We started to check out our neighborhood today. Spent some time on the beach at our condo, but not for very long. The sun was too hot and the surf very rough. But it sure was lovely to look at!
Lava rock on the beach.
Path at beachside.
We then decided to take the cruise along the Wailua River to the Fern Grotto, an unusual geological wonder. It's a cave with sword ferns that grow upside down from the roof of the grotto, which was formed millions of years ago. So many wedding ceremonies were performed here, including my niece's wedding. Sadly, thanks to severe rains that weakened the structure a few years ago, it's no longer safe to have people climb near the grotto. We can look only from a distance.
Along the nature walk to the grotto, there's all kinds of exotic and tropical plants ... including these ginger plants.
I don't know what this flower is, but it sure is pretty. I didn't even notice that mosquito (?) sitting there until I looked at this photo.
Along the way we were once again entertained with Hawaiian music ....
And very pretty Hawaiian dancers.
The surrounding scenery at Wailua Marina State Park was astounding. This mountain range is called the Sleeping Giant.
After exploring some of the shops in old town Kapaa, we finished the day with stuffed shrimp and filet mignon and several requests for the piano man at the Lemon Grass Restaurant.
Another good day on my Hawaiian adventure!