Day 14 – Magickal Nawiliwili

Ninini Point Lighthouse - first view of Nawiliwili

 
 

Our last day in Hawaii and we were lucky enough to spend it in gorgeous Nawiliwili, Kauai. Named for the Wiliwili trees that grew wild along its shore, and known for being the home of the “menehune”, elf-like beings who perform amazing feats when no one’s looking. On arriving at the pier we took a free shuttle to the nearest shopping center; Anchor Cove. A cute little shopping center with a handful of touristy shops and an ABC store right beside Kalapaki Beach. We were there early morning and had the beach almost to ourselves. Blue skies, palm trees, and classic Hawaiian golden sand, we spent it sunbathing, reading and swimming, and watching the odd bird, (more often than not wild chickens), that wandered close to check us out.

Anchor Cove in the early morning

 

The path beside Kalapaki Beach in Anchor Cove

 

Kalapaki Beach

 

Martin taking a dip

 

One of our little friends

 
 
 
 
 
We had lunch at Duke’s Canoe Club not far from where we were sunbathing. Sitting out on the patio we watched as more chickens roamed aimlessly around us. In the center of the restaurant was a beautiful pond and garden, and we marvelled at the beauty of how intertwined the outdoors and indoors were here in Hawaii.
 
 

Duke's Canoe Club Restaurant

 

Duke's Restaurant

 

Inside Duke's Restaurant

 
 
 
 
The Marriott Hotel also resided along the beach, so we spent some time walking the beautiful botanical gardens that comprised part of the Marriott’s grounds. Beautiful chinese statues and vases, winding pathways through lush flora, ponds filled to bursting with koi. Hauntingly beautiful and peacefully welcoming, it was easy to believe that “little people” also called it home.
 
 

The Marriott Hotel Botanical Gardens

 

Path to the Botanical Gardens

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Not a good look

 
 
 
 

Feeding the koi

 

Jo and the tree

 

The towel monkey waiting for us in our room

 

Leaving Hawaii and preparing for five days at sea

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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