Elizabeth and Steve's Excellent 2006 Hawaii Adventure - Kauai

This was the second island on our (almost) three-week Hawaii Adventure. Please also check out our first stop, Hawaii, the "Big Island".

We heartily recommend the Hawaii guidebooks by Andrew Doughty and Harriett Friedman -- they're invaluable resources!

May 14 - 24, 2006

Kauai

May 14 - 15 (2 nights), Waimea, Waimea Plantation Cottages

May 16 - 20 (5 nights), Hanalei, Sealodge

May 21 - 24 (4 nights), Kapa'a, Honua Lani Gardens

Kauai

Kauai map images on this page are from a USGS Pacific Islands Water Science Center Web site.

Some notes on Kauai paper maps are here.

May 14, 2006

Waimea, Kauai

We flew to Kauai, and stayed in Waimea, Kauai -- not to be confused with Waimea, Hawaii, where we stayed on the 13th! Waimea is at the mouth of the Waimea River, and it's from here that you can drive north up and into the Waimea Canyon.

Waimea Canyon

Pu'u u Kila Lookout

Looking down on the Na Pali Coast

May 15, 2006

Waimea, Kauai

Waimea Canyon

"End of the Trail" on Ditch Trail (#8 on this map -- note the short little spur) in Koke'e State Park -- actually 20 or so fee short of the actual end of the trail, a knife edge lookout above terrain suitable only for these nimble creatures.

Koke'e State Park

Koke'e State Park, Waimea Canyon

A view from the end of the trail.

End of the trail - Koke'e State Park, Waimea Canyon

The waterfall in the above image, through a telephoto lens.

Waterfall - Koke'e State Park, Waimea Canyon

A Pueo -- a Hawaiian Owl. (A little out of focus; I need to practice shooting moving targets!) From the Ditch Trail.

Pueo (owl)

Pueo (owl)

A Kauai 'Elepaio -- found only on Kauai.

Kauai 'Elepaio

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May 16

 

Waimea Canyon

The Na Pali Cliffs, from Pu'u Kila lookout.

Pu'u Kila lookout

Na Pali Cliffs from Pu'u Kila lookout

A telephoto shot of a small section of the above photo.

Na Pali Cliffs from Pu'u Kila lookout

May 17, 2006

Hanalei, Kauai

We drove counterclockwise around the island from Waimea to Hanalei, where we stayed for 5 nights.

Ke'e Beach and the Na Pali Cliffs

Just west of Ke'e Beach, which is at the western end of the main road on the north coast of Kauai. Ke'e Beach is as far as you can go by car in a counterclockwise direction around the island. The Na Pali Cliffs (seen below) support only (beautiful!) trails, not roads. And there is no connection -- by foot or otherwise -- between the bottom and the top of the Na Pali cliffs (the bottom being reachable from the Kaualau Trail, which starts here at Ke'e Beach, and the top being reachable via Waimea Canyon Road (and trails that branch off from it), which is accessed only from the south side of the island).

Na Pali Cliffs from Ke'e Beach

Waves against the Na Pail Cliffs from Ke'e Beach

Waves against the Na Pali Cliffs from Ke'e Beach

Waves against the Na Pali Cliffs from Ke'e Beach

Waves against the Na Pali Cliffs from Ke'e Beach

Waves against the Na Pali Cliffs from Ke'e Beach

Waves against the Na Pali Cliffs from Ke'e Beach

Waves against the Na Pali Cliffs from Ke'e Beach

Waves against the Na Pali Cliffs from Ke'e Beach

Waves against the Na Pali Cliffs from Ke'e Beach

Waves against the Na Pali Cliffs from Ke'e Beach

Waves against the Na Pali Cliffs from Ke'e Beach

Waves against the Na Pali Cliffs from Ke'e Beach

May 18, 2006

 

Kaualau Trail -- Along the Na Pali Cliffs

We hiked along the first two miles of Kaualau Trail, which skirts along the base of the first nine or so miles of the Na Pali Cliffs (from Ke'e Beach, visible in the first photo). Incredible trail!

From Kaualau Trail back to Ke'e Beach

From Kaualau Trail back to Ke'e Beach

Looking west along the Na Pail Cliffs from the Kaualau Trail

Looking west along the Na Pail Cliffs from the Kaualau Trail

Looking down from the Kaualau Trail

Orchid beside the trail.

Orchid along the Kaualau Trail

A view from Hanakapi'ai Beach, which is at the two-mile point along the Kaualau Trail.

Hanakapi'ai Beach

Waves at Hanakapi'ai Beach

May 19, 2006

 

Between Princeville and Hanalei

Taro fields.

Taro fields, Kauai

taro fields

One of the ubiquitous wild chickens on Kauai.

Kauai wild chicken

Kilauea Lighthouse

A wonderful bird sanctuary.

Kilauea Lighthouse

Kilauea Lighthouse

Near Kilauea

Flowers!

Flowers

May 20, 2006

 

Anini Beach

Kite surfers at Anani Beach, between Kilauea and Princeville.

Anini Beach

Kite surfers at Anini Beach

May 21, 2006

Kapa'a, Kauai

Queen's Bath

Water falls into the ocean! Near "Queens Bath" in Princeville

Queen's Bath

Waterfall near Queen's Bath

More photos of Queen's Bath. A spectacular place!

Queen's Bath

Queen's Bath

Queen's Bath

This one seemed quite comfortable in the surging waves -- right near the rocks!

Turtle in the waves

Kepuhi Beach

Kepuhi Beach

Fish in a little pool.

Little fish at Kepuhi Beach

Little fish at Kepuhi Beach

Kepuhi Beach

May 22, 2005

 

Ho'opi'i Falls, inland from Kapa'a

Ho'opi'i Falls

Ho'opi'i Falls, Kauai

Ho'opi'i Falls, Kauai

May 23, 2006

 

We drove back up to Waimea Canyon Road to hike to the Alaka'i Swamp. We got bogged down in Kauai red mud, and didn't make it. And it was a cloudy, rainy day, which nonetheless offered some nice close-up views.

Plants in Waimea Canyon, Kauai

Plants in Waimea Canyon, Kauai

A glimpse through the clouds from teh Pihea Trail (not too far from the Pu'u u Kila Lookout). The ocean is just barely visible, 4000 feet below.

From the Pihea Trail, Kauai

From the Pihea Trail, Kauai

A rainbow near Puhi, looking south, near Lihu'e in southeast Kauai. On our drive back to Kapa'a from Waimea Canyon.

Puhi, Kauai

Rainbow near Puhi, Kauai

May 24, 2006

 

Roosters like banannas! Who knew? Just off our deck.

Kapa'a, Kauai

Roosters and banannas