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Getaway to Kauai, Hawaii

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Clockwise from top left: Landing in Lihue, Kauai island, Hanalei Bay Resort, Hanalei Bay, Hanalei Bay Resort cafe

I’m already in Lihue, Kauai Island when you read this post. This is a bonus getaway since United kindly rewards me a free ticket to Hawaii from the redeemable segment miles. All I pay for out of my pocket is the beautiful vacation rental at Hanalei Bay Resort on the north shore of Kauai Island and travel expenses.

Known also as the “Garden Isle”, Kauaʻi lies 105 miles across the Kauaʻi Channel, northwest of Oʻahu. Of volcanic origin, the highest peak on this mountainous island is Kawaikini at 5,243 ft. One of the wettest spots on Earth, with an annual average rainfall of 460 inches, is located on the east side of Mount Waiʻaleʻale. The high annual rainfall has eroded deep valleys in the central mountains, carving out canyons with many scenic waterfalls. It’s the quietness, seclusion, and lushness that attract me to Kauai–perfect for a getaway with lots of beach walk, hiking, swimming, and reading.

I’m bringing with me three books to read:

The Page Turner by David Leavitt
Shadow of a Man by May Sarton (Outmoded Author Challenge #4)
Woman Who Waited by Andrei Makine

Yes, I have thoroughly enjoyed the absorbing The Small Room by May Sarton, which I didn’t want to end but have finished over coffee this morning. I carve for more of her work and decide to bring along yet another book, which will be #4 for the Outmoded Author book. The review of The Small Room has been programmed and will be posted while I’m gone. Stay tuned! I’ll have to response to your comments when I get back.

5 Responses

  1. I think you prefer warm places over cold ones?! I hope you like the Makine–I liked it, though I think I appreciated it more after I finished and was discussing it. Now I wouldn’t mind going back and rereading it.

  2. Ooh super jealous 🙂
    I hope you are having a fantastic time!

  3. I saw the movie version of The Page Turner last year. It’s about how people use each other and lie to each other and themselves. It’s also about wanting something and realizing that there will always be someone whose just a little bit better than you. It connected with me deeply, so when I was home for the holidays, I picked up several of his books, including The Page Turner. Of course, I haven’t had time to read one. I think the movie version is called Food of Love.

  4. These pictures are breathtakingly beautiful, I so envy you! I went to Hawai’i 5 years ago but only had the opportunity to visit the island of Oahu. I really would like to go to Kauai island some day. Have a wonderful time!

  5. Danielle:
    Ha! I guess it’s not that difficult to figure out what I prefer. Yes!!!! I’d do anything to stay away from the cold. I just don’t fare very well in cold climate even with multiple layers on. I enjoy waking up to the sun and get out of the house without thinking if I’d have enough clothes on!

    Ken actually picked up Woman Who Waited while we were in Hawaii and now he’s glued to it! 🙂

    Iliana:
    It’s only too short and I’m back to the rain in SF! 😦

    Jef:
    I was looking for the movie but of course I had no idea the motion picture was called Food for Love! I agree with you that this is what most of us, unfortunately, experience in gay dating. There is always someone better, and there is never enough.

    Lotus Reads:
    Thank you so much. You should consider going as it’s the low-season time. 🙂

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