Kauai April 2010

Mike and Sandy, along with Mike's daughter Ginger and her husband Blake, went to Kauai in April this year. This was the first time they had been to the new time-share they bought at the Westin Princeville location. It's a bit different from some of the others, in that it is considerably smaller, and all of the buildings are free-standing (meaning that if it is raining, you get wet while running over to the building where the Fitness Center is located). It doesn't have a beach (it's on a bluff, sort of like the Mendocino coast), although you can take the shuttle bus to a nearby Westin - St. Regis Hotel that does have one, should the desire for salt-water bathing come over you.
The weather was OK, although not great - it was warm enough, and only a little rain here and there, but there was an almost constant wind, and a lower-than-usual humidity, which resulted in making things feel on the cool side.

One of the major sights to see on Kauai is the Waimea Canyon, often called the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific." Here's the intrepid explorers at one of the observation points, along with a view down into the canyon.

Right near the Westin resort is this picturesque lighthouse. On the other side of the island, we took in the famous "Spouting Horn" just as waves were hitting it.

A high point of the week for Blake and Mike was a helicopter tour of the entire island. Here they are at the heliport, with some scenes from the air: looking at one of the big waterfalls in Waimea Canyon, an NCL cruise ship at the dock, and an aerial view of the road-less Napali coast.

While on the island, we also took note of the waterfall where the opening scenes of Fantasy Island ("The Plane! The Plane!") were filmed, and tried to lose Ginger and Blake in some big lava caves.