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The Smith Family Garden Luau

This will (I think) be the last of my posts of the Kauai trip.

We couldn’t be in Hawaii with all our friends without taking them to a Luau.  And the one we found most recommended was with the ‘Smith family‘.  They have a large estate and so there are a few options that can be a part of your package as well as the Luau itself; we went for the whole thing that included a boat ride to Fern Grotto, time to explore the extensive gardens, dinner and the luau show.

Vintage weight and horoscope machine amused us whilst we waited for the boat trip

The event started with the boat ride which is a large floating platform holding something like 100 people.  The captain gives a talk through of the sights along the way which to me at least sounded very random and odd in places and I think amused him more than some of us (or maybe that is my British-ness); you could tell he’d been telling the same stories for a long time, anyway it was a fun ride with beautiful landscapes.

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The boat takes you to a landing stage where after a short walk through jungle-like scenery you find yourself at the grotto.  It is very picturesque with a small stream of water tumbling over a cliff with a small cave at the bottom.  Unfortunately because of the other 100 people its a little crowded and you aren’t allowed too close which is understandable.  Interesting white birds (long-tails?) flew around overhead and a small Hawaiian band played, it was very nice. Continue reading “The Smith Family Garden Luau”

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Come fly with me…

This is another post from my recent trip to Kauai, Hawaii.

One thing that we promised ourselves when we were planning this trip as a wedding present to ourselves was a helicopter flight around the island.  There are quite a few operators doing this but we chose Jack Harter; firstly they offered the longest flight time (only by about 5 or 10 minutes but enough) second they offered doors-off flights and lastly well with a name like Jack Harter you’ve got to just go with it 🙂

Continue reading “Come fly with me…”

A white September

So September came and went super fast; so much happened and it went by in a flash.  As a result focusing on taking shots of white things for my ‘12 colours of 2018‘ challenge just didn’t happen.

So the below shots are a selection of shots I took on the Kauai trip that just happened to be of white things.  Apologies as most of them are (predictably) of flowers.

I will try to do better in October looking for Purple things to shoot.

Continue reading “A white September”

Hanapepe

On our trip earlier this month to Kaua’i, we visited the small town of Hanapepe.  The town sits on the southern side of the island between Lihue and Waimea and is easily missed if you aren’t looking for it.

Shot with Olympus Pen-F Digital

It’s a small one street type of town that could easily fit into some Western style movie.  The old dilapidated buildings are great for us photographers and I enjoyed walking around taking shots.  However that dilapidation although interesting is surely not healthy(?)

Shot with Olympus Pen-F Digital

Continue reading “Hanapepe”

The chickens of Kaua’i

If you have been to Kaua’i (one of the islands of Hawai’i) you will quite likely think instantly of chickens; not beautiful beaches or hot weather or even Mai Tais… Chickens

Chickens on Kaua’i are like pigeons of London Continue reading “The chickens of Kaua’i”

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Isolated Subjects

Carrotroom-IMG_5521 (Large)
Coconut on the Beach
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Not quite what I had in mind for this week, this was from Hawaii: Waimea Canyon

Next week: Broken

Kauai is lovely

A friend inspired me to blog about a recent trip I went to to Kauai in Hawaii so here goes at my first attempt at a travel blog.

So first up getting to the airport was an adventure in itself. Plan was to be in the car at 2pm to give us plenty of time for a flight before 5pm.  For some reason we ended up waiting for a washing machine cycle to end before leaving which didn’t happen until 2:30 in the car a sudden realisation that our flight was a 4:20 rather that the 4:55 we had originally thought meaning after the washing machine delay meant less than 2 hours before take off.  I anyone knows LA traffic they will understand how much of a problem it is, getting from Burbank to LAX.  We had planned cheap parking near by but that added a potential 15 minutes to our journey time.  Decision was made to abandon that plan and with some performance driving from me we did actually make good time to the short term parking at LAX.  There was no time to debate the potential costs with this it was park here or not make the flight.  Quick check in and baggage drop, talk nicely to the lady at security to allow us through and we made the gate with a few minutes to spare. Continue reading “Kauai is lovely”

Daily Photo Challenge #20 – Triumph

The last day of the Photo 101 Daily Photo Challenge is about Triumph.

I spent almost the whole day yesterday taking photos around Kauai (Yes I am on holiday/vacation) which is kind of a triumph.  So as I didn’t take a picture of anything specifically triumphant below are a few I took.

The other triumph related thing is that I finally published something to Flickr which is definitely a successful conclusion to this series.

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