Hawaii
The Big Island

Maui
The Valley Isle
Oahu
The Gathering Place
Kuai
The Garden Isle

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We arrided in Kauai on February 28th about 2:00 in the afternoon. We stayed at the Staying at Aston at Poipu Kai (1775 Poipu Road) in Koloa.

I took these photos while waiting for Bob to get our rental car.
You just cant take a bad picture of them.


These trees lined Maluhia road the lead to the Condo.

Oddly enougn the furniture had the exact same fabric I have hanging on our living room windows back in Eau Claire.

It was nice having a kitchen, we cooked meals here to save time and money. Eggs were very expensive. Even with chickens running around all over the place. They were about $4 a dozen.

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Our first adventure on Tuesday was a 1 hour Will Squyres Helicpoter ride. Ultimate Kauai Adventure Helicopter 808-955-5900, 808-245-8881 3-3222 Kuhio Hwy across from KFC, in Lihue.


The pilot explained that most of the land below was owned by the Mormans.

You just couldn't take enough pictures.

What a great way to see the island.

This is the Helicopter landing pads.

Bob is ready to trade in his Harley for a helicopter.
Giving the Hang Loose wave.

 

 

 

We stopped here for lunch.

This sign reads
Bubba's Burgers'
An old fashion
Hamburger Stand.
We cheet Tourist,
Drunks and Attorneys.
We just couldn't pass it by.

After that we took a drive to Wailua Falls. I think these are the falls. We had a hard time finding the place.

These birds were flying around down in the canyon by the falls.

 

 

 

These flowers were growing in the bushes near the falls.

Next we went on a boat ride to Fern Grotto 808-955-5900 in Wailua State Park, Wailua
They played Hawaiian music for the passangers on the boat.

 

 

The plants grew everywhere
in the humid air.

They played more music and danced on the way back.


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That evening we walked down the beach near the condo.
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On Thurdsay we went hiking along Kalalau Trail (11 Miles) Page 18-E3 of the hawaiian gazetter.


The trail was incredibly rough.

Not a bad view anywhere.

This plant was called bread fruit. We didn't really get the urge to try it, because it didnt look ripe.

 

 

According this sign the surf was quite rough. There are 83 hash marks. The sign was pretty efective. We stayed out of the water.



These chickens were all over the parking lot. Escaped on the island when crewman used to have cock fights.
After the hike we took a drive around the north end of the island. These are photos of taro fields.
We made a quick stop at Kilauea Point National Wildlife refuge. It is a safe haven for the Humpback whate, spinner dolphin, Green Sea Turtle, and Hawaiian monk seal. You can also see the great Frigatebird, Red-footed Booby's, Red-Tailed and White-tailed Tropic birds, Wedge-tailed Shearwater, Laysan Albatross, and the Hawaiian Goose. Page 19-E9 of the Hawaii Gazetter
The white dotson this green hillside are Red-footed Boobies. they were all over the hill. They were fun to watch.
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The next morning we went to Waimea Canyon.
It is the largest canyon in the Pacific and truly a dramatic sight to behold. The canyon measures 10 miles long, 1 mile wide, and more than 3,500-feet deep. It was carved thousands of years ago by rivers and floods that flowed from Mount Waialeale's summit. The lines in the canyon walls depict different volcanic eruptions and lava flows that have occurred over the centuries. Even though smaller than the Grand Canyon of Arizona, Waimea Canyon rivals the beauty. Numerous lookouts and hikes offer terrific views of every aspect of this natural wonder. The canyon is protected by the Koke'e State Park which encompasses 4,345 acres of land and has 45 miles of trails that run through the canyon and the nearby Alakai Swamp. The Ranger's Station is located at the Koke'e Museum has hiking maps of the area. There are no gas stations along the 40-mile Waimea Canyon Road so be sure to fill up before starting this trip. The main park area provides restrooms. The elevation makes the air 10-15 degrees cooler than in the valley and by afternoon many areas are often shrouded in clouds


Bob is looking for wild hogs. I guess they hunt them in Hawaii like we hunt deer. You need permits and there is a season. There were several homes with hog jawbones hanging over the garage.

It was a beautiful drive to the lookout.

Well they werent kidding about the fog. It rolled in just as we arrived at the end of the lookout.
You couldn't see 10 feet. :-(

 

That afternoon we traveled up the North West side of the island.

It was a cloudy day. We were lucky to avoid rain the entire trip.

This was the only place we saw where people were farming corn. There was also a field of these red flowers.

We tried driving down this incredibly bumpy road to get to a state beach for about 4 hours of slow going and never made it to the end. I think we were lost. Again.


We stopped for a break at this little state park. The park are all free to enter in Hawaii.

We liked these Dr. Seuss type plants.


The black sand was nice.


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The next day we took a drive to tunnels beach. The beach looked pretty small and crowded so we stopped at this garden just outside the beach.

These trees had strange roots.

We stopped for a bit at this strip mall in Princeville. We had lunch at the little green diner on the right.

The houses were all on stilts. We were not sure if this was for the view, to keep the houses cooler, or to keep them up out of the rain.

We walked the entire Hanalei Beach.

The fog on the mountains looked so pretty.

If I had a few million dollars, this is where I would live. It was right on this beach.
These are our footprints leaving the beach for the last time.
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The last morning in Hawaii we spent it at a Nationa Tropical Botanical Garden. Page 20-F6 of the hawaii Gazateer.



We stopped at "Spouting Horn"just outside the garden. I guess it used to blow higher until the local farmers dynamited it to keep it from blowing salt water on their farmland.

 

We had the best shrimp at this little shrimp stand. Real cocoa nut juice out of a real cocoanut.

Then headded back home.

It was a trip we will never forget.

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