Saturday, July 11, 2015

Kauai


Well its been a long time since we posted, and this seems like a good moment to get back on the blog! We just got back from a week in Hawaii with our friends Haven and Tony and their daughter Dylan. They're experienced Hawaii visitors and know all the ins and outs of the place, so we followed their lead and did whatever they told us we should do. And we are VERY glad we did, because we had a terrific week on the island of Kauai. So good that now we want to plan our next visit.

At Haven and Tony's suggestion we stayed near Hanalei Bay. Our resort was great, and our condo offered some pretty spectacular views. 


view from the condo balcony. Bali Hai

rainbows were a regular occurrence


Hanalei Bay is a very quiet little village at the beginning of the road that leads to some of the prettiest beaches we've ever seen. Haven and Tony led us to a beach called Tunnels where we snorkled, boogie boarded and just played in the waves. It was awesome, even though we all got a little sunburned. On the way back, we pulled off of the little one lane road, parked the car and hung out for a bit at the beach where South Pacific was filmed.

South Pacific beach
Kauai has lots to offer besides beaches though.  One of the unique things about the island are the wild chickens. Everywhere you go there are chickens. Its home to the rainiest place on earth, Mount Wai'ale'aleThere's the Na Pali coast which is where the Jurassic Park films were shot. Its beautiful. There also the Waimea Canyon, which is spectacular. We spent a day making a trip up to the canyon (we stopped at a farmer's market on the way) and to a lookout spot where you can see the Na Pali coast. On the way back to the car, Annick and Haven went bonkers picking wild plums.

Eamon on the edge of the Waimea Canyon.

The canyon

Na Pali coast
Saimen, a super yummy noodle dish that's similar to Ramen or Udon

Na Pali coast
leaf boy!
wild plum harvest



On the way back from our visit to the Canyon, we stopped for Shave Ice and then visited a locals-only beach which was great.



Eamon and Dylan at the beach
 After that stop, Tony suggested we make a quick detour to the Spouting Horn, which is all the way south on the island in Poipu. He had a hunch it would be looking good that day, and boy was he right! The waves hit this old lava flow and then burst up through holes in the rocks.


Spouting Horn


video

chickens at spouting horn


There was lots of other stuff as well. The gang made a trip to the Lawai Center, which is a cool recreation of japanese temples. They also have goats, and we've learned that all goats love Eamon.
All Goats Love Eamon!

All in all it was a great week and we were sad to leave. But also happy to plan our return visit!

Bye Bye Kauia!