Our Time in Kaua'i

Monday, February 22, 2016

It's been over three weeks since we landed back on the East Coast after spending 7 glorious days on the island of Kaua'i. 

It was absolutely beautiful and absolutely too short of a trip.

If you missed part one of this trip, you can find more at this post.

The whole reason we went on this trip was because we got an awesome deal with our wedding venue when we decided to get married on a Thursday. If you're planning a wedding, I still have no regrets about that decision!

We stayed in a home on the North Shore of the island. You can find it here on VRBO.. it was so cozy! We felt so comfortable the minute we got there.

Once we landed one thing was very apparent.. holy chickens!!!! There we're chickens EVERYWHERE on this island. Hadley loved chasing and feeding them. I wanted to bring some home but I think Cali would eat them.

The island is very small and has just one main highway running up it's East coast. The Southern side is very dry and the Northern side, where we stayed, is more tropical. If we ever go back, I would definitely want to stay either where we did or near Hanalei. The little town there was so cute!

The beach could not have been more perfect for the kiddos.

It was super calm (when the 100 foot waves weren't around at least!), we got to snorkel and go "turtle hunting" every day. I got some pictures on our underwater camera of the giant sea turtles that we're camped near a reef at our beach and can't wait to see them! I'll post some once they're developed. These things we're like 4 feet around, so cool! I kept thinking of Finding Nemo.

Hadley was a champ with her inner tube and almost took off for the beach by herself one day, she was that obsessed. Luckily, Josh caught her before she went across the street.. crazy lady!!!!

^The tunnel to the beach was one of my favorite spots! And, sleepy much? So many early mornings with this girl.

We went to eat at Bubba's Burgers in Hanalei, which was so good! If they have their BBQ sauce with rhubarb on special, definitely get it.

Then we headed over to the pier at Hanalei, which I think was my favorite place we visited. The contrast of the ocean with the mountains was just so beautiful.

The water was super crazy this day.

They closed all the beaches on the island for a few days because of record waves. There we're famous surfers out there with their jet skis and helicopters flying over filming them, it was that intense. I had never seen waves like this in my life, they we're going in so many different directions! It was kind of freaky to watch!

 ^^Those rolls!!!!!!!!
^^I love this one of Hadley :)

Queen's Bath was also a really cool spot. 

This was when the beaches we're closed and the waves we're recorded at 100 feet out in the ocean, so we weren't able to go swimming or really experience the baths, which was a bummer. Still beautiful views! The trail entrance is right in a neighborhood, so that's a little weird, but definitely worth checking out.

^^That water was raging!
^^Jojo's Shave Ice was delish, and massive!

One day, Josh and I left the kiddos with the grandparents and went hiking to the Hanakapi'ai Falls.

It was honestly, so hard.

The first two miles weren't bad. The trail was pretty large and lots of people we're on that portion. The views of the Na Pali Coast we're incredible, definitely one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen in my life!

The 3rd and 4th miles up to the actual waterfall we're definitely more challenging. It was a much more narrow trail with lots of rocks, mud and streams to cross.

It was super cool but we we're definitely ready to take a break once we finally made it and saw THIS!

That water was SOOOO cold!

It was basically a polar plunge.

After a short swim and a short lunch, we packed it up and headed back for another 4 miles.

It was so rough on the way back. I've never wanted a helicopter to come scoop me up more in my life. There we're tons flying over... help us! Bring beer!

We ran out of water right when the uphill, sunny part started and I thought Josh was going to throw himself off the cliff he was so over it. Thankfully, he didn't do that and we survived!

I totally ate shit on some rocks though! Luckily, no other hikers had to witness my really graceful face plant so I'm really grateful for that. I hung on to a little bit of my dignity :-P

So was it worth it?!

Maybe not for a "leisure date day" but definitely a bucket list! I'll never forget this place!

^^This was well deserved after 8 miles!

Kaua'i, you we're so beautiful and so good to us!

I'll miss your fresh produce, delicious poke, my girls' curls, beautiful views at every turn, warm sand, crazy chickens and giant sea turtles.

Thank you for so many great memories :)

And while we we're soaking up the sun in the Pacific Ocean, everyone else back on the East Coast was shoveling snow for days on end. I still can't believe we missed the blizzard of the century! I feel like we missed all of Winter, which I'm not that sad about.

Before I sign off, I'll leave you with this adorable video of Hadley singing along with Ed Sheeran in Paradise!


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