We stayed in Princeville, which is on the Northern part of the island. We spent a very rainy, dreary day driving around the west and south of the island. We planned to spend some time at Waimea Canyon State Park and do some hiking, but we got there and the weather just wouldn’t cooperate. Unfortunately, our hotel was so far from this area that we couldn’t come back another day. Maybe someday I’ll get back to Hawaii and get to see this area in better weather.
Below are a few pictures we took from our drive. We did try to make the most of it, but really just ended up disappointed. The road to the canyon lookout was long and winding.
Our view from the Waimea Canyon Lookout. Oh look, fog! We felt bad when we saw a van with two parents and several kids hop out. Definitely not the view everyone was hoping to see.
Smiling faces in the rain and fog.
We also drove to the Kalalau Lookout in hopes that we might get to see a little more. Annnnnd…. nope. Still just a very foggy view.
Luckily we saw a lot of these views from above via our helicopter tour of the island. If we hadn’t seen them in another way, I would’ve been extremely disappointed.
I share this as a lesson learned. Just because you have planned to do something one day, doesn’t mean the weather will cooperate. It’s okay to change your plans! We had hoped to go to a luau that night at the Smith Family Luau in Kapaa. My husband wasn’t feeling very good, so we ended up cancelling and just went back to our hotel to relax. We were greeted with an incredible sunset after a miserable, rainy day!
Luckily the next day was sunny and we were able to get back on track with our plans and go on a hike in the Nā Pali Coast State Wilderness Park.
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