Maddox’s first Christmas is coming up and I couldn’t resist taking some family photos. It wasn’t as easy as I had planned, but I ended up with some great shots that we can treasure years from now. Hope y’all have a wonderful Christmas!
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.
Coconut Marketplace Farmers Market
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.
Wailua Shave Ice…yes, again
Lappert's Ice Cream
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.
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.
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.
There are a couple of locations. The one we went to was in Waimea.
9652 Kamuali'i Highway Waimea, Hawaii, 96796
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.
Kukui Grove Farmers Market
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.
Maunakapu and Wailua River
Kilauea Point Lighthouse
Wailua Shave Ice
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.
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.
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.
Kokee State Park
We made a quick pit stop here and happened to come across a traditional Hawaiian Hula dance.
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.
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.
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,
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.