Aloha! Welcome to Sharon’s sister-in-law Chris and Chris’s friend Janis. ALOHALadies!
The more the merrier!
From the Japanese Cemetery looking to the left is the start of the palm trees that grow in the abandoned and nasty old, but once elegant Coco Palms Hotel.
To the right is where the riverfront begins with a small plot of State Park for public access and where on occasion roudy youth disrupt the calm.
Our evening’s activity was this: a LUAU!
There are four prominent luau offerings on Kauai, each a little different, all for the tourists. We picked this one based on some local recommendations and it was entirely fun. I won’t complain about the kitschy inauthentic-ness of the whole enterprise because what do you expect when you go to a luau for tourists. A tourist luau.
And for that it was particularly good I thought. The food was tasty with entertainments throughout from the minute you get in your first line. And we got GREAT seats and had an unobstructed view from less than 15 feet away. We could really get into it.
(This is the Luau Kalamaku at the Kilohana Plantation btw.)
Next stop, the little cutie-pie touristified village of Koloa where they have retained one chimney of the first sugar mill in Kauai and built a memorial to all those who worked the mills.
from The Internet: “The Sugar Monument itself is a circular, concrete sculpture suggesting a mill stone. Inside, there is a captivating bronze sculpture depicting the eight principal ethnic groups that brought the sugar industry to life (Hawaiian, Caucasian (this guy is missing from the sculpture!), Puerto Rican, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, and Filipino).”
Check out the chicken at the lower right. Even back then, chickens…
Leaving the lighthouse and traveling on to Hanalei we pass by this view of a mountain of waterfalls. Water, essential for the Garden Isle.
It has rained every day but we’ve been lucky in not getting rained out of anything really. It would have been nice for Chris and Janis if we’d got more sun but all in all, and what with what it could have been, we’re feeling lucky.
Egret. Whenever someone sees an egret she says “egret” because they are so entertaining to watch. Most often you see them on the ground, standing on one thin leg, always apart from one another, motionless. Or standing on the back of a cow.
We mostly tootled around today, a stop here and there, and I apparently didn’t take a picture at each stop so I forget where we stopped and it’s only the next day!
Resting along the way.
We ate lunch out today. We’ve been eating out only once a day at most and at home the rest of the time because it is just so nice to be home and with four people pitching in with cooking and cleaning the whole meal-deal goes quite happily, with ease and camaraderie. Impressively so I would say.
This time of year in Kauai the bloomers are not yet blooming. Even last year when we came in April there were more blooming than in March.
Most of the color you see now are the few hibiscus that give off flowers year around and these ti plants that grow everywhere and glow from pale pink to deep purple. And every green in the rainbow of course. Green is a color.
Starting today Kauai is celebrating Prince Kuhio Week. We got out of the house relatively early so we could catch the longboat races and it was fun.
By good fortune alone, since all the directions we could find were wrong, we ended up at the women’s and mixed crew’s finish line just as the first boats were coming in.
Those three ladies were the judges marking down the boats as they passed the buoy indicating the finish line.
This felt like a local event and all in good fun. Maybe all the wrong directions were to keep the tourists away? It was tons of fun to overhear people talking to each other in the island patois of family and friends.
The beach above is part of the Marriott complex. (All the beaches are public by the way, it’s the law.)
That boat, oar, and surfboard are all historic pieces lovingly displayed in their lobby. The boats used in today’s races are the same basic design as this one which was built in … I forget … but it’s plenty old.
(Another one of my new lobby-shots technique. I’m going to be doing these babies a Lot.)
It’s Aloha, Mahalo, and Bon Voyage to Chris and Janis. Mazel Tov Chris on your upcoming retirement and for giving us such a fine opportunity to celebrate.
The girls have bestowed all their leis upon the spirit house, thanking her for letting us be here, and in her honor doing their very best huki-huki-huki-hukilau.