Lu Ann Sidney at Kilauea Lighthouse

The Kilauea Lighthouse is located on a high cliff in the Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge on the north shore of Kauai.  The lighthouse has been recently restored to celebrate its centennial in 2013.  Along the cliffs, you can see frigatebirds, red-footed boobies, and wedgetail shearwaters.  Nene are everywhere, especially in the parking lots.  I was pleasantly surprised to see an albatross sitting by the gift shop.  What a huge bird!

Albatross at Kilauea Lighthouse Kilauea Lighthouse Nene at Kilauea Lighthouse (2) Lu Ann Sidney at Kilauea Lighthouse


Junglefowl Galore on Kauai

Ever since Hurricane Iniki in September 1992 let loose the chickens on Kauai, there has been a steady increase in their numbers.  They are everywhere – by the highways, in the parking lots, on hotel grounds, and in the parks.  We found the most impressive roosters at the Kokee Lodge up the Waimea Canyon road.  Bring a jacket, even though it might be warm elsewhere, because it is usually misty and cool at the top of the canyon.  These roosters like to be photographed or at least that is what it seems like!

Big Rooster at Kokee Lodge Rooster at Kokee Lodge 2 (1)

Lu Ann Sidney in Hawaii 2

Surprising Alulas

I couldn’t believe we could actually see alulas on Kauai, but we did! These plants may be extinct on the Na Pali Coast, however, National Tropical Botanical Garden botanists were able to save seeds and propagate the alula. Now, you can even buy them at Lowes and Home Depot!

Unusual Fern at Limahuli GardenLu Ann Sidney at Kilauea Lighthourt