First we had coffee (had to wake up) and then some breakfast at the condo. Lynda has a husband named Tom, who didn't come with us this trip. But they've both been here many times before and Tom has some earlier family buried on Kaua'i. Some of his ancestor's arrived here and did other things to establish the community in the 1800's and early 1900's up to not to long ago. He had an uncle both him and Lynda loved that lived on the island and was active in many things. When they didn't have their condo they stayed with him a number of times and when they did have their condo they still went to spend time doing things with him. We both had a lei we got upon arrival she had arranged from the airport, and we went and hung those on his grave here.
After that, we went to Wailua River marina to catch one of the tour boats up the river and to a beautiful little place where scores of people get married and/or just visit.
We were loaded onto the Billy J II and started up the river. The river was really brown they said because of the heavy rains the past few days further up the river. They are known for getting a lot of rain on this island, but weather alerts I got said up to 2 inches some days more than even usual. Looks like what happens back home when it rains ha ha.
Lynda is boarding the boat in the previous picture. Here's one of both of us on the boat.
On the up the river we were entertained with a lot of fun facts about the area all the way. The speaker was also a little funny and made us laugh at times.
So much lush green all over the place.
Then we got off the boat at this beautiful spot for about 30 minutes. We walked a short distance to the covered platform where the history was told us, then a different trail bck to the boat. I just love the whole area.
This is a cave behind the platform that they say is actually bigger than it looks. And at one time the platform wasn't there, and there was a trail that led up to the cave. Then in 1991 Hurricane Iniki hit and other things happened over the years that made the trail to the cave pretty impassible and the platform was built. At one time many wedding took place in the cave but now they do them on the platform and can't take people to the cave. It's hard to see too, but there was a thin stream of water that ran down in front of the cave from the roots of the plants above. Not a waterfall because there is no river or stream, but runoff from the plants and possibly the rains. When the wedding is done on the platform, then the wedding hula is done for the couple.
Back to load on the boat
On the way back they entertained us all the way with music and hula dancing. So nice. My very favorite part of the trip so far I think, even though so many awesome things.
We also went walking along a sidewalk path along the beach yesterday for a while but I'll save that for another blog since I'm running out of time. And in the evening I went across the street for a while where I could watch the waves roll in. I could see a wedding on the rocks just off the property with the waves in the background as they said their vows on Memorial day about 1/2 an hour before sunset. It was gorgeous too. So much done and so little time.
I think Lynda is waiting on me now so we can go hiking!