It seems like I've either been on the road or involved in something as all consuming as moving since February. Time has just whirled by and our weeklong getaway to Hawaii's Garden Isle seems like far more than seven months ago. Despite the time and the rather soggy weather we encountered, Kauai unexpectedly became one of those special places to me. The north shore town of Hanalei Bay ranks up there with Encinitas, California and Kaiteriteri, New Zealand as one of those places I've visited and immediately felt right at home.Read More
Aside from the epic Tongariro Alpine Crossing in New Zealand, the Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail ranks as one of my favorite hikes to have completed in less than perfect weather. While sunny days are always lovely, there's just something special about walking the coastline on a windy and rainy day. The Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail runs four miles one way (eight miles round trip) along varying coastline past many points of historical and geological interest. You won't need any special equipment for this hike - there's nothing particularly technical and a number of options for varying the route depending on your preferences.Read More
If you only had one day on Kauai's South Shore, what could you do?
As it turns out, you could to go on a scenic drive, visit three state parks, and take in an early evening swim at one of the South Shore's best beaches - all without any rushing or hurrying around.Read More
We stayed in a historic cottage quite a bit off the beaten path on the South Shore of Kauai. All the way past the turn off to Waimea Canyon, in the town of Kekaha. Since we mostly spent our time eating in, we scoured the area for the best gluten free friendly grocery stores, farmers markets, and still stopped by a couple of spots recommended by so many others.Read More
I can't even begin to imagine how many blog posts have been written about hiking the Kalalau Trail. In fact, when I was querying the web for tips on hiking in Kauai, all links seemed to lead back to this trail. Clearly, it's considered "the" hike to take on Kauai's Garden Isle. No doubt, the hike has it's fair share of attributes; filled with beautiful views, lush plant life, and isn't too challenging at just four miles round trip.Read More