We packed up, said our goodbyes and mahalos to Amy and headed East. The Shearwater birds were nesting and these were their protective hats -
The chicks were 24 to 36" underground in a burrow dug by the parents.
Our last planned stop was the Hawaiiana shop in Hanapepe that we missed on Wednesday - we were going to only spend a few minutes and check out the other shops along the old Main Street - but we ended up talking with the shop keeper - Ted - for nearly 90 minutes!!! We talked about the fate of the Niihau Shell Leis, which beaches the old Japanese glass floats wash up on, where to go to find the best shells, where to take pictures of night rainbows and the Milky Way, and about living life well. He knows the western side of Kauai really well and shared a ton of information with us - we are definitely coming back and will likely end up spending most of our time in the southwestern - western side again!