The title says it all: today was an eventful day. I woke up early and
watched the sun rise while Norwood continued to sleep for another hour
or so. We were still a bit tired from traveling, so we relaxed for a
good part of the morning. I had a home cooked breakfast taco (made by
yours truly on the hot plate) and some absolutely delicious coffee from
the Kauai Coffee Company (I will have to remind myself to bring some of
it home, because it's good).
We decided to spend today exploring and getting our bearings, so we
headed off in the direction of the town of Kalaheo
(our home base, but
we wanted to see what was in town) and then continued on to Poipu. We
first headed over to the famous Spouting Horn.
'This natural wonder
occurs when water rushes under a lava shelf and bursts through a small
opening at the surface. Every wave produces another spray. Spouting
Horn frequently spurts salt water 50 feet into the air', or so I've
heard. I don't think it spouted quite that high today, but it was still
After we stared at that for a little while, we headed over to check out
Poipu Beach. Although it seemed like a nice beach to visit, it was
raining quite a bit by this time so we decided to come back at another
time. We did, however, get to see an endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal
sleeping on the beach, so it was worth the trip! We drove down Poipu
road a bit, just checking out the town. It was a beautiful area, but
very touristy. We stopped into the Hyatt Resort just to check it out.
The grounds were beautiful and it was quite impressive, but I realized
just how glad I was to be staying away from the touristy areas when I
became thirsty and had to pay $8 for a bottle of water at the Hyatt.
Yes, you read that correctly: $8. Just last night we went to the Big
Save and bought a 2 gallon jug of water for less than half that, but
the resorts like to charge what I call a "convenience fee". Other than
that, I enjoyed walking around the grounds of the Hyatt. (Well, except
for when I was waiting for the bathroom and a baby screamed so loud
right into my ear...mom was waiting in line next to me...that my ear
rang for a good 10 minutes afterward).
We next decided to just see where the road took us, and headed east
along the coast. We eventually found a dirt road and decided to follow
The road went on for quite some time, and at times became very
rough. There were times when I was not sure our little economy car
could make the journey, but it proved that it was the little engine
that could, and got us all the way to the dirt parking area at the end
of the road. We walked down a path only to find a very nice surprise:
we had found our way to Kawailoa Bay, a beautiful little gem of a beach
that, to my pleasant surprise, did not have many people on it except
for a few locals walking dogs. We walked up the beach for quite a while
and watched large sand crabs run and hide in their holes along the way.
The weather was perfect and the scenery was absolutely beautiful.
After walking down the beach, we decided to head in the other direction
and hike along the rocky shoreline path, which provided us with some
The end of the path opened up onto a beautiful bay
full of jagged igneous rocks, sparkling blue waters, and gorgeous hills
in the background.
After we took in the view, we hiked back to the beach area and took a
refreshing dip in the ocean. The water was just the right temperature.
We weren't ready to quit exploring just yet, so we then headed north to
Kapaa, where we stopped for a delicious dinner at TC's Island Grill. I
had a delicious Aloha Veggie Burger with teriyaki and pineapple,
accompanied by a salad with papaya vinaigrette. It was really, really
good. Feeling refreshed, we headed up for a quick view of the Wailea
River and Secret Falls. We plan on renting a kayak and exploring this
area more sometime later this week, but for today we just took a peek.
Amazing! I can't wait to come back. At the lookout point, we were
entertained by a few Hawaiian hippies having a lively drum circle as
well as countless wild chickens running around and doing what chickens
do best, which is being hilarious.
To end our day, we took a cruise down the highway towards the West side
of the island in order to catch the sunset. We ended up pulling over to
the side of the road along the coast in order to watch the golden sun
set over the Pacific, with views of Niihau (the forbidden island) in