Where We Be
|Just up the road from us is one of the most famous views on Kauai, Hanalei Valley Overlook, with its quiltwork of emerald taro fields
Today we got to know Kauai's north shore a
little better. We're staying at the Maluhia Moon
Cottage in Princeville for the week, so all things
north shore are now within easy reach. It was
just a short drive to Kilauea Point, for example,
a National Wildlife Refuge with a photogenic
lighthouse, wave-battered cliffs, and seabirds –
including red-footed boobies and albatrosses.
Next we made our way to Wailua Falls on the
eastern side of the island, which we had just
seen by helicopter the day before and liked
well enough to want to see again by land. These
are the twin falls used in the opening credits of
the TV series "Fantasy Island." We continued
on for a view of the peaceful Wailua River,
where Hawaiian royalty used to live.
After a string of busy days it felt good to take it
easier today. We explored a few north shore
beaches like Anini Beach and Hanalei Beach,
and we visited some local scenic spots like
Kilauea Point and Hanalei Valley Overlook, but
otherwise we were happy to just relax and play
a simple round of mini-golf.
|This grassy lookout point near the Westin Resort is within easy walking distance of our cottage. Anini Beach is down the hill from here.
|The cliffs at Kilauea Point are breeding grounds for red-footed boobies, Laysan albatrosses, frigatebirds, and shearwaters
|The waters surrounding the refuge are home to Hawaiian monk seals, green turtles, and, in winter, humpback whales
|We saw several nene (pronounced "nay-nay") at Kilauea Point -- the nene is an endangered Hawaiian goose
|Kauai Mini-Golf offers a fun course that combines mini-golf with a botanical garden. It's priced for Hawaii, though, at $18 per person for 18 holes.
|Robin managed to beat me by just one stroke, darn her!
|We're staying at Maluhia Moon Cottage in Princeville (near Princeville Shopping Center) for about $600 for the week [Not my photos]
|Just out the sliding door is this pretty walking trail leading to Anini Beach (although you have to negotiate a steep stretch to get to the beach itself)
|We continued driving to the eastern side of Kauai to take in a few sights there
|They're hard to see but several kayakers are paddling down this stretch of the Wailua River
|Wailua Falls is easily accessible by car and quite lovely
|Next to the trail is the lovely Prince Course at Princeville Resort -- ranked as Golf Digest's #1 golf course in Hawaii
|Another view of the Prince Course -- pretty enough it almost makes me want to play golf. Almost.
|Our comfortable studio rental gives us a good base for exploring the north shore of Kauai [Not my photo]
|The nearby Wailua River was once home to Hawaiian royalty
|The photogenic lighthouse at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge is worth a visit