Monday, January 21, 2013

Day 18 - In the Land of Hanalei

A much needed day of rest on this beautiful Sunday on Kauai. Sorry for the short delay in this blog entry as the blogger got a bit of sickness and missed the taco party last night while sleeping.

We arose to the beautiful Sunday on this island of green and headed to worship. Driving to the north side of Kauai presented new viewscapes for us to enjoy and ocean vistas galore.

Arriving in the town of Hanalei, we attended the Wai`oli Hui`ia Church, which has a rich history dating back to the early 1800's arrival of the Congregational missionaries to the island. We sang and prayed in Hawaii and had a joyful time worshiping in this beautiful place.

Wai'oli Hui'ia Church
After church we sat on the restful lawn on the other side seen in the picture above to have a short game plan talk for the day and Micah and Tyler W. each shared from their heart wonderful devotions times. 

Having a little time before some swimming, we visited the town of Hanalei and many of got some fresh fruit smoothies and shaved ice (and a few us caught the tail-end of the 49er's and Falcons football matchup).

Playing with our Puff Football in the ocean
The north shore of the islands in Hawaii are apt to have massive surfer waves. We had about 20 foot waves which made it impossible to really go out to snorkel, so instead we found a protected beach surrounded by coral reefs and just played in the shallows and land on the beach. Several of us had a relaxing doze.

After a couple of hours we finished our relaxing Sunday at the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. Joining a total of 565 wildlife refuges across the United States, this preserve protects many birds, dolphins, Hawaiian monk seals, and native plants. It also is the location for a lighthouse built in 1913. This is the northern-most point on Kauai.

See the little white dots on the land? Those are the Red-Footed Boobies that enjoy sanctuary here
Looking to the west on from Kilauea Point
1913 Lighthouse. No longer in operation a smaller light functions behind this one (not pictured)
The official state bird - the Ne Ne. This bird is a lot like the Canadian Goose in the way it acts on the ground
To finish our peaceful day we had a Taco Party with some kind students cooking for all at our condo apartment resort.
Our condos have outdoor fire pits

Jan coordinated the purchase of the food and lends a hand to Jaclyn as they cut some of the chicken
Tacos! Tacos! Tacos!
The feast begins!
The cooks. Thanks Tyler, Brianna, Jaclyn, Ian, and Leah. Thanks!
Time to eat
Tomorrow is out last day on Kauai. We plan to meet in the morning and have a day full of activities around the island. Some are planning on spending the day at the resort, others are going to the Na Pali coast to hike to the Queen's bath, some are snorkeling and others are doing some shopping in Kapa'a. After tomorrow we head to Honolulu to see the USS Arizona memorial and then fly home.

Miles Hiked today and yesterday 0.6
 Miles Hiked in Hawaii: 58.7 miles
Miles on the car: 1342 miles
Number of U-Turns: 22
Boxes of cereal consumed on this trip:  105

Daily Kauai Chicken/Rooster Picture
Yes, Yes...Why did the rooster cross....

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