Eastern side of Kauai
we have no pictures from our Tubing Adventure...
but I highly recommend it.
If you are in the military, contact your local ITT office for discount tickets!
Google/search 'Kauai tubing' if all else fails.
They're everywhere on Kauai...
including under our cabin.
And they don't only crow
(Hale means 'home' in Hawaiian)
from our cabin
across the road through 2
out to the ocean.
cabins down our street.
Perhaps not beautiful,
but the location (and price)
are hard to beat!
had one small
but very good
Their web site describes it like this:
"This hub at PMRF offers great food, catering, Single Sailor activities and more.... Come and relax at the open deck, complete with a spectacular view of the Pacific ocean"
This is the view from it's deck.
If you walked to the right
a few miles, you would
get to our cabin.
her FIRST EVER
(bacon, lettuce and tomato)
She later learns to add an 'A"
(BLTA - with avocado!)
for an even yummier treat!
Erika also had her first
clam chowder on
and has been a huge fan ever since.
Unfortunately the beach was closed
so no moonlight/starlight strolls.
blue-grey 'lump' on the horizon
is really another island.
It's called Ni'ihau.
Only Native Hawaiians live there
and you may only go there
if you are invited.
This second link is for a tour company.
I never used it, I'm not recommending it,
I'm just including it for information.
the lower portions of
visible on the way to
the overlooks for
the upper canyon.
More canyon shots ahead.
combination of rock
made the views
See the waterfall near
the center of the picture?
runs through it.
and front teeth growing in...
what more could you want?
Nicknamed the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific" by author Mark Twain, Waimea Canyon is one of Kauai's natural wonders with canyons eroded by water, wind and rain. Waimea Canyon is the largest canyon in the Pacific measuring 10 miles long, 2 mile wide and over 3,500 feet deep. Like the Grand Canyon, the lines along the canyon's walls indicate the different volcanic eruptions and lava flows that have occurred over the centuries."
variations of colors
in the rock
just astounded me.
Plus, I just love waterfalls.
of variations of color...
this rooster was in the parking lot
at Waimea Canyon.
I'm not kidding when I tell you
the roosters are ALL OVER
the uppermost points
along Waimea Canyon.
"The summit of Mount Wai‘ale‘ale
- which translates as "rippling or overflowing water" - is among the wettest spots in the world with an average rainfall of 485 inches per year. By contrast, the average rainfall at Po‘ipu Beach is 35 inches per year."
I don't know what this plant is called,
but we call it 'the rainbow flower'.
done with our
admittance beyond this point!
The red volcanic soil is
famous in Hawaii.
Some enterprising people use it
to dye T-shirts!
If you live there (and especially if you have kids)
you don't need to BUY these shirts.
green sign was quite far
DOWN the mountain road
along Waimea Canyon.
Erika and Kaz spacewalk around
the Kauai Children's Discovery Museum.
Now's probably a good time to mention
is the Hawaiian word for child.
|Kaz is a
big fan of lighthouses,
so we had to go visit this one.
on the northern shore of Kauai.
Not far from the beaches
where some scenes from the movie
"South Pacific" were shot!
white dots on the hillside
are not flowers...
This hillside is seen from the grounds
of the lighthouse.
I don't know any of the people
in the shot.
Erika at the doorway to the lighthouse.
Unfortunately we couldn't go up to the top.
"Located on Kauai's northern end, Kilauea Lighthouse has the world's largest clamshell lens. Built in 1913, the lighthouse was in use until 1976 sending a beacon 90 miles out to sea. Adjacent to the lighthouse is the Kilauea Point Wildlife Refuge, a 200-acre nesting refuge for albatross, frigate birds, red and white tropical birds and red-footed boobies."
slightly better shot of
'the rainbow flower'
on the grounds of the lighthouse.
While there, we also saw whales,
but didn't get a shot worth sharing;
they were pretty far offshore.
The Hawaiian Nene (Goose)
as seen from our cabin
with Ni'ihau in the background.
The red at the very bottom of the picture
is a reflection in car taillights,
and the bright white near the center is a
reflective warning sign at the edge
of the beach.
in the parking lot
at the Fern Grotto.
maybe 5 when she took this picture?
It's on the tour boat on the way to
The Fern Grotto.
site of many weddings.
"Take a fun and informative boat ride up Kauai's Wailua River to get to Kauai's oldest and most popular visitor attraction, Fern Grotto. The grotto is an unusual cave-like rock formation filled with giant cascading maidenhair fern."
at The Fern Grotto.
on the island's south shore.
Spouting Horn Blowhole
we saw this...
a monk seal.
Very rare, much of the beach
was roped off, to keep people
from spooking the seal.
While he looks beached in this shot,
I assure you, he seemed to be enjoying his
relaxing time on the beach.
as an only child,
Erika has to make up her own entertainment.
Kaz may have helped with this one a bit,
but Erika enjoyed her 'bag kite'
(made with Wal-Mart plastic bag and a jump rope)
a friend at school
named "Mariko" so we
had to take this picture
and give her a copy when we got back home.
even the lobsters
are colorful around here!
better (?) than M*A*S*H* ?
The movie theater at PMRF.
On the nights we were around AND they
were playing a movie, it rained, so we didn't
get to enjoy this firsthand.
Looks fun, though!
Swinging Foot Bridge
over the Hanapepe River
just off Highway 50
on the southern part of Kauai.
narrow, doesn't it?
Was rebuilt in 1992 after
gets some playtime
lion's (?) mouth!
Of course, Erika also looks
pretty fierce with those
climbs the 'rock' wall.
Erika outside the
Waimea Brewing Company.
EXCELLENT chowder served here.
We're not beer drinkers, so I can't
comment on the 'brew' part of this restaurant.
There was an adjacent lodging which
looked very nice.
Remote drive on dirt road through abandoned (?)
overgrown sugar cane fields.
Worth the trip, though. Extremely scenic beach
that goes on forever.
Many sites warn not to swim here, especially in the winter.
at Polihale State Park.
the beach at
Polihale State Park,
towards the NaPali cliffs/coast.
Erika brave the hot sand.
Sometimes shoes were a necessity,
at least for us 'haoles'.
sleeps in our cabin.
Yes, those are footy pajamas.
No, I can't tell you why she
wore them in Hawaii. But she did.
(And this cabin had no air conditioning, only ceiling fans. Which was fine most of the time.)
church we attended
while on Kauai.
They presented us with very
nice yarn lei.
did we visit the
westernmost brew pub,
but also the westernmost
in the US!