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North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Lihu'e September 10th 2019

Today is the last full day of our nearly three month long expedition, and we plan to spend it doing as little as possible. However before we do as little as possible we decide to take a short drive to the Wailua Falls, which we could see out of the plane window yesterday. The falls are beautiful. They’re actually two distinct streams next to each other and we read that they’re more than 50 metres high. Apparently one of their greatest claims to fame is that they appeared, together with the Na Pali Cliffs, in the opening credits of the TV series “Fantasy Island”. This aired in the late 1970s and early 1980s and featured Ricardo Montalban as the owner of a very mysterious island where people came to have their fantasies played out. I wasn’t ... read more
Wailua Falls
A craftsman at work, Wailua Falls
Kauai Beach Resort

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Napali Coast September 9th 2019

We spend the morning lazing by the pool. Issy asks me what the novel I’m reading is about, and I tell her that it’s a murder mystery. I’m not sure why she asked; she knows that’s all I ever read. She asks me why I don’t get bored with murder mysteries. I don’t know what’s to get bored with; they’re all different. It wouldn’t be very realistic if the same person got murdered every time, and if the killer was the same every time it wouldn’t be a mystery. Now that she’s asked about novels I take the opportunity to vent about the one I’ve just finished reading. It’s not that it wasn’t a good novel; that was the problem, I couldn’t put it down. It was part of a series about a Detective Chief Inspector ... read more
The Kauai Beach Resort
Our Cessna
North coast of Kauai

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Napali Coast September 8th 2019

I’m struggling to come to terms with the tipping culture here in the States. Back home we might tip a waiter up to ten percent if the service was really exceptional, but it would be by no means expected, and other than that I can’t think of too many people that we’d ever tip. Before we’ve even finished the last mouthfuls of our meals here and in Canada, we’ve had either a credit card machine or a bill put in front of us, with a menu of tip percentages on it to chose from. These start at 18 percent and work their way up from there. I get the impression that we wouldn’t get out of a restaurant alive if we declined to add a tip, no matter how bad the service had been. Last night ... read more
Waimea Canyon
Scott at Waimea Canyon
Waimea Canyon

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Lihu'e September 7th 2019

Today we head to the quieter Hawaiian island of Kauai for a few days of relaxation before heading home. Our taxi to the airport is a stretch limousine. We’re told it’s the same price as a normal taxi and that we just got lucky. The other guests standing around the lobby look a bit disappointed as we get in; I think they were hoping for celebrities. We climb into our luxurious padded seats to be confronted by TVs, a fancy sound system, and champagne glasses hanging on the wall. We’d be partying if only someone hadn’t forgotten to stock the bar. I’m not normally a nervous flier, but as we make our way into the plane we hear a voice from the cockpit shouting “pull up, pull up”. Something’s not right here. I don’t know much ... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Nawiliwili April 7th 2019

Hello from the beautiful island of Kauai. This is our 3rdstop in the Hawaiian Islands. Kauai is referred to as the Garden Island. We are docked on the east side of the island and everything is green and lush around the ship. However we did not notice it right away because we slept in until 8:00 and even then we didn’t get going very energetically at first. Last night was a lot of fun but it made for a couple of tired tourists. David brought some tea and juice back to the cabin from the Horizon Court and worked on yesterday’s blog for a while. Then we went up to the Horizon Court about 9:30 and had breakfast. A lot of people had morning excursions but we had wisely not challenged ourselves to head out very ... read more
Semi-tame pigs coming to be fed from train
Janet on the Train
Pigs washing up after their meal

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Lihu'e February 14th 2019

I probably haven't mentioned it, but the weather so far has not been typical of Maui, even in February. A couple days were marred by passing showers and the temperatures were below normal. The average temperature here at this time is about 65 F at night and 76-80 F in the day. There has recently been a system that has kept rotating around the islands bringing exceptional rain. They even got snow last Sunday on Haleakala volcano down to 6,200 ft. above sea level, the lowest recorded elevation to receive snow on Maui. Thursday was the only really bad day so far. It rained a lot and there was some flash flooding going on. The temperature only got up to 65 F that day, Valentine's Day. We were going to drive to the Iao Valley on ... read more
In The Helicopter
Flahertys Blue Hawaiian Kauai.
Kribs Blue Hawaiian

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i October 30th 2018

Dateline, October 30th, Nawiliwili Harbor, Kauai, Hawaii Chickens, Fern Grottos and Abandoned Papaya Fields We are excited to be back on Kauai. This morning is pouring rain but that will soon stop and we’re hoping for a beautiful day. As we begin to dock, over the rail on the dock is a lovely woman in red doing the hula to greet us. The three ukuleles being played behind her sound beautiful. We head off to grab the Alamo shuttle to the airport where we will pick up a car. The shuttle line is so long that we abandon that idea and head for a taxi. The taxi driver doesn’t really want to take us the short 2 miles to the airport but just then 4 passengers come along also wanting to go to the airport and ... read more
Collecting Sand
Wailua river cruise
In the Fern Grotto

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Nawiliwili May 2nd 2018

Blog 36 Nawiliwili, Hawai’i, April 30, 2018 – Weather forecast: partly sunny, temperature 26°C, wind 8kts (3 Beaufort), 76% humidity – overnight wind 23kts – 2m long rolling swell Our arrival at the island of Kauai was a little delayed this morning and as a result our departure times for tours was out of synch, which annoyed a number of guests. Kauai is the oldest island in the Hawai’ian chain and by far the wettest. The island experiences 400 to 600 inches of rainfall per year. Even though there are eleven rivers flowing down from the mountains devastating floods do happen just like the one a month ago. Sugar production was the island’s primary industry up until a decade ago until the mills closed down, now tourism has taken over. Coffee plantations have taken over the ... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i January 25th 2018

My son was the only one who received the alert. Owen turned around and looked at me completely ashen and afraid. “Mom, I think we’re going to be bombed,” he said. Now, these are words I’ve never heard someone speak, not in real life, and certainly not in MY life. “Owen, this is just some kind of hoax. It’s not real, don’t worry.” But that white look of terror remained on his face. “Mom, this alert is from Apple. Apple doesn’t send jokes.” The message on Owen’s phone read, “Emergency Alert. BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” My heart sank. This is really happening. We turned the car radio on and the message replayed over and over, “Ballistic missile threat. Seek shelter. Go indoors. Stay away from windows.” ... read more
India with her new ukulele

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Hanalei November 27th 2017

Nu har vi haft vår semester i semestern. Den delen då vi bara kunnat luta oss tillbaka och slappa utan att behöva planera så mycket. Det var fantastiskt att få spendera en vecka hos Adina och Eric på Hawaii. Det känns lite overkligt att de bor så långt borta och har sin vardag på en paradisö som Kauai. Vi kände oss i alla fall som hemma hos dem och njöt av att spendera tid tillsammans. Hawaii var nästan helt perfekt. Det enda vi skulle velat ändra på var att vi hade velat stannat där längre än åtta dagar. Vi var väl medvetna om att vi bara skulle hinna en liten del av alla äventyr man kan göra på Kauai, så utifrån det tog vi dagen som den kom och gjorde några hiker och utflykter. Det var ... read more
Tunnels beach, Kauai
Adina i solnedgången
Stand up paddle på Hanalei river

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