They Used to Grow Pineapple and Sugarcane Here
Trip Start Sep 17, 2012
28Trip End Nov 11, 2012
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Just like yesterday, we stepped off the boat and it was pouring rain. Naturally we had to wait in line in the rain as pictures were taken of each passenger with a ship’s photographer dressed as a Hawai’ian warrior. Just as we approached he complained that someone pinched his rear. I thought it was Annette, but she denies it.
Today was a long tour that took us across the island of Kauai on smooth paved roads and back to our ship along bumpy paths through old sugar cane fields, a new forest, through a mountain, and through some bumpy cow pastures. The scenery was spectacular and rather than try to describe it, I’ve uploaded quite a few pictures and a couple of short videos. Don’t forget to click on the pictures to read the captions. Also, it’s very important that when looking at the pictures you imagine you’re in a warm sunny place with clean air, blue skies and a gentle breeze.
Twelve of us met up with our tour guide, Uncle Joe, and headed off across the island in a 4-wheel drive van. We made a quick stop at the Kauai Coffee Company, "Home of the World’s Largest Wall-less Coffee Maze". You can’t imagine our excitement to learn this. Imagine, it’s not one of the run-of-the-mill walled coffee mazes you find everywhere, but a wall-less one, and it’s the world’s largest!
The coffee plantation is near the neighbourhood where Uncle Joe grew up, where they used to grow pineapple and sugarcane. We continued our journey through some towns that have been mostly abandoned since they no longer grow pineapple and sugarcane there
Lunch was a picnic with the chickens in the state park. Afterwards, we headed down to the coast where we stopped at the spouting horn. There’s a short video of this at the end of the blog. Listen carefully after the water spouts and you can hear the sort of Darth Vader breathing noise it makes.
Right after this stop, a grumpy couple from Germany who had been complaining about everything all day decided that they should start taking pictures. Annette and I were both quite perplexed as all of a sudden, five hours into a seven hour tour, they took out their cameras and began taking pictures through the van windows, ignoring all of us as they leaned over to snap pictures trough the van windows. They continued for the rest of the tour.
We continued our journey over bumpy old sugar cane roads, past fields where they used to grow pineapple and sugarcane. Eventually we came to a stop at a beautiful isolated beach. After a short beach break we headed back along another unmaintained dirt road where they used to grow pineapple and sugarcane
Our trip continued alongside cow pastures where they used to grow pineapple and sugarcane, and back to our ship docked in the town of Nawiliwili, where they used to grow pineapple and sugarcane.
As you may have gathered, the sugarcane and pineapple industry has gone from Hawai’i. Uncle Joe made that more than abundantly clear to us. He said that high labour costs forced growers to move production to South America. The last sugar cane producer in Hawai’i shut down a little over a year ago. The little bit of pineapple farming that remains is just for locals and tourists.
Back on board, dinner was excellent as usual
I keep forgetting to mention that we appreciate all your comments… it’s nice to know somebody’s reading this. I also have to apologize for not commenting on your comments, but the internet on the ship is extremely slow, and has a habit of disconnecting us. It takes me about an hour of cursing and swearing to upload this little blog… that’s also the reason that, at least for now, the blog is a combined effort by the two of us.
Peter & Annette
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