A long walk to a short pier

There was a rainbow outside our window this morning, which seemed like a good way to start our last full day on Kauai.

We’d booked a self-guided tour of Na ‘Aina Kai (“Lands by the Sea”) Botanical Gardens and Sculpture Park for today. We’d been there last year on a beautiful sunny day; today was gray and windy with occasional showers, but we enjoyed our visit anyway.

Afternoon in the Park
Rainbow Eucalyptus
At the pool

We had lunch at the Kilauea Bakery and then drove towards Kapa’a to take a long walk on the Ke Ala Hele Makalae multi-use path along the sea. In past years, we’d walked the path through the center of Kapa’a; this year, we started at the scenic overlook near the HI-56 roundabout and walked north all the way to the Pineapple Dump.

We’d heard good things about Honu Shave Ice, so we drove into town to give them a try. I parked at the ABC Store next door and felt obligated to walk in and pretend to shop there instead of just walking over to the shave ice stand; much to my surprise, we saw something we wanted – matching aloha wear!

The shave ice was wonderful, by far the best shave ice I’d had on this trip, but I may find another place to park next time.