I feel like I have been a little quiet so far this summer. What’s new with you? This summer has been a busy one so far. About a week after I got done with school my husband and I took a trip to Kauai! It was our honeymoon re-do 🙂 I got very sick on our original honeymoon last year and we ended up having to come home on day 3 of 7, romantic right? So, we found a great deal through CostCo and decided we should have a do over!
All last week were kayaking, hiking, snorkeling, and paddle boarding ( my new favorite thing! )
Here are some of my favorite pics 🙂
|Sea turtle we saw while we were snorkeling! I was so excited and a little nervous to be so close to him, but it was awesome.|
|‘The Cathedrals’ on the Na Pali coast. We saw them on our ocean kayak tour
|Finally made it to the waterfall after a 5 mile hike and falling in about 5 streams. But it was worth it! The waterfall is about 1,000 feet high and the water was FREEZING!!!!|
Now some interesting facts I learned about Kauai aka the Garden Island in the Hawaiian chain.
– Only 20% of the island is accessible by foot or car! Yup, that’s right. If you want to see the other 80%, air and sea are your only choices.
– The Hawaiian alphabet only has 12 letters! Some people say there are 17, but the additional 5 letters are the original vowels in the alphabet, but they are stressed. The locals we met there said there were 12 so perhaps the locals look at it a bit differently. Because several words mean different things but were spelled the same way, the use of a glottal stop became necessary.
– In the beginning there was no written Hawaiian language. Hawaiian’s passed on their history through dance, aka the hula. So it seems nonverbal language was pretty important to the early Hawaiians.
– It is illegal to touch a sea turtle. You can float by them, they can float by you, but you may not go after them or touch them.
– Monk seals are an endangered species. We were lucky enough to see one on the beach, he was HUGE! They dive down and eat about 40-60 lbs of fish then have to come up and lay on the beach to digest their meal. They cannot digest their food while they are swimming.
– A crazy amount of movies have been shot or had portions of them shot on Kauai: Jurassic Park, Avatar, Blue Hawaii, 6 days 7 nights, South Pacific, etc.
Thanks so letting me share this with you and get ready for some great posts and activities this summer!
Mahalo <--- that means 'thank you' in Hawaiian