Month: April 2019

A couple of days…

April 25

A couple of days of now-and-then pictures. Sharon, Chris, and Dave at one of the Koke’e State Park lookouts into the Waimea Canyon.

Sharon and Chris strolling…

Sharon and Chris strolling back from the pool to our lovely abode at the Waimea Plantation Cottages. Check out that banyan tree, and there are many more on the property.

We like to go…

We like to go to the Kauai Coffee Plantation Tour. It’s a walk-about and they want you to know things.

Remember a couple of…

April 20

Remember a couple of weeks ago when I was wandering around under the bridge and saw this potential sunflower forest with a few blooms and a ton of buds? Here we are now!

A few bits from…

April 20

A few bits from the last several days including a drive out to Hanalei where we saw our first waterfall of this visit which is very unusual.

Also, and maybe related, we still haven’t been rained out of a single hour.

If you pay an…

If you pay an extra twenty dollars you get a table in front of the circular stage and it’s worth it.

Wow, a bunch of…

April 17

Wow, a bunch of days since I’ve put in any pictures. Chris and Dave arrived yesterday and today we enjoyed the Poipu area including the Grand Hyatt.

The egrets were as…

The egrets were as always in hot pursuit of the mowing machine and the tender grubs it turns up for their snacking delight.

…for these precious little…

…for these precious little shells that make up the most expensive leis in the Islands and according to an article I just read, the only insurable shells in the world. These shells are found almost exclusively on Ni’ihau but are also here if you’re willing to spend the time sifting through an entire beach.

…and here he is…

…and here he is closer. We were entirely entertained for an hour watching him get that kite to take him wherever he wanted to go.

OOPS….

OOPS.

When he came in I looked at his board – no toe grips, no heel straps, nothing to keep him attached to that board. It was awesome.

Some catch-up from the…

Some catch-up from the internet:

Doug and Sandy McMaster put on slack key shows around the island and we enjoyed one of those shows in Hanalei. They are a couple of characters for sure.

internet.

We ate lunch in…

We ate lunch in the fancy-pants Gaylord’s at the Kilohana Plantation where they have a very light-hearted and entertaining short train ride.

We went into the ‘station’ to buy tickets and came out into a pouring dumping out-of-nowhere rain. Then it stopped and our ride was lovely.

We were sitting on…

We were sitting on the train and outside the window far away under some bushes was this scene of teenagers hanging out doing not much, like teenagers do.

The Plantation has a…

The Plantation has a pretty fabulous farm with so many kinds of fruits and vegetables mostly for the restaurant and for tourists.

They have a tour that takes you part way on the train and then you do a several hours-long walk through all the plantings and sample whatever you want that is ripe.

They have a stop…

They have a stop where everyone throws tortillas at the pigs who are squealing like, well, pigs, and there are a few goats and a donkey who are also crazy for the tortillas.

They can’t use these pigs for the luau because they don’t have FDA certification but they are sometimes used for private luaus, for staff parties, and family celebrations. There are so many adorable babies they couldn’t possibly keep them all for pets.

Last year there were…

Last year there were a dozen ducks in the neighbors yard but this year I’ve seen only three. And a Splendid Red shepherd keeps them in line.

Not My Picture, an…

Not My Picture, an aerial view of the historic Kilauea Lighthouse, home to a fine colony of albatross of which we saw only one, and there are usually nenes on the lawn, but not this time, however…

internet.

Lunch at the Lava…

Lunch at the Lava Lava Beach Club. I like this place because you can sit out in the shady sand and listen to the sea.

This is the heiau…

This is the heiau at the corner, Holoholoku Heiau, the sacred space and we don’t go inside. The Birthing Stone is just out of view.

We’re at Duke’s enjoying…

April 7

We’re at Duke’s enjoying an early lunch so we got the best table and here’s the view looking out onto the gorgeous Kalapaki Beach and the Kuki’i Point Lighthouse.

The Marriott is behind us and has always seemed to me a most excellent hotel for families because of peaceful waters of Kalapaki where there’s just enough small rolling water for stand-up paddlers and kids learning to ride a wave.

I had heard about…

I had heard about this trail walking distance from the house that will take you under the big traffic bridges that span the section where the river meets the sea.

Imagine my excitement, a sunflower forest! There was a dense hedge of these and I don’t know whether all those buds are flowers that are finished or flowers yet to come. I do hope to check it out in coming weeks.

There were families gathered…

There were families gathered in various spots and this is also where the canoe club stores their gear and kicks off their training sessions.

It was interesting how they had covered the ground with thick tarps to both protect the roots of the trees and to help keep you from falling over them.

That group with the colored umbrellas were having a pretty big family gathering…

…and one of the…

…and one of the cousins made this arrangement just because she wanted to and was happy to offer a photo. I don’t know why the red came out so flat. These are some of the Heliconia that grow wild.

At the mouth of…

At the mouth of the river there’s a public park and launching site for kayaks, canoes, and small boats and that’s where all this is, including this garden that was just open in the park. Nice looking veg I would say.

Here at the house…

April 6

Here at the house there’s the spacious screened lanai along the river where we mostly hang out. It’s glorious and ever since the remodel with the screens I have not come home with a single mosquito bite.

There’s also the back…

There’s also the back garden fitted out with several holes of a miniature golf lawn and wonderful landscaping.

That’s the gate where the front and back meet.

Outside the kitchen door…

Outside the kitchen door others enjoy this garden but I tend to stick to the screened area because behind that greenery is a slow-running channel from the river, home to the local mosquito farm.

The water lily pot…

The water lily pot that you find for sale in many markets here. This is out in the back garden too and you might think uh-oh mosquitoes, but there are a dozen little fish living in the pot.

An orchid. Orchids…

An orchid. Orchids grow freely outside in Hawaii, on trees, in the ground, along the side of the road, in pots, they just grow.

Camas took me for…

Camas took me for this walk on the Moalepe Trail and it was beautiful! I’m just the right amount of sore this morning.

The weather was perfect for this, not so hot or sunny which is good for me!

Hilahila in Hawaiian, it’s…

Hilahila in Hawaiian, it’s the one where the leaves curl up when you touch them, it’s shy. That’s the leaves for sure, they are the same as all the pictures, but I can’t find another picture where Hilahila has those yellow flowers. Maybe the flowers are coming from another plant?

Here’s The Turn Around…

Here’s The Turn Around Tree where we turn around. We could have continued and eventually we’d run into another road but I’m glad we turned around right here, at the exact right moment.

I forgot a …

I forgot a picture of us (forgetting…) so here’s a picture of Camas and Curt instead.

cc.

I wanted to stop…

I wanted to stop off at Prince Kuhio Park. Prince Kuhio Day is at the end of March and here’s his memorial still covered in leis.

Beautiful hedges of Peace…

Beautiful hedges of Peace Lilies live outside in Hawaii where they can survive because it’s year-round hot and humid. Which says something about Hawaii, right.

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