Hawaii 2012 - Day 6: Abandoned Coco Palms Resort - Flight to Maui
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Unfortunately already the last day on the Garden Island as Kaua’i is called. I kinda like this island and I am "afraid" I will have to come back some day. We had to catch a flight to Maui at 4:15 pm today, so, no time for extensive canyon hikes etc. We saved some sights that are close the Lihu'e Airport for this day.
A nice breakfast in the Lydgate Beach Park was a great start of the day. Eating while overlooking the blue sea, yellow beach and green vegetation is not a horrible thing! On our first day on the island we visited the upper section of the Wailua River, today we were right at its delta, the place where the river's fresh water mingles with the salty Pacific Ocean.
At the other bank of the Wailua River was our today's first "attraction". A ghost hotel: the abandoned Coco Palms Resort.
Exact 20 years, one month and 5 days ago (yes that is 9/11 !) the Island of Kaua'i was heavily hit by hurricane Iniki. Coco Palms also fell victim to the force of nature, was heavily damaged and closed. Until today, it has never opened again. Several revival efforts failed and now the hotel is like a 20-year-old snapshot slowly falling victim to mold, termites, and other decaying factors. The coconut grove, however, is still a beautiful place.
Huge signs state that any trespasser would be prosecuted "to the full extend of the law".
A visit to our next attraction, a Hindu Monastery in the jungle, failed, since it closed already at noon. Since we were around we drove a little further uphill to the Keahua Arboretum, a pleasant and cooler place that invited for a hike.
We had a take out lunch from Shrimp Station, a local chain that serves really great coconut battered shrimp. I ordered the shrimp, Stephan indulged himself with that typical Hawaiian specialty called "French Fries". These delicacies were enjoyed on the bank of the great Wailua River.
After that it was time to head to the airport, say goodbye to our rental car, check in, the TSA circus, etc. We were flying with GO! Airlines a local low cost airline that applies the nice and small Bombardier CRJ200 jets. GO! does not assign seat numbers, so there was a free seating. To our pleasant surprise there were not many people waiting at the gate.
More pictures below!