Our final Hawaiian Islands stop was on Saturday, May 3, in the Kauai port of Nawiliwili. But we weren’t destined to spend much time here, as Ursula had us scheduled for yet another excursion.
After we docked Ursula and I headed out to join up with our tour group. From there we boarded our tour bus and headed first to the Koloa district for a view of the famous Spouting Horn, which didn’t disappoint too badly despite less than optimal tides and surf for maximum spouting.
If we had been luckier in our timing we might have seen this:
The shoreline here is very picturesque, with black lava rocks and beautiful blue waters.
While strolling over to Spouting Horn we ran across this future KFC serving pictured below. He seemed very far away from South Carolina, but then Gamecocks really do have a lousy sense of direction. They keep winding up in Columbia when they actually wish they were in Clemson.
I’ll get to our goal on this excursion in a moment, but first I’d like to say a word about a wonderful place where we stopped on our way back to the ship. That would be the Kauai Coffee Company. No, they’re not today’s sponsor. They’re just good enough for me to mention that you should stop there and sample their island-grown coffees. You won’t be disappointed, and you’ll be bringing back several varieties of their flavored and unflavored coffees both for yourself and your friends.
So, what was our goal on this road trip? It was the Grand Canyon of the Pacific — Waimea Canyon State Park.
Alas, the weather worked against me, but I was able to compensate for mist and rain with a little digital darkroom magic.
We’ll see more of Waimea Canyon on Wednesday, but until then enjoy this panoramic stitch of images taken at the lookout point: