Sam endured lots of my camera time.
Breakfast at the Smalltown Cafe in Kapaa. Pretty much everyone on the island seems to have multiple tatoos.
Lovely hula girls. This was literally almost all of the native 'culture' that we encountered.
View from the main room in our rental house in Princeville.
Sam takes the first dip in the ocean near our rental house.
Geckos patrolled for bugs all night at the abode.
Morning view from the abode--a rain shower passing through.
Snorkeling at the beach near Sea Lodge. Sam is in the background. We saw tons of these lovely green, blue, and red fish.
Coral at the 1st snorkeling spot.
Evening view from the house.
View of Lumahai beach.
Sam reclining on the lava rocks.
**Insert your own rehorical question here**. Wild hens and roosters are all over the island and have been since a hurricane in 1992. (He completed his crossing safely just so you know.)
Sam snorkeling at Tunnels Beach.
Tunnels Beach. On another day snorkeling here we had a close encounter with a shark! A group of beach goers frantically waved and whistled for us to swim back to the shore. Apparently it swam pretty close to us. We were fine and once on shore got to see the shark jutting around. Whew!
Typical scenery on a walk to a beach.
Isn't anyone interested in the beach? I thought this scene was peculiar.
Sam readies herself for snorkeling.
The trail down to Hideaways beach.
You can see the coral quite clearly even from a good ways away.
These are taro fields in Halalei.
View from the abode of the mauka (mountains).
More mauka views.
Scene on the way to the Queen's Bath.
The lava coast at Queen's Bath.
More of QB.
Trees at the beach.
More of the QB trail with the waterfall to the left.
A crazy looking tree--I forget the name of it. The roots are thorny, which Sam learned the hard way as she leaned against them.
Sam prepares a snack at the abode while I lounge.
Eating a delicious pineapple. It was local and from the freakin' Kauai Safeway no less.
The swells and surf were too big to swim for a few days.
More vegetation scenes on the way to the beach.
Other than the shore break, surf, lack of lifeguard, wave break, rip current, and slippery rocks...have lots of fun!!!
Sunset from the house over Hanalei Bay.
Scene from one of the daily farmer's markets on the island. The produce, largely tropical fruits was outstanding--varieties of avocados, bananas, custard apples, mangoes, papayas etc. etc. We bought mangoes and apple-bananas from this woman.
A youngster at the market enjoys a cold coconut juice.
Some of the asian greens at the farmer's market.
Sam at 'Anini Beach.
Gabe at the 'Anini beach.
Groovy plant at 'Anini.
Fringes of a ranch near 'Anini Beach. Note the cool pine-type trees on the ridge.
Fresh guava from a tree near our house.
Sam made us a papaya dacquiri with some of the fresh fruit. It was techicolor almost.
Enjoying our tropical drink.
We cooked at home most of the time. I think we ate out 3 times. We ate a ton of local fish. This is a little sampler plate we made of butterfish, opa, and mon chong. All good but Sam says the butterfish is the best.