I had heard that shark travel up this river in Kauai once in a while and people have been attacked. So kayaking for me was out. I thought maybe skydiving might be safer. I then decided photographing from the shore was maybe safer, and so, this picture was a result of all that analysis.
Many films since the fifties have been filmed on or around the Wailua river, including Blue Hawaii, “The Lost World”-Jurassic Park, “Outbreak” and more recently the real life story of the girl who lost her arm to a shark attack-“Soul Surfer”. A scene from the movie was filmed just upstream from this location with Carrie Underwood.
The Wailua River winds through several ecosystems. From forested river banks and tall cliffs to lush green rain forest as you wind upriver.