Kauai, Hawaii Day 5 and 6

We spent this beautiful morning taking another impromptu maternity shoot by the beach. We incoroporated the lei that we made a couple of days before.

sheraton resort kauai hawaii
sheraton resort kauai hawaii
 Little Fish Coffee was walking distance from our hotel. A charming little coffee shop with colorful patio seating. Perfect for fresh local fruit, acai bowls, and breakfast sandwiches.

Little Fish Coffee was walking distance from our hotel. A charming little coffee shop with colorful patio seating. Perfect for fresh local fruit, acai bowls, and breakfast sandwiches.

 The Breakfast Bagel: Frittata, bacon, tomato, and cheddar cheese, with house schmear

The Breakfast Bagel: Frittata, bacon, tomato, and cheddar cheese, with house schmear

 Shippy’s Bowl: Acai topped with Greek Yogurt, bananas, fresh pineapple, coconut flakes, and granola.

Shippy’s Bowl: Acai topped with Greek Yogurt, bananas, fresh pineapple, coconut flakes, and granola.

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 The Tree Tunnel

The Tree Tunnel

Coconut Marketplace Farmers Market

 We stumbled upon another Farmers Market, which is located in the parking lot of Coconut Marketplace. The Farmers Market takes place every Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 1pm.

We stumbled upon another Farmers Market, which is located in the parking lot of Coconut Marketplace. The Farmers Market takes place every Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 1pm.

 Another great place to find exotic fruits and fresh vegetables.

Another great place to find exotic fruits and fresh vegetables.

 This was our favorite stand in the Farmers Market. We picked out a mature coconut and this guy carved a hole in the top for us to drink the coconut water.

This was our favorite stand in the Farmers Market. We picked out a mature coconut and this guy carved a hole in the top for us to drink the coconut water.

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 As he told us, every coconut has a “face.” You can see the mouth here.

As he told us, every coconut has a “face.” You can see the mouth here.

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After you're done drinking the water inside the coconut, take it back and he will use a rock to slice open the coconut to carve out the fruit.

coconut marketplace farmers market
coconut marketplace farmers market
coconut marketplace farmers market
coconut marketplace farmers market

Wailua Shave Ice…yes, again

 Orange Dream: Orange Juice, Coconut Milk, Haupia Foam & Fresh Cut Orange and Lava Flow (front): Pineapple Juice, Coconut Foam, Strawberry Puree, Pineapple & Strawberry Fruit Topping

Orange Dream: Orange Juice, Coconut Milk, Haupia Foam & Fresh Cut Orange and Lava Flow (front): Pineapple Juice, Coconut Foam, Strawberry Puree, Pineapple & Strawberry Fruit Topping

 You can’t leave Hawaii without trying their shave ice.

You can’t leave Hawaii without trying their shave ice.

Poipu Beach

 We were lucky enough to see some monk seals sunbathing on Poipu Beach. The monk seals are an endangered species and the only seals native to Hawaii.

We were lucky enough to see some monk seals sunbathing on Poipu Beach. The monk seals are an endangered species and the only seals native to Hawaii.

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Hukilau Lanai

 This restaurant is located behind the Coconut Marketplace Farmers Market. We went here specifically for their poke nachos, but were pleasantly surprised by their fresh local foods and atmosphere.

This restaurant is located behind the Coconut Marketplace Farmers Market. We went here specifically for their poke nachos, but were pleasantly surprised by their fresh local foods and atmosphere.

 Complimentary focaccia bread with olive oil/balsamic dipping sauce

Complimentary focaccia bread with olive oil/balsamic dipping sauce

 “Adam’s Poke Nachos”: ahi poke, local tomato, avocado, tobiko, inamona, wasabi cream, mirin-yake, crispy wonton chips

“Adam’s Poke Nachos”: ahi poke, local tomato, avocado, tobiko, inamona, wasabi cream, mirin-yake, crispy wonton chips

 Calamari: panko & furikake crusted strips flash fried, lemon sambal aioli

Calamari: panko & furikake crusted strips flash fried, lemon sambal aioli

 Chicken and mushrooms: sautéed boneless chicken breast served on a pesto potato cake with a local mushroom lemon sauce

Chicken and mushrooms: sautéed boneless chicken breast served on a pesto potato cake with a local mushroom lemon sauce

Lappert's Ice Cream

 This ice cream shop always had a long line, so we had to check it out…

This ice cream shop always had a long line, so we had to check it out…

 Kona coffee ice cream

Kona coffee ice cream

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The next morning, we packed up the car and headed on one last day of sightseeing in Kauai. Since it was so close to our hotel, we went to Poipu Shopping Village for breakfast.

 We heard good things about Kauai Juice Co, so decided to start there. They specialize in fresh, cold-pressed juices in glass bottles. You can either keep the bottle or bring it back next time for credit on your next purchase.

We heard good things about Kauai Juice Co, so decided to start there. They specialize in fresh, cold-pressed juices in glass bottles. You can either keep the bottle or bring it back next time for credit on your next purchase.

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 Omega This: soursop, orange, dragonfruit, pineapple, chia seeds

Omega This: soursop, orange, dragonfruit, pineapple, chia seeds

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 We happened to stumble upon Anuenue Cafe when we walked out of Kauai Juice Co. There was a long line, which is always a good sign. So, we put our names down and waited for a table.

We happened to stumble upon Anuenue Cafe when we walked out of Kauai Juice Co. There was a long line, which is always a good sign. So, we put our names down and waited for a table.

 Kalua Pork Fried Rice: slow cooked Kalua pork, rice, pineapple, jalapeño, basil and two eggs topped with shoyu ginger sauce

Kalua Pork Fried Rice: slow cooked Kalua pork, rice, pineapple, jalapeño, basil and two eggs topped with shoyu ginger sauce

 Local Anahola Tropical granola and fruit. The granola was so good that we ordered some once we got home.

Local Anahola Tropical granola and fruit. The granola was so good that we ordered some once we got home.

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 As if we hadn’t eaten enough, we made one last pit stop at Mark’s Place before our flight home.

As if we hadn’t eaten enough, we made one last pit stop at Mark’s Place before our flight home.

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 A delicious mixed plate with chicken katsu, Korean chicken, rice, and macaroni salad

A delicious mixed plate with chicken katsu, Korean chicken, rice, and macaroni salad

Kauai, Hawaii Day 4

Due to the recent flooding on the northern part of Kauai, we were not able to visit that part of the island. So, that left us with a few days to relax and sightsee without a specific itinerary. This morning, we took the opportunity for an impromptu maternity photoshoot around our hotel.

maternity pregnancy kauai hawaii
maternity pregnancy kauai hawaii
maternity pregnancy kauai hawaii

We also signed up for a Lei-making class, which was offered by Sheraton Kauai. The hotel offers daily classes, from basket-weaving to learning how to play the ukulele. We were able to sign up for the class that same morning.

 These leis were made out of twisting tea leaves together and adding flowers. The leis can be frozen or dried out over time for continued use, just add fresh flowers.

These leis were made out of twisting tea leaves together and adding flowers. The leis can be frozen or dried out over time for continued use, just add fresh flowers.

 Beautiful plumeria flowers from our instructor’s backyard.

Beautiful plumeria flowers from our instructor’s backyard.

 Ta da!

Ta da!

 These plumerias inspired us to buy a plumeria root to plant back home. The roots can be purchased in gift shops and airlines allow you to bring them in your luggage.

These plumerias inspired us to buy a plumeria root to plant back home. The roots can be purchased in gift shops and airlines allow you to bring them in your luggage.

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Shrimp Station

There are a couple of locations. The one we went to was in Waimea.

9652 Kamuali'i Highway Waimea, Hawaii, 96796

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shrimp station kauai hawaii
shrimp station kauai hawaii
 They will let you mix two different kinds of sauteed shrimp, which is a good way to try them all. The ‘Got Garlic’ and ‘Thai’ are definitely some of our favorites.

They will let you mix two different kinds of sauteed shrimp, which is a good way to try them all. The ‘Got Garlic’ and ‘Thai’ are definitely some of our favorites.

 The coconut shrimp plate was delicious! Crispy, sweet, and steaming hot.

The coconut shrimp plate was delicious! Crispy, sweet, and steaming hot.

Koloa Rum Co

Since we were not on any kind of timeline, we happened to drive by and spot the Koloa Rum Company. Their award-winning rum is highly-rated and used in several of the local bars and shops.

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 Gift shop at Koloa Rum Co

Gift shop at Koloa Rum Co

 The tasting tour is free, so make sure to sign up!

The tasting tour is free, so make sure to sign up!

 The Mai Tai, one of the many rums that we sampled.

The Mai Tai, one of the many rums that we sampled.

Kukui Grove Farmers Market

 This Farmer’s Market is held year-round every Monday in the parking lot of the Kukui Grove Shopping Center in Lihue.

This Farmer’s Market is held year-round every Monday in the parking lot of the Kukui Grove Shopping Center in Lihue.

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 Hawaiian Farmers Markets are the best place to buy exotic fruits, which is something we don’t see a lot of in our local grocery stores.

Hawaiian Farmers Markets are the best place to buy exotic fruits, which is something we don’t see a lot of in our local grocery stores.

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 Mangosteens were one of our favorites.

Mangosteens were one of our favorites.

Kukui Grove Farmers Market kauai hawaii
 Longans, creamy apple, chico, strawberrry guava. The longans were our favorite, very similar to lychee.  A couple of more days here in paradise, and then back to reality. We hope to make the best of them, whatever it is we may be doing.

Longans, creamy apple, chico, strawberrry guava. The longans were our favorite, very similar to lychee.

A couple of more days here in paradise, and then back to reality. We hope to make the best of them, whatever it is we may be doing.

Kauai, Hawaii Day 3

Grand Hyatt

After a long day of sightseeing and hiking yesterday, we decided to take it easy today. We took our time getting ready, and then ventured down the street to check out the Grand Hyatt Kauai and have brunch at their buffet.

grand hyatt kauai hawaii
grand hyatt kauai hawaii
 Indoor seating with a large open and outdoor patio area

Indoor seating with a large open and outdoor patio area

 Stairs leading down to the restaurant at the Grand Hyatt Kauai

Stairs leading down to the restaurant at the Grand Hyatt Kauai

 We did not have reservations, but we managed to luck out! Our incredible view of the pond and beach at Ilima Terrace.

We did not have reservations, but we managed to luck out! Our incredible view of the pond and beach at Ilima Terrace.

 Not a bad seat in the house! Lots of options for sitting to admire the view or catch up on a good book.

Not a bad seat in the house! Lots of options for sitting to admire the view or catch up on a good book.

 Trail leading down to the swimming areas

Trail leading down to the swimming areas

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 Tidepools is an award-winning restaurant with romantic bungalows and koi ponds

Tidepools is an award-winning restaurant with romantic bungalows and koi ponds

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Wailua Falls

 Wailua Falls is one that is easily accessible by car and has a nearby parking lot, no hiking necessary. It is located near Lihu'e off of Highway 56.

Wailua Falls is one that is easily accessible by car and has a nearby parking lot, no hiking necessary. It is located near Lihu'e off of Highway 56.

Opaeka'a Falls

 Opaeka'a means "rolling shrimp." It is located on the eastern side of the island in Wailua. Opaeka'a Falls is easy to get to in terms of no hiking involved and there's a large parking lot with restrooms available.

Opaeka'a means "rolling shrimp." It is located on the eastern side of the island in Wailua. Opaeka'a Falls is easy to get to in terms of no hiking involved and there's a large parking lot with restrooms available.

Maunakapu and Wailua River

 If you walk right across the street from Opaeka'a Falls, you'll stumble upon this fantastic view of the mountain ridges of Maunakapu and the Wailua River. If you arrive before dawn, you may come across a beautiful sunrise.

If you walk right across the street from Opaeka'a Falls, you'll stumble upon this fantastic view of the mountain ridges of Maunakapu and the Wailua River. If you arrive before dawn, you may come across a beautiful sunrise.

Kilauea Point Lighthouse

 The Kilauea Lighthouse opened in 1913 and it is located in the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. Make sure to check what day you visit since the Lighthouse is closed to visitors on Sundays and Mondays. Nonetheless, it is a beautiful sight to behold, even from afar.

The Kilauea Lighthouse opened in 1913 and it is located in the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. Make sure to check what day you visit since the Lighthouse is closed to visitors on Sundays and Mondays. Nonetheless, it is a beautiful sight to behold, even from afar.

kilauea point lighthouse kauai hawaii
kilauea point lighthouse kauai hawaii
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Wailua Shave Ice

 Hawaii is known for it's shave ice and this place does not disappoint. Wailua Shave Ice uses fresh fruit. So, you won't find the overly sweet syrups or artificial flavors here. This place was a bit out of our way, but we managed to visit a couple of times and tried several flavors.

Hawaii is known for it's shave ice and this place does not disappoint. Wailua Shave Ice uses fresh fruit. So, you won't find the overly sweet syrups or artificial flavors here. This place was a bit out of our way, but we managed to visit a couple of times and tried several flavors.

 Dragonfruit with pineapple topping

Dragonfruit with pineapple topping

 We also tried the Lava Flow and Kauai Orange Dream. I'd recommend all of them, you can't go wrong.

We also tried the Lava Flow and Kauai Orange Dream. I'd recommend all of them, you can't go wrong.

Puka Dog

 If you're in the Poipu area, you should definitely check out Puka Dog for their Hawaiian-style hot dogs. They were named by the Travel Channel as one of the Top Ten Hot Dog Stands in America.

If you're in the Poipu area, you should definitely check out Puka Dog for their Hawaiian-style hot dogs. They were named by the Travel Channel as one of the Top Ten Hot Dog Stands in America.

 There are a lot of different options for relishes, but feel free to ask for a sample. The Lilikoi's Hawaiian Mustard is delicious and sold in local stores so you can take some back home with you.

There are a lot of different options for relishes, but feel free to ask for a sample. The Lilikoi's Hawaiian Mustard is delicious and sold in local stores so you can take some back home with you.

 What makes these hot dogs so unique is that the inside of the bun is hollowed-out and toasted. Therefore, you don't have the problem of everything falling out of the sides.

What makes these hot dogs so unique is that the inside of the bun is hollowed-out and toasted. Therefore, you don't have the problem of everything falling out of the sides.

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Kauai, Hawaii Day 2

Waimea Canyon Lookout

We got up early to hike the Waimea Canyon, which is known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. It was formed by erosion from the Waimea River and it boasts a scenic trail with breathtaking views.

waimea canyon lookout kauai hawaii
waimea canyon lookout kauai hawaii

Off of State Hwy 550, you'll find great overlooks with panoramic views of Waimea Canyon. A great option for those who are not physically able to complete the hike or if you are short on time.

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 Off in the distance, you can spot Waipoo Falls. This is where we hiked to (see below).

Off in the distance, you can spot Waipoo Falls. This is where we hiked to (see below).

 A picture is worth a thousand words, except when it only captures part of the majestic atmosphere of this massive canyon.

A picture is worth a thousand words, except when it only captures part of the majestic atmosphere of this massive canyon.

 You can spot this view by stopping at one of the lookout points along the road. Or, by taking a helicopter (some will even drop you off near the waterfall so you can walk around).

You can spot this view by stopping at one of the lookout points along the road. Or, by taking a helicopter (some will even drop you off near the waterfall so you can walk around).

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Waimea Canyon Trail

We started on the Waimea Canyon Trail, which is a 3.2 mile hike with semi-steep climbs and many small rivers with only rocks or branches to hop across. The hike takes you through the forest, along the top of a ridge with great views of the Waimea Canyon, then to the top of the 800 ft tall Waipo'o Falls. 

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 Watch your step, the branches were not as steady as they appeared.

Watch your step, the branches were not as steady as they appeared.

 The edge of Waimea Canyon. There were no guard rails, so be extra careful. We saw a few people lose their footing due to the smooth surface of the rock.

The edge of Waimea Canyon. There were no guard rails, so be extra careful. We saw a few people lose their footing due to the smooth surface of the rock.

 Getting closer to the waterfall!

Getting closer to the waterfall!

 We made it! The crashing waters of the Waimea River falling down the steep slope of Waipoo Falls was a sight like no other.

We made it! The crashing waters of the Waimea River falling down the steep slope of Waipoo Falls was a sight like no other.

 The view from atop Waipoo Falls

The view from atop Waipoo Falls

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Kokee State Park

We made a quick pit stop here and happened to come across a traditional Hawaiian Hula dance.

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Pu'u O Kila Lookout

Located at the very end of Highway 550 in Kokee State Park, we found one of the best views of our trip. 

 Due to recent flooding, we were not able to hike the Na Pali Coast. However, this provided a spectacular view of the valley along the Na Pali Coast.

Due to recent flooding, we were not able to hike the Na Pali Coast. However, this provided a spectacular view of the valley along the Na Pali Coast.

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Kauai Coffee Company

We made a quick stop at the Kauai Coffee Company on our way back from the Waimea Canyon. The Kauai Coffee Company has a self-guided walking tour, tons of coffee samples, and a cafe and gift shop.

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 Java chip ice cream at the Kauai Coffee Company

Java chip ice cream at the Kauai Coffee Company

Bubba's Burgers

 There's nothing better after a long day of hiking than a good old-fashioned burger. Very affordable and fresh ingredients, Bubba's burgers are made from 100% grass fed Kauai beef

There's nothing better after a long day of hiking than a good old-fashioned burger. Very affordable and fresh ingredients, Bubba's burgers are made from 100% grass fed Kauai beef

 Grilled and made to order: fish and chips, cheeseburger, and onion rings

Grilled and made to order: fish and chips, cheeseburger, and onion rings

Spouting Horn Park

Right down the street from our hotel was the Spouting Horn Park, where water from each wave is forced through an opening and creates a blowhole. The water can spray as high as 50 feet in the air, 

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spouting horn park kauai hawaii

We ended the day by walking around the resort and grabbing a quick snack at Lava's on Poipu Beach, where they usually have nightly performances from local musicians. 

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lava's on poipu beach sheraton kauai hawaii
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 The resort has a different feel at night. The tiki torches and string lights, the sound of crashing waves and the ocean breeze, and couples walking leisurely along the beach. It almost makes you forget that time exists.

The resort has a different feel at night. The tiki torches and string lights, the sound of crashing waves and the ocean breeze, and couples walking leisurely along the beach. It almost makes you forget that time exists.

Kauai, Hawaii Day 1

Kauai is just a short flight (less than one hour) from Maui. Because everything is spread out, you'll most likely want to rent a car in order to make the most of your experience. Driving in to Poipu on State Highway 520, you'll be welcomed by the Tree Tunnel, which consists of 500 Eucalyptus trees. 

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 We were able to walk to the Poipu Shopping Center from our hotel. We found this little place for lunch, which was quite tasty.

We were able to walk to the Poipu Shopping Center from our hotel. We found this little place for lunch, which was quite tasty.

 Taco Salad

Taco Salad

 Wasabi Ahi Burrito (this is the half-portion)

Wasabi Ahi Burrito (this is the half-portion)

Sheraton Kauai Resort

We stayed at the Sheraton Kauai Resort in Poipu. It had a great view of the beach and lots of shopping nearby. Poipu is known to be sunnier compared to other parts of the island (unfortunately, the northern shore of Kauai had flooded prior to our arrival).

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 Lobby of the Sheraton Kauai

Lobby of the Sheraton Kauai

 Courtyard of the Sheraton Kauai

Courtyard of the Sheraton Kauai

 Another view of the courtyard at the Sheraton Kauai

Another view of the courtyard at the Sheraton Kauai

 Poipu Beach, which is located right off of the Sheraton Kauai

Poipu Beach, which is located right off of the Sheraton Kauai

 Lava's on Poipu Beach, which is connected to the Sheraton Kauai. A good place to relax and enjoy the view. You can order food and drinks in the cabana, by the pool, or even by the beach.

Lava's on Poipu Beach, which is connected to the Sheraton Kauai. A good place to relax and enjoy the view. You can order food and drinks in the cabana, by the pool, or even by the beach.

 View of the pool from Lava's

View of the pool from Lava's

 After settling in to our hotel, we decided to take a drive. We found this incredible view heading west from Poipu.

After settling in to our hotel, we decided to take a drive. We found this incredible view heading west from Poipu.

 We stopped in a little town called Hanapepe. Here, they have a Swinging Bridge, which was originally built in the early 1900s. Appropriately named, this suspension bridge swings back and forth with each passerby. It is only recommended that 10-15 people at a time cross the bridge, and the walkway is really only large enough for one person.

We stopped in a little town called Hanapepe. Here, they have a Swinging Bridge, which was originally built in the early 1900s. Appropriately named, this suspension bridge swings back and forth with each passerby. It is only recommended that 10-15 people at a time cross the bridge, and the walkway is really only large enough for one person.

 The "Swinging Bridge" in Hanapepe

The "Swinging Bridge" in Hanapepe

 Every Friday evening, Hanapepe hosts an Art Market down it's main street. We figured this was the best way to relax on our first night in Kauai.

Every Friday evening, Hanapepe hosts an Art Market down it's main street. We figured this was the best way to relax on our first night in Kauai.

 The town was alive with lots of local artists, live music, and unique shops.

The town was alive with lots of local artists, live music, and unique shops.

 The pork nachos from a food truck called "Chip Wrecked"

The pork nachos from a food truck called "Chip Wrecked"

 Mangosteens from a local vendor

Mangosteens from a local vendor

 The inside of a mangosteen

The inside of a mangosteen

 End of Art Night in Hanapepe

End of Art Night in Hanapepe

 Another beautiful way to end the day. We were able to do a lot of sightseeing without completely wearing ourselves out. As for tomorrow, now that's a different story!

Another beautiful way to end the day. We were able to do a lot of sightseeing without completely wearing ourselves out. As for tomorrow, now that's a different story!