Today we decided to go kayaking. We kayaked the Hanalei the last time we were here, so this time we kayaked a shorter river, the Kalihiwai. On the way up this morning, we stopped for coffee and a mango danish at the Kilauea Bakery. Then we rented our two-person kayak in Hanalei and drove to the Kalihiwai Beach, where we put in at the ocean and paddled up the river.
The first part of the river was wide and calm. It was blanketed with peach-colored hibiscus flowers that looked like they had been scattered there for the arrival of a queen. There was no one else on the river but us and the white tropical birds. The jungles around this river are thick, and we felt like we were kayaking into the jungles of Brazil.
There were several places where we had to navigate under and around big tree trunks. After awhile, the river got shallow and rocky, so we ran aground and got out to hike it.
We forded the stream and hiked up a vague trail, over branches and under spiderwebs and around fallen guavas to this....It was pretty spectacular. And even better because we had to work hard to get to this isolated spot. Unfortunately, our underwater camera freaked out at this point and colored everything bright green (hence the black and white...Mike also Photoshopped a one-piece onto me for the modest reader).
After enjoying the brisk water of the waterfall, we paddled ourselves back to civilization. We had a late lunch in Hanalei, pork lau lau again from the Polynesia Cafe and 4th of July shave ice from Wishing Well.
Then we needed a rest, so we headed to my favorite beach, Hideaways. You have to scale an impressive couple of flights of slick and steep stairs to get to this beach, which is why it is so often deserted. Mike did a lot of snorkeling here and captured an incredible video of a sea turtle swimming, which is, alas, too large to upload.
Here's a view of the reefs at Hideaways; you can just barely see the beach on the right.
After Hideaways, we went to the Kilauea Bakery again for dinner, and had Hawaiian pizza. The end.