Prince Kuhio Day is a state holiday. This gives me the excuse to post pictures of Kaua'i from last year's Spring Break. We stayed at the Outrigger Resorts in Po'ipu on the southern tip of the Garden Isle.
In the same park is a heiau. My children noted the football shaped stone and called it the "Lombardi Trophy of the Pacific".
Po'ipu is also home to the Sprouting Horn Blow Hole. From gohawaii.com,
Ancient Hawaiians believed this coastline was once guarded by a giant moo (lizard) named Kaikapu. Everyone was afraid of the moo because it would eat anyone who tried to fish or swim in the area. One day, a young boy named Liko entered the ocean to outwit the lizard. Kaikapu attacked him, but Liko thrust a sharp stick into her mouth, swam under the lava shelf, and escaped through a small hole to the surface. The moo followed Liko and got stuck in the lava tube. To this day, you can hear the lizard’s roar and see her breath spraying from the blowhole.
Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian islands, hence its lava rocks have faded in color over time.
We drove along the southern coast route, past gorgeous landscape, to Hanapepe. Also from gohawaii.com,
Today, “Kauai’s biggest little town” hasn’t changed much over the last century at first look. Its historic buildings are so authentic that the town has become a location for films like “The Thornbirds,” “Flight of the Intruder,” and were even the model for the Disney film “Lilo and Stitch.”
Hanapepe is also famous for its swing bridge ....
... which was rebuilt after Hurricane Iniki in 1992.
Kauai's colors are so vivid!
Fort Elisabeth guards the mouth of the Waimea River. From Hawaiiweb.com,
This Russian fort was built by George Scheffer in 1816 with the assistance of the Kauai King Kaumuali'i. Officially Kauai had pledged allegiance to King Kamehameha, however, Kaumuali'i thought he could reclaim his kingdom with the help of Russia. When Russian heard of Scheffer's promises and plans, they sent a ship to bring him back home. He fled to O'ahu and finally to Brazil. Today the fort is merely remnants of the stone foundation.
Three islands have towns called Waimea - the Big Island, Oahu, and Kauai. Kauai's Waimea stands out as the landing point for Captain Cook, bringing the first European contact with the Hawaiian Islands.
Do you have any historical memorials or statues in your town? One randomly selected commenter from this week's blogs will win book choice from my convention stash. This giveaway is open to all readers. Comments are open through Saturday, March 31, 10 pm. I'll post the winner on Sunday, April 1.
Kim in Hawaii
March Madness continues here at SOS Aloha! All commenters in March will be entered into a special drawing for prizes from RT in Chicago. 3 US, 3 Canadian, and 3 international readers will win a package with books and goodies. Comments can be made at:
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I'll post the winners of March Madness on Monday, April 2.
Coming tomorrow - the Waimea Canyon!