byebye kaua’i, hello big island!

I have to pay for internet here (booo, hiss) so I probably won’t be online much this week. But I wanted to check in!

On Tuesday we went to the Hanalei farmer’s market, which was awesome!

because people are impatient

I bought some local goat cheese, some spices, a really good little low-acid white pineapple, and some local honey to take home.

yummy cheese, honey, baked goods

My sisters bought chocolate dipped frozen bananas! Yummy.

chocolate dipped frozen bananas

Near the end of our time in Kaua’i we…took a trip to Costco. Didn’t buy much, which was good considering that we were leaving! Then a stop by the Waimea Falls on the way home, which are apparently the falls from the opening of Fantasy Island?

fun with slow shutters

(I was having fun taking photos at various shutter speeds. This is relatively low, so the water is blurry. I like it!)

We did a little more shopping in Hanalei, and briefly checked out the Kilauea Lighthouse from afar – couldn’t be bothered to actually go through the wildlife refuge and such!

Kilauea Lighthouse

And I made my mark on an autograph tree.

making my mark

We haven’t seen much of the Big Island yet, but it definitely has a really different landscape from Kaua’i! Lava fields and such. I haven’t taken many photos yet, but we can see the ocean from our window and it’s really quite nice.

kona coast

Today we’re headed out to the national volcanoes park – should be interesting, but it’s a 3-hour drive which I’m not that into!

more kaua’i adventures

Monday we headed out at a decent hour and drove down to Waimea Canyon. None of my photos really do it justice, but it was pretty awesome! I took some photos on the scenic drive up to the top:

the drive up Waimea

Waimea Canyon

Unfortunately once we got to the overlook at the top, the elevation had me feeling all funny (3600 ft). I only lasted a couple minutes on the overlook before I had to get back to the car and sit down.

But I did managed to snap enough to put together a cool panorama. Still doesn’t really capture it, but it was really fun to make! See a larger version on a black background, Click!

Waimea Canyon panorama

On the way back we stopped at the Kauai Coffee Plantation – they had great tastings (and they have a coffee club) and lots to buy. And I even ran into a reader! Hi Linda, it was great to meet you.

tasting!

Capped off the day with a trip to a nearby Farmer’s Market. I got a bunch of eggplant for $2, and my mom picked up some guavas and papayas.

farmer's market

Now I’m all panorama-crazy, here’s one of Hanalei Bay that I put together from photos I took the other day.

Hanalei Bay panorama

Click to see it big!

kaua’i: beaches and cliffs

the beach

Kaua’i is beautiful. And a big change from O’ahu, which is the most developed island and full of tall buildings! There aren’t any tall buildings on Kaua’i, apparently because there’s a law that says that no building can be taller than a coconut tree!

juice stand

We flew on Hawaiian Airlines, which was fine and super short – about 30 minutes total. Then we picked up our rental car and headed for the resort. There’s just one highway that goes around the perimeter of the island, where all the towns are – the interior of the island remains all rainforest and jungle.

We got to the resort a little too early to check in, so we took a drive up to Hanalei, where there’s this little shopping plaza. I found a cute bamboo jersey dress and the yarn store!

Strings and Things

Strings and Things is half music store and half yarn store! They did have a little bit of locally dyed yarn, but otherwise a mostly mainstream selection. I do wish I’d looked for that yarn store in Honolulu that had Japanese stuff, but oh well.

Sunday we went for a drive up the coast and stopped at a couple of beaches for pictures and a little bit of walking along the water line. I’m a little freaked out about swimming in the ocean here because Kaua’i is known for rougher waters, a strong undertow and riptide. There was even a handout at the resort on “How to survive a riptide”. Yikes.

dangerous swimming

331.365 - hanalei bay!

Hanalei Bay was rated #1 beach in the world on some list – it does have a pretty awesome view!

the cliffs

picturesque beach