Sunday, August 21, 2011

Cory's 25th Birthday!

Last Saturday (August 13th) was Cory's 25th birthday!  Last year at this time we were in Oahu and had just gotten engaged the day before! 

This year we went to Kipu Falls in Lihue which is fed by the Hule'ia Stream.  To get to the falls we had to park our car on the side of the road and take a short walk along the river.  The path was very narrow and surrounded by very tall grass and banyan trees.  

 We were amazed by the by the falls from the moment we saw it... and from the moment we saw people jumping off of it. 

So I guess we have upgraded from "bridge-jumping" into the Huron River to "waterfall jumping" in Hawaii!  We appreciated the clearness of the water compared to what were used to from the Huron.  Of course Cory jumped off the falls immediately and without hesitation.. and not without a back-flip!  It took me quite a bit more courage, but eventually I jumped in!

 Poor Cory jumped in before me and had to tread water for five minutes while he waited for me to gather the courage to jump in!

There is a ladder bolted into the rocks to help people climb out and back to the top.  There is also a large Banyan tree with a massive rope swing, a perfect way to drop into the beautiful blue water which is must have been at least 15 feet deep.

We spent a couple hours at the falls, mostly watching other people jump off the 20 foot cliff.  It was a pretty popular spot, probably about 50 people came in and out during the time we were there.

After we left the falls we went to the Kilohana Plantation.  They have a complimentary rum-tasting room where we got to sample three types of rum and a mai tai.  They also had some little stores with hand-made pottery and jewelry that we spent some time looking in.

The last part of our day was dinner at "Keoki's Paradise" which was the nicest restaurant we have been to so far!  We had an awesome table next to some beautiful landscaping and several palm trees.  We got there in time for their "sunset special" which was $20 for an appetizer, entree, and dessert.  Needless to say we did not leave hungry.  The food was delicious!  The waiter gave Cory a gigantic piece of Hula Pie because it was his birthday.  Hula pie is macadamia nut ice cream on top of a chocolate cookie crust with whipped cream and fudge on top.
 The view from our table!

 Unfortunately we didn't have 25 candles.. but we had one!


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