Hawaii 2011

Our Spring 2011 trip to soggy Kauai. Two weeks at our timeshare in Princeville, lots of torrential rain, but beautiful skies when it cleared.

Diving

Once the rain let up and the waters cleared, there was some good diving on both the North and South shores

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Sunday Day 1 - We arrived at our timeshare overlooking Hanalei Bay to torrential, monsoon-like conditions. Not exactly beach weather! We also learn that the one lane bridges into the Hanalei Valley are all closed due to flash flooding and mudslides. May 8, 2011 11:09 AM : Hanalei Bay Resort, Kauai
1 Sunday Day 1 - We arrived at our timeshare overlooking Hanalei Bay to torrential, monsoon-like conditions. Not exactly beach weather! We also learn that the one lane bridges into the Hanalei Valley are all closed due to flash flooding and mudslides.
Not sure about Dave's diving planned for Tues morning. Even after the rain stops and the seas subside, there will be lots of brown water runoff. May 8, 2011 11:10 AM : Hanalei Bay Resort, Kauai
2 Not sure about Dave's diving planned for Tues morning. Even after the rain stops and the seas subside, there will be lots of brown water runoff.
Monday Day 2 and the bridges are still closed, rivers are still at flood stage. Brief moments between downpours allow us to take photos of the mountains. May 8, 2011 2:54 PM : Hanalei Bay Resort, Kauai
3 Monday Day 2 and the bridges are still closed, rivers are still at flood stage. Brief moments between downpours allow us to take photos of the mountains.
Waterfalls off the mountains are usually 1 or 2 trickles, if at all. Now there are dozens cascading down from all the rain. May 9, 2011 2:37 PM : Hanalei Bay Resort, Kauai
4 Waterfalls off the mountains are usually 1 or 2 trickles, if at all. Now there are dozens cascading down from all the rain.
May 9, 2011 2:48 PM : Hanalei Bay Resort, Kauai
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During a brief lull, the normally crystal blue Hanalei Bay is completely brown. Dave's diving has been cancelled for Tuesday. May 9, 2011 2:52 PM : Hanalei Bay Resort, Kauai
6 During a brief lull, the normally crystal blue Hanalei Bay is completely brown. Dave's diving has been cancelled for Tuesday.
Tuesday Day 3 - Torrential rains all night finally eased up towards dawn. Looking out from our lanai we see actual sun and clouds!! May 10, 2011 8:09 AM : Hanalei Bay Resort, Kauai
7 Tuesday Day 3 - Torrential rains all night finally eased up towards dawn. Looking out from our lanai we see actual sun and clouds!!
Who knows, on our 3rd day we may even try to get to the beach today! You know its been bad when even the locals are complaining about the weather. May 10, 2011 8:11 AM : Hanalei Bay Resort, Kauai
8 Who knows, on our 3rd day we may even try to get to the beach today! You know its been bad when even the locals are complaining about the weather.
We give up on the beach idea and instead try to use the break in the weather to checkout the new mini-golf that opened in Kilauea a couple of months ago. May 10, 2011 10:44 AM : Kauai
9 We give up on the beach idea and instead try to use the break in the weather to checkout the new mini-golf that opened in Kilauea a couple of months ago.
Of course, the course is waterlogged and the rain starts up again as we head out. May 10, 2011 12:34 PM : Kauai
10 Of course, the course is waterlogged and the rain starts up again as we head out.
Yep, it's lots of fun putting through pools of standing water, but hey, we're finally outside! May 10, 2011 11:24 AM : David Zeleznik, Kauai
11 Yep, it's lots of fun putting through pools of standing water, but hey, we're finally outside!
We play a few holes, duck for cover to wait it out, then go out to the marshy course to tee off again. May 10, 2011 11:27 AM : Kauai, Maxine Klein
12 We play a few holes, duck for cover to wait it out, then go out to the marshy course to tee off again.
The mini-golf course is built as a botanical garden. May 10, 2011 10:48 AM : Kauai
13 The mini-golf course is built as a botanical garden.
May 10, 2011 11:34 AM : Kauai
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Wednesday Day 4 - The bridges finally open into Hanalei and we head through intermittent showers for dinner at the Dolphin Restaurant. May 11, 2011 7:59 PM : Kauai
15 Wednesday Day 4 - The bridges finally open into Hanalei and we head through intermittent showers for dinner at the Dolphin Restaurant.
Thursday Day 5 - STILL RAINING!! We are invited to a neighbor's cocktail party, so Max started to make guacamole to bring. Loud lightning and poof, the power goes out for the whole area! May 12, 2011 5:11 PM : Hanalei Bay Resort, Kauai, Maxine Klein
16 Thursday Day 5 - STILL RAINING!! We are invited to a neighbor's cocktail party, so Max started to make guacamole to bring. Loud lightning and poof, the power goes out for the whole area!
Too dark inside with the power out, the culinary arts conclude on the lanai as we wait for power to be restored... The soggy saga continues... May 12, 2011 5:27 PM : Hanalei Bay Resort, Kauai, Maxine Klein
17 Too dark inside with the power out, the culinary arts conclude on the lanai as we wait for power to be restored... The soggy saga continues...
Friday Day 6 - Finally we have sun and we see a beach for the first time!! This is Wyllie Beach, a small western extension of Anini Beach on the north shore. May 13, 2011 11:40 AM : Kauai, Wyllie Beach
18 Friday Day 6 - Finally we have sun and we see a beach for the first time!! This is Wyllie Beach, a small western extension of Anini Beach on the north shore.
The view from Wylilie Beach towards Anini. The water is still pretty turbid, but it feels good to finally see the sun! May 13, 2011 11:58 AM : Kauai, Wyllie Beach
19 The view from Wylilie Beach towards Anini. The water is still pretty turbid, but it feels good to finally see the sun!
May 13, 2011 12:01 PM : Kauai, Wyllie Beach
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Some periwinkles on the rocks at Wyllie Beach May 13, 2011 12:06 PM : Kauai, Wyllie Beach
21 Some periwinkles on the rocks at Wyllie Beach
Snorkeling at Wyllie Beach, I saw lots of these nudibranchs crawling along the bottom. Very interesting colors and spots. May 13, 2011 12:43 PM : Kauai, Wyllie Beach
22 Snorkeling at Wyllie Beach, I saw lots of these nudibranchs crawling along the bottom. Very interesting colors and spots.
May 13, 2011 12:46 PM : Kauai, Wyllie Beach
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Deb and Mary came over from Oahu to stay with us for the weekend. Our first stop on Saturday was the Hanalei Farmer's Market. May 14, 2011 11:17 AM : Kauai
24 Deb and Mary came over from Oahu to stay with us for the weekend. Our first stop on Saturday was the Hanalei Farmer's Market.
We didn't really investigate this guy selling Kauai "Fungi". But after all the rain, there was no shortage of fungi anywhere on the island!! May 14, 2011 11:28 AM : Kauai
25 We didn't really investigate this guy selling Kauai "Fungi". But after all the rain, there was no shortage of fungi anywhere on the island!!
Deb and Mary checking out the vendors at the farmer's market May 14, 2011 11:07 AM : Debra Zeleznik, Kauai, Mary Wilkowski
26 Deb and Mary checking out the vendors at the farmer's market
Maxine bought some gorgeous handcrafted pillow covers May 14, 2011 11:28 AM : Kauai, Maxine Klein
27 Maxine bought some gorgeous handcrafted pillow covers
The field behind the farmer's market was still marshy left over from the previous weeks' rain. The Hawaiian state bird, the nene. May 14, 2011 11:37 AM : Kauai
28 The field behind the farmer's market was still marshy left over from the previous weeks' rain. The Hawaiian state bird, the nene.
After the Farmer's Market in Hanalei, we headed over to the fish store in Kilauea to have lunch and buy some pupu's. May 14, 2011 12:46 PM : Debra Zeleznik, Kauai, Kilauea Fish Market, Mary Wilkowski, Maxine Klein
29 After the Farmer's Market in Hanalei, we headed over to the fish store in Kilauea to have lunch and buy some pupu's.
After lunch, we of course had to take Deb and Mary to the Kauai Mini-Golf, what a blast! May 14, 2011 1:49 PM : Kauai
30 After lunch, we of course had to take Deb and Mary to the Kauai Mini-Golf, what a blast!
May 14, 2011 1:53 PM : Kauai
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May 14, 2011 2:05 PM : Kauai, Maxine Klein
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May 14, 2011 2:07 PM : Debra Zeleznik, Kauai
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May 14, 2011 2:08 PM : Debra Zeleznik, Kauai, Mary Wilkowski, Maxine Klein
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May 14, 2011 2:19 PM : Debra Zeleznik, Kauai, Mary Wilkowski, Maxine Klein
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May 14, 2011 2:20 PM : David Zeleznik, Kauai
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May 14, 2011 2:30 PM : Kauai
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The happy golfers May 14, 2011 2:43 PM : David Zeleznik, Debra Zeleznik, Kauai, Mary Wilkowski, Maxine Klein
38 The happy golfers
May 14, 2011 2:54 PM : Debra Zeleznik, Kauai, Maxine Klein
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May 14, 2011 3:15 PM : Debra Zeleznik, Kauai, Mary Wilkowski, Maxine Klein
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Limahuli is a National Botanic Garden at the end of the north shore road, right before the Na Pali coast begins. Saturday night we attended an outdoor fundraiser of hula and storytelling under the full moon rising over the mountain valley. May 14, 2011 6:55 PM : Kauai, Limahuli Gardens
41 Limahuli is a National Botanic Garden at the end of the north shore road, right before the Na Pali coast begins. Saturday night we attended an outdoor fundraiser of hula and storytelling under the full moon rising over the mountain valley.
About 50 people attended, setting up chairs in front of the ancient taro terraces where the hula was performed. May 14, 2011 6:55 PM : Kauai, Limahuli Gardens
42 About 50 people attended, setting up chairs in front of the ancient taro terraces where the hula was performed.
Waiting for the sun to set over the ocean, we could take time to wander the gardens and climb the terraces. May 14, 2011 7:18 PM : Kauai, Limahuli Gardens
43 Waiting for the sun to set over the ocean, we could take time to wander the gardens and climb the terraces.
Limahuli is truly majestic and awe-inspiring. The terraces stretch far back into the valley. We had driven past the entrance for years, but this was our first time inside. The website has the entire history of the valley, its original native inhabitants, and its transformation into a National Tropical Botanic Garden:  http://www.ntbg.org/gardens/limahuli.php  May 14, 2011 7:05 PM : Kauai, Limahuli Gardens
44 Limahuli is truly majestic and awe-inspiring. The terraces stretch far back into the valley. We had driven past the entrance for years, but this was our first time inside. The website has the entire history of the valley, its original native inhabitants, and its transformation into a National Tropical Botanic Garden: http://www.ntbg.org/gardens/limahuli.php
May 14, 2011 7:14 PM : Debra Zeleznik, Kauai, Limahuli Gardens, Mary Wilkowski
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May 14, 2011 7:16 PM : David Zeleznik, Debra Zeleznik, Kauai, Limahuli Gardens
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A halau from Haena begins their chants as the moon rises. As a traditional and sacred performance, we were not allowed to photograph or video it. May 14, 2011 7:25 PM : Kauai, Limahuli Gardens
47 A halau from Haena begins their chants as the moon rises. As a traditional and sacred performance, we were not allowed to photograph or video it.
Tahiti Nui is the happening spot in Hanalei village for pupu's, dinner, and local kine music May 17, 2011 8:13 PM : Kauai
48 Tahiti Nui is the happening spot in Hanalei village for pupu's, dinner, and local kine music
http://www.thenui.com  May 17, 2011 8:13 PM : Kauai Darryl and KoKo are Kanak Attack, regulars at Tahiti Nui. In pidgin, the name is used to describe the sleepy feeling you get after eating a huge meal. May 17, 2011 8:14 PM : Coco Kanealii, Kauai
50 Darryl and KoKo are Kanak Attack, regulars at Tahiti Nui. In pidgin, the name is used to describe the sleepy feeling you get after eating a huge meal.
Wed afternoon we take a drive down to Hanapepe to visit some of the art galleries May 18, 2011 3:18 PM : Kauai
51 Wed afternoon we take a drive down to Hanapepe to visit some of the art galleries
Automotive art in Hanapepe May 18, 2011 3:20 PM : Kauai
52 Automotive art in Hanapepe
After Hanapepe, we head to Josselin's in Koloa for dinner May 18, 2011 6:13 PM : Kauai
53 After Hanapepe, we head to Josselin's in Koloa for dinner
View over Hanalei Bay towards Bali Hai (Mt. Makana). This was the first night clear enough that we got some color. May 19, 2011 7:33 PM : Kauai
54 View over Hanalei Bay towards Bali Hai (Mt. Makana). This was the first night clear enough that we got some color.
May 19, 2011 7:33 PM : Kauai
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Our last day, we head to Anahola Beach to enjoy the quiet uncrowded sand and view May 20, 2011 1:14 PM : Kauai
56 Our last day, we head to Anahola Beach to enjoy the quiet uncrowded sand and view
Our last night in Kauai, we head into Hanalei for a tapas dinner at Bar Acuda May 20, 2011 8:15 PM : Kauai
57 Our last night in Kauai, we head into Hanalei for a tapas dinner at Bar Acuda
Last night in Kauai May 20, 2011 8:08 PM : David Zeleznik, Kauai, Maxine Klein
58 Last night in Kauai
Deb and Mary pick us up in Honolulu. We have a couple of hours to kill before our flight home, so we ride local style. May 21, 2011 12:48 PM : Mary Wilkowski, Oahu
59 Deb and Mary pick us up in Honolulu. We have a couple of hours to kill before our flight home, so we ride local style.
We head over to Kuru Kuru Sushi in Pearl City for a unique lunch experience May 21, 2011 1:09 PM : Kuru Kuru Sushi, Oahu
60 We head over to Kuru Kuru Sushi in Pearl City for a unique lunch experience
Yep, it's a conveyor belt sushi joint with a 45 minute wait to sit down May 21, 2011 1:13 PM : Kuru Kuru Sushi, Oahu
61 Yep, it's a conveyor belt sushi joint with a 45 minute wait to sit down
Each dish is color coded to indicate the price May 21, 2011 1:24 PM : Kuru Kuru Sushi, Oahu
62 Each dish is color coded to indicate the price
May 21, 2011 1:25 PM : Oahu
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Even the clock is telling us it's sushi time! May 21, 2011 1:25 PM : Kuru Kuru Sushi, Oahu
64 Even the clock is telling us it's sushi time!
Finally seated, the goodies whip by May 21, 2011 2:07 PM : Kuru Kuru Sushi, Oahu
65 Finally seated, the goodies whip by
Yes dear, that is spam sushi with ketchup! Followed by a giant crock of wasabi. May 21, 2011 2:12 PM : Kuru Kuru Sushi, Oahu
66 Yes dear, that is spam sushi with ketchup! Followed by a giant crock of wasabi.
What's better than spam sushi, why hot dog sushi with ketchup of course! May 21, 2011 2:13 PM : Kuru Kuru Sushi, Oahu
67 What's better than spam sushi, why hot dog sushi with ketchup of course!
The dead plates stack up and the waitresses count the colors to come up with the bill May 21, 2011 2:33 PM : Kuru Kuru Sushi, Oahu
68 The dead plates stack up and the waitresses count the colors to come up with the bill
Max is having fun! May 21, 2011 2:34 PM : Kuru Kuru Sushi, Maxine Klein, Oahu
69 Max is having fun!
Back at the Honolulu Airport waiting for our flight home, the end-times are clearly near as indicated by this display of Spam flavored macadamia nuts May 21, 2011 3:31 PM : Oahu
70 Back at the Honolulu Airport waiting for our flight home, the end-times are clearly near as indicated by this display of Spam flavored macadamia nuts