Friday, January 28, 2011

Kauai Day 4: The Long and Winding Road

On the fourth day of our trip to Kauai we decided to follow the advice of every Hawaiian we met and went to Waimea Canyon. The people of Kauai are very proud of this geological wonder and should be. Waimea Canyon is the Grand Canyon of Hawaii. The canyon is 10 miles long, one mile wide and 3500 feet deep. The drive there is a long and winding one, but the scenery is breathtaking. It is located on the west side of the island, which is the hottest and driest part of Kauai.
On our climb up the mountain we spotted a troop of boy scouts with their backpacks slung over their shoulders hiking down the highway. My boys were surprised to find out that there are boy scouts in Kauai too. I wonder what crazy things they do on their campouts?

We stopped at several lookout points along the way.

Finally we reached the top of the world. Our final destination was the Puu O Kila lookout which overlooks the Kalalau Valley. What we found when we got there was this:


We also stopped at the Kalalau Valley lookout on the way down, hoping the clouds would clear, but they didn't. This valley is the most photographed and well recognized in Hawaii. Several movies have been filmed here, including King Kong and Jurassic Park. The clouds just wanted to hang around that day.

After a long drive back down the mountain, we were pretty hot and overheated so we stopped at the famous Jo Jo's Shave Ice shack in Waimea. It was crowded with tourists of course, but it wasn't too bad. The best shave ice, in my opinion, is any tropical flavor on top of macadamia nut ice cream. It's to die for!

We perked up and headed over to Opoeka'a Falls. I remember reading that men used to jump off these falls to prove their manhood. I don't know if that's true or not, but who really cares if you prove your manhood if your dead. They must have been boy scouts.


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