Kauai ~ Day 4 ~ Wiamea Canyon & AJ’s Celebration

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wiamea Canyon

Today was a full one, which started off with a six hour road trip to Wiamea Canyon.  Dave, Diane and I went without Dustin, who was feeling under the weather.

Kauai is very laid back and only has two lane roads to get everywhere … no super highways here!  There are no roadways through the center part of the island and the perimeter roadway is shaped in a reverse “C.”   So as the crow flies, Wiamea really wasn’t that far from Princeville, but due to the road situation it took us several hours to get there.

Along the way, we drove through “tree tunnel”. This is a natural tunnel that is about half a mile long and is popular with tourists. Diane and I almost got squished a few times trying to snap a good picture. Oh yeah, she also tried to climb the root-like trunk of one of the huge trees. That’s my girl!

The northern part of Hawaii is so plush, green, and very tropical feeling. The southern part is almost desert-like in comparison. We saw this interesting waterfall along the way and had to stop and explore.

This is Kauai?

Wildlife on Kauai didn’t present itself on this island, except for wild roosters and chickens everywhere. There were early wake-up calls at the resort thanks to these fellas.

Isn't he pretty?

Wiamea Canyon is considered to be the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, and I think it’s even more breath-taking. It is 10 miles long, one mile wide, and 3,600 feet deep. It’s layers depict the evidence of centuries of lava flow and volcanic eruptions. The shroud of fog that rolled in created a spectacular sight.

Too close!

After a picnic lunch, we headed back to our resort, but found a really cool little artsy town called “Hanapepe”. This name came to be Diane’s favorite word to say in her most girly, southern, voice. (Hana – pay – pay)

Loved this vintage gas pump and vintage truck filled with flowers. I’m thinking that maybe we could do this to our old work truck when it dies. Hmmm?  This rope bridge was kinda interesting as well, although I don’t know its significance.
AJ, Ally’s brother, just graduated with honors just days before traveling to Kauai for the wedding. His parents, Cindy and Brian, invited all of the wedding guest to a big dinner at Bouchon’s, a popular Hanalei sushi restaurant.  My kids were in heaven!

AJ's celebration

I have to admit that I fell in love with a little tropical drink called a “lava flow” which is a pina colada with fresh strawberry puree. Too die for! It is so pretty and unassuming, although it definitely packs a punch. Too bad I don’t like sushi, or let’s say I don’t want to try most of it. There were SO many beautiful plates of it brought out that I think my kids were going crazy (in a good way) with all the choices.  My dinner on the other hand, was teriyaki chicken with fresh pineapple and garlic mashed potatoes. Delicious!

The group had so much fun together. I’m so happy with all the new relationships forged.  So far, this week has been out of this world!

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