United States of America · 6 Days · 12 Moments · June 2017

Don & Cyndie's adventure in Kauai


16 June 2017

We hiked part of the Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail, once we found it. People were camping on "Shipwreck Beach," in the middle part of the trail, which is pretty cool. I wasn't feeling too good, coming down with a cold, so we cut it short and went back to the hotel to hang out at the pool. We also tried to check out the "Spouting Horn" but two bus loads of people had just arrived, so we gave up on that. Tourists!

15 June 2017

Waterfalls today, Wailua Falls and Opaeka'a Falls. It was raining pretty hard so we canceled kayaking on the Wailua River, just took pictures. We watched the sunset on Po'ipu Beach along with some monk seals. Whenever the local wildlife comes up on the beach, volunteers rope off the area, so no one disturbs them.

14 June 2017

The most exciting moment of the trip for Don, finding out they have poi and lau lau at Costco.
Kilauea Lighthouse was an interesting historical stop on the way back from Hanalei. Beautiful, but really windy.
After Ha'ena, we visited Hanalei. We stopped at the Hanalei Poi Company, but they wouldn't let us take pictures due to proprietary industry secrets apparently. But we did get to talk story with some of the really nice people who work there. They said we could walk through the taro fields, but it started to downpour so we just ran to the car instead. We took pictures of Waioli Huiia Church, one of the many small, quaint old style churches on the island. Hanalei town and pier was fun, lots of nice people. The bay there is calm, great for kids.
We drove all the way to the Maniniholo Dry Cave on the north side of the island, which was a little eerie, but big enough not to feel claustrophobic. Across from the cave was Ha'ena State Beach, a truly beautiful and nearly empty beach if you stayed to the west side. We met a nice, older lady from Virginia who was collecting coral. Don even took off his slippers and enjoyed his toes in the sand. He might decide to like the beach eventually.

13 June 2017

Even though Don hates the beach, we finally made it to Kalapaki. It was beautiful, sunny and peaceful, a nice way to spend our anniversary. We also checked out the Kaneiolouma Heiau, an ancient Hawaiian site, with cool, authentic tiki statues. We celebrated our 30th anniversary with a romantic dinner at Tidepools. The best anniversary ever. Love to you, Donald, my best friend, for all the years of fun and laughter. I can't wait to see what the next 30 years will hold for us.

12 June 2017

After Waimea Canyon we went to the Kauai Coffee Plantation then came back and just relaxed poolside.
We drove to Waimea Canyon, the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific" and it was breathtaking. Apparently, people are putting "love locks" on the fence at the lookout points, just like the Ponts des Arts bridge in Paris. We also spotted a rare animal, the phone booth. We drove to the top, Wai'ale'ale, one of the wettest places on earth. It did rain so much that we were forced to run to the car. And yes, Don just had to get the Jeep.
Still on California time, waiting for the sun to come up.

11 June 2017

The pool at our hotel is amazing. Our room is beautiful. We just walked around, ate at the poolside grill and drank our complimentary Mai Tais.
LAX was quite an adventure. American Airlines moved us from Gate 53 to Gate 155 in the international terminal. Then they moved us to Gate 48. We had walked about 2 miles before we got on the plane. But we made to Kauai safe and sound.