Hanapepe to Captain Cook's landing spot
Trip Start Nov 16, 2011
10Trip End Nov 27, 2011
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Under the sink, where I found dish soap, lies a 2-element hot plate. Ahh the growing pains of orientation. Tomorrow it won't take 90 min to have breakfast...
Old Hanapepe is a 2-block town on the south coast of Kauai which has neat little shops along a wooden boardwalk. The first shop specialized in antique charts and maps. Well, the shopkeeper, Ken, and his two cats took over an hour out of my morning.....I love island charts! I may return since ninety percent of the town is art galleries; every Friday they host a 2-hour well-advertised "art walk" through town
I drove further west to reach Waimea and Lucy Wright State Park. It's not a gem but the long beach's significance is that Captain Cook's ships first landed here in about 1858. Thank goodness someone had the sense to change the name from the Sandwich Islands! Beachcombing took an hour or so, then 45 minutes watching fishermen cast into the surf and waiting for sunset before the drive home.
Seas permitting, I'll be on a 65' catamaran sailing to the west coast, to the Napali Coast. There, cliffs drop into the sea, waterfalls tumble into v-shaped green canyons. I see if from the water tomorrow and the air on Wednesday. These will be the trip's highlights, for sure.