Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Hui Hou, My Beautiful Kauai - A Beautiful Sunset

Monday - my last full day here on the Island of Kauai – began with a beautiful sunrise at Lydgate.

I spent the morning packing, organizing my suitcases and running some errands. I went to an early dinner with my friend at Duke’s (of course!). We had some amazing Macadamia Nut Won Tons, Coconut Shrimp, and Ahi Poke (Fresh tuna and Maui onions wrapped in rice paper). You can never go to Duke’s without getting Hula Pie. Hula Pie is a huge slice of vanilla ice cream with macadamia nuts all throughout it that sits on a crust of chocolate cookies – topped with hot fudge, whipped cream and more macadamia nuts!  ONO!
We headed up to Hanalei for the sunset. We arrived just in time to see a beautiful sunset.  There were many others there on the Hanalei Pier also enjoying the view. It was a gorgeous last sunset.

I have been so blessed during my entire time here. My friend truly welcomed me into her home and graciously accompanied me on many adventures throughout the Island. We spent our Friday nights at the Hanapepe Art Walk, many days at the beach and a few days hiking and exploring Kauai.
Before coming over here I made a bucket list of pictures I wanted to take. All but one got crossed off. I would say this has been a pretty successful trip here.
I was really refreshed in my time with God while on Kauai; it was a refreshing time with Him in His gorgeous creation! He has blessed me abundantly and I am happy he gave me such a wonderful Island to enjoy and take pictures of.

I have enjoyed my time here, it has been beautiful and relaxing – but, I am ready to get back home - maybe not to the 100+ degree weather, but to family and friends, yes.
Aloha, my beautiful Kauai.
A Hui Hou…Until We Meet Again


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Beautiful Hanalei Bay...Rainbows, Crystal Blue Water

What a wonderful day! My morning started at 4:30am! I headed up to Hanalei Bay and arrived with ample time to spare before the sun lit up the Bay. The early morning colors were soft and warm; it was a nice quiet morning. I sat on the pier waiting for the sun to rise above the mountains from the east. Slowly but surely the sky toward the east started to glow in a vibrant orange. Then came the rain – and it was like a tropical storm rain for about 5 minutes. BUT, there is a quote that says, “no rain, no rainbows.” It couldn’t be more true.  The first of three rainbows appeared as I was sheltering myself from the rain under the cover of the pier. I was beyond ecstatic! I ran out into the rain to get some pictures before the rainbow started to fade. I then called my mom because she had found a web cam the other day when I asked her to check the weather at the Bay. She found me easily as I was the only one on the pier! She then called my Dad and Grandpa and both were able to find me and could see me waving to them! While I was talking to my mom, another, more vibrant, rainbow appeared across the Bay! I was so happy to be the only one on the pier at that time, shooting a beautiful rainbow.

Headed to Ching Young Village to get some corn bread (my Aunt Gayle swears it is the best; it was pretty good!) I walked across the road to a big open field with an amazing view of the mountain and waterfalls. 

Back to Hanalei for a walk down the beach, enjoying the sunshine, sand and waves.

Of course, how can one go to Hanalei and not get Haupia? So, that is what I did – the lady asked if I wanted two forks – this is one thing – I am NOT sharing! Stopped at the Moloa’a Juice Stand and got some fresh pineapple juice – literally, it was like drinking a sweet and juicy pineapple!

Got back to Lihue around 12 and took a much needed nap after such an early morning!
Tonight was the last Hanapepe Art walk that I got to go to. It was such a nice evening. I got my photographs hung up and they will stay in my friend’s cafĂ© until sold. I got a lot of compliments on my shot under the Hanalei pier. Met some wonderful friends and enjoyed homemade Portuguese soup, yum! It was a great night!


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sunrise, A day with Turtles, Ono Fish Wrap & Sunset..

Good morning!
Yesterday’s sunrise was gorgeous!

Headed North for the afternoon. First stop was the Moloa’a Sunrise Juice Bar for a deliciously-refreshing Tropical Sunrise made with Mango, Papaya, Pineapple and Guava! Then I headed to a place near Queen’s Bath. There is a small cove before you get to the Bath that is full of turtles! I sat there for over an hour enjoying the sun, salty air, never ending waves and a handful of turtles bobbing around. I love watching those gentle Honus swim effortlessly while being tossed to and fro within the crashing waves; their heads popping up every so often for a breath of air. A few years ago I had an amazing experience with my Mom and Aunt Nancy. We got to swim in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by these beautiful creatures. It was surreal swimming next to them and coming face to face with the turtles. I’ve been blessed to swim with turtles on a few occasions and each time I so enjoy my time with them!  

Then to the Kilauea Fish Market for one of the best fish wraps I’ve ever had! Inside is full of fish (mine was wahoo), brown rice, carrots, cucumber, bean sprouts, green onions, peppers, organic greens and an amazing homemade dressing. Sorry to make your mouth water. Make sure to stop by if you are ever on the Island!

I headed back to Princeville for the sunset. I enjoyed walking around the grounds of the St. Regis for a bit, waiting for the sun to sink lower on the horizon. The sunset started off good, but then hid behind some clouds. At the last second the sun peeked through for a split second and then it was gone, still beautiful though!   

I am here for 5 ½ more days! I have a couple places I still want to go, and of course more sunrises and sunsets!

Mahalo for visiting,

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sunrise, Tree Tunnel, Palm Trees & Chickens

Beautiful sunrise this morning...

There is an iconic road here on the island named Maliuhi, more appropriately named The Tree Tunnel. The road is lined with Eucalyptus trees that, over time, have formed a canopy over the road. It gives the appearance of a tunnel of trees. In 1992, there was a hurricane that stripped most of the island of vegetation, including those trees. Fortunately they have made a full recovery and The Tree Tunnel is as beautiful as ever.

Just past the Poipu shopping village there is a nice little road lined with Palm Trees. Another fun photo in the series of my PATH photos, dedicated to my FAN (Favorite Aunt Nancy) and her love of paths.

And of course, where would we be if I didn’t have a picture of a chicken. Kauai is run by chickens who, during the above mentioned hurricane, got loose. Locals had them as pets and I’m sure for their farm fresh eggs. After they got loose, no one ever rounded them up – now they are everywhere. What’s fun is yelling “chick-EN” really loudly and watching them freak out. And yes, the chickens cross the road here, all the time. And I don’t stop for them (but, I’ve never hit one) . . . there are hundreds.

I found this picture of Hanakapi’ai Falls that I hadn’t noticed before, so here is another shot of the 400+ foot waterfall.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sunrise, Ono Food & Sunset

Headed out again this morning to watch the sun rise.  When I got to the beach, the clouds didn’t seem promising, but I was wrong – God painted the sky beautifully.

Ran errands around town then headed out to Hanapepe to hang with my friend. We sat in the sun and talked story; it was a wonderful afternoon. Dinner was so, so, so ono!!! Fresh-caught Mahi Mahi, stuffed with fresh crab, mushrooms, green onion, water chestnuts and more – wrapped in ti leaves and baked to perfection. We also had pulled-pork tacos with home-smoked pork as well as homemade hot (HOT) pepper salsa. Finished off with yummy smoothies.

The day ended as beautifully as it had begun, I watched the sunset out in Waimea, even though it went down behind a little penninsula it was still a beautiful sunset.

Also, I found out that some friends I haven’t seen since 2004 are on the island and we are getting together for dinner today – so fun!


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hiking Hanakapi'ai Falls, Ke'e Beach

Aloha, today was such a great and wonderful day! Started off with a beautiful sunrise at Mokihana, the morning glow was undeniably gorgeous.

I headed out to Ke’e around 8 with some friends. We started up the trail to Hanakapi’ai Falls around 10:30 and got there around 12. It was a good hike, some muddy parts.  The serene sounds that were heard as we were walking through the jungles – the singing birds, the sound of the bamboo creaking in the breeze and the sound of the rushing river – it was beautiful. As we finally rounded the corner to see the falls it was just another 15 minutes until we could jump in fresh mountain water and cool ourselves off. This 400+ft waterfall is stunning.

 Then came the hike back, another 4 miles, 8 all together through red dirt mud that would stain our shoes, and lush green forests and hills like you couldn’t imagine. The hike back seemed harder. There were so many hills, and each time we got to the top hoping to see Ke’e beach below us…it wasn’t. Finally after many twist and turns over slippery rocks and roots sticking out into our path, we got there! Refreshed by some Hawaiian Sun drinks and fresh made Ahi Tuna lettuce wraps – so ono! (oh, and chocolate cake! Happy Birthday to Tina!) Lots of friends and family hanging out on the beach made for fun times and memories made. The sun was hiding behind some clouds as it was making its way down but it lit the clouds up beautifully.  Finally peeking through the clouds, the sun made a brilliant spectacle as it set on another evening of a day filled with adventures!

As we came up the hill from Hanalei the moon was rising in front of us. A Super Moon, that is. A huge glowing yellow moon. It was like a giant spotlight in the sky! One more stop at Hamura Saimin for some more ono food. And now, off to bed!!!

P.S. One final thing about today. While we were hanging out at Ke’e a wedding ceremony was taking place. What made it special was – it was Seahawk themed! There were 3 bridesmaids, each in one of the Seahawk colors and the adorable little flower girls in their blue and green tutu’s with Seahawk ribbons. The groom and groomsmen in were in team jerseys. And of course, the beautiful bride. In a unique white wedding dress coordinated with blue and green flowers throughout her bouquet and hair. A fun Seahawks themed destination wedding! Go Hawks!!!

Mahalo for visiting,

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sunrise, Flowers & Hiking

Today I woke up early and headed to the beach to watch a magnificent sunrise. The whole sky was glowing brilliant shades of orange. Getting up at 5:30am to watch the sunrise has been pretty easy so far, but I think that as I adjust to the time here it might get more difficult. Good thing God paints a pretty picture to encourage me to get up.
Late morning I headed out to Poipu to meet my friends to go hiking. On the way I stopped and took some pictures of the brilliant Shower Trees that are lining the road to Poipu. Its flowers are so pretty!

My friends and I hiked from Shipwreck to Mahaulepu, roughly 6 miles roundtrip. It was hot out, but nice to have to ocean breeze keeping us cool. On the way back we still had about 1 mile left when we were walking by a golf course. A security guard in a golf cart offered us a ride back to our cars and an ice cold bottle of water, so nice of him! Then we were off to Poipu Beach for some coconut water and food to replenish us. I saw some turtles at the bay in Poipu, but none of them were daring enough to venture out for me to take their picture. Hopefully one will be brave enough before I leave.

Mahalo for visiting, Kaileia