Yesterday we drove to Kapaa to get a turkey at Safeway. I realized a few days ago that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Ack! When you live in Paradise and there are no real seasonal changes, time gets away from you. How can it be that we’ve already lived here just a few days shy of 6 months? It seems like just yesterday that we flew in with our few suitcases, excited to begin our new lives here.
In any case, I have to eat gluten-free due to allergies so rather than driving around from store to store, we decided to trek to the only Safeway on Kauai and get our bird there. Side note: we put some gas in the tank on our way and I was shocked to see that we’re averaging just under 200 miles per month. I cannot remember a single month where we drove less than 2000 miles so to be driving less than 10% that number is quite shocking. With the gas prices here, we’re laughing all the way to the bank however. Haha.
Along the way we stopped for breakfast at a little diner in Waipouli – Eggberts. They offer some yummy egg dishes and it’s one of our favorite breakfast haunts. It also happens to have pigeons wandering in/out throughout the restaurant, looking for tibits some careless diner might have dropped on the floor.
The diner has signs posted everywhere asking people NOT to feed the birds. Between the pigeons, smaller birds like finches and sparrows, and the ever-present chickens — it’s a bit like eating on a farm. We don’t mind though. That’s just one of the things we love about Kauai. It doesn’t hurt that I adore birds. Except pigeons. They’re a bit like rats with wings.
That being said, I tried repeatedly to get a picture of this one pigeon but I swear he was camera shy. As soon as I got my phone up to snap a shot, he was off running. This is the *only* shot out of a dozen or so that does not contain a blurred pigeon in motion. It wasn’t until he wandered off out of the general are that I was able to quickly snap a reasonable shot. I’m sure if I’d “accidentally” dropped something on the floor he’d have quite happily stood still as I took a myriad of shots, but being scolded by a diner manager is not my idea of fun so…
On our way home after a successful stop to procure the gluten-free turkey, we passed by the coconut grove in Waipouli. This is a large section of land that was planted with 1100 coconut trees back in 1912.
It’s amazing to see how tall these trees are. And skinny. I cannot believe a strong wind doesn’t bring them crashing to the ground. The orchard is beautiful in a wild sort of way. There is no real order to the grove any longer – the straight rows are long gone and in their place is a wild stand of trees that have grown from the coconuts dropped. It’s quite pretty.
Here is a bit of history regarding this coconut grove as well as a few others on the island.
In 1913 The Garden Island newspaper ran an article about Broadbent’s new grove made up with 1,100 trees.
The land he planted was considered to be coral deposits and unfit for growing anything. In the interview, Broadbent explained his method. As it was not possible to blast, men created holes using a pick down through a floor of solid limestone several inches in thickness. Once through this water was struck. In these holes a square box was placed. In this was placed a tree and the richest soil that could be found. Around the outside of the tubs was placed the coral and soil from the original hole. The trees there grew as fast as any had seen.
Asked if he had tried other methods, Broadbent said he had planted trees around his home where the land was somewhat higher, but the holes didn’t hit water. They weren’t doing as well.
Just a few feet after the coconut grove I saw this guy on the side of the road. He quite happily posed for a few shots (unlike his pigeon cousin at the diner). I sure love the variety of colors and patterns the roosters here exhibit. I think I’ll venture over to Walmart in a few days and shoot some video and photos of the *hundreds* of chickens, roosters, chicks of all sizes and ages that can be found there. They are all over the place!