This twosome clucked and cooed sweet nothings to each other early each morning, oblivious to the two of us sitting below them sipping coffee and watching the sun wake the day during our time in Princeville on Kauai’s North Shore.
|Morning love songs - Princeville, Kaua'i|
But, wait! These aren’t the ‘real’ birds of paradise on this island!
The real birds of this paradise – the one’s that give the island something to crow about -- are the hundreds of roosters, hens and chicks that freely roam the streets, sidewalks, parks, and public areas from restaurants to rental car lots.
This fellow was patrolling the parking lot at a scenic overlook. . .
And this one was ducking rain drops at the end of the road on the North Shore’s, Ha’ena Beach Park, in much the same manner we tourists were scurrying to find shelter from the often intense rain squalls there.
But the funniest by far were the resident trio of mischief makers (pictured above) at the Marriott Waiohai in Poipu. One morning while I was on our fourth floor deck, the normally quiet surroundings came to life with a commotion below me.
A guest in the ground floor unit just below us -- a grown man -- was shooing this Fowl Flock from his patio by doing what one might call a chicken dance -- hopping about while flapping his bended arms. It worked for a minute or two then they chicken danced right back to him. It went on for a few minutes .
(I was so busy laughing I didn’t think to get the camera).
|Chicken Marketing in Kaua'i|
One might ask from where the multitudes of these strutting troubadours came. Historians can’t put all their eggs in one basket so I found two answers: the Polynesians who discovered the islands centuries ago brought chickens with them and they’ve been here since then. Some say the large numbers of Feral Fowl can be blamed on 1992’s Hurricane ‘Iniki that blasted the island with 145 mph winds (gusts of 165 mph) and scattered domestically raised poultry far and wide.
Whatever the origin, they are a permanent part of the population now. Souvenirs with roosters are everywhere from tee-shirts to home-décor, notepads to Christmas tree ornaments! The tourism folks really do have something to crow about!!
Post Script: Your thoughts on Columbus Day
I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank those of you who responded to last week’s post about celebrating Columbus Day.
The responses to that post are examples of what blogging should be – a thoughtful exchange of ideas and opinions from across the globe.
Too often we bloggers get caught up in a quest of statistics – the more ‘likes’ and ‘followers’ the better. This post and its responses reminded me why blogging should be a richer experience than that. For that, I thank you! (Click here to access it and the comments.)
As a result of that post, one of our blogger buddies, currently residing in Fiji, shared a link to a post written by Jose Alejandro Amores, a professor at Grand Valley State University who wrote an insightful piece with a headline that begins, “We are all Columbus. . .” I’d encourage you to take a moment to read it.
Hope to see you back again next week ~ until then, Happy Travels!
Linking Up this week at:
Travel Photo Thursday – Budget Traveler’s Sandbox
Travel Inspiration – Reflections En Route
Travel Photo Monday – Travel Photo Discovery
Mosaic Monday – Lavender Cottage Gardening