Twenty-one relatives from four generations of the Hassler family attended a week long reunion in Poipu Beach, May 26-31, 2012! Group photo by Tom Hassler tomhasslerphoto.com. All other photos by Nori Muster. Next, a few purdy pictures of Poipu Beach, including several sunrises.
The beach was just a block from our vacation rental retreat center, Hale Pohaku. It was four houses around a courtyard and pool. The following five photos are a 360 degree panorama from the foot of the pool.
Along with family dinners, fun at the pool, and visiting with relatives, I wanted to get out to see the island.
This is the bus stop at Poipu Beach. They have a great public bus system, which is easy to navigate. I found the drivers helpful and patient. It would be a great system for visitors to see the island if they added more runs. As things stand, the bus only comes by in the morning to take people to work, and in the afternoon to get them home. The busses had a good, healthy ridership.
I spent a day on the busses exploring the villages around Poipu Beach, then two days being chauffeured around the island by a friend who lives in Hawaii.
North from the airport by car . . . first stop was lunch at the Rainbow Living Foods restaurant in Kapa'a, then on to the Kilauea Point Lighthouse, below.
. . . on to Hanalei . . .
On the second day, we drove west . . . . first to Waimea Canyon . . .
We stopped to photograph the stunning Kauai Soto Zen Temple Zenshuji on the main highway in Hanapepe.
Near the road to Waimea Canyon is a historic Menehune ditch. The ditch is along the side of a road that traces a river. At the end, it flows into a cave.
Adjacent to the historic marker is a bridge that spans the river. It is still in use, and is kept in good condition.
The last two photos are from Polihale Beach, which is accessible from a dirt road twelve miles northwest of Waimea. It was much warmer there with no cloud cover.
Okay everybody, straighten up, act normal! Now we will take the real family portrait!
Family portraits by Tom Hassler, seen on the end in a green Hawaiian shirt.