Rum Fire was closed, so we had dinner at Lava. I had a steak sandwich:
The waffle fries were terrific.
The Canyon is ten miles long and 3000 feet deep, with two observable waterfalls here. Kalalau Lookout was also impressive:
Was this Pearl's Ashes #43??? Kauai itself was formed by a volcano five million years ago, and one reason for this super canyon is the rainfall at Mount Waialeale--many times the wettest spot on Planet Earth-- which provides a lot of erosion power.
We then had to try Hamura Saimin for lunch. The parking at this Manago Hotel restaurant equivalent on Kauai is difficult, there is always a line and the food is marginal.
We each had the Special Saimin, which has more vegetables, and a stick of teriyaki beef. The saimin was good, but the barbecue was tough. The highlight of this meal was a middle-aged lady sitting next to us who told us everything anyone would ever want to know about this place. She comes three times/week and always orders a medium saimin and three shrimp tempura. The total tab for the three of us with tip was around $35.
Finally, we left Lihue:
Landed at the Honolulu International Airport, with the West side of Oahu in view (Ko Olina and the Hawaii Electric Kahe Powerplant):
Finally, thank you Hawaiian Airlines. They charge you for everything, but are efficient.
The day following we had lunch with Ann and Stan at Orchids: