Trail closure, chick attack, and making the best of a rainy day

We started off our day with the best of intentions of hiking the Kalalau trail on the Napali coast. However, when we arrived to the trail head, we were greeted with red tape, police, and trail closure signs. We couldn’t get any immediate information about the status of the trail or when the park service expected it to open again. So, we turned around and decided to regroup at the North Shore General Store, which we were introduced to yesterday. We weighed our options and decided that the best thing we could do was to go on another hike since we were already equipped. However, by this time we were hungry (and probably a bit grumpy) so we decided to share an early plate lunch of chili-pepper chicken at the North Shore General Store. We sat outside as the weather was finally sunny and warm and shared the company of a few over-eager chicks. These weren’t the cute fluffy chicks, instead, picture chicks in the pre-teen stage. As we started to dig into our lunch, out of the corner of our eye, a chick jumped up onto a planter and hopped right into our chicken dish. We were shocked as it tried to flap off with a piece of chicken and Doug saved the day by hitting the cannibalistic chick with his fork. I spent the rest of our lunch chasing off the relentless chick and yes, we did eat the rest of the food – figured a chick stepping in your food isn’t too unsanitary, right? Can’t waste good chili-pepper chicken!

Prior to arriving in Kauai, one of the activities I had added to our to-do list was biking the Wai Koa loop trail. Due to the recent rains however, biking was not an option. So, we walked the five mile trail that meandered through the only Mahogany forest in the US, a fruit plantation, and rolling green hills. The best part of the trail was about 2.75 miles in where we were rewarded with views of a tranquil garden and waterfall. The waterfall is manmade and is part of a dam that used to supply water to the plantation below. We walked around the falls, had a quick snack of macadamia nut bread from the farmers market, and then finished up the last half of the loop.

On our way back from the Wai Koa loop, we stopped at Pono market for some poke to bring back to our condo. I had the onion ahi poke with shoyu and Doug had the spicy ahi. While this was an affordable lunch, it was nothing to write home about (Sushi Girl Kauai is so much better). The Coconut Marketplace just down the street from us has free Hula shows each Wednesday so we decided to go check it out. However, the heavy rain started about 5 minutes into the show, so we decided to head back to our room. We finished out our day of misadventure by enjoying champagne on our lanai while watching surfers catch the waves in the rain.

We will try to hike the Kalalau trail again Friday and hope for some better luck then. Aloha for now!

P.S. I saw Bethany Hamilton walking with her baby in Hanalei!

P.P.S. Apparently the Kalalau trail was closed due to high water levels in the streams that you have to cross along the path- this can be a VERY dangerous hike, so I am glad that they closed it. Crossing our fingers for Friday!

Megan hiking

Megan hiking

Stone Dam Falls

Stone Dam Falls

Near stone dam falls

Near stone dam falls

Near stone dam falls

Near stone dam falls

Only Mahogany forest in the US

Only Mahogany forest in the US

Chili-pepper chicken pre-chick attack

Chili-pepper chicken pre-chick attack

Megan on the Wai Koa loop trail

Megan on the Wai Koa loop trail

Enough said

Enough said

Weird sign for the farm

Weird sign for the farm

Stone Dam Falls garden

Stone Dam Falls garden

Mahogany forest along the Wai Koa loop trail

Mahogany forest along the Wai Koa loop trail

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Written by Megan