Sunday, March 31, 2013
The Sleepy Island of Kaua'i
The next morning, we woke up in Nawiliwili Harbor on the sleepy island of Kaua'i.
Once again, we rented a car, and then headed for the road on the west side of the island above Waimea Canyon.
At the end of the road, you get a view of part of the Na Pali Coast.
Tomorrow night, we'll be sailing by the coast, so we'll see it from a different angle.
You can also sort of get a view in the distance of Wai'ale'ale, one of the wettest spots on earth, with more than 450 inches of rain per year.
Another way to see all this is by helicopter - there were lots of them out flying about.
And, we saw quite a bit of wildlife - many, many wild chickens.
Do you ever wonder how things get to Hawaii?
I think this is a Pacific Golden Plover, called a kolea in Hawaiian.
We never did see any néné. They are an endangered relative of the Canada Goose.
On our way down the mountain, we stopped to see the historic Menehune Ditch.
It's an ancient water course built a long time ago by the Menehunes, or Hawaiian dwarfs.
At the same spot is the swinging bridge that crosses the Waimea River.
Kind of scary to walk across, but of course I did...