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This was not our last day in Hawaii, but it was our last day on Kauai. This time we didn't have the standard early start. We spent a bit of time cleaning up and packing our things. When we were done, we had breakfast at Kountry Kitchen. Matt had a giant macadamia nut pancake (it was bigger than his face!) and I had a spinach omelette. Since it was conveniently located down the street, we made one last visit to Java Kai and enjoyed a couple of caffeinated beverages. We didn't have a lot of time to do things since our flight was in the early afternoon. We managed to see Poliahu Heiau which over looks the Wailua River. They are ruins of an ancient place of worship. Not much of the structure remains except a low section of the outer walls. Wailua River was quite wide and seemed to be fairly calm. We saw some people slowly kayaking along the river. Next we saw Opaeka'a Falls and Wailua Falls. Both were easily accessibly by driving and required no hiking.

We returned our rental car at the airport. What did we see while we were waiting for the shuttle to the terminal? More wild chickens! They were our ever-present companions no matter where we went, all over Kauai. Our return flight to Honolulu was with Island Air. We were puzzled with the seating assignment designation on our boarding passes: open seating. This meant we could seat ourselves anywhere we wanted on the plane. It was very similar to boarding a bus and sitting anywhere you wanted. Once we were all seated, they handed out "cold towels". The flight was quite short, 40 minutes in duration. We were given the option of either water or juice as a beverage during the flight. As we began our descent into Honolulu, we could see a variety of military aircrafts parked on the portion of the airport that was exclusively for mililtary use. We even saw a military plane lined up to use the runway along with the commercial planes! 

After settling in at our hotel, we set out to so some last minute shopping in Waikiki. One of the places we visited while on the hunt for some specific items was Kona Mountain Coffee. Although Matt wasn't a fan of Kona coffee, we thought we would sample some of their coffee. I think Matt now has a new-found appreciation of Kona. =) Once we completed our shopping, we had dinner at Hula Dog. Hula Dog serves hot dogs in a unique way. They take the bun and pierce a hole along it length-wise. The bun is toasted from the inside by placing it on what looks like a metal spike. The hot dog is then inserted into the bun using the same hole. Virtually no mess! After a leisurely dinner, we revisited Island Vintage Coffee, Clare's favourite coffee place when we first arrived in Hawaii. We lingered there while we planned out our last day in Hawaii. Soon, we will be returning to reality. Aww. =( But not yet! 

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