Kauai - Week 1 Overview
It's hard to believe we've been on this beautiful island for a week now. Time flies when you're having fun! It hasn't been all play though. We've spent a lot of the week just getting settled into our little place we call home for the next 2 months. With several trips to the local Costco, Walmart, and Big Save, we are finally feeling like place is stocked with the basic essentials.
With any trip to a new place, sometimes things don't always go as smoothly as planned. Unfortunately, our first week had a couple of hiccups, like dealing with a crappy car rental company and a sick baby. But we have found a new car to rent and our baby is on the mend, so things are looking up.
Despite the few little hiccups, we were able to explore quite a bit of the island during our first week. Here is a little recap of our first week on the island:
Sunday - Arrival
Our flight from PDX to Kauai went way better than we could have imagined. With it being Ben's first flight, we really didn't know what to expect and how he was going to handle it. He did awesome and we even received a compliment from the people behind us on how quiet he was. It does help that the flight was not full so we were able to score the whole isle to ourselves. Way to go little man!
We spent the first few hours dealing with our car rental (that's a whole other story in itself), getting some groceries for dinner, and driving to the west side of the Island to the little town of Waimea. Our hometown for the next couple of months.
We didn't have time to explore much that day, but we did make it to Kekaha beach for sunset. It was the perfect welcome to a beautiful little island. Benny discovered his love for sand... by the handful. Yuck!
Monday - Sunrise to Sunset
We were awakened by the many roosters on the island and were anxious to get out the door bright and early. We drove a few miles up the road to a incredible lookout point of Waimea Canyon. The sunrise over the canyon is something we definitely need to get up early for before. So worth it!
We drove up further to the Waimea State Park lookout, but it was still fogged in so we weren't able to see much. No worries we'll be back to hike through there. So we drove back into town to make some breakfast.
The rest of the afternoon was spent stalking up on some essentials at Costco and the Walmart in Lihue.
That evening we went down to the Waimea Pier for sunset and a quick swim in the ocean.
Tuesday - Waimea and Poipu
Started Tuesday morning off with a brisk walk through the sleepy little town of Waimea. Checked out the local markets, eateries, and coffee shop.
Then we hopped in the car and made our way towards Poipu to spend the rest of the afternoon at the beach. We made a quick stop at Glass Beach in Port Allen to check out the sea glass sand.
Poipu beach was beautiful and is a great place for swimming with the little guy. He was still pretty scared of the water at that point, so Danielle and Benny played in the sand while Nate swam and snorkeled a bit.
Wednesday - Work day & Salt Pond Park
Nate's first day working remotely while on the island. Danielle and Ben went for an early morning jog around the town.
Spent the late afternoon at Salt Pond Park. A nice quiet beach and great swimming area.
Watched the sunset from our little balcony and watched the Blazers game (gotta support our home team).
Thursday - Work day, "hike" through town, Kalalau Lookout
Tested out our hiking baby carrier with a stroll around the town. Got some Hawaiian shaved ice at Jo Jo's. When in Hawaii...
After Nate was done working for the day we took a drive up through Waimea Canyon to the Kalalau Lookout. Probably one of of the most serene lookouts we've ever seen. The fog rolling in through the cliffs, and the sunset was indescribable. The prettiest location we've seen on the island so far.
Friday- Work day, Polihale State Park
Nate was able to get off work a little earlier than normal, so we packed up our beach gear and headed out to the end of the road at Polihale State Park. The road to Polihale has a reputation for being a really rough dirt road and people are advised not to take it unless you have an appropriate vehicle. We were talking to one of the local kids at Jo Jo's who said they've taken a Carola and did just fine. So we were willing to risk it in a small SUV. It really wasn't bad (especially compared to the roads we encountered in Cost Rica last year). Some dark clouds rolled in as we were on our way down the road, but black clouds don't scare Oregonians. It was well worth the bumpy ride to get there!
Saturday - Urgent Care, Errands, Kekaha Beach
Our little guy needed some medical care after several days of really nasty cough, fortunately there is a really nice urgent care in town. We ran some errands while we were in town and headed back home to let the baby rest up. He woke up with a little more spunk than he did that morning, so we ventured out to Kekaha beach for some ocean air and sunset viewing.
Sunday - North Shore, Salt Pond Park
We ventured out to the North side of the island since we had a full day to do so. It took us about 2 hours to get to the very edge of the Na Pali coast, where the road ends. From that point we worked our way back to the west side, stopping at different sights along the way. We stopped in Princeville to scope out a house we plan to rent the last week we are on the island when Danielle's parents are visiting. We plan to save a lot of adventures on the north side of the island for when they are here. The landscape is so lush green and beautiful on the north shore.
After a long day of exploring and driving, we stopped at Salt Pond beach for a little swim and relaxation.
So far we are loving all that Kauai has to offer and thrilled we get to make it home for the next two months! Aloha!