Hanalei River in Hanalei ValleyView All Sizes
Stunning Na Pali CoastView All Sizes
Kalalau Beach and Na Pali Coast
JOURNAL : July 14, 2002
|Series||Beautiful Kauai Island|
On a clear day we can see the North Shore of Kaua'i from our house in Mokuleia. It looks like a misty cloud on the horizon. When my sister had her house in Kap'a, she was directly across the water, nearly 100 miles.
Our family has been coming to Kaua'i long before I was born and one of my earliest memories is motoring up the Wailua River in an old Zodiac inflatable boat. My grandfather was with us too. Since Kauai is just a brief hop over from Oahu and airfares relatively cheap, we've returned many times throughout the years, some of us living on and off there, vacationing, or visiting family and friends.
A memorable adventure was our aborted sailing trip to Fiji. My mother and I were crewing on a 40-foot sailboat with another family. We stopped in at Hanalei Bay for a couple of days on the first day out of Honolulu. It was during that time that the captain's wife discovered she was pregnant and the trip was called off.
So my mother and I motored around to other vessels moored in the turquoise bay and offered ourselves up as crew to wherever they were bound.
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Soon we were off in the opposite direction to Vancouver, British Columbia aboard the Mareva with Paul, Sasha and their daughter Mareva. After a month on the North Pacific we navigated through the Straits of Juan de Fuca with Vancouver Island on the left and the Olympia Peninsula on the right. The sunset lit up the harbor with a wonderful glow as we docked.
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July 14, 2002
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That night we had a fabulous dinner in the brilliantly lit city of Vancouver. In the morning the harbor smelled of delicious fish n' chips. Mom rented a car and the two of us explored the southern end of Vancouver Island. Within a few days my dad and sisters flew over from Hawaii and we rented an RV. That summer we drove around the Okanagan as the ripest harvest was hitting the roadside stands. We gorged on the most amazing peaches, apricots and apples. British Columbia is pretty awesome.
Wait — wasn't this supposed to be about Kauai?
Mt. Waialeale and Hanalei ValleyView All Sizes