Our Fifth Day in Kauai

Some observations -
  There are no out-of-state license plates in Hawaii.
  The helicopter is often called the "state bird".
  Each hotel room has "The Teachings of Buddha" in addition to the Bible.
  Most menus and other printed materials for public consumption are in English and Japanese.

There was a lot of rain in the mountains last night, and we saw many more waterfalls from our room than the day before or on our helicopter tour. Today was pretty sunny and not so windy, up until about 4 pm, when it clouded over except for a beautiful sunset at 7:00 pm

Today we drove up to the western end of the road along the north coast of Kauai. We hiked about 2 miles on the Kalalau Trail along the Na Pali Coast, which is almost never flat, and often rocky, rooty and/or wet. All told, the trail is 11 miles long and connects the end of the road on the north side of the island with the end of the road on the west side which we reached last Thursday. The only way to see this stretch of the island is from the trail or by helicopter or boat.


A Hawaian Zamboni.



View from our window this morning.



View North from the Kalalau Trail
above the coast on the northwestern corner
of Kauai.



View South from the Kalalau Trail
above the coast on the northwestern corner
of Kauai.



Morning glories with the ocean far below.



This is how steep and rocky the
Kalalau Trail is as it wends its
way up and down along the cliffs.



We enjoyed many spectacular views
like this one from the Kalalau Trail.



Sunset from our hotel