Bock, Bock, Bwwaaaakkkkk!

Yesterday I spent several hours working through more estate stuff. I’m trying to get things ready for the accountant. The major burden has been going through all the donations and finding ‘real market value’. Can’t we just guess? Of course, I don’t want to piss off the IRS. I’ll be happy when Thursday arrives andContinue reading “Bock, Bock, Bwwaaaakkkkk!”

Kauai Trip: Po’ipu hike

Along the southern edge of Kauai is a 2+ mile trail that travels along the shoreline to a beach. The Maha’ulepu coast trail starts next to the Hyatt Regency Resort at Shipwreck beach and heads east. It snakes along the shoreline over Makawehi bluff, traverses part of the golf course, through an ancient heiau, overContinue reading “Kauai Trip: Po’ipu hike”

Kauai Trip: waterfalls and sunset

Our mornings were pretty laid back, enjoying the sunrise, watching the turtle & surfer population, and drinking coffee. On this day our plan was to head east to view two waterfalls: Wailua &  Opaeka’a Falls. Morning on the lanai… Mike & Shannon getting ready for the day. Surfers already out enjoying the morning waves. FirstContinue reading “Kauai Trip: waterfalls and sunset”

Kauai Trip: a fowl situation

One thing the guide books all mentioned was the chicken population. The Red Junglefowl or Moa (Gallus gallus) were originally introduced by the Polynesian colonist. The males are stunning with bright colors and distinctive red combs. Sickle shaped feathers reminded me of leaves from the Koa tree. The wild population resides inside Koke’e State Park,Continue reading “Kauai Trip: a fowl situation”

Kauai Trip: the hike to nowhere

While visiting the Koke’e State Park, we decided to take advantage of our Jeep rental and a new map with directions to trail heads. After rocking and rolling over some rough road (whacking the head a couple of times on the door), and back tracking a few times, we arrived. Or was it really theContinue reading “Kauai Trip: the hike to nowhere”

Kauai Trip: Kalalau Valley on Na Pali coastline

If one continues up the road from Waimea Canyon overview they will encounter the dramatically different view. These images are taken from Pu’u O Kila Lookout.  We visited twice during the day. Some locals let us know that early morning is often the best chance for cloud breaks. We had arrived around 11am and theContinue reading “Kauai Trip: Kalalau Valley on Na Pali coastline”

Kauai Trip: Waimea Canyon

Lesson number one: always check your batteries and camera storage capacity BEFORE leaving on a tropical vacation. Our first day out was to explore the north shore up around Hanalei, Limahuli Garden & Preserve ($15 entry fee), Haena and what ever else we could find in that area without my camera. Fortunately 3 other camerasContinue reading “Kauai Trip: Waimea Canyon”

Kauai Trip: starting in Poipu beach area

In early April, with two of my siblings, hubby & big bro’s partner, we  journeyed to Kauai for a family vacation. We ended up staying at the Kuhio Shores condos just outside Koloa & Poipu. Not a bad centralized location. Below are images from the condo and the crazy cast of characters involved. Morning lookingContinue reading “Kauai Trip: starting in Poipu beach area”