Hawaii – Part 4, Kuaui

The last stop on our 4 island cruise was Kuaui, the garden island.  

Entering Nawiliwili harbor

Entering Nawiliwili harbor

The first thing we wanted to see was Waimea Canyon.  It is called the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.  The drive took us up to 4000 feet in eleation to look down into the 3000 foot canyon.  Its like a miniature Grand Canyon.  

View from the highway approaching Waimea Canyon

View from the highway approaching Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon

We also took a boat ride on the Wailua River to the Fern Grotto.  The boat concession is operated by the Smith family who entertain as well.

Fern Grotto

Fern Grotto

Smith family entertains

Smith family entertains

Over 60 films and television shows have been filmed on Kuaui including Raiders of the Lost Ark and Jurassic Park.  The opening scene of the TV show Fantasy Island was shot at Wailua Falls.

Wailua Falls "De plane boss!"

Wailua Falls
“De plane boss!”

A highlight of the cruise was to be cruising close to the Na Pali Coast as we left Kuaui.  Unfortunately some golfers were late getting back on the ship so our cruise along the coast was 30 minutes later than planned.  With the shorter days of December we lost most of our light before we reached these incredibly rugged spectacular green cliffs to the sea.  As a result the pics suffered.

Na Pali Coast

Na Pali Coast

Na Pali Coast

Na Pali Coast

Overall we were not disappointed with our first visit to Hawaii. Every island offered something to come back to.  We met a couple of full time RVers from Australia who’ve taken the same Norwegian Cruise Line “Pride of America” cruise 4 times.  We can understand that.  Unpack once, have all our meals prepared for us, and have time on each island.  It was great traveling with friends.  What a nice way to refresh a freindship.  Thanks to Sharon and Mike for joining us.  Hope we can do something like this again. Paradise indeed! 

Randy, Dianne, Mike and Sharon

Randy, Dianne, Mike and Sharon

Aloha! Mahalo Hawaii!

Aloha! Mahalo Hawaii!

 

 

 

 

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4 Responses to Hawaii – Part 4, Kuaui

  1. Tami & Clay says:

    Thanks again for sharing your adventures! Loved the pictures. Hope things are going well for you and that we can catch up with each other some time! Take care. Tami & Clay

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  2. Tami & Clay says:

    Thanks for sharing your adventure! Loved the pictures. Hope all is well and that we can catch up with each other some time. (PS Sorry if this showed up twice!) Tami & Clay

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  3. lynnsarda says:

    So wonderful to see you in these beautiful places….and with friends.

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  4. Kings On the Road says:

    Yes, it was nice to travel with friends. There are so many beautiful places to visit.

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