Wednesday, September 10 –
Today we decided to go check out the Wailua River Park with its Fern Grotto. We weren’t sure about this decision to visit because some people said they thought it was a little hokey. The whole tour lasted about an hour and half.
The family business took us by boat on a two-mile journey up the Wailua River, known as the only navigable river in Hawaii. The river’s streams originate from the top of Mt. Wai‘ale‘ale. Ancient royalty lived on lands along the river, so it was the sacred capital of ancient Kauai.
Along the way, our hosts told stories of ancient Hawaii — like the King’s Highway, sacred Mount Kapu, and the First Hau Tree. They also performed some songs as we enjoyed the beautiful scenery heading upstream in our open-air boat.
When we arrived at a landing, it was short hike through the tropical forest on a trail to Fern Grotto. Ferns grow upside down from the roof of the volcanic rock grotto, with beautiful Hawaiian plants and colorful exotic tropical plants surrounding the entrance. It was really beautiful with steams of tumbling downward.
On the way back, we received hula lessons from a pretty hula dancer. We were all expected to practice, so Jeff captured some priceless footage of Dad doing the hula.
That evening, we decided to return to Duke’s for dinner. For an appetizer we had some Thai chicken spring rolls. My main dish was seared and spiced ahi. Soooo good!
We had to go bed relatively early that evening because we had an early flight in the morning.