Hanalei Bay – Home of Puff the Magic Dragon

Yesterday’s photo shows one of my two favorite county park beaches on the island of Kauai. My other favorite has always been Hanalei Bay Park. It’s where Puff the Magic Dragon lived by the sea and frolicked in the autumn mist.

Hanalei Bay and Napali Coast where it's almost always calm. Good for children.

Hanalei Bay pier

A great family beach

Good for picnicking

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A little R&R Hawaiian style

When I got laid off a little over a month ago I decided to book a trip to Kauai. I was going to go the end of June but airfare was too high and we ended up having my mother’s memorial service that week. So I wouldn’t say that this trip to Kauai last week was spur of the moment.

I was lucky enough on short notice to be able to use miles on Alaska Airlines. I got to the gate in Seattle and shortly after an agent announced that they had one 1st class paid upgrade available. I leaped to the counter and grabbed the upgrade for $150. It was so worth the money to have a comfy seat and good service for the 5 1/2 flight.

I arrived at the Kauai Marriott about 8:30PM and had excellent service checking in. The woman found a room and told me that she wanted to make sure it was ready. She called housekeeping to double check and told me that it was a really good room and she didn’t want to lose it. It was dark so I couldn’t see anything other than the pool and hotel lights from my lanai. I woke during the night and opened the door and could hear the waves close by. In the morning I could see that I had a fantastic view of the pool and the beach.

The hotel grounds were lush, green with plumeria and palm trees. There is a Koi pond just outside of the lobby.

There were tons of Koi in this pond and Hawaiian Ducks around and in the pond too.

In the large open air lobby there is this outrigger canoe displayed. It was made with a beautiful local hardwood.

My room was very comfortable. It had a love-seat, desk, mini fridge and that fabulous view.

The Kauai Marriott was a great vacation spot. I would stay there again. The bad side of flying Seattle – Lihue direct is that the return flight leaves at 8:00AM. That would be pretty painful if the Lihue airport  was a major city’s airport but it’s not. The airport is small and Alaska Airlines is off to one end of the check in counter all by itself. Unfortunately there  was not a 1st class upgrade for the flight back to Seattle. Trust me, I asked.

I did not take very many photos but this trip. You can see some of my favorite Kauai photos from previous trips over to the left on Flikr or go to the Photos tab to get to my Webshots photo albums. Here’s one album from last summer’s trip to Kauai.

Chickens every where. What’s up with that?

Kauai, HA

9/11/92 Hurricane Iniki a cat 4 hit Kauai bang on and destroyed several chicken farms that were not totally prepared for the hurricane which had not been predicted to hit Kauai directly. The path of Iniki shifted unpredictably overnight and caused major damage. To this day you will see feral chickens literally everywhere. At the beach, at resorts, in parking lots, in the streets of Lihue, at the airport, etc.