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Trip Report - I finally understand the "Hawaii centric" nature of this board. Oahu, the Big Island and saving the best for last, KAUAI

Trip Report - I finally understand the "Hawaii centric" nature of this board. Oahu, the Big Island and saving the best for last, KAUAI

Old Jul 29th, 2005, 11:17 AM
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Too funny Gyppielou! I do feel like I have become a member of some sort of Kauai club (cult??).

lvk-- It's pretty easy to locate. It's right off of 50 the sign says Kipu and then you just park on the road and then wend your way through the tall grass/plants until you come to the water. I must say the 2 young teens loved jumping off the cliff and using the rope swing once they worked their courage up. My husband got into the act as well. The rest of us were obervors and photographers. It was quite a fun afternoon.

Have a great trip----both of you!
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lvk.. if you end up going to kipu falls..you might consider going during "off-hours" (say, earlier on weekdays) as it can get a little crowded and it's not a big space. however..it sounds like eeva's kids were contemporaries of the on-island set who like to hang there..so that might be a good thing if you have teen kids. : o )

eeva..you' just have to extend a visit to your sister's family for you next trip. Airfare and flight fatigue from here are way better.

But more importantly, back to lvk.. i do have to agree with kal and gyppielou in warning you about the dangers of the jungle and the africanized mosquitoes..oh..oh and all the diseases you can get from those dirty dirty riparian environments. and mad chickens.. sigh.. 41 days
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Old Jul 29th, 2005, 12:18 PM
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Thanks, Eeva, for sharing your trip. I HAVE to get back soon ... I can't stand it!
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Hi Eeva.
We loved your report. We are going to Oahu in February to help friends from Atlanta renew their vows (they lived in Honolulu when they married). It will be our first trip to Hawaii, and we are spending a week in Oahu followed by a week in Kauai.
We are already making plans. I have the Frommer's guide to Kauai and have just ordered the "Kauai Underground Guide" from Amazon. What is the the "Blue Guide" or "Blue Bible" that you mentioned? Is that the "Kauai Revealed" guide and if it is, do you think I need that one too?
There are just the two of us going to Kauai, and we are staying at a B & B (Bamboo Jungle House). My wife is not as keen as I am about the water sports. We both enjoy hiking, but only the milder form for my wife, probably 2 hours max on trails that are not too taxing. No helicopters or boat tours. We just want to kick back and enjoy what I know will be a beautiful, memorable experience. Any advice?
Thanks so much!

New Brunswick, Canada
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Damn woman! You're gettin' GOOD!

Remember to put "it's too dark...you can't see at night" on our "Kauai is Krap" list.

Hikerboy, You guys like ATV tours? Got some good'uns on Kauai. Just don't go at night!

You'll be getting your DOUBLE secret Kauai decoder ring soon.
I think billy-boy will be bringing some back.

As for Stinger Ray's, all we do are pupus and mai tai/beer. Good chick/beef stix.

Mrs Kal refuses to take the non-stop from SFO to LIH because "I want my mai tai special at Stinger Ray's"

This way she knows she's finally there?
Kinda like a Pavlov's Wife thang'?

You retired guys have all the fun!
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Old Jul 29th, 2005, 04:33 PM
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Hikerboy, the Kauai Revealed and we got it after reading many comments on this site. It offers more insider info than the other guides and in that sense it is really handy.

As for shorter hikes on Kauai, there should be some listed in that book. I however travel with crazy people who must put in 10 miles just to make sure I am on the edge of a heart attack, although the views made it all worthwhile. I think there is a guide to Kauai hikes book available somewhere. Friends found it in their condo so we used that in our planning as well.

Kal, I wish I knew that Stinger Rays was a bit of an "institution." We stopped there before boarding our flight back to the mainland and frankly I was so depressed, I ordered chardonnay rather than a Mai Tai. I did eat the chicken stick things and they were pretty good.

Hell that day is a blur. I do distinctly remember the flight attendant announcing as we disembarked in Chicago, "OK everyone. Back to reality. Get back to thinking about work." I wanted to punch her squarely in the jaw. TSA would probably have locked me up for the rest of my life though.
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Eeva, you wrote that you made your reservations for the Beach House at 8:45 PM to enjoy the sunset. What time did the sun go down? I called earlier this week, to make a 2 weeks in advance, Anniversary reservation by the window for sunset. They gave me a time at 6 PM. We'll probably be through dining in a couple hours...I hope we don't miss it.
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No we had made the reservation for 8:45 but got there at 7:00 because the sun was setting at 7:17. We hung out outside and at the bar for the hour or so until the table was ready. We only made the reservation 2 days in advance and therefore took what we could get (and if you read about my major screwup, you'll see we were lucky to get a table at all that evening).

The views are gorgeous and the food was delicious. Enjoy your trip!
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