Monday, July 30, 2012

Turtles and Waterfalls :)

After ziplining we headed North to do some sight-seeing and have a little more relaxed day. Now - My Dad says that he came to the islands to see me; and he says that he had a music conference to attend; but I think the real reason he came was to get a piece of Haupia up in Hanalei! After we enjoyed our mid-day desserts (and I think he snitched some of mine!) we headed to Turtle Cove and ended up seeing about a dozen turtles or so bounding in the waves. They were awesome! We walked over to Queen’s Bath but it was way too crowded.  We enjoyed sitting and watching the turtles for awhile and then we headed off to check out the St. Regis hotel.

We walked around the incredible grounds and the huge lobby just staring and marveling at how beautiful it all was.  Side note, rooms here start at $650 a night!

There are two waterfalls on the side of the road – the fairly busy main highway – that I have wanted to photograph since I’ve been here.  My dad dropped me off on the side of the road and went up a little farther to a turnout while I doubled back on a big bridge to get the shots.  The lighting wasn’t great, but it is better than nothing. Here is one of the falls.

Check back tomorrow to see pictures of the beautiful sunset we watched that night!

Thursday, July 26, 2012


Monday morning we were off to an early start! We were headed to Princeville Ranch Adventures to go on a zipline adventure. When we got there we checked in, got some safety tips and all got our harnesses on.  Then we were off, in this little off-road vehicle, driving through the ranch and passing cows.

Our first zipline was called Manini, and was only 170’.  It was more of a practice one.  The second one, Lehua, was 460’-it gave us our first real taste of what ziplining was all about.  It was really fun just running and jumping off of the platform, then flying through the air – sometimes backwards!  Next came the Ironwood at 380’.  After this we crossed a bridge that hung over some beautiful greenery and a little river.  The next four were as follows, Wiki Wiki Express at 530’, Okolehau at 410’, Big Kahuna at 700’, and Lele Pali at 600’.
We both had so much fun!  Our tour guides names were Mark and Kanoe; they were both really great and really knowledgeable of the Islands.  While we were on the Lele Pali we flew passed a decade old beehive with about 10,000 bees!  After this we stopped and had lunch at a little swimming hole.  While we were there a few of us went swimming and if I do say so, my Dad made the biggest cannon ball!

The stairs up to the KING KONG

After our break we got our gear back on and headed for King Kong!!!  This last zipline measures 1200’! Here they have 2 ziplines so you can race eachother – so fun!  My dad timed a few people and estimate we would be going between 20 and 25 miles per hour.  My dad and I were the last ones to go, and jumping off a 26’ high platform, racing across the jungle with my dad, it was pretty amazing!!! He beat me, but it was still a lot of fun.


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Wailua Falls Hike

Sunday we started the day at church - a nice little church where everyone was so friendly.  It was a great way to begin the day. J

We then got ready to go and headed up to Wailua Falls.  On the way we stopped at a turn-out to look for a hidden waterfall.  We kind of had to get in a certain place a little ways of the road and crane our necks just so – but we found it!  When we got back to the car, a tourist stopped and asked us if we had seen a wild boar.  Uh…nope! And I hope I never do – they can be scary!

When we reached the Wailua Falls overlook, we decided to go explore the top of the falls before taking the trail down to the bottom.  We went up the river a bit and found an old sugar cane road.  We also found an old rusted hanging bridge; I think it might have been used for sugar cane, too.  It was pretty cool!

We then carefully made our way right to the top edge of the falls… and looked over – eek!  It was scary, but thrilling!  My dad got a picture of me standing about 5 feet from the edge of a 180 foot drop! (Don’t look, mom!) J 

We then made our way back to the parking lot and took the quick 10 minute hike down the trail to the bottom of the falls.  Once we reached the big pool at the bottom, we took a very slippery, wet and muddy hike around it to the base of the falls and the rocks below.  We got some great pictures of us getting soaking wet while standing beneath and behind the falls.  Then it was time for a swim!  We both tried so very hard to make it to the bottom of the falls – but with the power of the water we couldn’t quite make it.  My dad almost made it and I made it about ¾ of the way.  We couldn’t rest even for a second without being pushed back.  It was a great workout and a lot of fun! 
Can you see my dad standing behind the falls?

Check back soon to see what Monday had in store for us!


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Crazy Waves :)

After getting back to Waimea we stopped in at JoJo’s Shave Ice – Yum!!! We then headed to Poipu and went swimming at the Hyatt, and then just spent some time in the sun! It was a beautiful day!

Before stopping to get some gelato we drove around and looked at pretty houses. I showed my dad the row of palm trees lining the road – it is just so pretty!

Then we headed to Papalani Gelato. My dad got gelato and I got some sorbetto; we both enjoyed our Heaven on a Cone.

We did some more shopping and stopped in at an artist’s gallery that I really like.
We ended the evening watching the waves crashing against the lava rocks – the water was so powerful, it was beautiful.

The sun hadn’t quite gone down and so we went and watched Spouting Horn do its thing. It was crazy awesome. The water that was on the rocks in front of Spouting Horn was perfect and I got some reflection shots.

One other thing we did was stood right by the air hole that makes the loud noise. It sounds like a plane is right next to you; it is scary and amazing all at the same time!
It was a great day! Check back tomorrow to see what we did next!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Fun out at Polihale

Well, it's been a long time since I have written a post, and I'm hoping to get back into the habit! I've been very busy the past couple weeks with my dad visiting and I've also been working every day since he left. so it's been a long process going through all of the photos that my dad and I took. But that's the big news - my dad came to visit me!!! We had so much fun!

He got here on a Friday and we went to a movie and had dinner at Dukes. My dad had the catch of the day with was moonsfish. I wish you could have seen his face - he was savoring every single delicious bite. That's one thing I love about being here - the fresh seafood! I had a macadamia nut pesto fettuccine with shrimp and fresh fish, yum! Of course we had to get the Hula Pie, which was amazing!

The next morning we headed out West and ended up stopping at a little coffee stand out there which has a drink called a Snickers Mocha. My friend Courtney told me aobut it when she was living here and she kept telling me I had to try it! Well - I finally got the chance to have one - and it was awesome!

We stopped at the Banyan Tree at the Waimea Plantation Cottages, it is so big!

We decided to check out the road to Polihale. This is a dirt road that is not maintained by the state, and as a result, it's often full of potholes and is very difficult to drive on to get out to the beach. To our amazement the road was pretty much perfect with only about two potholes. When we got out to Polihale (my favorite beach) it couldn't have been any prettier! The water was the bluest I had ever seen and the sun was shining bright.

I changed into my dress and got my Ukulele and my dad did a mini photo-shoot with me - on my favorite beach! He had so much fun. After that he got to go play in the waves for awhile and did some body surfing.
Enjoy these pictures and I'll write more tomorrow about what we did next.

Aloha, Kaileia