Monday, March 5, 2012

Kauai, Hawaii

Location, at Home, CA

We are home from our Hawaii trip. Arrived here about 6 PM last night.

On Friday the 25th we drove to Walnut Creek and spent the night at our friends Cindy and Gary’s house. Saturday morning about 4:30 we all got up and drove to the Oakland airport for a 7:30 AM flight on Alaska Air to Kauai, HI. I drove our car and left it at an off airport lot for the week.

The flight was 5 hours and 30 minutes long which is a long time to sit in those airplane seats. We arrived at 1 PM Hawaii time, picked up the rental car and drove to Costco to stock up on food. The condo has a full kitchen and we prefer to eat in most meals. After getting more food at a local grocery store, we drove to Po’iPu’ which is about 30 minutes driving time in normal weather. It had started to rain and came down quit heavy.

We eventually arrived at the resort which is called “The Point at Po’iPu’ “ and is a Diamond International Resort. The Chairman and CEO, Stephen J. Cloobeck was featured in the season premiere of Undercover Boss (US) on January 15, 2012. We actually saw that episode.

Our condo was on the fourth floor of a four story building with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, separated by a full kitchen, living room, and dining area. It also had a veranda with table and chairs. It also had 3 flat screen TV’s. Very Nice!

The rain continued all Saturday night, very heavy at times and tapered off Sunday afternoon. The airport reported almost 7 inches of rain in 24 hours.

Sunday afternoon we drove west to Wiamea Canyon and actually found some sunshine. The waterfalls were spectacular.

On Tuesday we drove up the east side of the island to Hanalei and again the waterfalls were terrific.

We lay around the pool, drank Mai Tai’s at happy hour, explored the Magnificent Grand Hyatt Resort nearby, drove lots of island roads, and in general had a great time.

The pool at the resort.

Koi ponds above pool.

The point with the resort in the background.

"Spouting Horn at Po"iPu"

Chickens are everywhere after Hurricane Iniki blew them all over the island.

Wailua Falls near Lihue, the islands biggest town.

Shipwreck beach in front of the Grand Hyatt Resort.

Sunset over the point.

On Saturday morning, Gary and Cindy dropped us off at the airport for a 10 AM flight to Honolulu while they had a later flight which took them to Maui for another week in paradise.

We flew from Honolulu to Kona on the big island with a 3 hour plus layover before our Alaska flight lefty at 4 PM. We arrived back in Oakland about 11 PM.

We picked up the car and thanks to Cindy who had printed out coupons from online, we didn’t pay any parking fee for the week. Thanks Cindy!

We drove back to Walnut Creek and stayed overnight at Cindy and Gary’s house and entertained the cat. We drove home on Sunday.

Great trip!