Waimea Pier

Waimea Pier

Our 41 minute flight from O’ahu to Kaua’i was without incident. We have a cottage in the Waimea Plantation complex. James Cook visited Waimea in 1778. The original Waimea Pier built in 1865 traces its history to the Northwest fur traders who rested during the winter months in Hawaii. The original Waimea Hawaiian Church was built in 1865 after the first missionaries, Whitnet and Ruggles, arrived in 1820. The flowers around town are beautiful. It is always interesting to explore a local grocery store. Waimea grocery stores offer an amazing array of fish.

Waimea Canyon Lookout

Waimea Canyon Lookout

Our journey to Waimea Canyon State Park involved steep, narrow roads. Our stop at the Wamea Canyon Lookout gave us our first sight of the Waipo’o Falls. At the Ni’ihau Viewpoint, clouds enveloped the island with 200 native Hawaiians. At the Canyon Viewpoint, I observed the route of a helicopter. We took the Canyon Trail to stretch our legs, but only descended about .3 of a mile before turning around. We did enjoy the fragrance of native plum trees. Our highest point, the Kalalau Lookout, was completely clouded in. On our descent we stopped at the Kōke’e Museum where we took a short nature trail. After a lunch stop we took the Iliau Nature Loop. We learned that the interesting grass fronds are named “kawelu.” Back on the main road we found the end of the road to be a 4.8 mile trek on a dirt washboard to the Polihale State Park. The Waimea area offers many interesting sites on the west side of Kauai.

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