We started our final day on Kaua'i
exploring waterfalls and canyons.
First stop was the 'Opaeka'a
Falls. Next, we headed to the Wailua
Falls. This is where the first shots from the
Fantasy Island TV show were shot. Actually,
many movies have been filmed on Kaua'i
including Jurassic Park, Six Days, Seven
Nights, South Pacific, Blue Hawaii, and
Once again, we were dismayed by the
abandoned cars, trash, and decay at the state
- From there, we drove along the east and south
shores of the island to Waimea. This brought us to a
highway turnoff that took us up around Waimea
Canyon. Mark Twain had called this area the "Grand
Canyon of the Pacific" when he was here nearly 140
years ago. The shades of red in the canyon are
beautiful and probably look similar to what he saw
- After stopping at several overlooks, we spent some
time at the Koke'e Museum and the Lodge. Then, we
drove on to the top of the canyon.
- At the final overlook, we could see the ocean in
the distance. We couldn't see the coastal trail, but
we knew that it was there, that it would lead to where
we'd explored on each end of the Na
Now we drove back to the valley picnic
area for lunch. Again, we took out our
sketchbooks. This time the subject was a
group of bantam chickens. These roosters,
hens, and chicks can be seen wandering around
throughout the islands. They spend most of
their time in parking lots and picnic areas.
Some people called them "Hawaiian eagles."
The roosters crow all day and many people
find them annoying. On the other hand, they
come in a beautiful variety of colors like
the one below.
- That evening, we located another great Thai
restaurant called Mema Thai & Chinese Cuisine near
our hotel and enjoyed another quiet evening. I believe
that we prefer sleeping to partying while on vacation.
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