in October 2012 on Dallas Nagata White’s blog. Below is a snippet from Dallas and her husband Ed’s experience on Kauai Island.
Day 2 on Kauai began with a slightly late start – we were too comfortable sleeping in! We had been scheduled for our Na Pali coast snorkel tour that morning, but it’d been postponed to the next day due to weather concerns, leaving us with a wide-open day to do whatever we wanted. So, after we managed to wake up, our first mission was to find some delicious breakfast – and it was off to Kapaa’s Java Kai!
Java Kai is an awesome little coffee shop in Kapaa – the third location of the local franchise. The brightly colored building is really eye-catching, and the menu and coffee was great! Ed and I had as much fun photographing everything as we did eating breakfast.
After our delicious breakfast, we drove over to Kauai’s Hindu Monastery, about fifteen minutes away. As a World Religion minor in college, I’ve always wanted to visit it. The main Iraivan Siva temple has been under construction for several years, and the monks hope it will reach completion by 2017. The process is slow because all the stonework is being done in India, and the construction of the temple is dependent on donations. We had a great time photographing the grounds (no photography is allowed in their Kadavul Temple, though the daily services are open to the public), meeting some of the monks, and enjoying the beautiful serenity of the area.
While we were photographing the temple, we had the honor of meeting Paramacharya Sadasivanathaswami, who is the Editor-in-Chief of Hinduism Today, an international Hinduism magazine. He allowed us a brief glimpse into their office, where Ed enjoyed capturing photographs of the traditionally-garbed monks using modern technology. Our new monk friend then took us on a short walk into the guided-tour-only area to give us a closer look at the Iraivan Temple, as well as share some of the unique plants of the monastery’s flora collection.
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Dallas Nagata White is a photographer and blogger who loves adventuring and making art from moments. Born and raised on Maui, she is currently located on Oahu where she specializes in fashion and editorial photography.