Kauai Travel Blog› entry 8 of 12 › view all entries
My brother had the weekend off from the Guard, so he was able to join us for the trip over to Kaua'i. After landing in Lihue, we drove along the southern coast to Waimea Canyon, known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. The canyon is quite amazing with steep and deep walls mostly covered in lush green. It also has several waterfalls that pour into the valley below. It's surprising that such a large canyon would exist on a relatively small island. We headed over to the western most point of the canyon to see where it empties out to the coast, but it was suddenly extremely foggy. We could not see anything from the overlook. The fog never lifted while we were there, so we stopped to eat lunch at Koke'e Lodge.
After lunch, we headed south out of Waimea Canyon and then west again to reach the edge of the Na Pali coast. Reaching this part of coast was torture on our rental car. The last several miles are on dirt roads full of flinging gravel and huge divots. The site at the end of the road was worth it though. This area known as Polihale Park was probably the most beautiful beach we saw during our entire trip. It was not crowded either probably due to the difficulty in getting there.
We then headed back east and stopped at Poipu Beach. This beach was near several resorts and was quite crowded. It had a little island that you swim to or walk to depending on the tide level. We had been told that this beach was very beautiful, but I didn't think it compared to the one we had just been at. As with everywhere else on Kaua'i, we could hear the roosters while on the beach.
Next we took the chance to visit a couple of falls just north of Lihue, Wailua Falls and Opaeka'a Falls. If you visit Opaeka'a Falls, be sure to walk across the busy highway to the other side to get a glimpse of a traditional Hawaiian village in the valley by the river. While we were there, a strong smelling smoke was billowing up from the village. We finished off the day with dinner at the Hula Girl in Kapa'a.