Monday, March 26, 2007

The Code of Maha'ulepu

So far I've been fortunate enough to see a few truly amazing places. The most beautiful beach I've ever visited is Maha'ulepu beach on the SE coast of Kauai.

We drove our Jeep Wrangler over bumpy private roads and then meandered through the brush to get this idyllic paradise.

Our "underground" guidebook strongly encouraged all visitors to follow a code I learned to practice generally at a very young age:

Leave the place in at least as good shape as you found it.

The book warned that abuse of the privilege might lead the owners to ban access to the site.

Judging from Flickr photos, it appears to remain pristine and undeveloped. Many residents have fought hard to preserve it.

If you're ever on Kauai, an afternoon here will be well spent.

Originally, this was going to be a post about the principle of leaving something in at least as good shape as one finds it, but that post will have to wait--the beach alone is enough to think about.


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