We’re having a great time in Kauai. On Sunday, we took a boat ride up the Wailua River to a place called Fern Grotto, listening all the while to live Hawaiian music; next we toured the south shore of the island a bit, visiting a place called Spouting Horn and doing some impromptu whale watching; and then we frolicked in the giant surf on the east coast. Monday began with a magnificent (if somewhat bumpy) helicopter ride all over the island, followed by a trip to Kilauea Lighthouse (on the northernmost point of land in the inhabited Hawaiian islands), and then several hours of wading, swimming, snorkeling, and sandcastle-building at Tunnels Beach on the north coast. We saw a bunch of beautiful fish swimming all around us, and a yellow-and-blue fish was flirting with my yellow-and-blue underwater camera!
Tomorrow (Tuesday), the plan is to tour the southwest part of the island and maybe Waimea Canyon (though we saw a good deal of that from the helicopter this morning) before going out for a fancy Italian dinner in the evening. Then on Wednesday, Christmas Day, we’ll go to church in the morning and do a bit of early-afternoon touring before heading to a five-star restaurant for another nice dinner. Thursday is the day of our big boat ride — a combined snorkeling and adventure cruise to nearby Ni’ihau — and on Friday, we’re going to a luau. Saturday, we fly home. (Or, in my case, I fly to Arizona, then return home to Connecticut on Monday.)
I’ve already posted lots of pictures at right, but here’s one you haven’t seen yet… our work-in-progress “Christmas tree” in the living room of the timeshare condo we’re staying in. (The Christmas lights are on a short battery-operated string that I brought from home.)
Becky smiles for the camera during our helicopter ride over Kauai on the morning of Dec. 23. Here’s a picture of Becky and her mom looking out at Waimea Canyon.
Water erupts from the Spouting Horn, a sort of tidal geyser forged by volcanic rock, on Dec. 22. Here’s a video, with sound, of the Sprouting Horn (244 KB). At the same location, we saw another type of spout — from a whale. Two or more whales, actually — humpbacks, we believe.
A shot of one of the many chickens and roosters that roam free in Kauai. They were once cooped up, but they were freed when their cages broke during Hurricane Iniki in 1992. We’ve also seen geese, spiders, and red-tailed boobies (that’s a type of bird, you pervert).