Heaven on Earth - Fall 2006 travel blog

Diamond Head from airport

Oahu from the air

arriving in Kauai

welcome to Kauai

Ken enjoying our pool

view from our condo

our condo's beach

The flight from Oahu to Kauai took 25 minutes. We landed and walked to the baggage carousel and our bags were already there. All flights should be like this!

It's a shock to the system to have left the buzzing very urban Honolulu and ended up in the very rural and quiet Kauai - sort of like leaving Chicago for southern Illinois. There are only 65,00 people on the entire island and there is only one main road that almost makes a complete circle around it. Kauai is the wettest place in the world, but most of that rain takes place in the high mountains that prevent the locals from building a road that bisects the island. Kauai has 43 beaches -- more per mile of coastline than any of the other islands. Only 3 percent of the island has been developed for commercial and residential use; the rest are agricultural and conservation lands. Two-thirds of Kauai's 533 square miles are impenetrable.

Our condo overlooks the ocean. Every time I walk toward the living room and catch a glimpse of that view it takes my breath away. We are close to two large supermarkets and the kitchen is well supplied so I expect that there is some cooking in my future. Just as well. Eating out gets $$$ and I was getting tired of french fries.

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