And yes, that was the first thing I noticed on my return..... The bustle! After spending over two weeks on Kauai, where I was romanced and seduced by the gentle trade winds and sounds of the ocean, I found it overwhelming to return to people, pollution, traffic, and man-made noise. The buzz of civilization was everywhere and evident as I drove home from the airport.
But on a softer brighter note, I took with me great memories and a little more history of the island and culture.
I was reminded that Kauai is the oldest of the main Hawaiian islands. It's also the fourth largest in the chain. A point near the center of the island is often purported as being the wettest, or one of the wettest, spots on the globe. I guess it depends on whether you are comparing number of days of rain or quantity of water per period.
Additionally, the island of Kauai has been featured in more than 70 Hollywood movies and television shows including, South Pacific, Disney's 2002 series Lilo & Stitch, Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Six Days Seven Nights, the remake of King Kong, Blue Hawaii, and John Ford's 1963 film Donovan's Reef to name a few.
On a side note, I was lucky enough to spend some time on Steven Case's private property (over 17,000 acres). But that's another story.... Stay tuned!
No surprises for me!
Here are a few (amateur) shots from the lookout spot at the top:
The Sun Setting near the Beach House Restaurant. A great place to have dinner or cocktails and watch the sun set. Be sure to make your reservations early. They book up quickly.
Another good place to watch the sun set is on Ke'e Beach on the North Shore. Here's a video clip:
Lava rocks, trade winds, fresh air, waves and sand..... True compliments to the Aloha Spirit!