While we waited for the Hertz van at the Kauai airport we were greeted by a rooster. Little did we know how popular they are here. One of the theories of why there are so many is that when hurricane Iniki hit in 1992 chicken farms and backyard chicken coops were destroyed setting the chickens free and they've been free to roam ever since.
Once we got to Hertz it was another wait, 3 planes arrived at the same time. Hertz passed out water and granola bars.
Halfway through our drive we did some shopping at a Foodland.
Big mistake, or some of our purchases were a mistake. I didn't want to buy a rotisserie chicken because I didn't want it to sit in the car so why did I buy the Poke? We wound up throwing it out the next day because it seemed funny to me. One of the big problems was that when we checked in it took forever until we got to our room since we had to chat with the concierge first and then even longer for our stuff to get to our room.
We decided to go to one of the local churches that had a Saturday 5 PM mass. It was a small round church and it was their music mass with a guiter and violin player. After the mass, since it was Pentercost they had a huge dinner that everyone was invited to. There was more food than anyone could eat and most of it we couldn't identify. There were a lot of foods that were similar to what you could get in a Chinese restaurant but the desserts were definitely unique, different flavors of trays of little squares with a sticky consistency.
Sunday, May 27
We went to the hottub first thing in the morning and it was HOT!! It soothed all our aching joints.
Later on we took a drive as far as we could go until we hit the Napali Coast.
Monday, May 28
In the morning the Westin held a "Vacation Kick Off" to learn about the activities on and off site. Mimosas and door prize tickets were distributed. As the presentation continued, a door prize was given after each speaker. Someone won a $25 gift certificate to the restaurant after the chef spoke and there was the free massage following the presentation by the head of the Spa. Other prizes included a kayak trip, and 2 for 1 adventure with horses and zip lines.
After reserving our flight for Thursday, we thought it was about time for some exercise. We took the van down to the St.Regis, checked out the beach, which looked better for snorkeling than swimming
|St Regis from across Hanalei Bay|
Tuesday, May 28
It was a beautiful morning to go to the pool. We didn't make it to the hottub before 7 so we had to wait until 10:00 - after I watched Good Morning America and The View, which directly follows it in Hawaii. The weather here is more changeable than in Rochester. Sunny and beautiful, then cloudy, then raining - either with the sun out or not. We were at the pool until after 12:00 and it was sunny the whole time. Enough sun, we wanted to check out the lighthouse and National Wildlife refuge.
First we went to Anini Beach, the actual Anini Beach is at the end of a 2 mile long stretch of beaches and Anini Beach Park is actually located on Kalihikai Beach across from the Kauai Polo Ckub - no wonder we saw so many horses.
We can get to Anini Beach from our hotel down a steep path which we haven't tried (yet??). We also went to the Princeville Golf Course which killed Larry that he couldn't play because of his back. This is the #1 course in Hawaii and the 16th in the US.
Since we didn't want dinner we enjoyed a cocktail out on the lanai before watching the wrong movie.