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Kaua'i 2023 Day 6: Push, Kick, and Shove

all seasons in one day 83 °F

We started the day with a .4 mile journey to the place where Catherine's parents and her aunt and uncle are staying. The grounds of their resort include a cemetery, which is marked with some stones and monuments. It is very interesting that they would build a resort in such a location. The grounds are beautiful and overlook Shipwreck Beach.

Catherine and her Aunt Mary enjoying a pina colada (rather early in the day).

We drove to Kauai Backcountry Adventures in Lihue, where we were going to go on our innertube tour. Catherine was very excited about it, but Daniel was a bit more skeptical. It turned out that it was a three hour tour total, not three hours in the innertube. Two hours of the tour are driving through the area and hearing some of the historical and scientific information about it, and one hour is tubing through the irrigation tunnels. Catherine's dad had broken his shoulder last week while mountain biking in Mammoth. We were concerned that he wouldn't be able to come on the Hawaii trip, but he was able to. However, he was not able to come on the tubing adventure because he has to keep his arm immobilized.

Some pictures of us and the group as the tour was about to begin.

Some pictures from our drive up to the beginning of the adventure. Apparently most of this land belongs to Steve Case, who was the founder of America Online and who was from Hawaii. It was formerly a sugar plantation but the sugar growing ended because other countries were able to pay workers a lot less, and growers in Hawaii couldn't compete with their prices. We saw some wild pigs...

As well as what the tour guide called a Hawaiian Mountain Lion (a cat sitting by a rock).

Some views of Waialeale, which is one of the rainiest places on earth. It can get over 500 inches of rain in a year. There are multiple waterfalls that come down from this mountain, feeding the streams and ditches like the one we tubed down.

A couple pictures of us, and Catherine's mom, in front of Waialeale.

We weren't able to take pictures during the actual tubing adventure. We each got on our own innertube, and got in the irrigation ditches on the former sugar plantation. We had helmets with lights and we went through multiple tunnels throughout our time there. It was mostly an easy ride, with a few slightly rapid parts where our tubes would get jostled together. There were several commands that the guides would yell, including "elbows and ankles" (meaning to tuck in to the tube so as not to hit things) and "push, kick, and shove" meaning that we should push, kick, and shove the tubes around us to get loose from a jam. In the last tunnel they recommended that we turn our lights off and focus on "the light at the end of the tunnel" which was interesting: it felt briefly like we weren't moving, and then suddenly we could see the light getting closer. Once we were done tubing, we were able to get out and were driven to another place, where we had a picnic. We had croissant sandwiches and cookies, and had access to a pond to swim in (although we didn't swim.)

The kids helped Daniel pick plumeria flowers for all the women. While we were walking we found a banana plant right near the house. Dalton wanted a banana but Daniel didn't think they were ripe yet.

We then went in to Koloa and went to an ice cream shop (Catherine actually had Dole Whip and Daniel had a guava danish.) We went to Sueoka's for some groceries, and then went home and planned to walk to dinner.

We walked to Brennecke's Beach Broiler, where we got nachos, pad thai, and mai tais. There was live music and we noticed a baseball cap from Fresno State while we were there. A few years ago when we were here we went here with some of Daniel's family, so we toasted with mai tais and remembered our past times here!

Posted by danielcatherine 03:04 Archived in USA Tagged rain mountain adventure plantation banana tube ditch sandwich irrigation koloa kauai_backcountry_adventures waialeale push_kick_and_shove brennecke's

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