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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Ho‘opi‘i Falls

Mon, 30 Apr 2012, 10:03 PM (-06:00)

It was off to the side of a side road. In a neighborhood. Down the street from a school. In a subdivision with lived-in homes and well-driven cars and trucks parked in the front yards. At least we thought it was there. The fair and industrious Trudy was doing her best to decipher the directions, […]

Hanapepe At The End Of The Day

Sun, 29 Apr 2012, 05:27 AM (-06:00)

After our hike, we drove down from the mountains to Hanapepe. On Friday nights there, the shops and studios and galleries stay open late.  The first order of business was finding something to eat, and we chose the first place we found: Bobbie’s BBQ. As it happened, we chose quite well. There were people sitting […]

It’ll Be Fine

Sat, 28 Apr 2012, 09:10 PM (-06:00)

It had taken us two and a half hours to hike down from the trail head. During that time, we had descended 1600 feet. It was now time for the ascent. Obviously this was going to be more work, and it was going to take us longer than on the way down. The problem was […]

Awa‘awapuhi Trail

Thu, 26 Apr 2012, 09:34 PM (-06:00)

The trail is not particularly long (3.5 miles), but it descends 1600 feet from the trail head to trail’s end. We knew the hike back was going to be brutal. So we stocked our packs with plenty of water and snacks. It was raining when we started, and it rained almost all the way down. […]

Waimea Canyon

Wed, 25 Apr 2012, 09:22 PM (-06:00)

The town of Waimea is on the coast. When we were there, the skies were blue, and white clouds were floating overhead even though the inland mountains were bathed in dark clouds and mist. As we drove up Waimea Canyon on highway 550, we left the sunny weather behind and began climbing into red rock. […]

The Roads of Kauai

Tue, 24 Apr 2012, 08:21 PM (-06:00)

You can almost drive around Kauai—almost but not quite. The steep cliffs on the mountains along the Na Pali coast resist any road building there. Otherwise, it is easy to get around. The speed limits are low, and people drive them. Most of the pseudo-ring-road is easy to drive. Lush forests grow right up to […]

A Peacock

Tue, 24 Apr 2012, 08:00 PM (-06:00)

At the Smith Family Garden Luau, they drove us around the grounds before the festivities started. There were ponds and flowers and blooming trees. There was a goat cleaning her kid that had just been born. And there were peacocks like this one. All the tourists were snapping pictures of all these things, and I […]

Po‘ipu Beach 2

Tue, 24 Apr 2012, 06:30 AM (-06:00)

“Did you see me?” Trudy asked as I sat down next to her. She had returned to the beach before I did, because the swells were making her dizzy, and her goggles were slipping. So I was just now rejoining my fair and industrious wife. “Did you see what happened when I got out?” I […]

Po‘ipu Beach 1

Mon, 23 Apr 2012, 09:23 PM (-06:00)

As soon as we put our faces in the water at Po‘ipu Beach, we were surrounded by fish. One moment we were mere tourists in the water and the next we were among swarms. There were Yellow Tang. There were Orangestripe and Whitespotted Surgeonfish. There were various kinds of Butterflyfish. There were orange Elegant Coris and ones with black and […]

Spouting Horn

Mon, 23 Apr 2012, 09:16 PM (-06:00)

At Spouting Horn there is a big hole in the lava at the water’s edge. As the blue waves of the Pacific crash onto the rocks, the ocean spouts out of a hole in the ground straight into the air. Tourists arrive in rental cars and buses to stand at the edge of this marvel […]