Kauai July 2009 – Heading to the North Shore

As Willie K sings North Shore Reggae Blues –
Under the Mango Tree, waiting for the sunrise, headed for the North Shore
Whoa, Whoa, Whoa, Whoa

My body’s aching for a freedom ride, My brothers calling me to join them

The party’s jamming on the other side, over on the North Shore

The Myna Birds are leading all the way, they’re telling me how to get there

I’m concentrating on my early drive, driving to the North Shore

Under the Mango Tree, waiting for the sunrise, headed for the North Shore

Whoa, Whoa, Whoa, Whoa

I hear the surf calling me, singing a new song, headed for the North Shore

Whoa, Whoa, Whoa, Whoa

I wipe my hair away from my eyes, I like to feel the wind on my face

The salty air begins to make me breath, down in the North Shore

I lay my mistress on the surface swell, and as I move she starts to mile at me

Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, Let it ride much higher and higher

Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, Take me now Im your’s take me

Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, Look at me Im higher than a mountain”

There is something about the north shore of Kauai that makes me feel like I have come home again everytime I visit there. Years ago when I thought seriously about moving to Kauai I would have been perfectly happy settling in Hanalei on the north shore. Oahau has its Haleiwa and Maui has Paia. These three cities have a lot in common. They are surfer towns and laid back hippieish, new age feeling places with a strong sense of community and ohana (family).

And of course now there is all of the controversy about the meaning of the song “Puff the Magic Dragon”.   Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea, And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called honah lee”. When Tara was little I used to sing this song to her everytime we went to Hanalei. That was every year until from age 9 – 16 and at least 3 or 4 times a trip. She hated me singing the song especially as she got to be a teenager. At dinner one night Kelly brought up the drug reference and Tara said “Nu Huh! You used to sing this song to me all the time when I was little.”

Tara and Kelly drove beyond Hanalei to the end of the road. The plan was for Tara to take Kelly to a couple of her favorite places, Lumahai Beach and the Blue Room. However it was so busy that Sunday that there was nowhere to park. So they came back to Hanalei Bay where they had dropped me off a couple of hours earlier.

Kilauea Lighthouse

Kilauea Lighthouse

During the winter months Kilauea is a good place to spot whales who have migrated south for the winter.

First stop on the way to Hanalei

First stop on the way to Hanalei

Kalihiwai Bay – summer months it is a great family beach
Kalihiwai Bay , water looked like glass this day but during the winter this is a popular surfing spot with big waves

Kalihiwai Bay , water looked like glass this day but during the winter this is a popular surfing spot with big waves

This has always been one of my favorite Hanalei Bay homes.

This has always been one of my favorite Hanalei Bay homes.

Fabluous views of Na Pali from Hanalei Bay

Fabluous views of Na Pali from Hanalei Bay

Hanalei Bay pier

Hanalei Bay pier

I want this great beach house. Problem is I dont have the millions of $ it would take to buy it.

I want this great beach house. Problem is I don't have the millions of $ it would take to buy it.


Shop in Hanalei

Shop in Hanalei

Heading back from the north shore we make this stop at a scenic overlook. Those are taro fields in the valley.

On the way to and from the north shore we pass the Sleeping Giant. “Legend states that this giant once roamed the land and was much loved by the Hawaiians.”
I took this photo from a moving vehicle so it’s not real good.
Sleeping Giant

Sleeping Giant

The end of a great day on the north shore. Goodbye North Shore until next year when I plan to return again for a summer vacation.
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Kauai – 2009 vacation coming soon!

Tara, her husband Kelly and I will going to Kauai in less then two weeks. Kelly has never been to any of the Hawaiian islands. He is going to love Kauai. There is great snorkeling, beautiful beaches and lots of really fresh seafood.

I have two timeshare condos reserved in the complex right next door to where my friend Karen and her husband used to live. We will be in Poipu Beach with a good snorkeling spot right across the street.

These are some of my photos from 2000 and 2007 visits.

 

Oops, wrong caption this is Wailua Falls not Opaeka.

Opaeka Falls

Opaeka Falls

Morning at Poipu Beach Park

Morning at Poipu Beach Park

Anini Beach

Anini Beach

Lumahai Beach

Lumahai Beach

View from Prince Kuhio condos, the unit next to where my friends lived

View from Prince Kuhio condos, the unit next to where my friends lived

Bottle Nose Dolphin seen from Kauai Fun boat

Bottle Nose Dolphin seen from Kauai Fun boat

Inside a seacave

Inside a seacave

Looking south toward Kapaa

Looking south toward Kapaa

“Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called honah lee”


Hanalei Bay pier

Hanalei Bay pier

Hanalei Valley taro fields

Hanalei Valley taro fields

Spouting Horn

Spouting Horn

Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon

Photo album on Webshots of 2007 trip

Posts from my 2007 Kauai trip includes a map to orient yourself to the island and lots of photos.

2007 Kauai Trip Report – part 1

2007 Kauai – part 2 Na Pali boat trip and Waimea Canyon

2007 Kauai – part 3 The east side and the north shore

2007 Kauai – part 4 The end

Kauai July 2007 – 3 of 4 posts. The east side and the north shore

Wailua Falls is a step off the beaten path. Located at the south end of Wailua River, it cascades in two streams to a spot at least 80 feet below. Some say the distance is more accurately described as 200 feet. It is said that early Hawaiians jumped from the falls to prove their manhood. The falls were not as spectacular as when I have visited them in the fall or spring.

Just north of the town of Kappa is this view point. I am looking back toward Kappa.

Dedicated in 1913 the Kilauea Lighthouse served as a pivotal navigation aid for ships on the Orient run. Today, it is one of Kauais most visited sights with more than 500,000 annual visitors. Kilauea is the northernmost point of the Hawaiian Islands. Surrounding the lighthouse is the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, home to an array of protected sea birds.

This photo is looking back at the lighthouse from the road to Kalihiwai Bay.

This is the view from the Princeville Hotel over looking Hanalei Bay. Princeville is a large resort area with a ton of condos and houses as well as a well known golf course. It is pretty $$$.


I love Hanalei. It is a funky little town with some nicely restored historical buildings.

This is an old school that now houses shops and restaurants.

Afernoon at Hanalei Bay

We went back another day to have a beach day. The water was like glass. Hanalei Bay usually is a very safe place for children to play in the water. This day there was a lot of activity setting up the judging stands and bleachers on the beach for the Hawaiian annual canoe races which were to begin the next day.

Driving past Hanalei the road becomes narrow and there are many one way bridges. Along the way there are a few places to pull over and take in the wonderful views. This is Lumahai Beach. This beach was made famous by the movie South Pacific where Mitzi Gaynor “washed that man right out of her hair”!

Driving back toward Princeville is an overlook of the Hanalei Valley. There are taro fields and other crops grown here. The 917-acre Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge has been established to protect endangered and other birds.