Posts Tagged ‘Salt Pond’

Beautiful Maternity Photos

November 4, 2010

My son-in-law Sean is a photographer here on Kauai. These are some pregnancy pictures he took of my daughter, Erin.

sunrise at Salt Pond

joyful anticipation

beautiful curves


Our guests are mainland bound.

April 4, 2010

Peace and tranquility return to Kauai

And all is quiet here in Kauai.

The joyful faces as they experience the wonders of Kauai.

We had fun.   Lot’s of sea and sand.  Joyful squeals from the teens at each new adventure.

Josh takes on Kauai.

Megan calls Kauai her own.

We all had the greatest adventure.  On their first few days here Chris and I showed our guests the Kauai highlights.  Then they used our car the cruise the island for family adventures on their own, while we played golf, all were happy.  We sampled Hawaiian delights like shave ice at Jo-Jo’s.


Our favorite #2 tropical rainbow shave ice with macadamia nut ice cream, simply the best.

The swinging bridge in Waimea.

They liked the swinging bridge and enjoyed the view, but the all time favorite was swinging on the rope at Kipu falls.

Megan flies through the air, with the greatest of ease.

We made new friends and got close to nature.

Monk seal rests after a long swim.

Megan makes friends with the locals.

We met a really nice man and his daughter that were so nice and allowed Megan to join them for a horse romp on the beach.

Riders on the sand, Megan and friends.

Post card moments in Kauai.

Riding at the edge of the surf in Kekaha.

Riding in style.

Ready to snorkel.

Snorkeling with the "Birds in Paradise" overhead.

There is always time to rest and relax with a good book.

Sunset at Waimea pier.

All of the activities on this entry were absolutely free except for the cost of the shave ice, which was a delicious bargain at $4.50 with macadamia ice cream or $3.00 without.  We splurged for the ice cream and it was worth it.

Another lovely sunset at Salt Pond Park.

The Gatherers

March 20, 2010

The Gatherer

Gathering of food is a frugal endeavor.  I gather fruit.  If I was more knowledgable I would gather other foods as well.  I need a local mentor to take me under their wing and show me the way.  Any volunteers out there?

This morning the tide was low exposing pools for the sea to give up it's offerings.

A low tide exposing rock, perfect for collecting limu and 'opihi.

When I questioned the gatherers I was told they were hunting for limu, the Hawaiian word for algae or seaweed and ‘opihi. They are Hawaiian limpets with a dome-shaped shell.  They suck down and hold onto the rocks tightly so they can deflect pounding waves powerful enough to sweep an unwary collector out to sea.

The tide was low but the waves were never really far away.

I took the risk and scrambled along the rocks to gather photos of what life can be found between the rocks now exposed. This is the place to find limu.

‘Opihi are a prized delicacy in the islands, and collecting enough for a meal can be a dangerous task.  Sure footing, a good grip, a sharp knife and vigilance with a constant eye on the waves are essential while gathering ‘opihi.

She gathers limu and 'opihi.

‘Opihi are eaten both raw or cooked.  I had some trouble finding out how to cook them as most are eaten raw and many right on the spot.  When the locals congregate at the beach they park in a line of pickup trucks wheels in the sand, tail gates tipped down toward the ocean, canopies set  for shade,  ready for fun, food and social activities.  Kind of a combo tailgate party/luau.  The men often go out into the water with snorkels and spears, while the women chat and children frolic in the water.  After they leave I often find piles of ‘opihi shells scattered about gleaming with mother of pearl, remnants of what seems a delicious good time.

Urchin lunches on limu.

I have never collected my own limu but I do eat seaweed both the nori for my sushi and this stuff called ocean salad that we pick up at the grocery store.  We eat the bright green ocean salad with rice, I don’t know if that’s proper way, but it sure is good. We also eat some ahi poke that has seaweed in it and like it very much.  And most of the Furikake (japanese rice seasoning) we use contains seaweed as well.  I read some articles about it that say it’s chock full or iron, and antioxidants and some believe it has extraordinary health benefits.  The following links have more information about seaweed for those who just need to know more.

Tire tracks in the sand.



More limu and fish too.

This blog segment contains frugal and free things to do when travelling to Kauai.  The location was near Salt Pond County Park by the Port Allen Airfield.

A Birdie for Christmas in Kauai

December 27, 2009

sunrise reflection from our deck in Kalaheo

Our holiday celebrations began on Christmas Eve at our local golf course here in Kalaheo, our  is routine set.  We get out on the course at about 8am and walk our first nine holes.   We work up a little sweat as Kukuiolono Golf Course has hilly terrain.

sunrise from the deck

Then it’s off to home base, only a half mile away,  for cool refreshments and lunch before heading off for the Salt Pond for a swim and leisurely sunbathe.

our hawaiian cottage

After were rested up we return to golf and finish out our 18 holes.  As a Christmas treat we rented a golf cart for the last nine.  I like to tee off from the mens tees on the first par 3 and try to make it over the great gully, usually I just lose a ball.  Today was different.  My drive landed just about 18 inches from the pin.  I didn’t choke and got my birdie.

tabi's for Christmas, The "Hawaiian Angler Felt Sole Tabi" is a traditionally shaped Japanese fishing shoe . It has a split toe and flexible sock-like instep and ankle sections. These will keep me safe when scrambling on the rocks and reefs.

Christmas gifts fun and practical

Our island Christmas was wonderfully memorable.  We kept it simple.  Fun and practical gifts, favorite foods and beautiful sunrises.  Phone calls to and from loved ones topped off the day.

Learning to Accept Aloha

December 15, 2009

In the almost 2 months that I have spent here in Kauai I’ve heard a lot of talk on television, radio and printed advertising regarding, the aloha spirit and living aloha.  It is supposedly a way of life practiced by the local people.  In the Hawaiian language, aloha, means  affection, love, peace, compassion and mercy.  As well as the common use of hello and goodbye.

Living Aloha for Christmas

This spirit has surrounded me in almost every interaction with the people here.  Most friendly and smiling.  No one seems in a great hurry.  I experience patience on congested roadways, no horns honking, no aggressive driving, people are obliging to let others pull into traffic.  During the purchase of the Acura, the seller became my friend, so honest and accommodating.  She exudes this spirit of aloha, and she is still operating as my Hawaiian guardian angel.

Living Aloha

Yesterday was a very fortunate day for me.  The Acura’s alternator stopped charging our battery and left us stranded at the Salt Pond.  We lifted the hood, assessed the situation and then I walked toward some people on the beach and asked if anyone had jumper cables.  A young woman with 2 small children turned to them and said, ” pack up your things kids we’re going to help these people get their car started”.  She packed them up, and drove to our car and pulled out the cables.  We were on our way in less than 10 minutes.  We tried to give her a few dollars in appreciation her kindness but she would not accept.  Mahalo,  Salt Pond angel.

aloha...surfs up

We were off and running,  just a few miles from home, with the battery discharging all the way.  It started to rain and there wasn’t even enough juice to raise the power windows or use the wipers without out stalling.    After a few moments of stress but we could see the Kalaheo traffic light ahead.  Just then, the car died.  It was raining lightly.   Chris and I jumped out and pushed the car off of the road way.   There was a small safe area to place it,  a little miracle because there are no shoulders to speak of on this highway.  Then to our great surprise the person behind us pulled up to help, he was a nice young man in a dark colored truck.  He attached a tow rope and pulled us to a repair station just up ahead.  I couldn’t express my gratitude enough.  He too would not accept any money for his kindness.  I guess it’s a New York thing thinking it is necessary to give anyone who helps you a few dollars.

These kind people saved us so much money and time, a mere thank you didn’t seem quite enough to show our appreciation.

Our next encounter was with the mechanic at the Shell station.  He immediately assessed our car.  His partner called about the part we needed.  The part would be flown in from Honolulu and we were just a little stroll from home base.

A wonderful day.   Living Aloha……..

No car until Wednesday….for me , it’s like I have no legs…..but I’m still smiling and I’m grateful.

Up date::::A new alternator was found in Lihue, so I got my legs back a day early….hooray!!!  I’d highly recommend The Shell Station Auto Repair, Kalaheo for prompt and expert service.  I would not recommend the Sears auto service center that took my money and told me there was nothing wrong with my alternator, and sent me out on the road in danger of breaking down.