2008 Hawaii travel blog

A family of Nene's (Hawaiian State Bird) went by our balcony almost...

One of the beautiful beaches on Kauai

The Wet Cave

Ke'e Beach

Henry enjoyed watching the waves

There are so many wild chickens on Kauai the locals wish every...

View of the Na Pali Coast from the beach

This endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal never even noticed I was there

Still enjoying his nap

Another view of the Na Pali Coast

We stopped to enjoy this stream which is also a local swimming...

Lava rocks at Haena Beach Park

Lifeguard stand and rescue truck at Haena Beach Park

We decided not to swim at this beach

The dry cave across the street from the beach

These vines climbed up the cliff next to the dry cave

Looking at the mountains with taro fields in the valley (taro is...

At the end of a hard day at the beach, we watched...

We decided to spend our first full day on Kauai exploring the beaches on the north shore. We stopped at the Foodland grocery store (like our Publix) to pick up sandwiches for lunch and drove west to the end of the road to Ha'ena State Park. The road dead ends at the parking lot for Ke'e Beach. That lot was full so we parked farther away and walked to the beach. We stopped to explore the wet cave along the way. It is wet because the floor of the cave is covered with standing grey water. We found a nice shady spot on the beach under the trees. As we sat facing the water, mountains were to our left with black lava rocks forming a jetty. Palm trees grew at the bottom of the mountain which was covered with green foliage. We went for a swim after lunch in the chilly but very refreshing water. We walked down the beach past one of the points and found a Hawaiian Monk Seal asleep on the beach. Like when we saw the turtles on Oahu, volunteers had roped off the area around the seal. He only opened his eyes for a minute while I watched. We left Ke'e Beach and stopped at Ha'ena Beach Park a mile down the road. It is a popular surfing beach and the waves were much bigger there. The best surfing in Kauai is in the winter when the waves get up to 20 feet high. We explored the dry cave across the street. It is much bigger that the wet cave. We walked pretty far back into it. Back at the condo we chilled on the balcony and watched the sun set. It was a great day.

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