Thursday, July 21, 2016

Hanalei Bay, Kauai

Raindrops keep fallin' on my head, but that doesn't mean...

I bet you've been wonderin' what we've been doin' down here in Hawaii land. Did you think our git up & go got up & went?  No, being the cautious, prudent sailors we are, we've been waiting for the right weather window, the crew window, the fully provisioned boat, and the stars to align properly. Seriously, why rush? We're in Paradise!

Meanwhile, we've ambled (major understatement) across the 100 mile Hawaiian archipelago to the far northern island of Kaua'I where we found some hotel WiFi to pirate. Here in Hanale'i we watch the TransPac single-handers arrive from San Francisco after battling the remnants of tropical storm Celia. They glide into the bay, drop an inadequate anchor and make their way to the nearest pub.  We then watch their boats wander around the bay looking for good holding.

We went from the crowded Ala Wai harbor in busy Honolulu, Oahu

To the peaceful, but rolly, waters of Hanalei Bay, Kauai

We've watched tropical storms/hurricanes Blas, Celia, Darby, and now Estelle approach and the first two pass. Once this cavalcade goes by we will be clear to continue our journey across the NE Pacific. Our new crew member, Randy arrives next week. Then we will provision perishables for the 5th time and have our lines ready to cast off when the coast is clear, whenever that might be?

Brent, Eileen, and the skipper on the beach at Poka'i Bay Oahu
Here in the bay the rain squalls keep us busy shutting and re-opening the hatches, mopping up the floors, caulking those leaks in preparation for winter in the Pacific Northwest. South of the bay we see 1000? foot tall waterfalls streaming down the lush cliff sides.  It ain't so bad!


  1. It occurs to me that while you're provisioning you might want to pick up a couple of pairs of SeaBands for your return trip if you haven't already tried them. They are elasticized bands that apply constant pressure by way of a small plastic nubbin to an acupunture point on the inner wrist that quells nausea. Not sure that they'd eliminate the issue when the buffalo swells arise but they might turn down the volume of discomfort, at least. Cheers

    1. Thanks for the tip! Yes, we've seen these in West Marine.

  2. Say hi to Kauai for me. Dorothy and I were married at Poipu many, many years back. Enjoy!

  3. Don't know if we'll end up sailing around that side of the island but if we do we'll think of your enduring romance.