Dave & Rich's Kauai Trip

May 11-13, 2007

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I had received an unexpected promotion and would have to moving back to the mainland after only about a year in Hawaii. I'd spent my first year busting my butt at work and always figured I would have plenty of time to sightsee. With less than six months left in the islands I still hadn't gone to any of the other islands. If I thought of the Hawaiian Islands as a honeymoon place, well then Kauai was THE honeymoon island, so despite rave reviews I had never made it out there. One of my best friends from high school, Rich, was now living on the west coast and wanted to come visit- so a good chance to do a long weekend.

HA513 950am-1030am, about $70 each

We pick up our rented PT Cruiser convertable (about $155), then look for some local grinds before heading up the east coast.

Rich finds the beautiful scenery to be overwhelming

I remember friends recommended the Princeville Resort. Here you see where we stayed- the campground right next to the Princeville. Rich has seen much more of the world than even I have, but we would also be traveling on different budgets...

I also remember things were hectic enough at work that I cranked up the laptop and actually worked on the beach for an hour or two. Anytime/anywhere connectivity- good and bad.

Walking up this beach I would meet my new friend Dawn and Lilly below who became our guides for the remainder of the day

We watch the sunset at Hanalei Bay

Dave and the menehune- Hawaii's mythical little people

We would then struggle to find somewhere to eat dinner since everything around here seemed to close at 8 or 9pm, freshen up back at Dawn's place, hit a local house party, head out to some beach in the dark looking for a group of their friends, and late night I would get to sleep in a bed and manage to avoid the tent.

Feel like we are in an episode of "The Amazing Race"