Tuesday, March 14, 2006

2006-Our 5th Kauai vacation, Tim and Faith's 2nd, Dad's 3rd: Kauai Museum; Queen's Bath; Limahuli Garden; Sleeping Giant hike; Smith's luau; Kukuiolono Golf Course; Napali cruise;

We usually go to Kauai the end of Feb./beginning of March, but this time, we went the end of Jan./beginning of Feb. As I recall, this was the year they had really devastating rains in March. But while we were there the weather was really beautiful for our 2 weeks.

We had visitors most of these 2 weeks. Part of the time they were even overlapping. Since we had the 2 bedroom unit at our Kauai Beach Villas resort that my dad went in on with us, he stayed with us and Tim and Faith stayed at the Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy in Kapaa for the first 5 nights until Dad left, then they joined us.

One of the things we did with my Dad before Tim and Faith arrived was to go to the Kauai Museum in Lihue. In it is a permanent display of art and artifacts of Native Hawaiians. While we were there they also had a beautiful exhibit of hand made quilts and a photography exhibit--not sure if those are permanent or were special exhibits. The building was built from 1922-1924 as a public library in memory of Albert Wilcox by his wife Emma. When the Albert Spencer Wilcox Memorial Building became too small for it's library collection, and changes to buildings on the National Historic Register can't be made, a new library was built in 1969 and the Wilcox building soon became part of the Kauai Museum. I think admission at that time was about $8@, but it was an interesting museum in a really beautiful historic building.

Since Dad liked hiking and photography, we also took him on the short Queen's Bath hike. As I mentioned in my 2005 blog, the Queen's Bath area is very dangerous, especially in the winter, so when we do that hike, we make sure it's at times of low tides and surf and dry weather. (and we don't get near the edge like the people in this picture!)

Last time we really didn't even know which pond was the "bath", but we decided this is the actual bath. It looked rather calm at this time, but there were still large waves that did break over the outter wall on several occassions. After a short look around, we headed back up.

It is a moderately easy hike, but there is a spot near the lava shelf that is a bit tougher, as seen here in this photo. Again, if it's raining, this would be really hard to walk up or down.