Travel Diary: Postcards from Kauai, Hawaii

Behind the Scenes from our Sea and Sky Swim Collection

We spent five days shooting our Sea and Sky collection on the lush, sun-drenched island of Kauai, Hawaii. This is normally the part where someone jokes, “It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.” But we both know that’s malarkey. It was great.

Well, mostly.

You see, there’s one thing about Kauai we hadn’t anticipated—roosters. Wild roosters by the thousands. Roosters on the beach. Roosters at the hotel. Roosters crossing the road with the sole intention of, presumably, reaching the other side. There are so many of these fowl that they’ve unofficially been named the island bird. And while that’s entertaining and all, there’s another side to the story.

You’ve probably seen a cartoon or two where a rooster gets up at the crack of dawn to crow with the sun. Well, unlike anthropomorphic rabbits and immortal coyotes, that’s one cartoon reality that holds true—roosters actually cock-a-doodle-doo incessantly at unholy hours.

Which was funny for, oh, a second. Then it wasn’t.

But if you want to look at the bright side (and we do), it also means we had more waking hours to take in the beauty of Kauai.

Lands' Ends - Postcards from Kauai, Hawaii

Ni'ihau seashells

Like the crystal clear waters of Tunnels Beach, the exceptional eruptions of Spouting Horn, and the exquisite artistry of Ni’ihau shell leis.

These leis were particularly fascinating. They’re made on the remote island of Ni’ihau, a neighbor of Kauai. It’s called the “Forbidden Island” because you can only visit if you’re a relative of an inhabitant or by invitation.

The leis themselves are made from thousands of tiny shells, all of which are gathered and beaded by hand. And Ni’ihau shells are the only shells insurable as a gemstone.

Lands' Ends - Postcards from Kauai, Hawaii

Of course, this collection isn’t about roosters or leis. It’s about getting you in some swim gear that looks and feels great. Take a gander and let us know what you think.

Aloha for now.