Up for brekkers as the ship docked at
Kauai. Earliest and smallest of the main ,
it is the furthest west, and (because it has had 5 million years to build up
some soil) quite lush with tropical vegetation.
The windward side has 400-600 inches of rain a year while the leeward
side of the island has only 15 inches per year. Hawaii Islands
We trooped off the ship at 8:30 to board a bus and set off on our tour. Our knowledgeable driver kept up an interesting commentary through the tunnel of trees, to millionaire’s coast and Waimea with its own statue of Captain Cook who landed here first before going to the
to be killed. One tidbit: in the past 15 years 7 people
have been killed by sharks in Big
Island Hawaii. In the same period, 200 have been killed by
coconuts. The 12-14 pound killers
falling from 80-90 feet in the air can easily spoil your day. So don’t worry about sharks.
Then it was up the usual twisty mountain road to
and one of the
main lookout points for this spectacular canyon. Called by Mark Twain the Waimea Canyon
State Park Grand
Canyon of the Pacific, the canyon is 10 miles long, a mile wide
and 3,400 feet deep. Unlike the Grand Canyon, this one is very colourful due to the
different colours of lava and the vivid vegetation.
Then back to the ship for an afternoon by the pool before another Lucullian feast and an Eagles tribute show at the Club Mardi Gras. Easy to take.
Canyon and one of the waterfalls responsible
Close-up of the falls
Cook Monument in a nearby village. Note the fresh Lei.