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
On our returned trip on the Wailus River the young hula dancers entertained us and provided a lesson inviting everyone to join them in a final dance.
The world-famous Kauai Fern Grotto (Ma’ama’akualono) is a natural lava-rock grotto with long Boston Sword ferns growing upside down from the roof and cooled by misting waterfalls. Once a royal gathering place, this area was dedicated to the major god, Lono. Its natural amphitheater acoustics made it a perfect place for serenading musicians and a Hula demonstration. Native Hawaiian plants and colorful exotic tropical plants provide a rain-forest atmosphere.
A slow relaxing ride up the Wailus River to the Fern Grotto was about two miles. Along the way we passed lush jungles, cascading waterfalls and people paddle boarding and canoeing. The musicians on board played native songs and the captain shared stories of ancient Hawaii.
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
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