Day 9

We signed up for the Discover Kauai tour, a six-hour island highlights experience. In a group of 14, we headed north to the Kilauea Lighthouse and bird refuge in Princeville. There were red-footed boobies and albatross soaring overhead and in the cliffs across the way. We could not climb the lighthouse today, but it has been active for more than 100 years. Our guide, Steve, stopped at a local beach to show us a monk seal, an endangered species that stays alone and was resting on the beach. Our group had a picnic lunch on Aniki Beach and then proceeded to Hanalei Bay, home to Bali High in the South Pacific musical. We had a tour on the Wailua River up to the Fern Grotto with Hawaiian entertainment.

 

A family of seven singers and dancers performed hula and sang native songs. “Uncle Willie,” now 80 years old, played and sang for Elvis in Blue Hawaii in 1962, and still was in good voice. The ship docked at Fern Grotto State Park and we walked the 5-minute trail to the grotto. It is a cliff area with hanging ferns, dripping water and pretty flowers.

We stayed for about 20 minutes admiring the scenery and taking pictures and returned to our boat, sailed down river to the launch, met Steve, and returned to the Navigator by 4 PM.
 

We did not get any points in trivia today, but would have come in 4th, if points were awarded for it. Mac and I spent some time in the internet café, trying to get narratives and photos transmitted at a quicker speed and better connection than in our cabin. We had a lovely dinner with friends Gwen and Dean from Pennsylvania and decided to pass on tonight’s show, The Liar’s Club. Tomorrow we are in Maui.

Yours in travel,

Pat and Mac

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