|Jeannie, Steph & Ron heading to the sheltered cove for some snorkeling|
There were plenty of fish, most, hanging along the distant rock wall. The striped fish here are Convict Tangs, and the yellow fish is a Milletseed Butterflyfish.
Blackspot Sargent Damselfish
A Pacific Chub. Not commenting on this fishies' waistline. Chub means it is a carp, in the goldfish family. This little fishie was not so little - it was about a foot long.
These little guys, of which there were hundreds & hundreds are Hawaiian Flagtails
Post snorkeling, we went to a local mini-mall for lunch & a big of light souvineer shopping for Jeannie & Ron. This super short clip is of some Surfin' pups that were anxious to sing us a little Kauai' tune.
Now, all week long, we drove up and down the coast, passing the once upon a time, very happening place, the Coco Palms Resort. Conversation about the ruins ranged from "Why is it still standing?" and "Do developers have any plans for it?" to my usual "Duh.. is dat place haunted?"
way to shut us up. So, this afternoon around 2:00 we lined up at the Coco Palms entrance, each with a 20 dollar bill, tight in hand, ready for our tour.
|The hey day of the Coco Palms was in the 1950s|
|Johnny Depp, as Captain Jack Sparrow, was tied to this coconut tree, I kid you not!|
|Ready to enter 'The King's Cottage'|
|Tourists posing with Elvis, in the King's Cottage|
|Stephanie & Jeannie at the 'Wedding' Lagoon|
|More flattering view of the Wedding Lagoon|
The now wholly holey, yet unholy Wedding Chapel.
The tour guide told us he once, with great trepidation, gave permission for someone to put their loved one's ashes in the Lagoon.
|Interior of the Wedding Chapel|
In addition to South Pacific's cast being housed at the Palms, a 1953 movie, Miss Sady Thompson, which I saw a couple of weeks ago for the first time was filmed at the Palms.The Wedding Chapel is actually a relic of the movie.
|Ron enjoying first hand look at a dilapidated section of the hotel|
|Lots of Mai Tais were once served here to Hollywood elite|
All in all, it was a good tour, the guide was super knowledgeable with enough history and stories about the Coco Palms to keep everyone entertained. Mostly we were on the grounds and in the coconut grove, but we did venture into one of the buildings for a bit. Old - decrepit - interesting.
|Check out the giant sea shell sink in one of the hotel's upscale suites.|
A chilling fact was when the hotel was built, loads of bones were discovered and turned over to officials for analysis. In the long run, the bones were given a burial, and we were shown the spot where the remains of the ancients are now laid to rest. Haunted... uh... I'm guessing yep.
|This is the grand lobby where the who's who of Kaua'i tourists checked in|
Post Coco Palms tour, we headed back up the coast, bee-lining to a spot I was insistant on visiting, but only around sunset. Turns out that was good - and it was bad. Oh what am I talking about? Why, the Kilauea Lighthouse and National Wildlife Refuge! Whooo hooo!
Now, an hour before sunset was bad, because, unbenownst to me, the lighthouse closes at 4 PM, so we couldn't go down to the lighthouse. There are cool birds to see at the lighthouse, like shearwaters that nest in the nooks and crannies of the hillside. I was bummed my timing was so bad.
|Red-footed Booby coming in for a landing|
|Overview of the Wildlife Refuge/Lighthouse|
|It was so fun watching the Boobies flying in high & low over the ocean|
|The Red-footed Booby is a new bird for me|
|Roosting, bird at a time, on the far side of the hill|
|This silly bird was in the trees below the overlook. Those feet are crayon red & priceless!|
|Booby all settled down for the night|