Busy day as we prepare to visit the Waimea Canyon of Kauai. We started with a fantastic breakfast at the Lava Lava café of the Resort.
Boarded the bus at 0750 and off we went. On the way we drove thru Lihue, largest city on the island, county seat and home of the airport.
From there we went to the Spouting Horn, which is just a blow hole on the south of the island. It is near Poipou, an area that was destroyed by a hurricane in 1992. It is still in the process of rebuilding.
Finally we reached the road that heads into the canyon. It was steep and curvy, but our excellent driver wielded the 45 foot bus with ease. She drives the same road nearly every day. The Waimea Canyon is called the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, and once we arrived at the viewpoint it was obvious why. It looks to be a portion that is just detached and moved to Kauai. However their is vegetation because of huge rainfalls in the area. It is some 3,000 feet deep, over a mile across and over 15 miles long. A river runs thru the floor to the ocean. The mountain area at the top of the range gets up to 600 inches of rain per year, so river water is no problem. It was truly a spectacular sight. I have seen three large canyons to date, The Grand Canyon, Copper Canyon in Mexico and now Waimea. Each is awesome in its own right.
On the way home we stopped at a coffee plantation, sampled some coffee, but did not buy.
The evening brought another event that was outstanding. The Smith Family Luau. Adam Smith came to Kauai, married a local Hawaiian and started a business of taking people up the Wailua river in canoes. This grew to larger and larger tour boats and then the side feature of a luau. The popular luau with all you can eat and drink became the main attraction of the island. Before dinner there is an IMU ceremony of removing the pig from the pit in which it was cooked. It was amazing how well they were set up to serve nearly 400 people. There was never a long line at any of the drink stations or in one of the 6 lines for food..
After dinner we all moved to a open air theater for the show of shows. It featured Polynesian dancer from all the Pacific area, to include New Zealand, The Phillipines, and Japan as well as all the small islands. Staging was excellent, sound not too loud, and the dancing was fantastic.
The show lasted just over an hour and then the bus ride back to our resort.