Up at dawn, bags by the door for pickup, coach to
for lengthy check-in/security
process (no NEXUS here) and finally squoze in to the last row of seats in the
overcrowded Hawaii Air B717 to Kawai.
Elapsed time so far? Four
hours. Flight time to Honolulu Airport Kauai? Nineteen minutes.
From Lihue airport on Kauai, we bussed to the
for lunch and a leisurely boat-ride up the river (complete with Hula dancer) to
the Fern Grotto. The grotto is a natural
cave in a u-shaped cut in the mountain, carved by a waterfall and surrounded by
ferns hanging upside down from the rock face.
The ferns were all destroyed by a hurricane in 1992 and have just
started to regrow. Wailua River
Then finally to our hotel in time for Happy Hour, a complementary Mai Tai and sticker shock at the $13.95/day charge for internet access. Happily, a lovely dinner, outdoors in the courtyard, near the triple pool, with the sound of the surf in the background and an absolutely perfect temperature soothed all woes away.
Upside-down ferns growing in grotto
Flower of the Pau tree
Pink Torch Ginger flower (also available in red or white)
Kauai Beach Resort Hotel Courtyard
Dinner overlooking courtyard
Not-quite Blue Moon over Hawaii