|Frank captured the iconic Hanalei pier gilded by the early-morning sun.|
|My new best friend is Petie, an Eclectus parrot.|
We were in charge of Petie, a bossy but entertaining Eclectus parrot; Kola, a sweet and smart cream-colored golden retriever; and Kitty Boy, a low-maintenance ragdoll cat. I don't have any images of Kitty Boy, but you can watch a short video clip of the dog-and-bird game.
|Petie gives me a kiss.|
So, we had use of a comfortable and conveniently located house, a "local's" car (better, in our opinion, than a rental), a variety of recreational toys, and 2 ½ weeks of unscheduled time. What better?!! Adventure ho!
|Paddling the Wailua River|
Another day we drove three-quarters of the way around the island to Kekaha, where Frank surfed a swell that traveled to us from the South Pacific. Brilliant sunshine and strong offshore winds produced some stunning ocean images.
|Kekaha Beach with the island of Niihau barely visible on the left.|
|Hula students in Hanapepe|
The famous and photogenic Queen's Bath is just a five-minute walk from Ted's house. Signs are everywhere warning visitors about dangerous surf conditions and rogue waves that will wash people out to sea, yet every year several numbskulls are killed there.
|Laurelle at Queen's Bath|
|Frank at Queen's Bath|
We hiked the first section of the Kalalau Trail on the roadless Na Pali Coast, stopping at wind-swept Hanakapi'ai Beach and turning up the Hanakapi'ai Valley to the stunning 100-foot falls, where fairy-like white-tailed tropic birds circled before the vertical basalt cliff faces.
|Frank and Laurelle on the Kalalau Trail|
|On the beach at Hanakapi'ai|
|I say goodbye at the airport with a Blue Hawaiian.|
|Cacao pods (red) growing along with the vanilla orchid|
|Poi making in Waipa|