Another Day at Poipu Beach

Trip Start Feb 28, 2008
Trip End Mar 16, 2008

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

This morning I got up early had breakfast and left Dave at the cottage while I went down to the coffee shop to finish uploading images and entries to get caught up with my travelogue. I really like this coffee shop. It's such a nice community supporting environment. Locals as well as tourists mix it up there. Everyone is friendly and every night they have a different event going on. One night they had a teen band playing, another night there was a woman giving a slide presentation of her trip to India, felt pretty familiar. Yet another night they were starting tango lessons. It was fun to watch people learning how to tango for the first time, while I was uploading images. It's really nice that they offer wi-fi for anyone who needs it. They have outlet strips all over the place so people can plug in their laptops. They also have three computers that people can use to access the Internet and I am not sure if anyone has to pay to use these. I'm going to have to ask this question tomorrow. I wish they had something like this in Leavenworth. I especially like all the different activities and events at night. I don't think these is a charge for anyone who uses the facilities for these events. I noticed they also have poetry slams here, though I haven't been down there for any of them. I would have l liked to have seen one.

The other community oriented thing they have here is a community radio station. It's really great! They have great music programs, a lot of the local events are promoted and they also hold a lot of interesting events. They invite people to come in to talk and share their music interests on some of the programs. There have been a couple of DJs from other locations, I heard one from Portland, and I'm not sure where the others were from. They come as a guest on the program, so you have two DJs and they bring their own music for the normal DJ to play. I found it all very refreshing. My sister Marilene would love this stuff. It reminds me a lot of some of the things she's been involved with. Kauai is working hard to promote community wide sustainability. It's really nice to see a place where it seems to be working.

Hanalei is still one of the cutest little towns that I know. It hasn't grown too much since I was last here. That was reassuring to see. There are a few more commercial buildings there that weren't there before, but overall it still looks like the same cute little town. For instance, the Tropical Taco place where Dave got his fish taco yesterday is still in a little trailer. However, they built a new building around the trailer, or probably they put the trailer into the new building, but the trailer is actually attached to the inside of this building with walls so that the side of the trailer is part of the wall that separates the kitchen from the ordering window. Of course it is all enclosed and there are tables and chairs indoors now as well. Also, of course, the price has gone up significantly. Still, Hanalei bay is still pristine and you see lots of young kids out in the bay with boogie and surf boards.

Kapaa however has really gotten crowded. The traffic is terrible! There is a line of cars creeping both directions all day long and into the evening. It is constant creep. I told Dave that after this, anytime I hear him start to complain about Leavenworth traffic, I'm just going to say Kapaa and it will shut him up.

Dave and I headed down to Poipu today to hand out for the day. We decided we wanted to stay put in one place for a while and since we were going to do that, we wanted to do it somewhere hot and sunny. The beach was not as crowded as I thought it would be. The sun has been out all day. It's a little windy, but hot so the wind feels good. I'm trying to keep myself properly rotated today to avoid sunburns. No more fried LA for me.

I was just telling Dave that this was the first time we had come to Poipu and find no monk seal sunning on the beach. When someone shouted that there was a sea turtle coming up onto the beach and they partitioned her off with a rope like they do the monk seals when they come up on the beach. She is digging a hole and I have a feeling she is thinking about laying eggs. There are a lot of people around her and I don't want to make her too nervous. So, I quickly took my picture of her and left. I hope she does lay eggs there. I'm glad they have her roped off so people will stay away from her.

We did some snorkeling and read on the beach for most of the day. When we were feeling well done, we decided it was time to check out Shipwreck Beach. It's not far from here and a lot of surfers use it. Since the surf is up right now, we thought it would be fun too watch them for a while. There was also a wedding going on at this beach. We sat in the shade for a while until we got a little chilled and then moved out into the sun and waited for the wedding ceremony to finish. They blew a conch shell at the beginning and end of the ceremony.

On our way back, we stopped at the little town of Koloa to get iced Americanos at Lambert's Ice Creamery. They make really good Americanos here. This is another cute little town with beautiful Monkey trees lining the streets. Some of there trees are going to be cut down to make room for a shopping center of some kind and a lot of the locals are complaining. They have petitions to sign, but some of the trees have already been cut down. I learned today that Koloa means duck. They have a small stream running through town, but I didn't see any ducks around.

We were thinking of checking out Kipu Falls on our way home until we got to the parking area. There were a number of cars filled with young locals and they appeared to be sleeping off too much to drink. There were beers cans scattered around their cars. One car had it's door wide open into the road. We didn't feel comfortable about leaving our car unattended. So we left.

We had so much food left over from lunch, stopped at Mark's Place to pick up lunch on our way to Poipu, we had more of the same for dinner, along with another salad. I think we still have enough food left over for another meal.
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