Waimea canyon and queens pond

Trip Start Feb 20, 2014
Trip End Apr 14, 2014

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

How stunning this island is, mountains, surf and chickens everywhere and I do mean everywhere. We get off the plane and are picking up the rental car and I couldn't believe the chickens and roosters at the airport. What the.... My god they are everywhere, had a drink at the marriott and they are wandering around the tables. Ok last few days ... We are staying in a house owned by Kev and Moni located at the south end of the island at the village kalaheo. Not in the tourist area but an easy drive to nearby beaches and the canyon. This canyon is amazing a wonderful view all the way to top elevation of 5000 feet. So green but dramatic red cliffs as well. Our 40 mile round trip took about 5 hours as we couldn't help stopping at any area on the side of the road to see a different view. We then headed along the coast road to western side and travelled to the roads end on the Na Pali coast. We had heard huge swell was coming on the radio as we were driving, 12 foot..... So end of the road on the west coast comes to a dirt road, potholed but leads to a beach which has safe swimming protected by the reef. We get there and the surf was huge, no lagoon area but a strong current, was spectacular to see the Na Pali cliffs in the distance. People were swimming, crazy, they were also tourists. Today we did the cliff walk from shipwreck beach again dramatic cliffs, saw a rodeo, nick hired a surfboard for an hour and had his fix, waves are big and some beaches you would not swim. They have many drownings at kauai, we got to watch idiots swimming in places we wouldn't go into.
Now at north shore hanalei bay, princeville area, they said picture Eden but even better. Known for its rain so we have seen the down pour already, it's cliffs are amazing. Now to explore. Still unsure on helicopter ride so see what time we have. Small towns in north area not as resorty compared to poipu. Amazing houses at beach villages on the way up, built on 4metre stilts in one valley all with own bridges crossing the creek. Hate to see it in flood but it really is sooooo lush. Photos attached but unsure what they are as no room to see on iPad.
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Rhys on

What is that surfboard!?!

janicksbrown on

Yep your fathers next board. They all ride the indestructible boards due to the reef and getting dumped. Knew you would get a laugh. Surf school board for nick

Wendy on

OMG Jan what a holiday! Love your Kauai pics, brings back fond memories...Jim and I were there in the late 80's when we left baby Dane at home with Gran. Can't wait to hear more!

wendy on

Almost forgotten what you guys look like . Love Kauai as that is where Gay and I were going also . So good to hear and see the pics and stories can't wait till your home for a catch up about it all .

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