Sandy and Dick have traveled to Hawaii in 2007 (May 22 - June 6) and 2009 (May 25 - June 5). The 2007 trip consisted of going to Kauai, the Big Island, and stopping for a few hours to see Cindy and Chris in California. For the 2009 trip, we first went to Maui, followed by a half day visit on Oahu to visit nephew Rob' family, and then on to Kauai. At the end of the 2009 vacation we visited Cindy and Chris in California for a few days.

Bill and Chris Queen's house is in Kapaa

A mile from Chris and Bill's house is a nice view, plus Hoopii Falls.

Anahola River is north of Kapaa

The Kilauea Wildlife Refuge is a great spot to see birds and also a nice lighthouse.

Hanalei is our favorite town on Kauai.

Some Beaches near Hanalei

Other Hanalei Sights

Tunnels is a great place to snorkel and is also very beautiful. It is 8 miles beyond Hanalei and has very limited parking. We parked a half mile away and walked along the beach. If you are lucky, you park in a small road at the entrance to Tunnels and walk along a covered trail (3).
4) A house close to the entrance to Tunnels.

Bali Hai greats you upon arrival at Tunnels.

This amazing tree is a great place to establish camp.


Opaekaa Falls and Wailua River

Lydgate Park has a man-made snorkel lagoon

Views near the Lagoon

Decorations in Lydgate Park

A more remote beach in Lydgate Park

There is a weekly Farmer's Market

We kayaked on the Wailua River up to Fern Grotto. It was about 1 hour one way.
5) After returning downstream, Sandy and Dick continued on to the sandbar at the mouth of the Wailua River.

While in Lihue, we ate at Duke's which has a great view of the ocean, plus good food.

On Memorial Day Weekend there is the Kauai Polynesian Festival in Lihue

Coffee Plantation


Glass Beach and Japanese Graveyard

Lucy Wright Beach has green sand and small green crystals.

We liked Poipu for its tunnel of trees, Spouting Horn, Monk seal, and pretty beach.

Near Poipu is Gillin Beach. The road there is very rough, but worth the drive.

1) Menehune Fish Pond  2) A nice view

On the way to the airport, Chris and Bill showed us Wailua Falls. Because of the recent dry spell the water flow was much reduced from normal.

On the 2007 vacation, we went from Kauai to the Big Island of of Hawaii where we spent another week in paradise.