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Monday, May 16, 2016

Monday—Kaua'i 2016 Review

★  ★  ★  ★  ★  FIVE STARS!



Kaua'i 2016

Arrival Day!


Hau'oli (happiness) =

The absolutely beautiful grounds at the Grand Hyatt Kauai


Pink hibiscus

Fiery orange bromeliads, coconut palms & fragrant laua'e ferns


Gorgeous white anthurium

Pink & red pentas

Red Ti

Beautiful crotons

Pink & white orchids

bananas!

Bird of Paradise

Flame orange hibiscus

Fire engine red hibiscus

Snowy white hibiscus with red bristle stamens


Golden yellow hisbiscus


Wonderfully fragrant Queen Emma Lily

Stunning pink Bougainvillea

Plumeria smell like perfume & fall from the trees all day long!
Worn behind the right ear = available, unattached
Worn behind the left ear = married, unavailable


Shell Ginger

Gorgeous blue plumbago


Cabana Days & the Lazy River

Hanging out in the cabana

cabana food



"Half & Half" = half onion rings, half garlic-Parmesan fries
 + a pink lemonade

Hand-toasted coconut porter (beer with a Hawaiian twist)

sweet little mourning doves gobbled up crumbs from the cabanas



waves


Beautiful surf, black rocks & golden sand

A great day to be at the beach!
The surfers were catching some nice waves



Our cabana day workout involved swimming up & down the lazy river.  The lazy river is a man-made stream surrounded by black rocks, plumeria trees & fragrant ferns.  It's a bit like water exercise, except a thousand times more fun...and with waterfalls.


Nenes (Hawai'i State birds) — The world's rarest goose

we ❥ nenes

Girl nene menacingly chewing on a leaf
(they are very sweet & gentle birds)


black swans & koi


Two black swans share the pond with the koi
(this one has a feather on her nose)

love their ruffled tail feathers


Macaws

Rico, a green-winged macaw
We said "hi" to him every morning

Ni'ele, a hyacinth macaw whose name means "nosy" in Hawiian

Duke, a blue & gold macaw perched by his bananas

waterfalls

Opaekaa Falls
This waterfall is located in Wailua, the land of the ali'i (kings)

Wailua Falls_173 feet high
(the famous falls at the beginning of the TV show, Fantasy Island)

wild chickens

He's a beauty!
Lydgate State Park

Another gorgeous rooster
Wailoa River

A pretty hen & her adorable chicks
At the top of Waimea Canyon

Peabirds

Hello, Beautiful!
A white peahen at the Hawaiian Village

A proud peacock
at the Wailoa Hawaiian Village

This guy was working it!
Wailoa Hawaiian Village

history

the hut of the village doctor
at the Wailoa Hawaiian Village

A meeting hut in the Hawaiian Village

Birthing stones for the delivery of royal babies
These are original stones found on site by the property owner
The Wailoa River has 7 sacred temples (heiaus) built along its banks

Breathtaking Land

Waimea Canyon looking out over the Napali Coast

The Wailoa River Valley
Sacred land to the Hawaiians

• aloha • kaua'i • 2016 •