E and I took a very last-minute whirlwind vacation over to a neighbor island... Kaua'i! A family that she babysits for called us asking if she would like to go with them to Kaua'i to help out with the kids, and invited me along too, if I wanted to go. We all already know the answer to that, right? LOL
So we flew at 7am Saturday morning and came back home 6pm Sunday evening. It was the quickest flight I have ever been on! 20 minutes between the two islands. LOL Time enough to get up in the air, pass out and drink a tiny cup of passion guava juice and then land. Best kind of flight.
That island is so different from Oahu!! Hundreds of thousands LESS people, and ZERO over-developed areas. The zoning codes for that island state that NO building can be taller than a coconut tree. They specifically wanted to avoid turning into Oahu or Waikiki. So there is very little to actually see as you drive around, other than the natural beauty of everything. And the towns are SO small and quaint!!
So when you are leaving the baggage claim area, this sign greets you:
And then you step thru the doors under the sign to this view!
We stayed at the Grand Hyatt Resort & Spa, which is HUUUGGGEEE and gorgeous. And it is right next door to, or shares property with the Poipu Bay Golf Course. Dad... this is the prettiest golf course I have ever seen. There wasn't a tournament going on, but they are proud of the events they host, that's for sure. Tiger Woods and Greg Norman stuff all around. They say it's the home of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf. We ate dinner at the clubhouse restaurant.
The view from our room balcony
E and I on that balcony
One of the waterfalls there on the beachfront side of the resort. Maybe you can see E and one of the kids she was there to help out with
Scenes from around the property
Some of the swimming areas- the pools were unbelievable. Some were salt water lagoons w/ sand, and some were fresh water that just looked like lagoons
Waimea Canyon- Mark Twain dubbed this the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. The canyon measures 10 miles long, 1 mile wide, and more than 3,500-feet deep. I showed up just after sunrise... I hear that it looks different in the late afternoon to sunset times.
Kalalau Lookout... this is the very end of the road on the western side of the island. Located in Koke'e State Park... it was raining when I finally got up there... the white mist covered most everything. I wish I had had more time to see it on a dry day, because I think that is probably the prettiest spot on the island that you could drive to.
Just a pretty shot out to the ocean. Hard to tell where the water ends and the sky begins!
Another beautiful coastal view
Wailua Falls... there's a road that takes you right out to these falls! Another long and winding and bumpy road. In the Hanama'ulu area.
Gorgeous coastal shots... driving north up the East coast... this was somewhere near Kapa'a
Maniniholo Dry Cave - this thing was huge!! The beach just in front of it: Tunnels Beach & Ha'ena Beach Park
Inside the cave
The view from the inside out
Kaua'i is all about keeping the island calm, peaceful and uncrowded. So another thing they do to keep crowds at a minimum (along with no tall buildings and no big shopping centers) is keep traffic moving REALLY SLOW! All along the North Shore, there are one-lane bridges. So you have to stop and yield right of way to the other cars as you move along the coast. I took this pic out the front window of the car so you could see... they're wooden bridges!
Kilauea Lighthouse...I am so glad I found my way to this! So pretty.
E on the beach right before we left
After we flew back to Oahu... we walked out to our car that was parked on the topmost floor of the airport's parking garage. And it was nearly sunset, and the view of Honolulu/Waikiki/Diamondhead was soooooo pretty!!
And E stood up on the concrete wall and wanted her picture taken... cute!