Alrighty, let’s jump back a few week when my cousins were here. My cousin Deane and her husband John came over to install new tile in Grandpa and Janice’s condo. While they were here they let me tag along on their adventures. On the first Saturday they were here we went to Queen’s Bath. This is also where Julia’s Cove is. (While my mom and Aunt were here we visited Queen’s Bath but there were too many people in it to take pictures.) It was an overcast but pretty day when we got there. John visited with some locals who had been camping there for a few days and had some fishing poles set up. We sat and enjoyed the beauty for awhile; all the while I was taking pictures, of course.
We were planning on heading to a beach named Hideaways next. After Queen’s bath we walked on the coastline to see what we could see. Surprisingly we could see the beach! We didn’t have anything to do the rest of the day and we thought it might be an adventure to hike the coastline to the beach. So, we set off! All three of us were in our slippahs, probably not the best when you are hiking over jagged pieces of lava and rocks. We had to go in and out of a few coves which took the most time. There were a few times where we could have fallen down onto some rocks or in the water, but it was an adventure and it was fun! While we were in one of the coves there were a whole lot of turtles feeding; they were so close, and we were walking right by them! In that same cove there was a monk seal that was swimming, and then it inched its way up on the rocks to sunbathe. He blended in so well, we might not have seen him if we didn’t see him in the water first.
After about an hour and a half of hiking we came to the last bluff before the first beach. As we rounded the corner and came to the top looking for a way down, it didn’t look good. It just dropped off into the ocean. If we didn’t have our cell phones and camera we might have just jumped into the ocean and swam to the beach. We felt defeated after coming all this way and not being able to find a way down. We were sitting there thinking of what to do when Deane found an overgrown trail down to the beach…Thank goodness! After getting down to the first beach we realized we couldn’t get to Hideaways Beach because there was a huge rock in the way. So we hiked to the top, John and Deane went back and got the car while I headed to the parking lot for Hideaways to save a parking spot. Then we headed down the trail to Hideaways, also known as Pali Ke Kua Beach. The trail down to the beach is as steep as it could be with ropes and handles to hold onto while trying not to slip. It was a beautiful beach and we found a family of chickens down there, smart momma, keeping them away from the streets.
The picture below is from Google Earth and it shows where we hiked from and to; follow the yellow trail. The yellow arrow shows Hideaways; the red arrow shows the rock that was prohibiting us from getting from one beach to the next. All in all it was a great day and I had a lot of fun hiking with John and Deane.
The whole time we were hiking we could see a little bit of Hanalei Bay and the surrounding mountains - it was really beautiful. This picture is from Queen’s Bath.
A Hui Hou,