To celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary, we took a trip to the Hawaiian island of Kauaʻi (read the previous parts here). When last we left in Part 7, we had enjoyed a morning of great views and then lunch, but we were ready to hit the beach…
Saturday, July 7, 2018 (continued)
We then decided it was time to check out another beach to see if the swimming there was good. Because it was already the middle of the afternoon, we did not want to go all that far. So we decided to try Poʻipū Beach Park, which was only a mile or two from the Grand Hyatt. Finding a parking place was a little difficult, but we only had to circle the relatively small lot before we found a place. But parking was free, so we did not have anything to complain about.
We discovered that Poʻipū Beach Park was an actual park, with picnic areas and a playground, and of course a beach with lifeguards. It was also a place with lots of people. Much different from the beaches we had visited so far. The crowd was not overwhelming, however, so we decided to stay for a while.
Before we got in the water, we noticed several people pointing at something in the water. We were not sure what it was at first, but then we saw that it was a large turtle swimming slowly by. Everyone stayed back out of the way of the turtle, and he swam up very close to the shore. He was over three feet long from his nose to his tail. Much larger than the small turtles we see in our yard back home. He did not seem to be bothered by the people at all. There were several people snorkeling in the water, and I am guessing that some of them had seen him coming. He swam off on his way, and everything returned to normal.
At one side of the beach, the waves were smaller than any that we had seen so far. However, the waves at the other side were large, just like what we had seen before. We ventured out to give it a try, mostly staying in the smaller wave area. The ground was a bit rocky underneath the sand, which was similar to what we had seen elsewhere, but we still enjoyed the water for a while.
Out away from the shore, there was a large rocky area, and some people were brave enough to swim out to it to walk around. We did not attempt that, because it looked like they were having to work hard to get out there and back. Still, it was interesting to see the waves crashing with big sprays on the rocks behind them. I was actually surprised by the number of people who were out there sometimes. Maybe getting out there was not quite as difficult as it looked, but we decided it was not for us.
We enjoyed our time there, even with all of the people that were there. But it was starting to get late in the afternoon, and we decided it was time to move on. But we thought we would visit one more landmark before heading back to our hotel.
One of the places we had seen signs for in the area was Spouting Horn Park. Laura checked the map and saw that it was very close to where we were. She also saw
We drove up, and there were several cars in the parking lot, so we thought that was a good sign. And then we saw that the walkway to the water was a series of covered tents. Inside were vendors selling crafts and such. We looked quickly as we were on our way, but we went on out to the water.
The Spouting Horn for which the park was named is a hole in the lava rocks of the shore. When the waves of the ocean hit the rocks below, water is forced through the hole in the rocks, shooting up in the air like a geyser. Maybe not interesting to see to some people, but we enjoyed it. The negative reviews were probably from someone seeking lots of thrills and high adventure. But for us it was fun! It was one of those fun little things of nature that excite us. Maybe we are easily impressed, but there were several others there being easily impressed with us.
While we were watching the Spouting Horn, we heard people pointing out a turtle, and we saw it, too. I wondered if it was the same turtle that we had seen down the way at Poʻipū. After all, this was the direction in which it had been swimming. It could very well have been another turtle
We watched the horn do its spouting for a while, and then it was time to move on. But before we did, we looked around at the different sellers in the tents. Most of them were trying to leave, but they also know not to pass up a sale. So we found a couple of things to purchase from some of the happy vendors
Our way took us toward our hotel. We stopped at a park that had a statue, and we learned that it was the birthplace of Prince Kuhio. Kuhio was one of the last of the Hawaiian royals before their government was overthrown by American businessmen. But the park was closed and we could not go in. So instead of trespassing, we went across the street and enjoyed the ocean view for just a few moments before heading on back.
When we got back to the hotel parking lot, I noticed something curious. We had already seen that all of the parking spaces were numbered, although we did not have one particular numbered spot to park in. But this time I saw something funny in the sequence of numbers on row D: D48, D49, D40, D51, D52. Apparently, the painting guys forgot to change out the 4 for a 5 in their stencil when they got to 50. Oops. At least the other rows were correct. We know, because we checked. We got a good laugh out of it. Once again, easily amused.
After we had changed clothes in our room, we decided to walk down to the beach and go back up on the rocks that we had climbed earlier in the day to enjoy the view of the sunset. However, we were not quite sure how good of a sunset it would be, because the sky was full of clouds. But we climbed up anyway.
As soon as we got up there, I knew that it must be a good place to be and a good time to get there
There was another couple up there with us, but they climbed down some of the rocks to be closer to the water. We decided we were good right where we were. That spot was fine for us.
And what a view we had! As the sun was going down, even though we could not see much of the sun itself, we could see the clouds changing all sorts of colors. That sky, combined with the waves and the rocks and the blue water below made for a colorful view. We enjoyed seeing the ever-changing colors and the ever-changing waves. The wedding photo party eventually came over to where we were, and we moved over to where they had been. They then went on their way, as it was probably getting a little dark for the photos that they wanted, and that gave us more room to move around without worrying about being in the photos of others.
As we were about to start heading back to the hotel, there was a rainbow in the sky! That made the scene even better. It was a little difficult to pick it up in photos, but we definitely enjoyed the sight. The rainbow made the few raindrops that had fallen on us seem trivial in scope.
But we did not want to be trapped out there in the dark, so we started walking back to the Grand Hyatt. I took several photos of the waves and the sky along the way, which meant that I kept having to catch back up with Laura, but that was okay. At least my knees were working a little better than they had been earlier in the day.
Back at the hotel, we decided we should go get some supper before it got to be too late. We decided on Italian food, just to have something different, and Laura found a place on her phone for us to go. We drove to ʻEleʻele, which was back in the direction that we had gone the previous day toward Waimea, although it was not nearly as far as we had driven the day before.
We soon arrived at our destination of Kauaʻi Pasta West in ʻEleʻele. The lights were dim, and there were not many people there. I was hoping they were not planning to close soon. After all, it was just after 8:00, and what we had seen on Google showed that they were open until 9:00. When we walked in, they were happy to seat us, as I figured they would be based on the small number of people that were there.
For our dinner, I decided on a pepperoni pizza, while Laura chose shrimp linguini
When we had finished and paid, we thanked our waitress and drove back to the Grand Hyatt for the night. It was a late night for us, relatively, since it was around 9:30 by the time we got back to our room. It had been another good day, even if we did not do quite as many exciting things as the day before. Once again, we did not have any trouble falling asleep that night.
Check back soon for more of this day from the 2018 Kauaʻi Trip Report!