September 6, 2011
We met at 8:00 a.m. in the lobby, and headed north to the end of the road at Ha'ena State Park.
There were tons of people there. We were lucky to find parking places. We hiked about a quarter of a mile to the trailhead. I stayed back at the beach area and woods to birdwatch, but didn't see anything new.
The hikers returned at about 2:00 p.m. They about 5 and a half miles, a lot of it rocky and uphill.
Gary, John and I stopped in Hanalei for a shaved ice. Then we decided to eat some lunch. Didn't see Puff, the magic dragon though.
Drove on to the Hanalei Valley Lookout. The valley looked like a bunch of squares like rice paddies, but I heard some say some of the plants were mangoes. There were birds swimming on the ponds, but they were to far away to identify even with binoculars.
Our last stop was Kilauea Lighthouse Point. The wildlife refuge and lighthouse closed at 4:00 p.m. However there were lots of birds flying and in the bushes and trees on the hillside opposite the lighthouse: Laysan Albatross, Great Frigatebirds, Red-footed Boobies, Wedge-
tailed Shearwaters, and White-tailed Tropicbirds. 5 more life birds, making the total in Hawaii so far 24.
Pictures: hikers, wet cave, Red Junglefowl, Ha'ena State Park, Signs at the Trailhead, Narrow
one-car bridges, Church in Hanalei, Hanalei Valley Lookout, Kilauea Lighthouse Pt.