Kauai Family Trip
I haven’t used my blog for family highlights but I’m going to start!!
We recently took a trip to Kauai since my husband had a conference (really rough, right?) so we were super excited to tag along & extend our trip! My parents also came with us!
None of us had been to Kauai before & I had heard sooooo many great things about the island that we couldn’t wait to check it out!
I’m a huge travel researcher & before we go on any trip I have a general itinerary planned along with restaurants we want to try out! I joke that when I grow up I want to plan trips & lead tour groups!
My research included “The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook”, TripAdvisor forums, & I turned to my Facebook friends for “must sees” on Kauai. I got quite the list!
Off to the airport!!
We were all packed up, got to the airport in plenty of time & as we were going through security my oldest got randomly selected to get searched. They did a test on his hands & put the paper through some kind if machine and HE TESTED POSITIVE FOR EXPLOSIVES!!
Soooooo … I got a full body pat down & then they had to go through ALL our luggage! Still have no clue why he tested positive for explosives but thankfully after all this hassle they let us go & we made it to the plane on time!!
Our days in Kauai!!
Ah! Do you love sunshine & warm weather? Like, it just makes you so happy? Me too!!
As soon as we walked off the plane I was just so thrilled to be able to pack my coat away & wear a tank top! I was so thankful for sunshine + warm weather + Gods beautiful creation the entire trip!
One of the first things we noticed as we waited for our rental car were the chickens everywhere!! Bright, colorful roosters were all over the place & we learned that they have no predators in Kauai so they just keep multiplying!!
The first night we stayed near the airport at the Hilton Garden Inn since we couldn’t check into our condo in Poipu until the next day. We immediately dropped our bags off in our room & headed down to the beach! Just hearing those waves crashing at sunset was awesome!
After we ate dinner at the hotel (food was so-so) & got fun drinks, including Mai Tais for the adults, we were exhausted & went to bed.
The first day the kids spent the morning swimming in the pool & beach and I worked out! I have all my workouts on my iPad through the Beachbody On Demand app. My goal was to workout most mornings & then drink Shakeology for breakfast. I was pretty proud of myself for doing workouts even on vacation!
We checked out & stopped at Wal-Mart so we could stock up on some groceries for the week! Thankfully Wal-Mart carried boogie boards too so we were all set!
After grabbing some groceries, we stopped at Kauai Beer Company for lunch & had some REALLY good food including homemade mac & cheese for the kids & a fresh green salad with ginger & fried avocado for me!
The really great thing about this trip is that my parents we’re able to join us! We picked them up from the airport & drove to our condo rental in Poipu. We rented our condo through Nihi Kai. It was a three bedroom, ground floor unit, over looking the ocean. While the condo was dated & the beds were super hard, we absolutely LOVED our view!
Each morning I woke up early & worked out to Beachbody On Demand. I was able to pull up any workout through an app. It’s really easy to workout every day when you have this view!
My days are jumbling together so these were some of the highlights:
Poipu Beach: This beach was just a 5 minute walk outside our door & was perfect for the kids! Nice sandy beach + boogie boarding! We spent hours here & I actually got to relax & read a book!
Sunsets: The sunsets in Hawaii are just amazingly beautiful! Each night a group of people would sit outside our condo with drinks in hand to enjoy the show! Some of those sunsets even got applause! I love how everyone make sure watching the sunset each night a ritual. What a perfect way to wind down each day!
Wimea Canyon: Called the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” this was high on the list! The drive up takes about an hour & a half but we stopped at overlooks & waterfall sightings! We had planned on some hiking but once we started out it was really steep & muddy so we opted for lunch in the car!
Napali Coast Boat Tour: This a great 5 1/2 hour boat tour! We had to get up early to get on the boat & I was worried someone might get sea sickness but everyone did GREAT! We booked our tour through Captain Andys because they got really fantastic reviews on TripAdvisor. The highlights included seeing whales, the best snorkeling of the whole trip, & lots of dolphins! The scenery of the coastline was just incredible from the boat & we ate a yummy BBQ lunch too!
Lydgate Beach: This beach was right next to the Hilton so we visited here the first day! We loved it so much that we came back two more times! It had a protected area which was perfect for snorkeling & then there was another section with large waves where the kids could boogie board!
Driving North: Since our condo was down with in Poipu we wanted to check out some of the beaches up north. It was a little bit of a drive but so beautiful! It was so green & the mountains near the ocean were awesome!
We drove all the way to the end of the road which is where the Napali hike starts at Ke’e Beach. Hoping to hike a little bit, we soon realized that was NOT going to happen. There was at least a mile and a half car line up & no parking spots. Then we thought we’d hang out on the beach … nope! Lifeguards said no going in the water because the waves were too rough!
Soooo…. we drove to the St. Regis (which is amazingly beautiful) & ate lunch overlooking the pool & ocean.
After a great lunch we jumped in the car & snorkeled again at Lydgate Beach. I loved that my dad was totally into snorkeling with my boys!
Gaylords Plantation: This stop was not originally planned but I’m glad we did it! Lucas (my oldest) & Mark (my husband) decided to go zip lining since Lucas was celebrating his 10th birthday! They had the best time!
While they were ziplining we decided to go on the train ride at Gaylords Plantation. It was a great tour that talked about the early days of the plantation, all the different fruit tree so growing on the land, & we stopped to feed pigs, goats, & donkeys. Reid loved feeding the animals!
Ho’opi’i Falls: I read about this hike in our Kauai guidebook so we drove up north to check it out! It was a little tricky finding the trailhead & when we asked a resident she wasn’t too friendly in pointing it out BUT we were happy to get started! This trail is 2 miles round trip & perfect for kids & my parents who don’t love hiking!
The first thing my oldest discovered was a HUGE toad! He was actually able to grab it & pose for a pic!
The trail went through jungle-like vegetation along a river & it was beautiful!
After a half mile or so we arrived at our first waterfall! Reid cracks me up every time we hike because he gets so happy!!?
After that we were a little nervous because there was a NO TRESPASSING sign posted & we read that there’s a resident that does not like hikers near his property. We ignored the sign & kept on trekking along to the second waterfall which was as equally as amazing as the first!
If you’ve made it this far then you’re so nice to read about our family trip! We really had the best time! AH, I’m such a good mom on vacation – less stress, less crazy, sunshine, and fun! I told the kids we should just homeschool them & travel!
Too bad we actually had to go home & get back to normal life!!
Until next time Kauai…❤️