We were lucky enough to get away for the first week of December to Kauai. Grandpa Dave and Grandma Connie offered to babysit so we took advantage of their generosity.
We stayed at the Lihue Marriott and although the weather was not perfect, it was still a wonderful week.
View from our room:
We arrived late on a Saturday and attended the Lihue ward the next day. The ward members welcomed all of the visitors with an Aloha song and a lei made out of yarn. We stayed for all 3 meetings which was delightful and we even received a personalized tour of their unique and thriving vegetable and fruit garden.
The funnest part was joining their Young Women in Excellence that they held right after their church meetings. This group of young women and leaders were beautiful inside and out. I was touched by their desire to choose the right and by their sweet testimonies. I was also impressed by the love and devotion of the young women leaders.
The next day we went on a helicopter ride of the island! It was spectacular!!!
The Marriott as viewed from above.
It was a little rainy and cloudy which made for poor visibility but this rainbow made up for it!
The NaPali Coast is located on the North side of the island and is famous for its rugged beauty and untouched canyons and waterfalls.
It was breathtaking as we flew right up into the deep canyons to see one of the tallest waterfalls in the world.
What a ride!!
We loved cruising Kauai in our Mustang convertible!
Waterfalls - everywhere in Kauai.
The next day we rented a canoe and paddled up the Wailua river. We made some strategic decisions and avoided most of the tourist groups. It felt like we had the river all to ourselves! It was quite the experience canoeing on the river surrounded by dense, tropical jungle forests. The interesting thing is that there really is no wildlife on the Hawaiian islands. It felt like we should be hearing monkeys or colorful birds in the trees. Nope - just chickens, cats and wild pigs. But it was still beautiful! Here is Wes after he jumped off a 15 foot cliff into the river.
Our hike to the Secret Falls.
We decided to brave the surprisingly cold water and swim in the pool. We made it under the waterfall and the force of it took our breath away!
Like I said, chickens and roosters.
We ran into the senior citizen group at the hanging gardens. We were in and out of there in a flash!