Kauai In A Day? Ok, Maybe Two

January 20th, 2009
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1/17/09

Check back Monday please... still working on it. :grin:

I'll try not to disappoint and represent da Garden Isle peeps proud! :wink:

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1/19/09 

Update:  Sorry, still working on it - having some "technical" difficulties with the pics. Tomorrow for sure! Possibly some video too... as long as it'll upload.

So why did I post early? Cause it was my turn to be "featured" in Saturday's papah and I had to put out something. :roll:

Plus, today (Monday) is a holiday for most... and who reads WWD! on their day off?   :lol:

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1/20/09

Mahalos for sticking around and being patient with the Kauai post. You wouldn't believe how long it takes to put up a post with choke pictures.

Anyhoo, right before Christmas I won 4 roundtrip tickets on Mokulele Airlines. Da Wife and I hadn't gotten my parents their Christmas gift yet so we decided to take them on an overnighter to Kauai since they haven't taken a vacation in 15 years.

And of course being da king of WWD! moments, wat happens da Friday night before we're about to leave? A thunderstorm hits Oahu causing an islandwide blackout. Did I mention we didn't eat dinner or even pack yet? :cry:

Wat sucked is dat most of our plans involved outdoor actvities so I was kind of bummed about the weather. Wat sucked more was dat wen we got to da airport at 6:30 Saturday morning, there was no parking... even on da rooftop!

Wassap Wit Dat!

If you've evah traveled neighbor islands you know it's pretty unusual for da rooftop to be packed so wen I had to circle three times to find one, it was a relief. We head down to da Mokulele check-in which is next to Hawaiian Airlines...

Pretty crowded at 6:15am.

 

 

While there were only five people ahead of us - and there were about 300 in da Hawaiian Air line - da Hawaiian Air line was moving along quickly... and aftah 40 mins of waiting we finally get checked in manually. It seems da blackout only affected Mokulele's computer's...

Wassap Wit Dat!

 

 

I gotta admit, I like Mokulele's planes... still got da "new car" smell. But more importantly, had CHOKE leg room so short people will be traveling in "first class".   :wink:  

Plus even mo' bettah only had five of us on da entire plane. 

 

 


The flight is a very short one - around 20 mins - and as soon as we land, we pick up da car and head straight to a recommended breakfast spot from a Kwonic called Eggberts
Touching story of how two people perservered.

I had da eggs benedict "supreme" (?). They just added an extra meat besides da ham, turkey. 

 

After breakfast, we head to Resort Quest at Makaiwa (east side) and was able to get an early check-in - not that we needed it since we had a full day planned ahead. The weather looked way better on Kauai than on Oahu but the clouds still did loom ahead and as we drove to Princeville (North side) it started to rain.

We had reservations at Princeville Ranch Adventures for some zip-lining and they go out, rain or shine so barring a hurricane approaching we continued da drive praying for a break in da weather.

We arrive at a humble check-in station...

 

Our "adventure" is called Zip n' Dip. Here's a blurb from their website...

"Imagine yourself soaring like a bird over breathtaking valleys on pristine Princeville Ranch. The Zip n’ Dip Expedition is an incredible adventure blending eight picturesque zipline crossings, a suspension bridge, and a stop at an idyllic waterfall swimming hole for lunch and fun! "

We didn't know wat to expect since none of us have evah gone zip-lining but it sure sounded good!

 

We had a ride in their "limo" to start our adventure. I gotta get me one of these! :grin:  

 

Getting a crash course in zip-lining - Dad, Mom, and Da Wife.

 

 

Doesn't dis pic just say it all?    :grin:

 

Even Mom braved da jump and gave me a wave!

 

 

Dad was having too much fun and launched on his own.

 

Here's da suspension bridge. Da ongoing bet is to try and cross without using your hands. I was about to try but Da Familia was across da bridge and I had da camera weighing me down.

 

We did a bit of low level hiking as well. We were practically covered in mud because of the rain oversaturating the ground but once we got dirty... didn't care aftah dat.

 

Did I mention dat we're on a ranch?  I've heard of $h!ting bricks but I nevah thought it was FO' REALZ?!   :lol:  

 

 

A very refreshing dip in a small but gushing waterfall. Da watah was SUPAH cold so expect.... shrinkage. :shock:

 

Last one

 

God blessed us with a not so bad day considering cause right aftah we was pau it came a' pourin'! See da clouds behind us?

 

So wat I think of da adventure? Aftah you see da rest of da pics in da link below... you tell me. :wink: But if you like know....

YOU GOTTA DO IT!

Da kama'aina rate is pretty reasonable and includes lunch and a short waterfall hike - although it is a very small waterfall. They have inner tubes there so you can float to your hearts content or jump off da side of da cliff (nowhere as fun as Waimea Rock) but it was a nice break to rest your feet. But c'mon if my 78lb Mom can do it... kinda shame if you no can eh?  :lol:

I have to give props to our very cool guides, Chris and Rich (I hope I got dat correct cause you all know my memory is terrible). Wat impressed me the most is dat while both being from out of state (one from da East Coast and da oddah from da Carribbean), was that they were very conscientious about the native plants and their properties. They not only knew the names (and pronounced it correctly for da most part), they made an effort to educate everyone about the significance of it.

On our way out, Chris or Rich (sorry forgot who's who) picked some berries for us (fo'got da name). It was a tart, dry berry which was quite good and a wine drinker would have really appreciated it... as one of our guides was.

The only thing I gotta mention is dat you have to get over da smell. No not da dung scatterd all ovah da ground but da haole smell on da equipment. Now don't get your panties up in a bunch. We all get some kine of distinct smell: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese. But since a great majority of visitors there are haole, dat smell is very.... pugnantly haole . I would suggest if you're planning to go zipping, to bring a bottle of Febreeze or Oust to help tolerate dat smell.

Da verdict? Wat else....

         

Five Shakas and a Howzit!

 

Believe it or not, aftah all dat we still had stuff fo' do! It was late in da afternoon and we continued our drive along da North side just to check things out since we were only here for a night.

With Kauai getting one of da higher annual rainfall counts, waterfalls like this are just a beautiful sight... especially if you have a telescopic zoom lens.    :wink:

 

There's a dry cave......

 

 

And a wet cave within a minute away from each oddah

 

Following anoddah Kwonics suggestion, we ate at Brick Oven Pizza

 

We were so hungry aftah getting back to da hotel and heading back out fo' dinnah... fo' got to take a picture of da whole pie.

They just opened a second location near us in Kapa'a and da place was packed. You can tell da ingrediments was fresh and there's even a guy "tossing" da dough.

 

Da next morning we check-out and hit a waterfall we missed earlier, Opaeka'a Falls.

 

Uh, scared of falling... or da bullet holes in da sign?  WWD!

 

Wailua Falls

 

Needed some breakfast so we stopped by Tip Top Cafe.

 

I had da "infamous" loco moco but they ran out of fried rice! How rude!   :lol:  

 

With our tummies filled, we headed towards da south side. It was already a little late - in manju time- and boy did da manju just fly off da shelf! Only had da "junk" kine left and da shelf was practically empty with only pineapple and regular left. It was really empty aftah we took da last five. :oops:

Dis is wea you get da manju

 

 

Driving right along, we stopped in Hanapepe. And as yet anoddah Kwonic mentioned, if you blink, you'll miss it. If it wasn't fo' dis sign, we would have just drove on by

 

I dunno if people even live there cause it was dead. I figgah it being Sunday it be slow but there wasn't a soul around except fo' da four oddah "tourist" cars.

 

 

We drove by Taro Ko Chips and it looked closed so we went on to da swinging bridge. Dat was a trip in itself. But we were determined to get some taro chips so we call... and he answers! We place an order and pick 'em up on our way back from Waimea Canyon.

 

 

I thought dis sign was too funny to pass up - "10 minutes parking only". Huh? You get dat much traffic?   :lol:

 

 

 

Boy has it changed with all da rain - it was really "green". Last time I saw it was baren.

 

 

 There were two waterfalls going - one you could hike just above but we didn't have shoes (threw them away aftah ziplining). 

 

 

Can you see Ni'ihau?

 

 

And dis is da end of da road and da begining of da Na Pali Coast just beyond da ridge.

 

 

We jammed as much as we could in practically a day and a half and thought we did pretty well covering the majority of da island. Kauai is a relatively small island with tons of natural beauty. Da scenery is just flat out breath taking I certainly hope they keep it "country". If you're into eco-tourism... dis da place! I only wish we had more time cause we'd definetly would have done some hikes and toured "green" and explored a lot more.

No wondah they no like da SuperFerry. :roll:

But then how I going bring all my hiking gear, cameras and dogs?

No can win.... except da spirit within.

 

 

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50 Responses to “Kauai In A Day? Ok, Maybe Two”

  1. 2B:

    First!?@


  2. Coconut Willy:

    2nd. I'll be there. Have a great weekend everybody. Go Steelers!


  3. Ynaku:

    Third, but not that kind. Have a great weekend gang. Be safe and see you Monday.


  4. Scott:

    Can't wait for the photos. Also, I'm stopping by on Monday @11:30 to drop off those avacados for you, and say hi to Shauna. Hope I catch you.


  5. Kelli:

    Palli palli! Haha! Nah, kwenchanayo. Take your time. It takes a long time to blog sometimes. Patience is a virtue.


  6. anklebiters:

    Kauai on $40 a day :lol:

    I'm sure the pictures will be as great as the Vegas ones.....at least they aren't blowing up highways :lol:


  7. B:

    kauai da garden isle, awwright. spockum on monday.

    have a good weekend everybodies.


  8. The BC:

    BL,
    AAnudda Adventure. Keep it going. Baseball season is coming up soon.


  9. KAN:

    BL, dis is probably da highest ratio of responses to words in one blog I evah seen. (Don't ask me what one coefficient is - sorry wrong blog.) 'k, den, waiting 'til Monday.


  10. NKHEA:

    Yooooo howzit BL :)

    Had som waves yesterday on da sout :D wazn't da best but still head high 8O dat fo you and me, fo da oda peep's chest high :lol: Today smalla but stay mo clean :)

    Will check fo da trip pics tomorrow :)

    NKHEA....out :)


  11. Braddah Lance:

    2B:
    First!?@

    No. You're da second baseman. :lol:
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    Coconut Willy:
    Go Steelers!

    Super Bowl bound now!
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    Ynaku:
    Be safe and see you Monday.

    Gomenasai. Monday a'ole. Tomorrow.... 99% surah. :wink:
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    Scott:
    Can’t wait for the photos.

    Hopefully they'll upload this time. :mad:
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    Kelli:
    Palli palli! Haha! Nah, kwenchanayo. Take your time. It takes a long time to blog sometimes. Patience is a virtue.

    I see you've been watching K-Dramas a biiiiit too much eh? :lol: Who says Rosetta Stone is da quickest way to learn a language? :lol: And yes, blogs with pictures take chooooooke time! :mad:
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    anklebiters:
    Kauai on $40 a day

    Uh, you've been on da mainland too long. $40 is like.... one meal. :shock:

    i’m sure the pictures will be as great as the Vegas ones…..at least they aren’t blowing up highways

    :lol:
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    B:
    kauai da garden isle, awwright. spockum on monday.

    Hopefully you'll be back on Tuesday. :wink:
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    The BC:
    AAnudda Adventure. Keep it going. Baseball season is coming up soon.

    Yup and yup.
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    KAN:
    BL, dis is probably da highest ratio of responses to words in one blog I evah seen.

    I know! Kinda weird... and my name isn't Cat, Tsai or QB either! :lol:
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    NKHEA:
    Had som waves yesterday on da sout

    Can't wait till da first south swell for 2009


  12. B:

    I stay read-um or I stay hea. ( I no moa life-ha ha.)


  13. Ynaku:

    K-den Tuesday it is. Have a great day all you Kwonics, Lanceformers and Lurkahs. :D It's a Beautiful day in Paradise.

    Too bad I working (or supposed to be)


  14. KAN:

    I read WWD on my day off! Mebbe dat makes me a Kwonic - ahdonno.


  15. BananaFysh:

    Awww, no pics yet? :(

    Dat's okay, I need something to do at work tomorrow. ;)

    nah nah, just kidding.

    Kinda. ;)


  16. bamboohouse808:

    No worry BL. We wait patiently cause we know going be SUPAH GUUD!!

    btw. i wen send you email. let me know if you wen get um.


  17. Ocean Lover:

    Hey BL........did you talk to your mom this weekend (hint)?

    I read your blog on a HOLIDAY!

    OL


  18. Braddah Lance:

    B:
    ( I no moa life-ha ha.)

    No, you're jus' taking a break.
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    Ynaku:
    Too bad I working (or supposed to be)

    Ain't we all. :grin:
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    KAN:
    I read WWD on my day off! Mebbe dat makes me a Kwonic - ahdonno.

    :lol:
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    BananaFysh:
    Awww, no pics yet?
    Dat’s okay, I need something to do at work tomorrow.

    Besides walk around and eat? :lol:
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    bamboohouse808:
    No worry BL. We wait patiently cause we know going be SUPAH GUUD!!

    Ho da pressuah! :shock:

    btw. i wen send you email. let me know if you wen get um.

    Good thing you mentioned something cause it was flagged as junk mail by Outlook. Mahalo fo' da pic!
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    Ocean Lover:
    Hey BL……..did you talk to your mom this weekend (hint)?

    Yup. Sent you da recipe although you gotta toy with it. (Get your minds outta there O&E peeps) :roll:


  19. Masako:

    What recipe?


  20. Ocean Lover:

    Mahalo BL! Those pics and your "storytelling" really brought back memories of our Kauai trip this past Thanksgiving weekend! When we were there the Brick Oven in Kapaa was still getting renovated and had the big "Opening Soon" banner out front. I drove from Kapaa to Hanalei to eat that pizza!

    The "crapping bricks" picture both repulsed me and made me laugh.

    WHO takes a picture of a pile of crap???????

    You are DANGEROUS with a camera! ;-)

    OL


  21. B:

    5 mahalos an 1beeg shaka mahalo fo sharing da pics. dats alot of work fo setup an share wit us guys. da zip ride look like fun/your mom an dad is cool.
    wats up wit tip top, how do you run out of fried rice. I'm glad you folks had a good time.


  22. Coconut Willy:

    I gotta say BL, you sure know how to maximize your time. Thanks for posting the pics. I stay hungry now.


  23. 9th Island Girl:

    Your mom and dad look like they're having a blast! Thanks for sharing the pics!


  24. M:

    BL, dat was alot you guys did in the short time! You guys had a great time. :) I don't tink my mom or dad would have done dat zip ride. Your parents are a great sport to participate! :)


  25. KAN:

    Too good! You guyz packed planny activities into short time. Props to your parents - I too sked do dat zip line - I'd probably lose my lunch. Tanks for (virtually) taking us on your vacation too.


  26. Braddah Lance:

    Masako:
    What recipe?

    OL's wife had wanted to know how to make da seasame cabbage.
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    Ocean Lover:
    The “crapping bricks” picture both repulsed me and made me laugh.
    WHO takes a picture of a pile of crap???????
    You are DANGEROUS with a camera!

    I do! Especially with digital now dat I don't "waste" film. :lol:
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    B:
    wats up wit tip top, how do you run out of fried rice.

    You tellin' me! I was like "waaaat? Fo' realz?" It was barely 9 or 10am I think and they were out. Da church crowd nevah even come in yet. I was really looking forward to trying their fried rice.... I guess so was everybody else. :mad:
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    Coconut Willy:
    I gotta say BL, you sure know how to maximize your time.

    If you like relax.... stay home. :lol: Nah, I've always had da mindset dat wen you travel, you need to explore and experience as much as you can so dat you don't "miss out".
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    9th Island Girl:
    Your mom and dad look like they’re having a blast!

    Yeah, they sure did.
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    M:
    Your parents are a great sport to participate!

    Believe it or not... my Mom stil LOVES roller coasters... like Six Flags kine. :shock:
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    KAN:
    Props to your parents - I too sked do dat zip line - I’d probably lose my lunch. It's ok... nobody stay below you. Just make sure you palu downwind and not up. :razz:


  27. opso:

    whoa.....das one whirlwind tour you guys did. choke stuff in so short time.

    too good your parents. they awright......for try da zip-lining. *thumbs up*

    oooh.....Lawai manju! me likee. :D

    eh......da link only show one pikcha. wea da rest? :?


  28. Braddah Lance:

    opso:
    oooh…..Lawai manju! me likee.

    You should have said. I think we had one extra. :???:

    eh……da link only show one pikcha. wea da rest?

    Ai-goo! Mi-ya-ne-yo. Wrong link but it's fixed now... I guess you was da only one fo' click it then. :lol:


  29. AC:

    Yay....you made it to Puka Dogs too!


  30. opso:

    ho.....some of dem zip-line segments look kinda long. look like fun. :D

    they should make one across da Waimea Canyon. wheeeee!! :lol:


  31. bamboohouse808:

    Right on BL! Looks like you guys had fun. I love Kauai. It's a major change from the busy Oahu lifestyle. Nice place to get away. And big props to your parents for going zip-lining!!


  32. Braddah Lance:

    AC:
    Yay….you made it to Puka Dogs too!

    Well not quite. Can you believe dat they had da dog but no puka? They only had da "Atkins Diet" dogs cause they they ran out of buns... WWD! They were giving 10% off but it's not da same so we passed. I wanted my parents to try it.
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    opso:
    ho…..some of dem zip-line segments look kinda long. look like fun.

    From da 8, I would say 4 to 5 of them are pretty long and one for surah is SUPAH long.

    they should make one across da Waimea Canyon.

    Funny you should mention dat, well not Waimea Canyon, but some company is tryin' fo' do one at Koko Crater. Now dat would be awesome!
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    bamboohouse808:
    I love Kauai. It’s a major change from the busy Oahu lifestyle. Nice place to get away.

    It's been probably almost 18 years since I've been there and I remembah it as "country". Now as an adult, I really appreciate it still being country.


  33. NKHEA:

    Howzit BL :) man you love to talk pics. yeah 8O :) thank goodness for digital cameras :D You really know how to make use of every minute of you vacations :) Looks like your mom, dad, Teri and you had alot of fun :P

    Tanks fo sharing again ;)


  34. Ynaku:

    Ho BL, I almost fell off my chair when I saw your Mom and Dad on the Zip Line. Right ON. Chance um brah. Das cool. I like go when I make it to Kauai.

    Das funny too about the checking. 5 guys in front take 40 minutes to check in and then on the plane get only 5 guys. WWD!!!!! Not the same 5 guys right?

    Thanks for da pics. Good thing I pau eat lunch. But that Cow Pie one was hilarious. Too much.

    Eh, I was checking from early this morning. Sorry I no could stick around. Some guys gotta work iykwim? But I stay hea and wen check you out.

    Thanks again Bruddah Lance. You get em.

    Ynaku............no can believe BL when get 4 free roundtrip tickets. Good for him :D


  35. anklebiters:

    BL:

    The seats on the ✈ seats looks comfortable but narrow....no 1st class :?: :lol:


  36. GA Bows:

    That's awesome BL, mahalo.

    I have never been to Kauai, lived in Hawaii for 31 yrs and never made it there. Next time I'm back to visit I'll make it a point to stay a night or two there.


  37. bB:

    good to see another side of kauai.

    i go there for work and don't get to see all the fun stuff.

    mark's place next to the manju place is a good place to eat too.


  38. 2B:

    Nice picture of da chickens. Dem buggahs had start crowing at 3:30 in da morning, or was just that they do that by my friends house?

    I had golf on Kauai years ago, and they had a chicken chasing dog on the course. Not sure why they nevah like chickens on da course. Not like they going steal the balls, or you going lose your balls in their doo doo like the ones you saw ziplining.

    Maybe the verdict should have been 5 shakas, one howzit, but wash da gear sometimes.....


  39. Braddah Lance:

    NKHEA:
    Howzit BL man you love to talk pics. yeah thank goodness for digital cameras You really know how to make use of every minute of you vacations

    I gotta take pics cause my memory not too good and yeah, if it wasn't fo' digital... I'd be broke trying to develop all da "junk" pictures. And yeah, I hate "wasted time" on a vacation.
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    Ynaku:
    I almost fell off my chair when I saw your Mom and Dad on the Zip Line.

    :lol: Yeah, they still got a li'l fight in 'em. :grin:

    Not the same 5 guys right?

    Nah, only three. Da oddah two were going Hilo or Kona.
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    anklebiters:
    The seats on the ✈ seats looks comfortable but narrow….no 1st class

    Had first class with biggah seats. The "regular" seats weren't narrow at all.
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    GA Bows:
    Next time I’m back to visit I’ll make it a point to stay a night or two there.

    Dat's all da time you need unless you want to explore further with a hike or something but cruising da island isn't dat long considering it's one of da smaller islands.
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    bB:
    mark’s place next to the manju place is a good place to eat too.

    Yeah, I kinda wanted to eat there aftah checking out da menu but they're closed on Sundays.... along with wat seemed like half da island. :lol:
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    2B:
    Maybe the verdict should have been 5 shakas, one howzit, but wash da gear sometimes…..

    :lol: Rogah dat. :lol:


  40. GA Bows:

    Post count numba 40


  41. Kelli:

    OMG! The Zip n’ Dip looks like fun. I give credit to Mom for trying, too. I don't think my mom would, hence why she's always the official "bag watcher" while we go off and ride all the "scary" stuff at the theme parks. I haven't been to Kauai in a long time... Thanks for the pics!


  42. jaydee:

    Nice pics BL. Boy, long time I nevah go Kauai. I think I'm overdue for a vacation.


  43. D:

    Thanks for sharing all your adventures. I'm amazed that your mom and dad went Zipping. That gives me hope that someday I may try it.


  44. JuSaMee:

    i've lived in hawaii all my life and have only been to kauai once!! that looked cool!! i wanna go ziplining too!! my sister went one year and they went ATV'n in the mud...she loved it!! hmmm...lemme file my taxes first and see if Uncle Sam gonna help me take a vacation!


  45. Braddah Lance:

    GA Bows:
    Post count numba 40

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    Kelli:
    OMG! The Zip n’ Dip looks like fun.

    It was fun! Too bad there's no stuff li'dat ovah here.

    I don’t think my mom would, hence why she’s always the official “bag watcher”

    Gotta have one of those. :grin:
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    jaydee:
    Nice pics BL. Boy, long time I nevah go Kauai. I think I’m overdue for a vacation.

    They'll be waiting! :grin:
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    D:
    Thanks for sharing all your adventures. I’m amazed that your mom and dad went Zipping. That gives me hope that someday I may try it.

    You know it really isn't bad at all. You don't sway, you don't rock, you're just.... zipping along. :grin: You don't even realize how fast you're going and actually can enjoy da ride.
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    JuSaMee:
    i wanna go ziplining too!!

    You should! You know wat's funny? EVERY single person on EVERY single line had a huge smile on their face wen they landed.

    lemme file my taxes first and see if Uncle Sam gonna help me take a vacation!

    Good luck!


  46. honda si boy:

    wow, mean the pics. and da food looks guuud! or as kauai people would say, "mops, brah!" haha. i've only been to kauai once waaaay back in da day. thanks for the "update" fo' da island. i gotta go try that zip line thing. looks choke fun. i'll try hard to steer my kauai friends to dis blog and make 'em comment. :D


  47. bB:

    i'm off to kauai tomorrow, but it's for work.


  48. anklebiters:

    I saw the zip line on Little PPL, Big World with the Roloff's...looks like FUN

    No video of the zip line ride :?: like this one, the world's fastest zip line ride....100mph :shock:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r0pROzHY5M


  49. BananaFysh:

    Ho, I forgot to come back and check this out when i was at home the oddah day. I no could see the pics at work. :(

    Wow, looks like you had a great time BL! Kudos to mom and pops for going on the zip line!

    Get couple on Maui I like try sample.

    Eh, stylin' your Maui Built shirt! ;)


  50. Mokihana:

    Awesome post, brah! Felt like I was right dea wit you folks!