Kaui From the Air and Below the Sea

The only way to get a full view of the island is from above.  Our chosen view was by Helicopter.   Kawai is the oldest of the main islands. The highest peak on this mountainous island is Kawaikini at 5,243 feet (1,598 m).  One of the wettest spots on earth, with an annual average rainfall of 460 inches (1,200 cm), is located on the east side of Mount Wai?ale?ale (the second highest peak on the island). And a few miles from the wettest spot on earth is a desert that receives only 12 inches of average rainfall per year.

A highway runs about three quarters around the island.  The rest is a beautiful cliff inaccessible by car.  Several movie scenes have been shot at various points of this huge cliff.  However, no swimming is allowed here.  the turbulent waters and undercurrent is very dangerous.

Diving and Snorkeling in Hawaii is usually spectacular.  The waters are clear and the underwater views are remarkable.  Our day for diving was unfortunately murky.  We did however, see and swim with giant green turtles.

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Lu’au

Dave McHaggis at the Lu'auYou can’t go to Hawaii without going to a Lu’au.  Ours was fun; food and drink was plentiful, and the entertainment rounded out a very enjoyable evening.

The food table included Poi, a Hawaiian word for the primary Polynesian staple food made from the corm of the taro plant (known in Hawaiian as kalo). Poi is produced by mashing the cooked corm (baked or steamed) until it is a highly viscous fluid. Water is added during mashing and again just before eating, to achieve a desired consistency.  It looks a lot like purple paste and, in my opinion, has no taste at all, just a paste-like texture.  I’m glad I had an opportunity to try Poi but can’t see myself eating much of it in the future.

From Maui to Kauai

 

We enjoyed Maui but it never felt like Hawaii.  It didn’t look like the scenes you see in the movies, on TV, or in photos.  It’s tropical and we had to account for the cooler than normal weather but still, there’s something more about this island.  The homes and buildings looked warn and un-kept.  Even when it  was obvious they were maintained, they still had a feel of neglect to them.  The terrain was more Palm Trees meets Michigan than Hawaii.  I wouldn’t trade it for the world; it’s just not what I expected.

Kauai, HIThe flight to Kauai was around an hour; probably a half hour in the air.  Kauai looks and feels like Hawaii.  The weather is still cooler than normal this time of year but the lush terrain, landscapes, and feel of the island is all Hawaii.  As we discovered throughout the week many movies are filmed here.  Most are not credited as being on Hawaii but it’s probably the movie industry that gives me the impression of what Hawaii should look and feel like.  Kauai is it.  Wow.

 

Films Shot on Kauai

Acapulco Gold (1978) Legacy II (IMAX-1999)
Aloha Life (2008) Lilo & Stitch (2002)
America’s Most Wanted (2008) Lord of The Flies (1990)
Avatar (2009) Lost Flight (1969)
Band of Pirates (2005) Lovers at Dawn (1968)
Band of Pirates: Buccaneer Island (2007) Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N. (1965)
Baywatch-Hawaii (1999) Man With The Golden Gun (1974)
Beachhead (1956) Manhunt (television-2001)
Behold Hawaii (IMAX-1981) Mighty Joe Young (1998)
Between Heaven and Hell (1956) Millennium (1988)
Bird of Paradise (1951) Miss Sadie Thompson (1953)
Blue Hawaii (1961) None But The Brave (1965)
Body Heat (1981) North (1994)
Castaway Cowboy (1974) Operation Attack (1965)
Curse of The Komodo (2004) Outbreak (1995)
Deathmoon (television-1978) Pagan Love Song (1950)
Destination X TV (2006) Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1964)
Diamond Head (1962) Raiders of The Lost Ark (1981)
Dinosaur (1998) Seven (television-1979)
Donovan’s Reef (1963) Seven Women From Hell (1961)
Dragonfly (2002) She Gods of Shark Reef (1956)
Endurance 3 (2004)-TV series Six Days, Seven Nights (1998)
Fantasy Island (1977) South Pacific (1957)
Fantasy Island (1998) Starsky & Hutch (1977)
Finding Brandon (2002) Stitch-The Movie
Flight of The Intruder (1990) Supergator (2007)
Forbidden Island (1957) Tears Of The Sun (2003)
George of The Jungle (1997) The Adventures of Captain David Grief (1957)
Gilligan’s Island (pilot episode-1963) The Amazing Race 3 (Final episode 2002)
Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962) The Bachelor (November 5, 2002 episode)
Hawaii (1966) The Beachcombers (1960)
Hawaiian Eye (television-1963) The Decendants (2012)
He’s My Brother (1974) The Hawaiians (1970)
High School Reunion-Season Five (2008) The Lost World-Jurassic Park 2 (1997)
Hilary Duff Birthday Bash (aired 9/24/03) The Thorn Birds (1983)
Honeymoon In Vegas (1992) The Time Machine (2002)
Hook (1991) Throw Momma From The Train (1987)
Islands in The Stream (1977) Thunder Over Hawaii (1956)(aka Naked Paradise)
Islands of The Alive (1986) To End All Wars (2000)
Jungle Heat (1957) Treasure Hunt (2003)
Jurassic Park (1993) Tropic Thunder (2008)
Jurassic Park 3 (2001) Uncommon Valor (1983)
King Kong (1977) Voodoo Island (1957) (aka Silent Death)
Komodo vs Cobra (2005) Wackiest Ship In The Army (1960)
Lady In White (1987) Waterworld (television-1977)
Last Flight of Noah’s Ark (1979)

Saturday – Down the Mountain on a Bike

Up at 2:00 AM  our day officially began at 3:00.

Maui Bike TourI’m not crazy about bicycles. Well today I rode a bike 28.2 miles down a mountain and it was awesome. We got up at 3:00 AM and went to Haleakala National Park on Maui. We watched the sun rise and then rode down the mountain (on roads) to the ocean. OK, it was downhill 98% of the way; smooth roads, and very safe riding. But the point is, I was on a bike, upright, on my own, and enjoying it. I left my comfort zone and I’m glad I did.

The rest of the day was spent around to pool at the hotel cocktailing and eating.  The guys took naps, but Ellen and I soldiered on.