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Jan 28, 2016 - A bird's eye view

Kapaa, Kauai, HI Kauai is an interesting place. The island is circular in shape with one main road connecting the North Shore and West Side of the island. One cannot drive completely around the island; the rugged and beautiful Na Pali Coast makes that impossible. Roadways for the most part are two lanes with little or no shoulder and lots of one lane bridges which means relying on bicycles for transportation is unsafe. Over 90% of Kauai is inaccessible by car so, wanting to be thorough in our exploration of the island, we took a helicopter...

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Jan 27, 2016 - Yo Ho Ho & a Bottle of Rum

Kapaa, Kauai, HI Hawaiian Monk Seals are among the most endangered creatures on earth. They are one of only two mammals endemic to Hawai`i, the second being a species of bat. Often referred to as "living fossils", they have remained relatively unchanged for over 15 million years. There are only about 1,200 Hawaiian monk seals remaining and many swim in the waters of Kauai. Poipu Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Kauai. It is inside a nice cove, sandy, wide, and safe for swimming. There are quite a few resorts along its edge. That...

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Jan 26, 2016 - Fern Grotto

Kapaa, Kauai, HI Fern Grotto is one of Kauai's signature attractions. Accessible only by boat up the Wailua River, the grotto is a natural lava-rock grotto, lush with hanging ferns that grow upside down from the roof, cooled by the mists of a waterfall. Fern Grotto was nearly destroyed when Kauai was hit by hurricane Iniki in 1992. Most of the ferns were torn from the rocks. We last visited 4 months after Iniki so we were anxious to see what the Grotto looked like after 23 years. It is much improved but still does not match pictures of what...

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Jan 25, 2016 - Hidden Valley Falls

Kapaa, Kauai, HI Kayaks come in 3 different types and several sizes of each type. Ours were the sit-on-top style and the first part of the adventure was to get in (on) the kayak without tipping it over – a feat easier said than done. Kayak paddles are double-bladed. This means that no matter what, you will dribble water down the raised side of the paddle as you stroke the water with the other end. You WILL get soaked. We set off upstream on the Hule‘ia River for a 2-mile jaunt. We paddled past the archeological site of Alekoko, a fishpond...

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Jan 24, 2016 - Spouting Horn

Kapaa, Kauai, HI We have discovered that while Hawaii has plenty of state parks, only the hardy utilize many of them. The state roads into many of the parks are deplorable. We have encountered roads that are unpaved, rutted, rocky, winding, narrow (often 1 lane for 2-way traffic) teeth-rattling adventures. One such adventure was the road to Polihale State Park at the western end of Kauai. This road can be a bear in a normal car. Fragments of front bumpers are strewn along the road as testament to motorists who were ill-prepared for some...

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Jan 23, 2016 - A GRAND canyon

Kapaa, Kauai, HI Our biggie for today was exploring Waimea Canyon. Although the island of Kauai is only 26 miles across and 21 miles from north to south, it took us about an hour to drive from our resort to the road leading up to the canyon because of heavy traffic – a constant in Hawaii everywhere. We headed up and into the canyon which stretches 14 miles long, one mile wide and more than 3,600 feet deep. Waimea is Hawaiian for "reddish water" because of the red-colored mud after the rains but the colors in the canyon are glorious. We saw...

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Jan 22, 2016 - Kilauea Lighthouse

Kapaa, Kauai, HI Kauaʻi is home to thousands of wild chickens, who have few natural predators, as the mongoose was never introduced in Kauai as it has been on other Hawaiian islands. Kauaʻi's chickens originated from the original Polynesian settlers, who brought them as a food source. They have since bred with European chickens that have gotten free from farms and cockfighting breeders. It is a little strange to walk out of the grocery store and have to walk around crowing roosters! We drove north along the coast, stopping at several small...

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Jan 21, 2016 - Kauai

Kapaa, Kauai, HI Today was a long short day. Most of the day was spent transferring to and settling in at our new abode. Although the flight is less than an hour, we had to get through all the morning traffic on Maui (about an hour), turn in our rental car (on which we put 616 miles), and get checked in. Upon our arrival we took a shuttle and got in line for another rental car, got some directions and headed to our new living quarters. Again, since the roads are generally just 2-lane highways, the traffic situation is less than ideal....

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Apr 28, 2013 - Day 5 - Goin' Coconuts

Day 5 - April 24, 2013 First, let me start off by thanking you for your patience. I know I'm WAY behind on this blog, but I *will* finish it. It's just going to be a little late. My last three days in Hawaii involved (thankfully) a lot of time spent in the sun, which in turn, left me completely spent at the end of the day, and sapped me of all my motivation to do a blog entry. As I write this entry, I'm on the plane back to San Diego. Now back to our regularly scheduled blog entry... There is an expression (coined, as far as I know by...

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Apr 21, 2013 - Day 1 - My ass cannot possibly be too fat for Hawaii, can it?

Day 1 - April 20, 2013 San Diego is the closest city in the continental United States to Hawaii. Yet it is still a 6 hour flight. That is both good and bad from a traveler's perspective. It's bad because it means spending six hours packed in like a sardine in a coach-class seat. But it also means that there's virtually no possibility that the pilot is going to land the plane in a fit of overreaction to a minor complaint by a passenger, as happened on (what else) United a few months ago, in which an idiot pilot landed a plane to kick off a...

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Jan 14, 2013 - Our Last Day on Kaua'i (this visit)!!!!

Aloha, We kind of dragged our feet this morning when leaving the resort and our accommodations at the Pointe at Po'ipu as the realization all this fun was coming to a close. We headed back to the fun restaurant we enjoyed so much two days ago for another wonderful breakfast before heading to the airport. All of us wanted to see if we could get any upgrade and knowing our flight departed at 12:05, thought we might be better served by going by the airport and talking to the attendants at the check-in desk. Nope! Couldn't help us for any...

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Apr 10, 2008 - Tunnels Beach and a Luau

We went back to Tunnels Beach to take pictures. From the beach is a beautiful view of Bali Hai which was in the movie "South Pacific". It was low tide so there were lots of tide pools filling the holes on top of the rocks. We could see sea cucumbers laying on top of the rocks. We also returned to Ke'e Beach. Before hitting the beach we hiked a very short way up the very steep Kalaua Trail. It is a popular 11 mile trail that goes almost straight up at the beginning. The trail leads to a camping beach on the other side. We didn't have our...

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