Anahola, Kilauea, Hanalei
This was a spur of the moment field trip. I had 2 days of vacation to kill by July 16th or else I would lose it. I just happened to run across this you tube video on Facebook and it showed various artists at various spots across all the islands while singing Hawaii Aloha. From the very start it showed Anahola Beach, which I've never seen before and it was GORGEOUS. Next they showed Hanalei Pier...I was sold. So of course who do I call?? JALNA!!! It just so happened that this weekend worked out perfectly for the both of us.
We flew in early on Thursday morning, we had a long 3 days ahead of us. First stop, Anahola Beach. We needed to make a dry run out to the beach because we want to go out there at sunrise. Since it's gonna be dark we didn't want to chance getting lost and missing out on our window of opportunity. We had the whole beach to ourselves. Unbelievable.
Sorry in advance, you're gonna have to see all the food pics on Jalna's blog, I was too lazy and too hungry to take pics
We then headed up north to Hanalei, but stopped at Kilauea Lighthouse. I didn't want to pay $5 to go in so we just took a pic from afar...hehe yah. I'm cheap.
On the way into the lighthouse we saw this cute fruit stand...
When we first looked for Hanalei Pier we drove too far and was to far into the bay. But when we were driving through the parking lot I saw this. I had Jalna jump out and take a picture with my phone.
We got to Hanalei Pier early. REALLY early. I looked online and it said sunset was at 6:55. I think we got there around 4:00. We were gonna take a few pics, leave, then come back for the sunset but the beach was pretty crowded so we didn't want to lose our parking space. So we waited. and waited. and waited. I got burnt in the process. But it was pretty beautiful out there.
I kinda wouldn't recommend taking this shot because you can't stand up, it's about 3 feet high under there so you're either kneeling or sitting on the sand, and it stinks like dead fish.
It wasn't much of a sunset and there were a ton of people on the pier. I took a few pictures and gave up because I wasn't happy about how they were turning out. I think we should try for sunrise instead. Maybe nobody will be here.
Oh we stayed at Kauai Inn in Lihue. It was a cute inexpensive place. Good location for us. I think Jalna took pictures of the place, I forgot :-\
After Hanalei we headed home because we had to wake up at 4am to head back out to Anahola for a 6am sunrise...