King Kong on Kauai
King Kong has a striking profile on the island of Kauai. You know it right away when you see it. It's actually Kalalea mountain but it's usually just called Kong. It is located just outside of Anahola and this picture was taken right on highway 56 (Kuhio Hwy). Look back right around mile marker 16.
Poli'ahu Heiau is a ancient Hawaiian place of worship. It's located across the road from Opaeka'a Falls. You will see the "Kapu" signs at the site. These are a warning that the area is restricted. It means Keep Out. It also means to observe with respect as this is a sacred place. It has been said that if you move or take one of the rocks you will have bad luck until they are returned.
Ali'i Kayak Tour
As promised, here's the Followup on the post about Secret Falls. Ali'i Kayak Tours is a great adventure. We booked this right at Pono Kai. It was only $39.95 and it was a great value. You bring your own lunch and the tour includes a hike to secret falls. They provide a waterproof bag so you can take things along and your stuff will stay dry. The whole tour takes four to five hours. You kayak for about an hour to get to the falls. The hike isn't that far but because the trail is slippery and has some hills, it does take awhile to get there. Bring aqua shoes. We had some people with brand new white tennis shoes and by the time they went 100 yards their shoes were ruined. Kauai is famous for the red dirt and it stains. I don't think you would ever get those stains out. At the end of the hike you are rewarded at Secret Falls. You can have your lunch there and swim out to the falls. This should be on everyone's bucket list.
The guide was great. We had Kimo and we actually met him on the plane to Lihue. He told us where he worked and we checked at the Pono Kai when we got there. My daughter won a buy one get one free Ali'i Kayak tour at the island orientation at the Pono Kai. That made a good deal even better.
You don' t have to be an athlete to do this tour but you do have to do some hiking on muddy tails and do some paddling against the rivers current.
Ke Ala Hele Makalae
When translated this means "The path that goes by the coast". This is the path the goes in front of the Pono Kai Resort and runs along the coast. It's a nice wide path that is enjoyed by many many people. The views along this path can't be beat. There are two phases completed, with four more phases to go. You can go to the website at the end of the post to get full details. It's great to sit out on your lanai at the Pono Kai and watch everyone going by and enjoying the path.
Eileen's Tree at Lydgate Park
In July, Eileen from Florida contacted me about staying at the Pono Kai for a two week stay in August. She had friends on the island she wanted to visit and she was going to be celebrating her birthday.
When she returned, she emailed me about a special gift her friends had given her. They had planted a tree at Lydgate Park in her honor. I had her send me the photos because we go to Lydgate every year and we will email her a photo every year so she can watch it's progress. I'll make it an annual blog post also. I hope the plaque will be in place before our next visit so we can get a photo for you. Congratulations Eileen!!
Jeff & Kim Silvers