We’re back home after 2 amazing weeks in Hawaii. Pardon the photo overload in advance. 🙂
We explored quite a bit of the island. Kauai was enchanting, with a lush landscape everywhere you looked. It was a peaceful place where the trees, flowers and surrounding ocean all contributed to its rugged beauty. Tourism hasn’t yet taken over the island and Kauai retains most of its untouched appeal. One thing we found entertaining were the number of wild roosters walking about, everywhere you looked. They don’t have any natural predators so they roam the land freely, sometimes with a hen or two for company. Dogs and cats were very few (maybe saw 3-4 the whole week) but roosters? Dozens by the side of the roads.
We visited the Wailua Falls, the Menehune Fish Pond, the Kilauea Light House and Wildlife Refuge, Spouting Horn, the Kauai Coffee plantation and much more. We attempted the drive to Waimea Canyon but got fogged out so had to turn back. We took a boat tour to the Napali coast but had to end it short after a few hours due to a broken fuel line. On the boat ride, we also enjoyed some snorkelling and the scenery up until the time we turned back was nice so it wasn’t a total loss. We got to see dolphins and whales also. 🙂 It was whale season (they come down from Alaska to have their babies) and we saw lots of them from our balcony. We drove up to Princeville and Hanalei where we had lunch and enjoyed the coastal scenic drive. Gorgeous scenery with a very laid back vibe.
We spent time enjoying the sun but had several days of clouds and showers (which we spent shopping and sightseeing). We went to a luau (Luau Kalamaku) that had a more theatrical show than the traditional ones and it was really fantastic! That’s where I received a fresh flower lei! The story, dancing and fire show were very entertaining.
On one of the drizzly days, we stopped by Hilo Hattie (THE store for all things Hawaiian) and it was a very productive trip – we loaded up on lots of souvenirs for the fam and picked up a few things for us too.
We ate lots of great food at Keoki’s Paradise, Gaylord’s and the Beach House. The ambience of open air dining, with the ocean breezes and the sound of the waves, the torches providing firelight and the delicious food and wine made our stay in Kauai really special.
Now for the pics!!
There were so many beautiful sunsets too:
Back to sightseeing pics:
We enjoyed Kauai for its peacefulness, slow pace (perfect for vacation) and lush landscape.
Life List items achieved in Kauai:
- Travel to Hawaii
- Get lei’d in Hawaii
- Attend a luau
- Ride a catamaran
Now off to Maui!