’15 Apr: Kauai

With Chris and Dave and TREES.

First thing, Lydgate of…

First thing, Lydgate of course. So very beautiful, with a balmy breeze and just the right light. 7am is the perfect time to kick off a walk.

I have this exact picture at least once each year.

We went over to…

We went over to the Grand Hyatt to check it out because later in the month we are treating each other to a night of adventure there, something we’ve never done.

Last year was all…

Last year was all about the birds. Our goal was to know the name of every bird we saw and by the end of the trip that was true, although there are surely plenty of birds we were not able to find.

This guy is the very very Common Myna. We can also identify the following with pictures in last year’s chapter: Splendid Red Jungle Fowl (THE bird of Kauai), Egret (Egret!), Nene (the Hawaii state bird), Red-Crested Cardinal (our Dude and Dudette), Pacific Golden Plover (runrunrun STOP runrunrun STOP), Zebra Dove, Spotted Dove, and Rock Dove, Black-Crowned Night-Heron, House Sparrow, Common Moorhen, various Swans that swim around hotel ponds, Chestnut Mannikin (a rare sight), Hawaiian Coot, “koloa maoli” (a native duck), Muscovy Duck (who knows where that guy came from). At the Kilauea Point lighthouse we can recognize Albatross, black footed, red footed, and brown Bobbies, Frigatebird (split tail), Shearwater (white underwings).

…SO MANY….

…SO MANY.

((The African tulip tree has flowers in the same flaming colors as the poinciana, but these fiery red flowers grow in circles around the tightly crowded buds at the tips of the branches, rather than in dense clusters all over the canopy of the tree as the poinciana does. You can most easily identify either of these by their leaves.

The poinciana has fernlike leaves and the African tulip has big shiny green leaves that grow to 2 feet long. Because of its size and its dense foliage, the African tulip provides deep shade where few other plants will grow and it isn’t used as much as the poinciana.))

Today we visited the…

April 7

Today we visited the Kauai Museum in Lihue and it was so nice to see the very excellent refurbishments completed since our last visit.

At the museum I…

At the museum I was ready to take a picture of her lovely flower hair clip and just as I pressed the shutter release she turned around. She was entirely delightful and turning her head back said ‘here, try it again!’.

Yesterday we had lunch…

Yesterday we had lunch at Brenneckes (where they were no longer carrying Longboard so I drank a Big Wave which was delicious) and today we had lunch at Ono Family Restaurant. Lunch is our big meal out. We also swung by Spouting Horn yesterday but I didn’t take a picture.

This is the view from the kitchen looking through the living room to the always cool Spirit House.

We hung around the…

April 8

We hung around the house today waiting for an a/c service tech that didn’t show up. But no problem! We enjoyed the day entirely. How can you not?

Camas and Curt had…

Camas and Curt had us up to their place for dinner. It was fairly dark when we got there so no pictures of their splendid three acres of ALOHA including awesome views of the mountains and the sea.

We had all the fabulous salmon you could eat, and I ate a lot of that salmon.

I had 3 seconds to run around. I need to figure out what’s wrong with that timer! And I wish I had a better picture of ME but hey, look at those DOGS, so I had to use it.

The Autograph Tree! …

April 9

The Autograph Tree! We’ve got this one down now.

The other trees we can identify but maybe not from a speeding car: Plumeria of Course, Longleaf Ironwood and River-oak Ironwood, African Tulip and Poinciana when they are blooming, Albizia when it’s big, Norfolk Island pine although the Columnar Araucaria or Cook pine looks a lot like it, Coconut Palms and there are so many other palms that we haven’t distinguished yet.

After the a/c service…

After the a/c service tech finished his work we went straight out for lunch at Duke’s at the Marriott. It such an enjoyable place…

…and they have a…

…and they have a woweee bay. We couldn’t figure out this tree!

Then we went on a store tour to fill in some items for the house: Macy’s, Longs, Safeway. Thank you Sharon for all the FOOD.

This whole trail is…

April 10

This whole trail is too wonderful. We usually walk on the Lydgate section but today we drove past Kapaa and took a different section.

This tree identification project…

This tree identification project is going to be hard, really hard, because we want to be able to name them from the car or out the window of a restaurant but I see now that you have to get up closer than that.

Monkey Pods and Tamarinds have so much in common and even albizia can look alike.

A Noni plant. …

A Noni plant. They use the noni fruit for all sorts of medicinal purposes. I would not be able to recognize this plant without the fruit.

Chris and Dave arrived…

April 12

Chris and Dave arrived late-ish last night and here they are with Sharon standing over the pond doing the morning fish-feed. Can you believe those screens are so clear. What a luxury, with not a mosquito to be found in the lanai or the house.

We were headed for…

We were headed for the Lighthouse but it’s closed(!) on Sunday and Monday so we drove on to Hanalei to enjoy the view in Hanalei Bay and eat some lunch.

A Zebra Dove waiting…

A Zebra Dove waiting patiently for his share of the meal. As my friend Marsha pointed out, last years’ birds were certainly more interesting for the reader than all these silly trees.

I’m going to not put any trees in here for a few days and then use only the ones I really know. Promise.

Taro fields and the…

Taro fields and the obligatory stop to view them and the obligatory picture because it is so cool. There’s a walk available down there and I hope we can do it again this year.

…and it was as…

…and it was as beautiful as ever.

The we went swimming! but I don’t have any pictures because I put my camera in the car. I do believe we’ll go again.

Next we went to…

Next we went to the Poipu Shopping Village. Here’s a Will Bullas piece, Cocktails at Six from one of the art shops. He’s done tons more, all totally fun.

They were having a…

They were having a hula show at the Shopping Village with only one dancer because the rest of them were still over on the big island not yet home from Merrie Monarch.

The guy was fantastic, he could play anywhere, and the dancer was lovely as could be.

…mostly going around by…

…mostly going around by cart.

It is very nice that there are never more than 8 people on the tour, we had six, and the pace is such that you are welcomed to ask questions. It was we four and a guy and his mom.

One of the highlights…

One of the highlights is their small albatross breeding ground where, if the season is right, you get to see…AWWWWW…

They also have more…

They also have more than 200 acres (I’m not at all sure on the numbers here but let’s just say a lot) planted in teak and mahogany waiting to mature and support the gardens in perpetuity.

So we have albatross, hardwoods, botanical plantings, and sculptures around every turn.

The couple that started…

The couple that started this project on their own few acres have built it into something quite magnificent and given it all over to a non-profit corporation whose purpose it is to keep it going.

There are a number…

There are a number of lakes both natural and man-made and water features to beat the band.

Do you think I have some tree pictures? Oh yes I do, for LATER.

There was that first…

April 15

There was that first rain chain that was here, handmade in Thailand with wonderful shapes and intricate details. I lusted after that rain chain but it’s been gone for years. I just saw this one work and it’s quite good enough.

I mustn’t forget to measure the links so I can get one too.

First we had loco…

First we had loco moco and a few other breakfast goodies in Waimea at ‘Gina’s at Yumi’s’ which I thought was darn good enough.

Then we went up up up to to look down down down onto Waimea Canyon.

It took a while…

It took a while for the energetic tour guide to clear that corner but in the end he did prevail and they got their shot.

…one of its splendid…

…one of its splendid coastal planes. There’s a word for what we’re seeing, not valley, not any word I can think of now but there is one out there.

On the way home…

On the way home we stopped off for the tour of the coffee plantation.

I wahi kope nau (pronounced e wah-he co-pay nah-u) means ‘Will you have some coffee?’. Yes thank you!

We had pizza for…

We had pizza for dinner and Caitlin made up our order. Kaitlin, for you! Yes I’ve had my ear out for someone named Lilly too!

Our morning visit out…

April 16

Our morning visit out to the Lighthouse where I got to use my Senior Citizen Lifetime National Park Pass.

It sits out on the beautiful cliffs of Kilauea Point.

And speaking of around…

And speaking of around the corner from the house, we had a delicious dinner at the Hukilau, yes, as in where we are going.

We set our alarms…

April 17

We set our alarms for 5am to get to this spot by 6am. We’re here wondering what’s what until…

As the sky lightens…

As the sky lightens the captain, co-captain, another guy who was a real fisherman from San Pedro, Dave, Chris, and I climb aboard…

…we head out to…

…we head out to sea.

From here it looks like smooth sailing but it was oh so not smooth sailing. The captain said they do go in much worse conditions but even seven miles out the waves were huge and the boat was never not pitching about. I put away the camera and didn’t take it out again until we were safely back along side.

Nevertheless I did make the whole trip without chucking my cookies and had a totally fabulous time rockin’ and a rollin’ through the morning. Chris and Dave were not so lucky cookie-wise but kept up good spirits throughout which was admirable.

We’re back now. …

We’re back now. This is our co-captain on The Bridge of this incredibly small fishing boat which got smaller as the day went along.

…we caught so so…

…we caught so so many fish, I think a few of them are already missing from this picture, that near the end of our time out I said to the guys ‘oh please, don’t make me catch any more fish’.

‘Catching fish’ is a bit of a misnomer, more like ‘reeling in fish’ since the guys did all the setting of the lines and put the pole in a holder at our seat once we had a strike, and then they pulled the fish into the boat, cleared the hook, and basically did all the jobs except the reeling. What a luxurious way to go fishing.

They cleaned us up plenty of filets (the big ones are mahi mahi and the small ones are yellowfin tuna) and we’ll be eating fish for days. They sell the rest, a procedure we knew would be the way before we signed up.

In the evening, after…

In the evening, after I had napped off and on for hours, we went to Hanapepe for the Friday Art Walk when all the galleries are open and food trucks abound.

(internet pix)

Our very excellent guides….

Our very excellent guides.

We traveled along two and a half miles of an old sugar plantation irrigation system. The particular route we were on is still in use as a water delivery system into a purification plant and then distribution to Kapaa, Lahui, and a few other towns in Kauai.

We spent a lot of time in the tunnels that plantation workers dug by hand in the early 1800s, which reminds me to note that the guides did an excellent job of keeping us all entertained with interesting stories and audience participation for the three hours which included only about 45-60 minutes of actual tubing.

We cooked our fish…

We cooked our fish four ways, two on the bbq, one fried, one baked, because we had so much fish we could experiment. ALL the ways were delicious!

We took a swing…

April 19

We took a swing by the Kilohana Plantation to take a train ride through their extensive orchards and farm.

We drove out to…

We drove out to Poipu to enjoy dinner at The Beach House, a perfectly wonderful spot and a perfectly wonderful dinner.

Chris and Dave left…

April 20

Chris and Dave left today – this was our last meal together at the Ono Family Restaurant and it was onoliscious. Safe travels to Chris and Dave who will be in transit for something like 21 hours making their way from Kauai to Newton, Kansas.

We went to a…

We went to a farmer’s market later in the day. The parking lot was full of these trees and first I thought it was one thing and then I thought it was another.

Now I think it’s an Orchid Tree.

We enjoyed another walk…

April 21

We enjoyed another walk along the Ke Ala Hele Makalae trail. The name means The Path That Goes By The Coast and we love it.

In the far middle of the picture you can see the remains of the Pineapple Dump where the canning plants would dump the remains of the process.

One of the fields…

One of the fields was not yet planted and we saw the Black-Necked Stilt. That’s a moorhen in the back.

Last year when we were doing birds we came here but the Stilt wasn’t around. Oh my birds are So much easier to identify than trees. I’ve mentioned that before.

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