Jun 28

Kaua’i – my first destination

Category: Hawaii

My first responsibility was to install some equipment at the Koke’e Air Force radar station on the island of Kau’ai. The station is at the north-west corner of the island, within Koke’e state park. I love being outside and so this assignment is right up my alley. If I was going to Kaua’i on my own dime, this is exactly the place I would go first – Right in the region of the Waimea canyon and Koke’e park. Not only have I ended up there, I was my job to go! I didn’t have much time there, but did have a free day and an afternoon, and will return with Holly in only a few weeks.

Work put me up in the Hyatt regency Kaua’i in Poi’pu, which is no shabby place. Here’s the view from the front porch:

View from the Po'ipu Hyatt

Sometimes when things get planned at the last minute, they have to put me in a nicer place than usual because that is the only thing available at such short notice. Hey – someone had to do it… I won’t complain. The Hyatt is an up-scale hotel with marble bathrooms and multiple services. They have a beautiful courtyard/atrium complete with large parrots.

Bird at the Po'ipu Hyatt

After my work was done, I spent the reminder of the day hiking on the Pihea trail. This trail starts at the Pu’u O Kila overlook and continues along a ridge overlooking the Kalalau valley on the Na Pali coast. Here is the seaward view:

Pihea trail, overlooking the Kalalau valley

Looking the other direction, towards the interior, you see the Alaka’i swamp and mount Wai’ale’ale:

Alaka'i swamp

I had a magical experience on this trail. An Erckel’s francolin made a very close approach, and gave me a good performance of its vocalizations, which are soft clucks, chirps, squabbles and squeals.

Japanese quail

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