Obviously the pilot had anticipated our jokes about scenes from Apocalypse Now. As soon as we donned our earphones aboard the tour helicopter we heard the stirring strains of Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries.
So with cameras poised like M 16s through the window of our Bell Jet Ranger we proceeded to fire benign bullets of light upon the verdant Valhalla of Kauai.
In our bionic butterfly we soared over the town of Lihue, center for business and government in the County of Kauai and over the lush Hanapepe Valley, with its vegetable farms, sugar cane fields and taro plantations. The starchy taro corms are cooked and mashed into the traditional Hawaiian food called poi. Off to our right lay the beautiful Lumahi Beach, featured as “Nurses’ Beach” in South Pacific. The stunning Mt. Makana (Bali Hai) formed the backdrop.