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Sunrise on the Pacific every morning left us breathless

The title translates to “Observe, be silent and learn.” (If words are exiting your mouth, wisdom cannot come in).  I can honestly tell you that while on the isle of Kauai it is an easy rule to follow.

The beauty of Kauai took me by surprise and left me mostly speechless except for the ooh’s and ah’s that are reminiscent of a spectacular fireworks exhibit. Kris and I snapped away on our camera and little android devices but we didn’t capture the essence of the life and beauty on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. It is laid back and slow. Just what we were looking for in a holiday retreat- similar to our experience in Italy on the Amalfi coast last year with stunning blue water, fabulous food, and friendly people.

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The lanai at the loft we rented for the week.

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A different view from the lanai.

I am going to post part one and then a part two about our trip to Kauai but first a little background on our trip for those of you that weren’t aware that Kris and I were planning a trip to Hawaii. A year ago one of our close friends announced that she wanted to holiday on Kauai for her 50th birthday and would love for some of her closest friends to join her there if feasible. Due to Kris’s schedule at DOW with her ongoing project with Siemens in Germany there was a chance a trip might be scheduled during the months of September or October. As it worked out, the next trip is in December. As soon as we learned of next date for a European trip we bought airline tickets and found a place to lay our heads when our friends would be in Kauai. The girls had already rented a house in Anahola which is on the east side of the island for 6 and all the rooms filled. Kris did some research getting lucky and found a loft down the beach about a mile and a half from them.

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Easy private beach access right in front of our rental property.

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Cozy place to lay down your head

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The one hundred year old beach cottage that was used as headquarters during WWII downstairs from us

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Kris relaxing in one of the many areas on the property facing the beach

We arrived at the Honolulu Airport on United Friday afternoon around 1:30pm and somewhat waited patiently for our flight at 7:30ish to Kauai on Island Air. By the time we landed on Kauai (awful landing too- plane hitting the runway and feeling like an out of control SUV) it was already nighttime. We gathered or luggage, acquired the rental car, and drove to our cozy rental so we could get some rest for our 6 AM chartered fishing trip with two of our friends that had arrived the day before. Of course we had to walk down to the beach and check it out before catching the much needed zzzz’s for the next day. The following pictures are of the fish Kris and Alisa caught and the beginning of our explorations around the island.

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Kris and Monica

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The ono aka as a wahoo that Kris caught being hauled in by Captain Howard.

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Us four- me, Kris, Alisa with her mahi-mahi she caught, and Monica back in the harbor after a fantastic morning on the Pacific

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The girls with Captain Howard and best mate Bo

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The view from the little farmers market we shopped at on Sunday morning. That is the sleeping giant in the background.

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Coconuts should not be used as footballs

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Anahola beach proper just 4 houses down from us with the river flowing into it…

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No words needed

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Stopped to get a picture of the beautiful lanscape as we were just knockin’ about on Sunday afternoon

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We went to the Smith Family Luau in the Wailua River Valley on Monday evening

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Kalua pig roasted in the earthen imu oven

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Kris and I

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Kathy and Kay

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Alisa and Monica

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Marlene and Rachel

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Another beautiful tree that I wish I could grow here at home on the Smith Family’s property

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A floral designer’s dream come true!

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This is where we rented our gear for snorkeling. Kris had verified that I could rent prescription goggles so I would be able to see underwater.

I am going to leave off here for now ending part one. The next and last post will focus on our helicopter tour over the Na-Pali Coast, our snorkeling adventures, and more of the beautiful scenery of Kauai.

Till then- Aloha!