ALOOOOHA! Here on the Wailua River in Kauai, settled in after a perfectly tolerable flight (exit row, aisle seat, no one in the middle).
Sharon lets me do whatEver I Want including using the step stool for a foot stool. Happy me!
ALOOOHA! Back in the bosom of the Garden Isle. Let’s do BIRDS.
More rain chains!
Remember that Thai antique chain that hung into the large blue/green vase you can see here? Well that chain is gone. It’s either somewhere else and I haven’t spotted it yet or it broke or it didn’t work right.
These kinds of chains one can actually buy without going to Thailand. And I will!
From the museum’s website: “We strive to celebrate the history and culture of our island’s immigrant and indigenous ancestors and create an understanding to better our future.”
Our guide for a one and a half hour tour was charming and knowledgeable.
Then we had lunch at a lunch-time plate lunch place despite that they call themselves Garden Island Barbeque and Chinese Restaurant.
All the lunches were ‘choose your protean from around the world (shrimp curry, mahi mahi, chicken katsu, loco moco, bbq short ribs, etc etc), two scoops of white rice, and a scoop of macaroni ‘salad”. Plate lunch.
We love the Kauai egrets. We call out from the truck Egret! Egret! all day long.
We had lunch at Brennecke’s as we usually do when we come to Poipu and then stopped off for a Spouting Horn viewing as we usually do.
And then, after a short shopping stop, it was Back Home for a quiet evening on the lanai.
The morning view out my bedroom window. I know.
Today we are going to the once-a-year Kauai Orchid and Art Festival in Hanapepe.
Let’s remember that the entire population of Kauai is less than 70,000 people, 20,000 less than the city of Santa Monica so everything they do here has a local community theater feel.
…and to look at the Sugar Mill memorial.
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).”
from the internet: “Supposedly, the artist etched a Caucasian figure on a horse on the wall between the Hawaiian and Puerto Rican figures. Zooming into my photo, I can somehow make out a possible horse head and torso but not much else. It’s possible that 25 years of Hawaiian weather has worn off the etching.”
More (all different sources): “A bronze sculpture by Jan Gordon Fisher paying tribute to the diverse Hawaiian sugar mill workers, the ruins of the 1841 Ladd & Company sugar mill are nearby. The monument was built in 1985 for the 150th anniversary of the Hawaiian sugar industry and placed in Koloa since the first Hawaiian sugar plantation originated here.”
What I wrote to Angela yesterday:
“The weather has been excellent – not too hot, only the very occasional drizzle, a nice breeze. Fabulous.
“And last night we had a huge ‘Blood Moon’ from the eclipse and so many stars I about went nuts. I thought I would just take someone else’s picture off the internet because I don’t have a tripod here but I haven’t found one yet that gives the full feeling. It was like this image but better because glowing orange clouds floated in and out of view and super bright stars dotted the sky.”
A pano of a View Point looking out over one of the larger fields of taro on the island.
Look right down the middle and you’ll see a dirt road following the small winding Hanalei river. Kayak rowers love this river and that’s Ohiki Road that we drove on last week when I took some pictures of the taro.
So we decided to go down there, park at a little dirt lot at the trail head of the Okolehao Trail and walk around.
We did not take the Okolehao Trail however. There is 1,250 foot elevation in 2.5 miles. Yikes, but people do it because “you will be rewarded with captivating views of Hanalei Bay, verdant Hanalei Valley, Makana, Kilauea Lighthouse, and the Napali Coast”.
We are not doing it. There’s the elevation, the mud, and because “a sturdy hiking stick and mosquito repellent are recommended.”
Birds! They were sadly so far away but here are a few anyway including second from the top, a new one, the Hawaiian Coot.
The ducks are new too, the ‘pure’ version found only on Kauai (No Expert I, but I’m pretty sure based on the picture in wikipedia)..”The Hawaiian Duck (Anas wyvilliana) is a species of bird in the family Anatidae. .. Some authorities treat it as an island subspecies of the Mallard .. The native Hawaiian name for this duck is koloa maoli.”
There’s a plover at the top I think, but I don’t have an idea about the almost indistinct little guy at the bottom.
The Maniniholo Dry Cave, directly across the street from Haena Beach Park. You can get way back in there, farther than you can see in this picture, into total darkness and still be safe for children (senior folk-Don’t Fall!).
It’s a fun stop along the road past Hanalei if you can find parking, which we could not so Sharon stayed in the truck while I ran in for a quick look.
Camas came by this afternoon to be my paddle boarding Sherpa, hauling the heavy board down to the dock and again out of the water and guiding me along the way…’you’re doing great, you’re doing great, bend your knees a little more, what’s the worst thing that could happen?’
It was FUN although I did hug the shore and at one point went down on my knees because the power boats that race up and down with skiers generate some serious wake, surfing sized wake it seemed to me anyway…
Camas was home making brownies for dessert so Curt, never to be outdone, made peanut butter cookies. We enjoyed them both Equally with a nice scoop of haupia ice cream.
Sharon was making a cocktail surprise that everyone enjoyed. She and Bob also brought a lovely green salad.
Pat and Ruby brought a fish cocktail, a couple of bright, fresh salads, and rolls. Kenny bbq-ed the FABulous local fish he had just picked up this morning(YUM!) Sharon made bbq beans that were SO delicious and I did (as always…soon they’re going to get tired of) stuffed eggs of many varieties.
What did I forget?! I’m going to spend to day digesting.
…you go girls!
As parents we might not be so up on the ‘you go girls’ part but they did say the water was so deep they can’t touch the bottom and they did it a bunch of times for the entertainment of the passers-by.
(Fun fact: Mauka means on the mountain side of the road in the context of directions while Makai means on the ocean side of the road.)
More along the path.
There are holiday accommodations here in Kapa’a and although they don’t have the luxury of the major hotels or the appointments of the expensive condo complexes, I think it’s a great economy choice because you’re right on the path, right at a decent swimming beach, and right in town so you don’t have to get into a car every day if you don’t want to.