Back in Kauai

Look at that view!

Look at that view!

Well… We are off the ship and on our own once again.  Travel from Honalulu to Lihue (Kauai) was smooth.  We were checked into our hotel in Kauai by 2:15.  Not super fancy but we had a great 3rd floor oceanfront room with a balcony and efficiency accommodations.  We didn’t want to lose a minute so we headed out pretty quick.  There was an annual festival in Waimea (the oldest town on the island) and thought it would be fun to check out the local flair.  We tried a few local food items and walked around briefly but it was pretty limited.  We decided to hit the Waimea Canyon, one of the must sees on the island.

Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon

The Waimea Canyon is known as the Grand Canyon of the pacific (10 miles long and 1 mile wide), as penned by Ernest Hemmingway.  The views were phenominal. It was a great start to our return to the island.

Perched on a ledge at Waimea Canyon.

Perched on a ledge at Waimea Canyon.

We had fun trying to capture the timer shot of the day.  This was very close to the edge of the canyon and Kim was quite nervous.  We will do just about anything for the right shot.

Hawaii is loaded with wild chickens.

Hawaii is loaded with wild chickens.

It’s really bizarre, but there are wild roosters and hens all over the place.  By the way, their famous “cock-a-doodle-do” is not limited to just the morning.  They are actually quite pretty birds.

Waimea Canyon
Even with the panorama, it’s hard to capture the immense nature of the view. 

5 Responses to “Back in Kauai”

  1. The Mommie Unit says:

    Hi Vanna & Jack,

    Just checking in. The view from the room is great it looks like you have and end room as I see a window on the left of the photo. Waimea Canyon is quite amazing you wouldn’t think there would be this type of topography on an island wow! Well back to finishing my taxes last day Yeh!

    Love & Hugs
    Mom

    • admin says:

      Hi Mom,

      Yup, we are in and end unit right on the water overlooking the pool area. We have been grabbing take out and sitting on the balcony for dinner each night. The topography in Kauai is crazy. The Napali coast is a dichotomy of whites sand beaches, cliffs and valleys (right our of Jurrasic Park), waterfalls and lush vegetation. We actually tried to extend our stay so we could do more here, it’s gorgeous. Unfortunatelly we are not Howard Hughs and it is too expensive to make the change (bummer). Love and miss you. I will call soon. Just don’t want to waste a minute.

      Love ya

  2. Dale and Cheryl says:

    I’m sitting here watching the snow blow sideways. I decide to check in on how you are doing…and you’re in Hawaii. Wait ’til I tell the Mrs. You are in soooooo much trouble.

    Great to see you’re having fun, and that you got to see the Lava flows up close and personal. Nothing in the world like being there. If you haven’t yet and you get a chance, I highly recommend going to a black sand beach. We hit the one at Wainapanapa State Park on Mauii, but I’m sure there are others. Absolutely the most breathtaking contrast I have ever seen.

    Keep the updates coming. The kids love to hear the stories. Take care.

    • admin says:

      Hi Dale, Cheryl, Megan, and Ryan,

      So good to hear from you. We are having a great time and if you read my comment to my mom- we tried to extend our stay in Kauai but it is crazy expensive (not gonna happen). We did catch a black sand beach when we were on the Big Island (Wapio Valley). We didn’t get to walk on it but the view was amazing. So happy the kids are enjoying the travel stories. Stay warm.

      Best Wishes,
      Kim and Chris

  3. Dale and Cheryl says:

    Kim and Chris

    Completely understand. When Cheryl and I were coming back, they were looking for volunteers to take a bump and stay a night in Honolulu. We were out of time and had to pass. Boy did that hurt. Hawaii is really amazing. Great to hear from you.

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