Aunt Tammy and I boarded our flight to San Francisco at the asscrack of dawn. This was one of my earliest flights ever, arriving at the airport at 4:30am. I fell asleep before the flight took off and didn’t wake up until it landed. We ran to our next gate and headed out to the gorgeous island of Kaua’i.
This was my first time to Hawaii, but this area was no stranger to my mother and aunt. Since my sister, Megan, had cheer, my mother and her flew in a day later than us. So Tammy and I spent the first day picking up the car from the rental, checking into the hotel, and sipping Aloha juice. We drove through Kapaa and found a diner for dinner before walking along the beach. We found beach access that was only a 4 minute walk away. We slept in until well after lunchtime. We rushed to the airport to pick up mom and Megan. After getting them settled in, we took a walk along Hoopla Trail. The views were beautiful. Later we went to a frozen yogurt stand called The Spot. This shop was different from any froyo place I have ever been to. You choose between every fruit you can imagine and they blend it with a cream to make your own. I chose a blueberry and banana based treat!
The following day we were up early. Before driving to the top of Kaua’i, we spent some time in Orchid Alley, a small greenhouse in Kapaa. They had a strict no photography rule, but I still managed to take a short video in there. We had lunch at Bubba’s Burgers, which was a similar burger to what is served at Five Guys. We spent most of the day hiking trails and admiring waterfalls, before ending the day at a chocolate factory.
On day four, the morning was spent at Coconut Marketplace. There was a small farmers market going on in the parking lot. This is where I found a coconut stand. A man cracked open a giant one for me. Fresh coconut water/juice is much much better than any that is served on the mainland. The day was wasted at Salt Pond Beach on the East side of the island. The water was almost clear and the sand was fine. On the way back to Kapaa, we stopped at Kauai coffee.The coffee was fresh and there were too many flavors and brews to try. Megan and I waited until just before sunset to snorkel along the shore. Fish are scary that close up.
Luckily we were able to sleep in the next morning. We drove to Kilauea Point to explore the lighthouse and do some tours. Birds were soaring just inches above our heads. We used this beautiful Wednesday as a lazy day until Tammy and I decided to rent some bikes. We biked a total of seven miles along the beach at sunset. I didn’t realize how much I would regret it until the next morning.
Bright and early, we were awake and headed to the jungle for some ziplining. The guides were hilarious and insanely knowledgeable about everything. This was my first time ziplining and one of the best parts of the entire vacation. Everything was bright green and absolutely breathtaking. After getting gross and sweaty hiking, we went back to the hotel to get ready for the luau! They served us delicious food buffet style, gave us a show, and served our table far too many mai tais. We arranged a late check out on our last day so we had plenty of time to relax. We ate too many cups of Dole whip and cracked open oysters for pearls. We had a ring made for me with the pearl I chose. Our flight boarded at 10:00pm and we flew overnight back home.