Poipu Travel Blog› entry 7 of 10 › view all entries
Since I was the veteran driver in these environs, I got to drive our party of seven along the southern coast of Kauai to visit
You remain at sea level until you acquire the road ascending several thousand feet up into Waimea. The road is necessarily twisty and you need to exercise caution…it will certainly rain off and on during your visit, but don’t worry --- it should quickly dissipate and be replaced by sunshine (though the roadways remain slick). There are plenty of places to pull off and enjoy the incredible vistas into the red canyon…truly is reminiscent of the Grand Canyon!
What I like even better with the kids around is the number of chickens running about. I’ve heard the rumor often enough to believe it…that hurricane Iniki blew over a number of chicken coops and the freed birds thrived in this environment.
At the very summit of the park road you can peek down into Na Pali from the mountain tops, which got Jeff & I psyched for our planned hike the next day. One of many, many unique vistas in this place of splendor.
I successfully navigated our vehicle down the seventeen miles back to the coast and we made a stop at Jo Jo’s Shave Ice on the return to Poipu. “Shave Ice” is a Hawaiian specialty…they do actually shave ice cubes to create these sno-cone like creations (unfortunately diabetic, so I’ve never sampled the wares). In the middle of nowhere in particular, the fame of Jo-Jo’s was indicated by how packed it was on a Monday afternoon. But the line moves quickly and judging from the smiles, everyone in our gang would have gladly waited longer to gain their shave ice!