DAY 12 Today we visit Kuai; docking at Lihue. Once again, we take a shuttle to the local airport where we pick up our rent car. This time, however, Thrifty is set up to handle a volume of renters and the paperwork is completed quickly. We brought our GPS on the trip and used it at our previous stops. This time it takes us to Wailua Falls, just a few miles away.
We eat a Subway sandwich we had purchased on the way and then begin our steep descent. Did I mention that the road is awful for the last 3-4 miles? Hawaii has a real problem with infrastructure maintenance. About 2/3 of the way down we take the left fork in the road, Hwy 550 and, driving in low gear much of the time, finally arrive back in Waimea and turn back east on Hwy 50. We detour to drive through the old town of Hanapepe and also down to visit the Kuahi Coffee Company. This 3,400 acre coffee plantation is the largest coffee grower in the US.