ʻŌpaekaʻa Falls is a waterfall located on the ʻŌpaekaʻa Stream in Wailua River State Park on the eastern side of the Hawaiian island of Kauai.of Kauai. It is a 151 foot waterfall that flows over basalt from volcanic eruptions millions of years ago.  
The basket maker was sitting by the waterfalls on Wailua Heritage Trail making palm baskets.
Ninini Point Lighthouse, standing at 86 feet, is a snow-white tower marks the northern entrance to Nawiliwili Bay. It stands 86 feet in height On Kauai”s East Side between Wailua and Kapaa, is the Nounou Mountain range, more famously known as Sleeping Giant. Stare at the ridge from afar and with a little imagination you can make out what looks like a human figure lying on his back. Hawaiian legends say this giant was tricked by villagers into eating a vast amount of rocks hidden in fish and poi. Sleepy from the meal, the giant took a nap and hasn’t woken since. Save Save Save
Hawaii’s official State bird is the Hawaiian Goose, or Nene, but on Kauai, everyone jokes that the official birds of the Garden Island are feral chickens, especially the wild roosters. The “mua” or red jungle fowl were brought to Kauai by the Polynesians as a source of food, thriving on an island where they have no real predators. There seemed to be a lot of feral cats running around with the chickens.   Save Save Save
Oral traditions tell of the sacred births of Kaua`inui and Wailuanuiho`ano and the establishment of this area as a birthing site reserved for royalty. It is still considered as one of Hawaii’s most sacred sites. Kaua`s king, Kaumuali`i was the last chief to be born here.
Kauas origins are volcanic, the island having been formed at approximately six million years ago, is the oldest of the main islands. One of the wettest spots on earth, with an annual average rainfall of 460 inches, is located on the east side of Mount Waiʻaleʻale. The high annual rainfall has eroded deep valleys in the central mountains, carving out canyons with many scenic waterfalls. Outside of the port, there were lots of buses to take hundreds of people off to their adventures for the day. The tug boat helped guide the Pride of America into port. Save Save
We really enjoyed the “Oh What a Night” show, a foursome that did two tribute shows based on Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The four guys who impersonated Frankie Valli’s group were superb, singing many memorable songs from this classic pop group. The range of the voices of two of their singers was incredible, from lows to Frankie’s falsetto highs. Not only were their voices outstanding but they all the dance moves down to a perfection. We had seen “Jersey Boys,” the Broadway play, in New York and thought the performance on the ship almost met the quality of the Broadway show. This first picture is from the Oh What a Night website describing the show. Often we remember the group but can’t remember the songs, this picture helps as a reminding of the great songs The Four Seasons recorded.     Save Save Save
The water was so clear you could see the bottom with many rocks. Out in the bay the Atlantis Submarine, a 48 passenger submarine, was docked. The sub was featured in National Geographic television specials. We hopped on a shuttle to Hilo Hattie’s, the store of Hawaii. They carry a wide selection of Hawaii attire. We wore are purchases to dinner that night. Back from Hattie’s we stopped in at Splashers Grill for drinks and apps, before heading back to the tenders. There was an island out in the bay and we never did find out it’s function. Save
There were historical landmarks within walking distance of the pier including a Heiau (temple), the first Christian church in Hawaii and a summer palace. A painter was doing a landscape of these in the distance.
We watched as the crew as they lowered the life boats down to tender us to the shore. We picked up tender tickets and was off to Kailua-Kona was the first royal capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii.   Save Save
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