Beautiful Kauai: Do you have a vision in your mind on what to expect when you get here? How about a small chair down by the water’s edge with lapping little waves around your feet?The water at mid-day is said to have the greatest amount of turquoise in it. The water right now is 82 degrees–it has dropped a few degrees.
Summer was fantastic with lots of day trips up north snorkeling and a few hikes up in Kokee above Waimea Canyon.
We had one rather exciting kayak trip in late August to Kalalau, up the coast of the Napali. It’s about 13 miles and every inch of it is magnificent; photos will be attached.
Let me tell you about our trip. It was a three day weekend and all of us, 24 guys, set out Friday morning about 8:00 a.m. We made it into Kalalau safely and settled into either the camp sites or the giant cave.
Around 2:00 p.m. we had Captain Bob of Captain Sundown lovingly drop off about 12 big bags of food for us for the weekend.
Here’s the crazy part. My friend Will, a big strong guy, was diving and playing in the shore break
when all of a sudden as he jumped in, the wave slammed him into the bottom shattering a vertebrae in his neck. Our trip suddenly became a rescue operation. I sat there with my friend as we called the Coast Guard for a rescue. In the meantime, a cruise ship carrying 3,000 people was approaching on its Friday route to Kalalau for photos then on to Oahu. It had come and gone, but the Captain had been listening in and kept a ear out to see what the Coast Gaurd would do.
It turns out that the night before our trip, a hiker slipped and fell to his death on his way into Kalalau. The Coast Guard spent the whole night and the entire morning looking for him and had used up all their flight hours. This was bad news for us — they weren’t coming.
Hearing this the Captain of the cruise ship turned his ship, the “Pride of America,” around and came back to rescue my friend. It was dark when the ship finally returned and parked about a mile off shore lit up like a giant Christmas tree.
Out from the boat came a smaller rescue boat. They came to shore in the dark and three medics stormed the beach like Marines and put my friend on a stretcher board with a neck brace and hoisted him onto the boat. About 12 guys held the boat in place against the pounding shore break, while the crew brought him to the boat. It was the most exciting and brave thing I have ever seen.
In the end, my friend had an operation on Oahu and is now doing fine.
The point I want to make is this: Kauai is the most fantastic and exciting place in the world, but it is unconquerable. Don’t let its charm and sparkle fool you. There are always those 5,000 ft. cliffs above the thundering ocean; the giant tiger sharks lurking around while sea turtles bob their heads out of the water and dolphins glide aimlessly right off shore. I truly love Kauai.
Throw a little romance into the mix and we have the greatest place on earth!
Thanks for listening world. Aloha!!!