Dear Reader, we arrived in Kaua’i Island this morning and will stay for three days. We really appreciate my brother and sister-in-law putting up with us for the past week while we lounged around their house and neighborhood. Kaua’i is meant to feel more like a vacation. We’re staying at the Aloha Beach Resort in Kaap’a, a town north of Lihue, Kaua’i’s largest city. Tomorrow we plan to drive along the north shore of the island, and on Friday we will drive south to Port Allen and take a catamaran cruise along the Na Pali (western) Coast of the island. Some of the best scenery on Kaua’i Island is located along the Na Pali Coast, and it’s inaccessible by car. I really wanted to visit Ni’ihau Island, the forbidden island off the west coast of Kaua’i, but we won’t have time to take a cruise there on this trip. On Saturday, we will end our trip to Kaua’i by visiting Waimea Canyon, the most famous attraction on the island.
We haven’t seen much of the island, but my initial impression is that it feels more rural and secluded than O’ahu, Maui, or the Big Island. It’s also much cooler here in eastern Kaua’i than on O’ahu, perhaps because this is the windward (rainy) side of the island, and the island features the wettest spot on earth. It certainly is lush, but believe it or not, my Hawai’ian shirts and sandals just aren’t warm enough to keep me warm. Excuse me while I leave this breezy outdoor lounge and head to my warm room!