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By noon we were back in the car and headed towards the airport. We stopped off at Fish Express for one last ahi poke bowl, and we stopped at Hilo Hatties to do some shopping for souvenirs. I found a white Hawaiian shirt for Oscar, but couldn't find the section featuring local rums that was there the last time I went, so I bought only the shirt.
We dropped off the rental car and made it to the airport ...
... Pali coast and the wall of waterfalls on the eastern side of the mountain.
Since our first day on the North Shore, we had circled the island as much as is possible on paved, public roads. So, we turned around after the lookout and continued down and back towards Waimea. At the fork, the book recommended taking the Kokee Road all the way back down, so that we could see a difference between it and the Waimea Canyon Road, but other than providing a ...
... place to stand for a bit and take them in.
The other falls we wanted to see before leaving the east side were the Wailua Falls, which are just south from Kapa'a and up towards the mountains (mauka in Hawaiian). They take a bit longer to get to, but the parking area and lookout is much closer to the falls. The height of the double-tiered Wailua Falls is disputed, with books and websites saying anywhere from 80 feet to over 100 feet. The pool below ...
As soon as we exited the airport parking lot we turned north and headed straight for Fish Express in Lihue. It is a fish market in an unassuming concrete building across from a Walmart, but that makes the best spicy ahi poke bowl on the island. Last time Marion and I were on Kauai we became addicted to the Fish Express poke bowls and have been craving them ever since. I looked at the other dishes on the menu (grilled ...
... are from the Seattle area, but do a bit of world traveling too so it was fun to drink wine and compare notes for several hours. And, in another small world surprise, the person they know best from Anchorage is our friend Elise, who worked with Craig. ...