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.

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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.