The popular name for Kauai (ka-WA-ee) is The Garden Isle due to its lush vegetation and agricultural bounty.  Kauai is the fourth largest and northernmost of the major Hawaiian Islands.
This is the view looking out of my hotel room on Wailua, Kauai.  

As soon as I got to my hotel room in Kauai, I looked around to see if I could go to a luau.  I found that one was taking reservations and it was right up the street in a state park.  The part of the state park that holds the luau is called Smith's Tropical Paradise.  When I first arrived at 5:30pm, we toured the grounds and checked out the imu.  The imu is where they roast the pig.  The imu is pictured to the right.

From 5:30pm to 6:30pm, we toured the grounds.  We saw different birds and various plants that are native to Hawaii.  The peacock pictured to the right was so tame that he would rub up against you when he turned around.

One of the plants that I was interested in seeing was the pineapple.  It was neat to see each pineapple perched above each of its parent tree or bush.

6:30pm came around and everyone was hungry.  It was time to rake the imu and pull out the pig.

Underneath the dirt, there are cotton sheets to keep the dirt out.  Underneath that there are banana leaves to keep it clean and add flavor.  Then you have the pig.  The pig is cooked by the heat of heated river rocks.  The rocks are even placed inside the pig to cook from the inside out.
The pig is placed on tables, buffet style along with other meats and vegetables.  One favorite Hawaiian vegetable is Poi.  Poi is a very bland tasting, purple, pudding-like substance.  They say it is like liquid potato without the butter.  I tried it.  I confirmed that it is bland.  To the right is the dining area.  A stage show entertained us while we pigged out on pork.  An open bar was available.  The Mai Tais were very good.
After dining, we headed for the show arena.  The dancers put on a show that depicts the story of Hawaii.  The picture to the right was light with black lighting, which came out pretty good without much ambient light.
Another view with a little more lighting.

Here are the hula dancers in grass skirts.  These skirts are actually made from banana leaves.  Hula dancing is truly amazing.  It is amazing how they can move like that.
At one part of the show, the dancers came off the stage and closer to the crowd.  At this point I was able to use my flash.

Here is another view of the hula girls.

Now I know where the saying, "Nice Coconuts!" comes from.

The next day, I drove south and westward.  The waterfalls were pretty.
Across from the waterfalls, I saw this winding river.  For some reason, it reminded me of Japan or the orient, although I have never been there.

Driving further south, I visited Poipu Beach.  It is located on the south tip of Kauai.

Looking due south on Poipu Beach..
Further west, I found the Spouting Horn.  Seems there is an old lava tube that runs into the water.  Instead of lava now running to the sea, water make the reverse trip.  When water rushes in, the water is forced into a geyser.  behind the geyser-like hole, is a another hole.  Through this second hole, a moaning sound can be heard.
After visiting the south and western side of Kauai, I headed for the northern side of the island.

This is a view looking east on a beach in Haena State Park.

Here is another view of the same beach a little further down the shore.
Here is a view of the beach in Haena State Park looking west.
On the way back to the hotel, I checked out this public beach.
Further down this public beach, I watched a couple surfers.  The waves weren't too big when I was there.  I guess they are bigger at different times of the year.

This page was last enhanced on Saturday, January 03, 2004