Fern Grotto Inn
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Today awoke to cloudy but mild day. Ocean still a bit choppy but people swimming so must be ok. Had breakfast with the usual and decided we will go to old koala town which is a couple of miles away. Organised a taxi who dropped us in the middle of town, which turns out to be shops, buildings all built before WW1 etc. In & out of shops looking at t shirts etc then we decided to go to local farmers market ...
... so I plan to stay close. We all have high expectations of seeing sea turtles. Our leader Gerard, a marine biologist, takes time to share his knowledge of the island and of the marine life that we could encounter during our swim. His current study is based on the life cycle and migratory nature of the green sea turtle. Green sea turtles were once an endangered species, but since placed on the protected species list their numbers have steadily ...
... began after a hurricane ruined a bunch of white shirts in a warehouse. They decided to dye them with the red dirt and it took off from there. The factory was right near by. Larry, Derek, and Erin tried several beers: Captain Cook's IPA, South Pacific Brown, Cane Fire Red, Lilikoi Ale, Westside Wheat and Pakala Porter. I had passion, orange, guave juice.
Our next stop was the Wranglers Steak House in Waimea. The meals came ...
... out some natural raspberries called thimble berries, and everyone picked some to eat. I tried one, but wasn't impressed.
After we got home, we had another late dinner. For appetizers we had fresh cut pineapple. We had bought one at the store, and the condo had this neat gadget that both cored and sliced the pineapple at the same time. It was delicious! And for our main course we had pizza casserole.
After dinner we watched a little more Doc Martin and then went to bed.
... Napali Coast.
We spent the morning at the Kilauea Lighthouse, which is on a peninsula that is the northenmost point of the main Hawaiian Islands. It was a beautiful setting with lots of beautiful birds, and we spent much time strolling around and watching them. I also got a chance to test out the 42X zoom of my new camera, and it is awesome! I got lots of great pictures of birds.
We spent the afternoon at the Napali Coast. We started off ...