July 21: Birthday on Kauai!

Came upstairs & was greeted by a breakfast surprise:

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Such a yummy way to start the day!  And if you’re wondering, the card plays music and has a hula girl who spins around really fast.

Got an early start to go up to our hike in Koke’e State Park, but we were distracted en route by an incredible mango tree on Kokee Rd.  Pres and Dusty hunted mangoes (by throwing fallen fruit up at the tree and trying, with limited success, to catch them); J and I gathered them.

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With about 40 mangoes in our trunk, we finally tore ourselves away and continued up, up, up the mountains and into the cool breezes of Koke’e.  Then we hiked down, down, down the Awa’awapuhi Trail, which is a significant 3.25 mile (one way) trek to an amazing view down over the Na Pali Coast.

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Went home for a brief snooze before heading out again, this time to relax in the grass, snorkel, and watch the surfers at Lawa’i Beach in Poipu.

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Hawaii 2013 070After rinsing off, we had dinner at the Beach House Restaurant — very yummy fish (and excellent lilikoi mojitos).  It was a lovely place for a birthday meal; we watched the sun go down and the full moon (a super moon!) rise and lots of people take pictures of each other and the sunset from the restaurant’s grassy lawn.

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