This is the first hike I ever been on that had an ocean view, I liked it. Photo by Helen
Due to the slippery mud we were moving at a slow place. With the late start we had, we didn't have time to hike to the waterfall. We decided the beach would be the goal for this hike.
In some places the trail was on the cliff's edge. While it made for a great view, it was a little spooky while hiking on slippery mud.
Not sure what kind of fern this is, we came across it in many areas of the island.
Another ocean view.
There were a lot of butterflies flying around, but it was hard to get a shot of them.
This is going down the switchbacks. Photo by Helen
We took a short break here. Going down the steep switchbacks was hard in the slippery mud. We found out quick that it's easier going up than down hill.
Getting close to the beach, it's in the valley up ahead.
As we neared Hanakapiai Beach we came upon these warning signs. I think they are saying stay out of the water.
Our first view of Hanakapiai Beach.
Crossing the stream just before reaching the beach. Photo by Helen
Looking through the trees at the beach. The water in front is the stream.
At the beach we found some wild beach kittys. Photo by Helen
Helen checking out the friendly cat.
We had to cross the stream again to get to the sand.
Helen sitting in our lunch spot by the stream. It would have been nice to head up the canyon to the falls, but it took a lot longer to get here than we thought it would.
Day 4 - Was Erick and Linda's wedding day. The wedding was held at the Princeville Hotel on the north shore, beautiful place.
Jessica, Troy, Dawn, Linda, Erick, Joe(me), Helen and Glen after the wedding.
After the wedding, we had dinner at the hotel. The food and wine were great.
Day - 5 The next morning we all went for an ATV tour of the Kipu Ranch.
After about 10 mintues of instruction, we headed off to explore the ranch.
A short time later, we turned off the road and drove on trails.
After riding for about an hour, we took a break. We used this break to get a group shot. Troy & Jessica, Glen & Dawn, Erick & Linda and Me & Helen.
Helen at another spot we stopped at to check out the view.
Erick holding up three fingers because the guides would tell us which gears to use.
Most of the ride was on trails like this one.
Troy on one of the the downhills. Photo by Helen
Going down into the trees.
This was my favorite area on the ride. It was shaded by trees and with a lot of mud to ride through.
Me, I picked the only orange ATV at the start. Made it easy to figure out which one was mine after we got off at break spots. Photo by Erick
This is me swinging from the tree that was used in the opening part of Raiders of the Lost Ark. The Kipu Ranch that we are touring was used to film a lot movies, they named a few but I forgot which ones they were. Photo by Helen
Near the end of the ride heading back to the starting area. Some of the folks had a little trouble handling the ATVs at the start, but by this point everyone was moving at full speed.
Some of the group after the ride. Fun way to spend part of the day. This is the last we seen of most of the group. We did met up with Erick and Linda again on our last day on on the island.
Day 6 - This is a place that's called Glass Beach on the south shore. What looks like sand is actually glass from a near by dump.
A close up look at the glass.
This shot shows where the glass and sand meet. The glass is only on a 100 foot stretch of the beach.
Looking down at the sea side dump that created Glass Beach. Photo by Helen
Some people may think that a dump wouldn't be very interesting, but I really liked this place. Photo by Helen
Most of the junk here were car motors. Some looked like they were melting onto the rocks.
This motor has become part of the rocks.
More rusty motors.
Along with the junk there was also a lot of tidepools here. Photo by Helen
There was also a sea cave here.
This is the seaside view of the cave.
Helen checking out one of the tidepools. We found fish, shellfish, crabs, sea urchins and one octopus in these.
One last look at the tidepools. Next we drove up the Waimea Canyon Road to hike the Honopu Ridge Trail. It's an unmaintained trail that's should have a great view of the west coast.