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Getaway to Kauai, Hawaii

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.