Just returned from an amazing trip to the Garden Isle of Kauai in Hawaii. The weather was balmy, with gentle rains cooling us off from an array of adventures. Favorite place – walking along Hanalei Bay near our hotel. Stayed in the north at St. Regis Princeville – a real treat. The views were spectacular of the mythical Bali Hai from the movie South Pacific.
All over the island, roosters crowed and chickens clucked. These colorful birds roam free. I’ve vowed never to eat chicken again. I’ll keep you posted.
Splurged on a unique luau – KiloHana Luau – at the historic KiloHana Plantation on the east coast in Lihue. The grounds were beautiful and the performance unique. It is held each Tuesday and Friday evening and one of the most popular events on the island.
Explored Opaekaa Falls and nearby Wailua River.
Drove to the Na Pali along one-lane bridges and incredibly scenic horse ranches, Taro fields and beaches. Took a delightful hike at the lush Limahuli Gardens. The views were epic.
Later in the week, we moved our “camp” to the Marriott in Lihue. More sun down here, as we drove up the intense Waimea Canyon Road, flanked by deep canyons. Finally, arrived at the overlook for some more views of this “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”
Drove a bit further up the winding road to my favorite view of the entire trip – the Kalalau Lookout – which overlooks the Na Pali Coast from on high.
Marty and Lori go Kauaian.
Spouting Horn on the southern coast in Poipu.
Swinging Bridge in Old Town Hanapepe. I lost my cap to the breeze blowing across the bridge, but gained a beautiful ocean-blue necklace from a local artist.
Spent my birthday in Hanalei and beyond. Caught a really sweet performance of old style slack key guitar and ukulele by Doug and Sandy McMaster at the Hanalei Community Center. Here’s a link on youtube to one of their performances. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heW1QcuPZCY
Some more idyllic moments below. Actually, they were all pretty cool. Lived on Oahu many moons ago, and it still holds a special place in my heart. Hope to return to Kauai and her sister islands soon.