The mist and cloud set the mood on this memorable morning in Hanakei, Kauai. No HDR.
Hanalei Bay is a 3-mile long perfect crescent of sand surrounded by the world’s rainiest mountains. Over 500 inches of rain drench nearby Mt. Waialeale every year and about 100 inches fall on this beach. It is often ranked as the #1 most beautiful beach in the USA.

Despite all that rain, days are mostly clear so it still took me several return trips to this beach in order to be here at the right time. Up to seven waterfalls are often seen in the mountains after a good rain shower. 5 of the 7 famous waterfalls can be seen here. The misty atmosphere created some nice warm filtered light, which turned the sand into gold for a few seconds in between waves. The sun is rising to the left of the frame.

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