I: Kauai & California, 1993
Trip in the Sun with Betty and Casey
June 12-22, 1993
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(This posting updated July 19, 2008)
By Lewis Nolan
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Saturday, June 12, 1993 - Flights to Lihue,
Buzz, Casey and I
left home about 8 a.m. for the
We boarded our
Northwest Airlines airplane and departed
We arrived in
We caught the
Wiki-Wiki bus tram to get to the boarding gate for Aloha Airlines and its
commuter flight to the
It seemed that the
confusion was due to our trans-ocean flight arriving early. We finally left on
the right plane about 3 p.m. for
We landed at
I don’t think I’ve
ever had to show claim tickets on our many trips out of the
Our drive to the Aston Beach Villas was short. We stopped at a Safeway Food Store to lay in a supply of food and beverages for our week-long stay. We noticed that the price of food here is almost double the cost we pay at home since almost everything in the store must be shipped over from the mainland.
Our villa is wonderful! We got an ocean view (upgraded since the higher priced rentals on the shoreline were mostly vacant due to a big falloff in tourism because of the recent Hurricane Iniki) rather than just a garden view. With so few tourists, we lucked out. Our view was nice and the unit is quite nice. Oddly, only the bedroom was air-conditioned, but the furnishings were more than adequate and the place was comfortable for the three of us.
With five hours
difference in the time between
June 13, 1993 – In rented Outrigger Villas
condo near Lihue,
I happened to
awaken at 2:30 a.m., which translated to 7 a.m. back in
Last night, we ate
lightly of McDonald’s carryout and had a few drinks before falling into bed in
our condo. We are pleased that the villa is quite nice and offers from the
front windows and lanai (porch) a spectacular view of the
Signs warn that the
ocean surf in front of our villa and most places near us is dangerous. But we
have brought our snorkels and other gear all the way from
A fascinating sight awaits those who venture out into the lawns in front of the villas. They are occupied here and there by giant toads, about the size of a softball or a very fat Robin bird. They came out at dusk when the knee-high lawn lights come on, presumably to hunt insects by zapping them with their long tongues.
Nearby our villa
are some people camped by a stream that flows into the ocean. They look like
native Hawaiians. What passes for rocky beach near us is coarse sand and bits
of coral and volcanic rock that is blown into steep, dune-like shapes along
waters’ edge. At night, the lights from the
I was up before 6 a.m. and joined Betty on the lanai for breakfast made of sourdough bread formed into a sandwich. We watched some tropical birds flit about that included a hummer, an egret and a Cardinal-like bird with a red head and gray-white body. I used the provided telephone to make some tee times for later in the week.
The three of us
took a driving tour of the north coast of Kauai
We drove on to
Wailua and up Highway 581 to a panoramic view of
We then drove down
a side road to what we thought was the prettiest beach of the day, at the mouth
Many of the homes
in this part of
Along the beaches we saw a great many people I presumed to be native Hawaiians sitting in shade created by tarps hung from tree limbs and drinking beer. Not a bad life, I suppose, but certainly a languid one that is not pointed to personal accomplishments that I, Betty and Casey strive for. While Casey did express some envy for the laid-back lifestyle that is so endemic here, I must admit to having an internal compass that veers more to the Calvinist view that “hard work is its own reward.”
We stopped our
driving tour at Hanalei for lunch. It is here that locals credit the land as
being the source of the “
I purchased some reef flip flops for myself and a handcrafted, flower lei for Betty who was still pining away for the one she had hoped the airline would present her. We also purchased some packaged fish food to use when snorkeling at a nearby beach.
The snorkeling at
Ke’e Beach was wonderful, where the coastal road ends. There were dozens and
dozens of brightly colored fish swimming about, some 18 or so inches long. They
mobbed me when I opened the package of fish food, which is supposedly more
healthy for them than the frozen peas recommended in our guide book. It was a
genuine treat for me and Casey to see so many gaily decorated, colorful fish.
It was the best snorkeling we had since we had visited
Betty passed on the snorkeling and sunned on the beach, where the soft shell-coral sand was hot and sticky. I think I enjoyed our brief visit to Ke’e Beach more than either Betty or Casey. The presence of some rough-looking, beachbum characters made the beach less attractive than it would have otherwise been. We drove back south to Ha’ena Beach Park after stopping at a couple of large caves that were open to the public. One was wet with seawater.
I snorkeling some
more around some interesting, coral “ravines” and saw many tropical fish while
Betty and Casey sunned. About 4 p.m., with the sun still high, we drove the
final 45 minutes or so back to
June 13, 1993 – In rented Outrigger Villas
condo near Lihue,
Day 2: After waking
up several times, I finally got up at 5 a.m.
I could not resist the opportunity of attempting to take a photograph of the Hawaiian sunrise. At 6:30 a.m., it seemed the rest of my family was awake. Casey was not awake by choice, but he sleeps in a hide-a-bed in the large, living room that faces the ocean. Buzz joined me on the lanai for his breakfast. We looked at the birds and enjoyed the peacefulness of the morning ocean sounds and smells.
We went to the
condo development pool to check out our snorkeling equipment and then headed to
We saw some
outstanding scenery and took many photos today. Hopefully we will have recorded
many memories since Casey will be leaving our home in
We ate lunch in Hanalei, where I did receive a handmade lei that Buzz purchased at a bargain from a local. The necklace is braided from the leaves of the Ti plant. Flowers are inserted into the necklace. At long last, I received a lei.
We returned back to our villa to snack and shower before going to dinner. Using the guidebook for advice on where to eat is not too good since it was written before Hurricane Iniki wiped out many businesses on the island last fall. We ate at the Jolly Roger Restaurant next to the Coconut Marketplace, which was mostly put out of business due to the hurricane. Our dinner was good and by island standards, quite reasonably priced.
All in all, we had a good day with beautiful weather.
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