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lead image for this date18 July 2017 :

Driving on Kauai's east side has become a chore -- narrow roads, too many cars, every one with a single driver. No meaningful public transport, and anyway, who'd want to take da bus? So we negotiated the slow-moving parking lot to Kapaa in search of groceries and lunch, then drove to the end of the road at Anini beach to wait until time to occupy our house clear at the beginning of the beach...


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lead image for this date19 July 2017 :

Typical summertime north shore weather: showers in the morning. The cacophony of the birds -- roosters have taken over the island, and here on Anini they use their particular abbreviated version of the traditional rooster call: "Doodle-Doo!"  Chad and Zoe took an early morning between-the-showers walk, but the rest of the crew stayed in and watched the weather go by...


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lead image for this date20 July 2017 :

We meant to make a quicker start this morning, but it was 11 by the time we headed out toward the end of the road. Passing Wainiha, we stopped at Sushi Girl's for sushi, thinking to take it on to Haena and Ke'e, old favorite beaches at the end of the road...


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lead image for this date21 July 2017 :

Rochelle and I met up with our island host, Luan Becera, at Anaina Hou, a park near Kilauea, for a walk through the Mahogany plantation. Seemed like miles and miles of trees lined up in ranks like soldiers waiting to be cut down ...


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lead image for this date22 July 2017 :

Our day started with a boisterous shower through which Chad and family returned from their early morning expedition to the beach.


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lead image for this date23 July 2017 :

Snorkeling out front again. Sunday must be Eel Day: saw an itty-bitty (but wasn't ready to take its picture, and when I got ready, it was gone) but found photogenic big brother (in shadow, sorry...


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lead image for this date24 July 2017 :

We awoke to the rattling of rain. There had been lightning during the night, far out, no thunder. When we looked at the weather, we concluded this was going to be an inside morning and likely a cloudy day...


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lead image for this date25 July 2017 :

We started the day early with a stick insect inside the house. I rescued him (or her) and set her on a likely leaf outside. The we hustled to get to Hanamaulu for the day's Main Event: TUBING! The personnel for the day included the usual suspects plus Saxon, our guide (right) and Geo, the driver...


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lead image for this date26 July 2017 :

Chad and family went kayaking in Hanalei, and Rochelle and I went out front, where the water was mid-tide and lovely. Lots of sun. I took a long snorkel, but the seeing is disappointing: Anini's reef is nearly dead...


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lead image for this date27 July 2017 :

Rochelle and I walked west on Anini Road past the polo grounds and the (apparently) Egret Legislature.Here we see prominent Egrets from all over Kauai conversing about the state of the frogs and bugs.


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lead image for this date28 July 2017 :

Our adventure began with chirping from a device at 5:30am. Still dark outside. Minimal breakfast, scramble to get our gear together, and away to Hanalei, where we signed in and were shuttled to Hanalei Beach Park...


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lead image for this date29 July 2017 :

Kilauea Bakery first thing, for chai and sweets, before we go to Ana'ina Hou Saturday Market. We hardly needed anything, but this is such an abundant, colorful, human market ...


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lead image for this date30 July 2017 :

Lazy morning -- last night's delicious left-over polenta for breakfast -- and then off in search of ingredients for paella to please Lindsey. Lunch first at Fresh Bite, the only 5-star eatery in Hanalei, and Yes, it's a food truck. And also Yes, worth 5 stars.


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lead image for this date31 July 2017 : Flowers & Packing

Last day at Anini. Mostly packed -- all except things needful before departure tomorrow morning early. I took the time during a sunny period to walk the grounds and take pictures of the many, many flowers (from every tropical region in the world) to be found in our meticulously maintained landscape.


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1st per in:|d want to take da bus? So we negotiated the slow-moving parking lot to Kapaa in search of groceries and lunch, then drove to the end of the road at Anini beach to wait until time to occupy our house clear at the beginning of the beach. Golden sand, mellow water, a granma with a little one learning to play in the ocean. Idyllic.|
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1st per in:|eir particular abbreviated version of the traditional rooster call: "Doodle-Doo!"  Chad and Zoe took an early morning between-the-showers walk, but the rest of the crew stayed in and watched the weather go by. Before its recreational opportunities were recognized, Anini was a swamp and seasonal sugar cane plantation. Now relatively uncared for, sugar cane has taken over the lowlands. Up top, the remnants of Princeville Ranch.|
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1st per in:|or sushi, thinking to take it on to Haena and Ke'e, old favorite beaches at the end of the road. The dozen one-lane bridges haven't discouraged traffic, and so it seems everyone wants to drive out to Tunnels and the end of the road ... and park. We sorta found a parking place at Tunnels, but Chad had driven beyond; we gave up our spot and passed him just as we started a narrow stretch. Persisting, we again found a place to park, but then Chad caught up, and we decided the mile walk from our parking place to the beach wasn't worth the girls' resistance, so we headed back home. Tried to find a parking spot in Hanalei, but no such luck. No problem finding a spot at Dolphin Fish Market, where we bought $50 worth of Mahi Mahi. Returned to our house on Anini to eat our excellent sushi. Lindsey comes back with GoPro footage of an encounter with turtles just off our beach.  |
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1st per in:|iles of trees lined up in ranks like soldiers waiting to be cut down ...86,000 trees, said the sign, the largest such plantation in the US and one of the largest in the world. Little trees, not eight inches, but along the way we saw some mighty trunks from the previous generation of trees. A couple of miles in, a beautiful pond with the mountains of northern Kauai in the distance. A great walk, and a good chat with an interesting fellow.|
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1st per in:|enic big brother (in shadow, sorry. He wouldn't move...) He's likely about a foot long and maybe two inches from top of his dorsal fin to his belly.  Lots of very small juvenile fish of several algae eating species -- this reef has become a nursery for young fish ...unfortunately, too small and shy to photograph.|
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1st per in:|be an inside morning and likely a cloudy day. Our forecast was right: heavy rain intermittently all morning and well into the afternoon. We read, ate fruit, went shopping in a squall so intense we couldn't see the other side of Kalihiwai Bay when we went out to the Anaina Hou Tuesday market (three vendors) and a visit with Kathleen at the Kilauea Bakery. (Great chai.)  Oh, well, it's what keeps Kauai green. This time of year, we expect one out of five days like this.|
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1st per in:|for the day's Main Event: TUBING! The personnel for the day included the usual suspects plus Saxon, our guide (right) and Geo, the driver. In the background of all the pictures, Mount Wai'ale'ale, the rainiest place on the planet.|
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1st per in:|e seeing is disappointing: Anini's reef is nearly dead. I saw as many as five fish at a time (rarely) when in the past, fish were everywhere, and I could reliably go out and see something new within fifteen minutes.|
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1st per in:|we signed in and were shuttled to Hanalei Beach Park. In 2017 that means you park your pick-up on the beach. Used to be a beautiful beach. (Sorry, but that seems to be this trip's theme.)|
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1st per in:| human market ...why not?   If we came for the fish, we're disappointed, because the reefs are not in good shape. If we came for the people, then ... look at this! What a lovely place, Hawaii.|
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