Kauai has almost as many roosters and wild chickens as residents, maybe more. Most of the birds are believed to be descendants of former fighting cocks, and the chickens brought over by the early Polynesians, that were set free by the devastating 1992 Hurricane Iniki. The hurricane blew apart the cages and the birds were set free to roam and multiply. And so they did.
The roosters start their cock-a-doodle-doing right before the sun comes up and they can be heard throughout the day. I think it lends a kind of country charm to the island, but a lot of tourists and locals are bothered by the noise.
This guy wants to know if you have a problem with that….
The roosters are all over the place. I mean all over. Running through hotel gardens, parking lots, by the side of the road. They are always around.
Their colors are beautiful.
Here’s one of the gals
Kauai Wild Chicken Recipe
1 Kauai wild chicken, 1 large onion, 1 bunch seasoning spices of your choosing, 1 large rock Salt and pepper
Put all ingredients into a large covered pot. Simmer over a low flame for several hours. Remove the rock. Discard the chicken. Eat the rock.
Recipe courtesy of local lore.
Photos by Angeline M