Merry Christmas from Kaua'i

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December 20th 2006
Published: December 21st 2006
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"Mele Kalikimaka is how you say Merry Christmas in Hawaii", is the first line of a Hawaiian Christmas carol which we have heard A LOT! I could sing it for you, but I won't. What I will do is show and tell you how beautiful Kaua'i is. During our first week here, while we had a rental car we explored the island and visited all the major spots. We have been very pleased with everything we have se... Read Full Entry

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Nene at the LighthouseNene at the Lighthouse
Nene at the Lighthouse

Notice the twisted rope effect of the feathers on his neck.
Kee BeachKee Beach
Kee Beach

This is the last beach before the start of the NaPali Coast.
Red-crested CardinalRed-crested Cardinal
Red-crested Cardinal

We see these lovely birds everywhere - on the golf course, at the beach, and begging at the outdoor cafes.
Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal
Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal

This guy was swimming in the surf parallel to us while we were walking the beach. Cool, huh!?
Hawaiian Monk Seal Hawaiian Monk Seal
Hawaiian Monk Seal

Then he got tired and took a nap!
The Na Pali Coast at Kee BeachThe Na Pali Coast at Kee Beach
The Na Pali Coast at Kee Beach

This is also the trailhead of the Kalalau Trail that enters the Na Pali Cliffs.
Bali HaiBali Hai
Bali Hai

This is the peak of the Na Pali coast that was immortalized in the movie, "South Pacific". The filming of the movie took place on Kee beach at the base of the 4000 ft. cliffs.
Hiking the Kalalau TrailHiking the Kalalau Trail
Hiking the Kalalau Trail

This 11 mile trail goes along the beach and into the Na Pali Cliffs. I did about 1 mile of the trail which I nicknamed, "The Rock, Root, and Mud Trail'.
 Kalalau Trail Kalalau Trail
Kalalau Trail

The first part is an uphill climb over an ancient lava rock trail. Most of this was also muddy.
 Kalalau Trail Kalalau Trail
Kalalau Trail

The next part of the trail was an uphill climb though a mass of exposed tree roots complete with mud puddles.
 Kalalau Trail Kalalau Trail
Kalalau Trail

This is as far as I went. The trail kept getting steeper, muddier, and more slippery. However, the views from the cliffs were magnificent!

21st December 2006

From NON snowy 55 degree Indiana....bah humbug! Glad you are having a good time and apparently at least several sunny, beautiful days! Have a wonderful weekend and we will be talking to you soon! Hugssss
21st December 2006

Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas to you both! Have to say that I do love reading about your travels and seeing your wonderful photos! I am having a lovely time in Ann Arbor, although working too much. No snow on the ground for Christmas yet--knock wood! Take care, Angela
22nd December 2006

Ron and Pam, It was good to hear from you. It has been awhile. Glad to hear you are doing well and Hawaii is treating you ok. We are on Xmas break, thank God! Weather is beautiful. Have a wonderful Holiday! Jim
25th December 2006

I finally took the time to check out your latest entry. I really enjoyed the pictures especially the cardinals. The are beautiful. We are having a very quiet Christmas and I am enjoying every minute of it. Hope the weather cooperates and you stay dry for the remainder of your trip. See you in Feb. Love to you both, Nancy & Jim

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