|a wet Aloha welcome|
We landed in Honolulu at 6 pm under heavy rain. Oh no! The Hawaii sun will be absent during our 17-day Hawaiian getaway, and I had nothing but tank tops and shorts! The hotel shuttle took only five minutes to bring us to our rest for the night. Alas, the pathway leading to our room was flooded so we went to the Chinese restaurant on site for some hot food. Good that, after dinner, the water had receded, and we went straight to our room and bed. Our flight to Kauai was at 5 am the next day!
|Topographical map of Kauai|
When we got to Pono Kai Resort, our room was ready. It was a one-bedroom unit, the most spacious of the Diamond Resort timeshares we had been to thus far. We were on the ground floor, and the living room led to the exquisite tropical garden surrounded by about twelve buildings of four floors with about twenty-four units each. In the middle of it all, there was a pool, jacuzzi, and lanai. Towards the front were two tennis courts, a putting green, and a fitness center. Behind the last row of condo buildings, a lovely beach was waiting for Bill and me. Everywhere you can see chickens running around!
|Our building in the background, Pono Kai Resort|
|Wailua Heritage Trail|
|at Ke'e Beach|
|The Heart of Hanalei|
It may still have been raining off and on. But we had a great start to our Hawaiian exploration. On our last day, we rented a tandem bike (I still cannot ride a bike) and traced the Eastern coastline from Pono Kai to Kealia Beach. Bill’s legs got a great deal of exercises!
|at Kealia Beach|