"Snuggling under pachwork fields, anticipating night,
The day succumbs to darkness, to contemplate starlight
The night descends on silken clouds, the moon can rest upon
And silver waves dance fervently, to hearken streaks of dawn"
'Anini Beach, the jewel of Kauai's North Shore, is a brilliant turquoise shallow and protected area that lies inside the fringing reef. Ideal for swimming and snorkeling, 'Anini's shoreline is also littered with the miniscule shells that comprise the valuable Niihau shell leis -- "momi" and "kahelelani" -- tiny as grains of rice, and extremely delicate.
An array of tropical and endemic fish shimmer below the crystalline water and provide a colorful dance below the water's surface as they dart and peak out from behind living coral formations.
Kayaking, windsurfing, kite surfing and stand-up paddleboarding are ideal water sports for those so inclined, and provide spectacular spectator sports and colorful photo ops for land lubbers.
"Restless dawn, it comes upon
In lighter violet hues
Beckoning the sunlight
To dance in golden shoes"