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Friday, June 29, 2007

Foto Friday: Sunny Beaches

In 1995 we went to the island of Kauai. On our last day I snapped this photo of the beach behind the hotel:

Kapa'a Beach, Kauai, Sep. 1995

I know it was our last day because there are pictures of the Sierras on the same roll.

I scanned this from the negative yesterday. It came out nice, but not nearly as interesting as the print. I had to fiddle with the colors considerably to recover the golden-green of the print, and didn't quite suceed. The sky is much more turquoise in the print.

Which shows, once again, that colors are kind of subjective.

At the time we were there, this was the Kauai Beachboy Hotel -- a beguiling name, evoking lazy days in the tropical sun. In 1999 it was bought by Shell, who promptly renamed it the Kauai Coast Resort, evoking the fact that it's a resort on a coast. Good marketing there, dudes. (Other pages refer to it as the Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy, which is maybe a little better.)

It was a nice hotel. Had thick towels and Comedy Central on the cable, which was my first acquaintance with that MST3K thingy all the kids were talking about. Ahh, happy days.

We sort of felt we were above our element there, and tried not to get the property too grubby.

Here's a postcard of the hotel from the late '60s-early '70s. I haven't had a chance to check out that site yet, but it looks cool.