Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Greetings from Kaua'i

Lots of roosters and hens roam around this island.

There is a beautiful waterfall behind me. This area is famous for Wedding ceremonies in Kaua'i.

The walk to the waterfall.

The Wailua Boat ride

The Waimea Canyon

On Saturday I went to the island of Kaua'i. This was a day tour. My tour started at 5am and finished at 9pm at night. I was first picked up by the Polynesian Adventures bus and then taken to the next street over to get onto another bus which was going out to the airport. We were greeted by an old man who had our plane tickets. He gave us the instructions on where to meet the tour guide and driver at both ends of the island. Then we went through customs and waited for the plane to come. It was a Hawaiian airlines plane the same as size as a domestic plane in New Zealand-Boeing 737. The plane journey took 25 minutes. The Hawaiian airlines people gave pottles of juice on the flight. When we got there we were greeted by our travel guide called Paddy. She was very friendly and informative. She gave us these facts:
Kaua'i has a population of 63,000 people
There were four sugar cane factories on the island but they have been closed down because of the cost in producing sugar.
Coffee is made on the island.
Schools operate between 7:30am until 2pm.
Behavioural type kids start school at 2pm but in a smaller class sized environment using the same curriculum as everybody else.
There are roosters and hens on the island. If they go onto your property they can be killed and eaten off your dinner plate. If these birds are on public property then they are protected from being killed and it is illegal to do kill the birds.

Parts of Kaua'i are very old. A bit like a country and western feel about it. Quaint little villages in the middle of no where. There are other parts which have flash resorts and golden sand beaches. I don't think I would want to stay on the island for a week. I think I would get bored. On the tour we went to a Coffee plantation which had free samples. There were different flavours of coffee such as caramel, chocolate, pineapple, coconut flavoured coffee etc. I tried some of the flavours but not being a coffee drinker it was too strong without milk. However it did help with the jetlag and the restless night.

Then we drove to the Waimea Canyon. The roads to the canyon were very windy and I felt a little queasy on the way there. I was going to mention it to the driver but I felt a little embarrassed and I closed my eyes until I got there. The canyon was spectacular. The redness in the rock was caused by erosion. After this we went to Jo's Cafe and had lunch. I had lunch with an Australian lady who was also travelling on her own and a couple who came from Missouri. They were very interesting to talk to. I mainly hung out with the Australian woman on the day. Her name was Alison and was a geologist but is now unemployed.

After lunch we went to the Wailia river to take a river cruise. It was very relaxing. We sailed along the water and then we had to go on this bush walk. It took us to this waterfall which is famous for wedding ceremonies. While we were at the waterfall the crew sang some songs and performed the hula dance. It was great.

After this we drove to the airport. As we had plenty of time we went to the ocean and did some whale watching. We saw three whales and the Americans in the group said "show us your skin". The whales were very close and they put on an impressive display. We mainly saw their fins and tips of their tails. I tried taking photos but it was rainy. Every time I turned off my camera the jolly whale would come up from under the water. Wasn't meant to be. Had a great day out.

After the whale watching we caught the plane back to Honolulu. The bus met us at the airport and took us back to our hotel rooms. It was a great day out and the Americans on the trip were friendly and had a great sense of humor.

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