After a morning in Nawiliwili Kauai, we headed back to the ship for a relaxing afternoon. The ship was hosting a sail away barbecue pool party, as we sailed out of Kauai, we went poolside and enjoyed the live music from the ships band “The Wave.” After awhile we moved from a table to the lounge chairs and the pool. We had a great waitress, who keep our drinks full, even when we were in the pool. No need to get out and go to the bar, she was right there checking on us, calling us by our names. Like I said she was REALLY GOOD! The guys gave her a huge tip for her hard work. After “The Wave” finished Toby Beau took the stage to do a tribute to Jimmy buffet. It was a great relaxing afternoon drink, music and a “Cheeseburger in Paradise”  in “Margaritaville.”      …
We celebrated birthdays on this cruise. Lupe’s on the 1st, Fred’s on the 8th and Steve’s on the 27th. The ship do cakes for birthdays and anniversaries. Our last night on board, a wine toast, cheesecake and coconut soufflé for dessert. Save
The Napali Coast nourishes the soul. Kauai’s famous coastline is truly majestic, featuring emerald-green pinnacles towering along the shoreline for 17-miles. Located on the North Shore of Kauai, the Napali Coast features panoramic views of the vast Pacific Ocean, velvet green cliffs and cascading waterfalls plummeting into deep, narrow valleys. The rugged terrain appears much as it did centuries ago. As we sailed along the Napali Coast, the ship had a local resident onboard to give commentary on the history and current day facts about this amazing part of Kauai.  The ship actually sailed the coast going both directions so that guests could participate from their stateroom balcony or other parts of the ship and not have everyone crowding one side of the ship.
As we sailed along we came upon a storm. We stood on our balcony and watched as the rain moved in and as we passed it a rainbow appeared.
The Pride of America docked in Nawiliwili Harbor, on the island’s southeast coast, near the town of Lihue. We hopped on the Harbor Trolley to the beaches of Kalapaki Bay. We enjoyed the refreshing water, the sandy beach and watching boats coming and going. We stopped in at Kalapaki Joe’s for drinks. Save Save Save
This production tells the inspiring story of one family’s incredible voyage from Tahiti to Kauai, told through vivid storytelling & dance in an enchanting setting. In the opening scene a father remembering a time of struggle, recalls a decision, a journey and their prayers to Akua (God). Kalama means light ……kalamaku a flaming torch….that is what his people would need. A father tells his strong-willed daughter Orama of his decision to go ahead to the new land. She must stay behind but he will send for her when the time is right, when the land brings its first harvest. Legends and tales abound in the new land of Pele the Goddess of Fire, her long sleep, her lover Lohiau, her sister Hiiaka and the Mo’o or Dragon Women of Haena. Ari sees them in his dreams. Ancient people journeyed with only the stars and ocean currents as their guides. They …
The Pu, a Hawaiian conch shell, was blown to let us know that it was time for dinner. We had signed up for the VIP package so we walk over to the mansion. We were seated around an open-air courtyard with views of the plantation grounds and Mt. Waialeale in the distance. As we sipped our Champagne and sparkling cider, we watched a hula dancer who told beautiful stories of Hawaiiana with her elegant and graceful movements. Save
Kilohana, a restored plantation estate that provides a glimpse of life in the 1930s. The site of a 16,000 square-foot Tudor mansion that was home to one of the island’s most prominent families, Kilohana is now a picturesque venue for tours, gatherings and a theatrical luau. We visited the various artisan shops located around the grounds before going over to the house for dinner. There were also shops upstairs and downstairs in the home. Manicured green lawns surround the estate, which now features 22 North and a number of unique shops like the Koloa Rum Company. Once the center of a 27,000-acre sugar plantation and the hub of Kauai business, cultural and social life, the 35-acre estate now features tropical gardens and an old plantation village. We rode on the Kauai Plantation Railway, winding through the plantation’s working farms and orchards.  As we rode along we came upon the pig …
For the luau, we were having shredded kalua pork cooked in an imu. This is an underground oven that uses a combination of hot coals, stones and layers of leaves and cloth or mats to steam the food. To build an imu dig into the earth about 2 feet to 4 feet deep with sloping sides. Put heated stones in the bottom, then a layer of green vegetation, food, covering material, and dirt. A large whole pig, in a good hot imu, may take from 6 to 8 hours of steaming time. The pavilion was setup for the dinner and the nights entertainment. Save Save Save
We were greeted at Kilohana, a restored plantation estate, with fresh-flower leis for the girls and shell leis for the guys. We listen to traditional Hawaiian music as we shopped the local vendors stalls and drank Mai Tais and Blue Hawaiians. Save Save