Bye, Bye Kauai!

Water balloon toss in the yard at Chung.

Water balloon toss in the yard at Chung.

Finally, fresh coconuts!

Finally, fresh coconuts!

Chris and Merle did a hike above Hanalei Bay.

Chris and Merle did a hike above Hanalei Bay.

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The kids loved the park in Princeville.  Merle was into the exercise course.

The kids loved the park in Princeville. Merle was into the exercise course.

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Hideways was another gem.  Merle loved the steep rope assisted descent to the beach.

Hideways was another gem. Merle loved the steep rope assisted descent to the beach.

This is at the top.

This is at the top.

Again, another cool snorkeling spot.

Again, another cool snorkeling spot.

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Wish I knew the name of the fabulous tree at hideways which provided such nice shade.

Wish I knew the name of the fabulous tree at hideways which provided such nice shade.

Our trip to Maui was very smooth after our last morning on glorious Kauai hiking and swimming at  Ke’e beach. We were sad to leave and even became a bit sentimental about our little Chung Cottage in Hanalei – basic and shabby by some standards but with soul, and, not to mention, everything we needed. Little things like hooks and shelves by the door, a big clothes line, huge yard, outdoor covered patio, charcoal grill, and boogie boards were a big plus. The location was perfect, equidistant to the beach and town, five minutes either way. And every time we looked up, we were reminded once again that this little corner of the world truly fits the definition of paradise. With the mind-blowing diversity and abundance of flora, sweetly scented breeze, plethora of butterflies and rainbows, clear water and colorful fish, what more could you ask for?  Take away the helicopters, roosters, and high food prices, and we would be moving to Hanalei, for sure.

Merle on the Hanalei Pier.

Merle on the Hanalei Pier.

I never knew you could actually see the end of rainbows.  On the north shore of Kauai, we witnessed this everyday.

I never knew you could actually see the end of rainbows. On the north shore of Kauai, we witnessed this everyday.

The state canoe championship was in Hanalei while we were there.  The little town was so busy with thousands of people competing and viewing.

The state canoe championship was in Hanalei while we were there. The little town was so busy with thousands of people competing and viewing.

The canoes were beautiful.

The canoes were beautiful.

Tunnels beach was another gorgeous place.  Mathilda loves the sand everywhere we go.

Tunnels beach was another gorgeous place. Mathilda loves the sand everywhere we go.

At Tunnels, a local Hawaiian family returned the beach with a big catch.  Merle and Mathilda helped pulled some out of their huge net.  It took the family hours to empty and fold up the net.

At Tunnels, a local Hawaiian family returned the beach with a big catch. Merle and Mathilda helped pulled some out of their huge net. It took the family hours to empty and fold up the net.

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One response to “Bye, Bye Kauai!

  1. Great post! Almost..big almost… feel like i was there…thanks. Happy for you that everything is so wonderful!

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