Welcome to my account of our second day on the garden island of Kauai. We had PLANNED to take a boat trip around the northwest Na Pali coast. Note that it is the ONLY part of the island’s coast that is not accessible by land, so there’s a lot there that can’t be seen any other way. With luck, we were also going to get some snorkeling in from the boat, as well. Unfortunately, due to the high seas and rain the captain ended up cancelling the trip. It was rescheduled to Sunday, hoping that the weather would end up better after a couple days.
Since we couldn’t take the trip we wanted by boat, we headed south to Wailua Falls (our hotel was in Kapa’a, along the east coast). This was a pretty short trip, all things considered. Of course, anyplace on the island was pretty close – it’s one of the smaller islands. After the waterfall, we actually got a little nice weather, with some blue sky, so we put the top down on the car.
We then headed to Spouting Horn Park, a bit south of the airport. This park contains several blowholes and rock formations. Blowholes are holes that are open to the waves and the water spouts up through a small channel as the waves hit the rock.
Click here for video – BlowHole
This is also where we ran across the largest (so far) collection of native chickens. These chickens were ALL OVER the island. It turns out they have no natural predators on the island, so they’ve managed to take over everywhere. You couldn’t drop a piece of bread anywhere on the island without one of the chickens running out of the bushes (or generally, a BUNCH of chickens).
They pretty much “owned” the islands. I asked one of the natives if they were ever used for food (there seemed to be a LOT of BBQ chicken places around, after all…) I was told that they are protected on public land, but are fair game on private land. However, they were NOT generally used for food as they were too wild and tough. The way to cook them was explained like this… Put the chicken in a pot of boiling water with a lava rock. Boil until the lava rock is soft enough to chew. Then the chicken MIGHT be ready… Needless to say, we didn’t try it.
We experienced yet another downpour while at this park, so we huddled under some vendor tents located in the parking lot. I bought Polly a flower necklace while we were waiting, purple of course. There was also one of the trees whose leaves you could write on. Neither Polly nor I could remember or find out what the name of the tree is, but they were all over the island. After a bit of research here at home, it turns out it is commonly called simply the Autograph Tree…
After the park, we continued west to Salt Pond Park. Here we took another walk along the beach. If the weather were nicer, this would have been a great place to swim. It was a sand beach protected by lava rock reefs. There were also a few surfers.
A little further down the beach we ran across several sea turtles swimming in the waves. None were brave enough to come out onto the beach, however, but we saw at least 6 of them frolicking in the water. Trust me, that’s one of them in the wave .
On the way home, we decided to stop at a burger joint that seemed to be very well know around the area, Bubba Burgers. Good burgers, with genuine Kauai beef. A bit messy, but delicious.
A few more sites along the way home…
And that’s the end of Day two. More to follow…