While exploring the large expanse of sand at Kalalau Beach this year, we stumbled upon a striking display of ephemeral art in a sea cave next to Honopu which exists only during the summer months at Kalalau.

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During the summer season, ocean currents deposit a large expanse of sand on Kalalau Beach which allows you to walk to the sea cave next to Honopu.

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Each winter, the surf reclaims the sandy beach and large waves obliterate everything in the cave.

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Ephemeral art is impermanent by its very nature. They disintegrate, return to the earth, and remind us of the temporal quality of our very own existence.

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The ephemeral art in the cave appear to be credit-less. Google searches have turned up nothing. To my knowledge no one has taken credit for the amazing art in the cave.

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The hundreds of rocks precariously piled and balanced on each other appear to be impromptu pieces of artistic expression which I surmise are created by many visitors who contribute to the sculptures in the rock garden.

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Photographs are the only permanent trace of the artwork’s transitory existence.

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These precariously balanced pieces of rock art will be gone when the beach and cave are reclaimed by the winter surf.

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This is the 7th blog entry in a series of posts about my Kalalau backpacking adventure with 14 HTMC friends over the Labor Day weekend. The previous (6th) entry is here and the next (8th) entry is here.