Hawaii

Honolulu

Hanging out at the Honolulu airport. Hot and sunny. Here you have the choice of walking outside in the sunshine or inside in air conditioning.

We left Haena at 6:40 AM, made good time driving to Lihue. We were there by 7:50 AM then spent half an hour looking for a gas station so we could fill up our jeep before depositing it at Thrifty.

Looking forward to a “short” nine hour flight. Brian is happy. He was able to secure “extra leg room” seats for this flight and our return flights.

Aloha!

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Kalalau Trail

Margaret, this one is for you.

We hiked two miles in and two miles back on the Kalalau Trail. The rocky, sometimes very muddy red earth trail is as challenging, and at times more so, than anything the Bruce Trail has to offer. It is an eleven mile trail and it is highly recommended thatit be done in two days as a minimum with a camp-0ver on the beach. I would certainly be ready for a sleep at the end of eleven miles. The difficulty would be getting up the next day and hiking out. I guess that is why some stay on the beach for two or three days or more.

Some people run the trail.  Some people are crazy. The views are fabulous. Runners would miss so much awesomeness. As well as tall waterfalls and stunning cliff side views of the turquoise and navy Pacific, there were miniature wild orchids, streams to walk through, whales breaching and our house plants magnified to jungle size.

We also swam on our beach this morning and this afternoon. I collected shells and walked the beach while Brian caught and released fish.

It did not rain. Yeah! An awesome sunset!

Na Pali Coast...as seen from the Kalalau Trail

Na Pali Coast…as seen from the Kalalau Trail

Up, up, up means there will be down, down, down. Walking stick, please.

Up, up, up means there will be down, down, down. Walking stick, please.

The fisherman caught a wrasse.

The fisherman caught a wrasse.

Sunset devant chez nous

Sunset devant chez nous

 

Paradise Enow

There is something extra special about having a place right on the ocean, and even more so when it is the warm part of the Pacific, the sand is golden, the water is a delicious blue. The waves roll in like small mountains but crash on the coral reef leaving a protected area for swimming and snorkelling. Today the sun came out with clouds scudding here and there and the occasional light shower.

After a drive 3500 feet up Waimea Canyon, and a walk on the beach at Kekaha, we drove around to the northeast side of Kauai en route we traded in our red mustang for a silver jeep. Brian said it was because of the clunking noise in the rear end, but I suspect he just wanted to impress Brilynn.

We are now on the beach at Haena. We don’t have as much space nor is our lodging as well equipped as at Waimea, but our hostess is very accommodating and our needs are met.Image
The beach at Haena in front of our new digs. Sunset…and yes, rain clouds moving in.

Kauai

The value of a good sleep in a comfortable bed cannot be overestimated. We awoke refreshed to birdsong and roosters crowing. We are happy with our Waimea cabin across the street from the ocean which we procured through airbnb. Our host left wine and beer for us in the fridge, put fresh flowers…hibiscus and lilies in vases in the bathroom, livingroom and lanai. Neil left lights on for us so that we were able to find our way in the dark. This morning he visited to ensure we had what we needed and highly recommended Interislander Helicopter tour of Kauai. He even called them to see when we could book a flight and as there was a cancellation he led us to the helipad and waved us off.

What an amazing flight. Much of Kauai is only accessible by air. The canyon of the Paciifc, Waimea certainly is deserving of the title. We took lots of photos from our ‘no door’ 4 seater helicopter. Our pilot gave a great running commentary which we were able to hear with our headsets. We careened in and out of forested canyons, got up close and personal with many extremely high waterfalls, the tallest of which was about 3000 feet! None of our photos do justice to the experience.

After a sushi lunch on the beach we went snorkelling at Salt Pond Beach where we saw many colourful fish that we never saw in the Carribbean. Then we drove back to our cabin for sunscreen, towels, hats and a hairbrush. We will be more ready for our next excursion.

What a beautiful life!Image