We had the best time. We initially booked our tickets to/from Honolulu based on SMS' class schedule. Then, once things settled down after boards, we started planning what we wanted to do. There were definitely a few things we wanted to do on Oahu, but we decided to go inter-island. Maui was briefly mentioned but ultimately, we decided on Kauai.
I arrived in Honolulu first, several hours ahead of SMS. So, I went and got my nails done so that my feet looked good in flip-flops! I took a cab there, a bus back and got to the airport right when SMS got there. He was waiting in the USO (my favorite place!). This USO in particular had AMAZING cookies, although I learned that SMS is not a fan of shredded coconut. Yum, more for me! We headed over to the local air terminal and caught our flight for Hawaii.
We ate at Mark's Place for lunch that had local plate specials. The salmon was amazing!
|Beautiful Nepali Coast!|
We stayed at a great apartment that I found through VRBO. It was in Hane'a, just a little west of Hanalei. I had really wanted to stay on the North Shore. It was beautiful and a short walk from Tunnels Beach. That night, we went to BARacuda and had a Spanish tapas themed meal.
|Our hike. Top right shows SMS near the death tally sign for people who|
drowned at the beach. He is very attune to safety and things one can die from!
The next day, we walked on Tunnels Beach, had pulled pork for lunch and went to Ke'e Park to watch the sunset over Napali Coast. It was a very mellow paced day. We had a totally opposite day the next day when we did an 8 mile hike along the Napali Coast and inland a bit to the gorgeous Hanakap-ai waterfall. It was a great hike, but we were starting to feel the effects of not enough food by the end! That night, we had a huge meal at Chicken in the Barrel to make up for it. Yes, the place is as classy as it sounds but had great BBQ!
The next day, we took a driving tour around Kauai. We stopped at Old Time Coffee and I had the most delicious maple cinnamon latte. We saw Waimea canyon. It's so awesome and beautiful. SMS said that it does look like a "Little Grand Canyon" as all the Kauai literature says. We got shave ice in town and then headed to barking sands for some beach time with snacks (very important). We also went to a coffee farm and chocolate stand. We got puka dogs for a late lunch (delicious!) and had leftovers for dinner once we got back to the apartment.
SMS was feeling a little under the weather so the next day, we headed to Oahu earlier in the afternoon than we originally planned. We had a quick beach visit after eating at the Sunrise Cafe for brekkie. Then I had a second delicious coffee at Old Time coffee and SMS had really good el pescador tacos from a food truck across the street. Then is was back to Oahu for a Waikiki vacation, coming up in Part II!