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Restaurants on Kuau’i

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I promise that this will be my last post on Hawaii!

Although we ate in quite a bit, I did want to make a note of the restaurants we did try, whether for pupus {appetizers}, a meal or just a cocktail. When we go back one day, we’ll have an account of where we’d like to return {and what to order!} and where we can skip. I apologize in advance for the lack of photos!

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Duke’s (in the Marriot) – Lihue

We technically didn’t eat here. We just got drinks until our friends arrived. We had our first Mai Tais here and some not-so-exciting beer. My favorite, though? A Pineapple Mojito!

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Pizzetta Pizza & Pastaria – Koloa

Our plan that first night was to all go to Costco to pick up some groceries for our week-long stay in the condo. However, everyone was just tired from the long flight, so we stopped at this pizza joint to fuel ourselves with the intention of hitting Costco the following morning.

Rob had the Pizzetta Signature Truffle Spaghetti Meatballswith truffle oil, cheese foundue, meatballs. Rob will order nearly anything {well, that he can eat} with the word truffle in it. He’s generally right that truffle-flavored dishes offer a one-of-a-kind umami experience and this one did not disappoint! This dish is highly recommended!

If possible, I like to order local dishes or dishes inspired by local spices when I am traveling. So when I saw Kalua Pig & Cheese on the pizza menu, I was intrigued. Mike told us that Kalua pig was definitely something we’d have to try while on the island. I decided to order the calzone since everyone else had decided on a pizza and Rob was ordering pasta.

Here is how Wikipedia describes kalua:

Kālua is a traditional Hawaiian cooking method that utilizes an imu, a type of underground oven. The word kālua, which literally means “to cook in an underground oven”, may also be used to describe the food cooked in this manner.

The meat is left in the ground to cook for six or seven hours! You can read more about how this works here.

My verdict: Juicy shredded pork complementing just the right amount of cheese. A Kalua Pig Calzone – the perfect Hawaiian-American comfort food to ease me into the trip.

Side note: Rob enjoyed some kalua pork and eggs with rice for breakfast later in the trip down at the poolside bar in our condo. It was a satisfying breakfast {much more so than my disappointing macadamia nut pancakes}. So I knew we’d be eating kalua pork again on the trip!

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Joe’s on the Green (at Kiahuna Golf Club) – Koloa

We had lunch at Joe’s on the Green after golfing the Kukuiolono Golf Course with the guys. This is the little $9 nine-hole golf course I talked about here. $9 is not per round – it’s per day! If you’ve ever been to Hawaii, you know this is a steal, especially for the views! Since I didn’t want to pay to have my clubs checked for just one day in Hawaii, Lisa suggested I just have Rob put three or four clubs in his bag. When we arrived, I could rent a bag at the golf course – for just one dollar. It worked like a charm.

But I digress, back to lunch at the Kiahuna Golf Club. In the parking lot, before we went in, I noticed this license plate:

A Packer Fan in Hawaii!

The fan caught me snapping that photo, so we stopped to talk with him. This older gentleman from Texas was quite interesting to listen to because he knew the Bart Starr family. Still, a fun coincidence was that he has a lake home on the same lake in Wisconsin that Mike and Lisa have their cabin!

Digressing again… But you’ll never believe what I had. A Tuna Melt!

Marta’s Melt a spicy tuna melt with jalapenos and jack cheese on sourdough

I had the choice of French fries, island coleslaw, potato-macaroni salad or steamed white rice {available as a side in Hawaii almost anywhere}. I chose the island coleslaw. It was good, but not memorable. I ate my entire tuna sandwich – it hit the spot.

Rob ordered a sandwich which he has declared as just “an average Rueben.”

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Grove Café aka “The Plantation” (at the Waimea Plantation Cottages) – Waimea

We went to the Grove Café for lunch after our trip to the Waimea Canyon. I don’t know why, but the Menehune Nachos were calling my name!

Nachos topped with Kalua Pork? No Brainer!

It’s also where we enjoyed these tasty beverages:

Maui Brewing Co. CoCoNut Porter

Green Flash

Beach House Restaurant – Koloa

We did not eat here, but it’s supposed to be the best place for sunsets on the south side of the Island. Lisa loved the snorkeling at this beach. Rob liked the cocktails. This is where he had his favorite Mai Tai – the Majestic Mai Tai with Coconut Rum, BH Potion, Bacardi 151, Dark Rum.

And just like any bar on Kuau’i, you’ll find a pineapple sitting at the bar just like anything else:

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Brennecke’s – Poipu Beach

We didn’t really dine here either. We shared some pupu {appetizer} sliders and enjoyed our last Mai Tai in Hawaii here:

Last Mai Tai in Kuau’i – the napkin says it all…

I loved the area of sports team hats hanging on the wall at this bar, too. Can you find the Cheesehead?

Wall o’ hats

This is also the bar where I got to try the lychee cocktail!

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Brick Oven Pizza – Kalaheo

We went out for pizza another night. And while the pizza that Rob and I ordered was so yummy that I ate half the pie {definitely not a weight-loss/habit-changing victory!}, this needn’t be a place to visit again. I tend to enjoy going places were there are some local specialties on the menu. However, this menu was distinctly that of a pizzeria.

Tidepools (at the Grand Hyatt) – Poipu

This was the highlight restaurant of the trip! We made reservations and walked just up the beach from our condo. It was that close:

These open-air thatched huts over koi-filled lagoons create an inviting ambiance that is even more lovely at night. It must be experienced! The photo above does not do this place justice.

Tidepools will be a splurge if you plan on going there. It was a bit more expensive than even our nicest restaurants in the Twin Cities. {But almost everything is more expensive in Hawaii, right?} Still, it was worth every penny for the high quality food and romantic setting. I loved feeling the breeze on my shoulders, watching the fish splash in the ponds, the tiki torch lighting. The mood was set perfectly.

This is one place where I most definitely should have taken pictures. However, to stop this temptation, I left my iPhone back at the condo. I wanted to just enjoy this evening with our group and not be a distraction.

I ordered the Mahi Mahi –  macadamia nut crusted with coconut jasmine rice, baby bok choy, tropical rum sauce & papaya-avocado relish. Doesn’t this dish just scream, “HAWAII!!!!” In any case, it was absolutely decadent. The portion size was perfect since I wasn’t having any appetizers or desserts. I would order this all over again.

The other dish I was considering was the Hawaiian Catch – soy ginger glazed and stuffed with wasabi shrimp and lobster, yukon mashed potatoes, asparagus and lemon-ginger beurre blanc. I don’t remember what fish it was that was the catch of the day. {It was something I hadn’t heard of before.} Lisa ordered this, so I had the opportunity to try it. It was very good, but I was happy with my choice because I liked mine better. I think she said that she liked hers better, so we made the right choices!

Rob ordered the New York Strip Steak – “prime” Brandt Farms Organic with manchego potato chips, black garlic steak sauce and roasted garlic hollandaise. Rob was in heaven with those homemade manchego potato chips! And while he said that the steak had great flavor, it just wasn’t his cut of meat. He couldn’t eat it all, so he gave the rest to the others at the table whose eyes rolled back in their heads with delight. I had tried it myself and had to agree with Rob – it’s all about the cut. While marbled steaks are highly revered in the meat world, we prefer ours a little leaner. {And I’m glad he does being that most of his diet consists of red meat and pork , or as Rob would say, “slow-moving land mammals.”}

The other guys ordered the Ahi – grilled with roasted garlic hollandaise, foie gras fried forbidden black rice, pea shoots, and truffle miso-eggplant sauce. I have to admit that this was another dish I had been considering. Why wouldn’t I want to enjoy fresh ahi tuna while in Hawaii? The guys loved it. I did have the opportunity to try ahi later in the week: some fresh stuff that Mike seared for us as well as some ahi poke from the deli. Both heavenly!

After dinner, we walked back to our condos in the dark. It was a romantic walk along the paths with the moon high in the sky and the only light to guide us – the tiki torches. What a lovely evening that I’ll never forget.

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JJ’s Broiler – Lihue

We took in our last day of Hawaii to its fullest, as our departure flight wasn’t until 10pm. We soaked up as much more sun and fun as we could before heading towards the airport. We stopped for dinner on the water at JJ’s Broiler. I was excited because I could have one last Koko Brown Ale – it was on the menu! I ordered an Ono Sandwich because it was local fish I had not yet tried. It was a little on the dry side. But I did have my last helping of rice instead of fries, too.

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Boy that does look like a lot of restaurants now that I look back. However, we didn’t eat at all of them. Furthermore, it’s not really that much when we could have eaten out for all three meals a day times seven days. We did our fair share of dining in at the condo.

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Still, one day when we go back, we think we’d like to try the following;

Red Salt  – another splurge restaurant with a higher end menu

Da Imu – adorning the name of the underground oven in which kalua pork is cooked, our guide on our Na Pali Coast Boat Tour recommended this place. He said it’s more of a local dive with exceptional food. Looking at reviews online, it looks like Teriyaki Fried Chicken is a favorite!

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If you have been to Kuau’i, please list your favorite restaurants and entreés so that those making a future visit will have some great recommended options!

Thanks for sharing.

Mahalo,

Carrie

The Monk Seal

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By the end of our Hawaiian vacation, we were looking forward to getting home to our pupper dawgs, Benny and Sophie:

Who wouldn’t want to come home to those sweet faces?

However, the island of Kuau’i has dogs of their own that need to be cared for. These “dogs” I’m referring to are the Hawaiian Monk Seals. The Hawaiian word for monk seal means “swimming dog” or “dog that runs in rough water”. We fell in love with these endangered creatures of the sea when we came a across them on the beach.

Of course, I’ve always known about endangered species, but never really gave them much thought. I guess I was just naive in thinking that “other” people took care of keeping animals safe so that their species would not become extinct. But after my encounter with them, I’m aiming to support their cause.

The Hawaiian Monk Seal was listed as endangered back in 1976, but the population is declining. There are only about 1100 alive today and according to this website, about 40 to 45 of them make their homes in the waters surrounding Kuau’i.

The first time I came across one was on one of our morning walks:

Hawaiian Monk Seal resting on the beach

The Hawaiian Monk Seal is a mammal and nocturnal hunter. They plop themselves on the beach during the day to rest. {We’ve only seen them singly, so I’m not sure if they ever travel together.} Luckily, they are protected by federal and state law. So whenever a monk seal makes its way on to the beach, a large area is staked off so that people do not approach it. These signs are posted:

We ladies came back to that beach in the late afternoon and the monk seal was still there – in the same place! We settled ourselves on the beach and since it wasn’t much of a swimming beach {and I forgot a book}, I spent my time watching the surfers and the monk seal. Occasionally he would move, scratch himself and sneeze. He reminded me so much of a dog! Utterly adorable.

Then, it happened… The monk seal was ready to return to the water. He woke up, inched his way closer to the water, hunched his back while taking a few deep breaths and let the waves take him in. It was the coolest sight to see!

Hawaii is very protective of its wildlife and vegetation. In fact, coming over, I felt like we were going to a foreign country having to fill out the agricultural form. But having such unique qualities, I can understand why they would want to protect this island. Any plants or produce must be certified before taking them to the mainland. We visited a nursery where plants were separated by whether they were certified or must remain on the island:

Certified Plants

In fact, my friend Jen {who watched our house and fur children while we were away} texted me that she wouldn’t be disappointed if a pineapple made its way into my bag and back to Minnesota. When I mentioned this to our friends who visit Kuau’i often, they pretty much just laughed at me.

“Well, you have to get one that is certified. They’ve got them in the airport. But they’ll be the same Dole pineapples you’ll get back home.”

Sure enough, I checked the airport upon departure. There was one 3-pack of certified Dole pineapples left in the cooler. And the cost? $34.99. NOT KIDDING. Understandably, Jen didn’t get a pineapple escorted by us directly from Hawaii. It seemed silly to pay that price for something we could get at home.

Furthermore, if you are thinking of moving to Hawaii with your pooch, you’ll need to do some major planning. Rumor has it that dogs coming from the mainland to the island must be quarantined for about six months. Talk about protective! We did talk with a woman who had a six-month-old Shih Tzu on the beach. {I had to say hello! It was near the end of our trip and little Lola reminded me of Sophie as a puppy!} She said that Lola was island-born so there was no need for quarantine. However, she knows someone who is planning to move to Hawaii and said that there are a lot of hoops to jump through to bring their dog. The Humane Society does have a process now that can speed up the quarantine; however, everything has to work out perfectly including specific shots and tests before flying the pooch to Hawaii and all within the right time frame. Still, there are things that are completely out of your control. Say, on your flight over, your plane needs to be redirected due to a medical emergency. If the plane touches down in any other area, you have to start all over again.

As a dog lover, I would find that incredibly difficult. As an animal lover and a person in complete and utter awe of Hawaii’s exotic beauty, I can understand wanting to be extra careful to protect that, too.

On our last day, Rob finally had the opportunity to see a Hawaiian Monk Seal resting on the beach:

This one was much bigger. Although our hosts who visit often said that it was still small in size.

Monk Seals can weigh up to 600 pounds!

Let sleeping seals lie…

You can see some better close-up pictures of Hawaiian Monk Seals that better capture their dog-like personality here, here and here.

We fell in love with these cute, yet majestic critters. Hearing the story of their declining population saddened us. So we made a donation toward their cause in honor of our friends Mike and Lisa, who invited us to join them on this trip.

Won’t you consider making a donation, too?

You can do so on the websites of the Marine Mammal Center and Kuau’i Monk Seal Watch Program.

Mahalo!

Carrie

The Coastline of Kuau’i

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Maybe I didn’t mention this in a previous post about our trip to Hawaii, but I must because people have been asking us what we liked best about Kuau’i.

Well, we actually found the nature

the land, vegetation, wildlife and ocean to be the most spectacular part.

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But when every time you look around you see this…

and this

How can you not appreciate everything about its natural beauty?

We stayed on the south side of the island. And I found that every beach we came across had its own character and purpose.

Our hosts, Mike & Lisa, secured an ocean-side condo. Just oustide, we could hear the waves crashing on the rocks.

There was fishing…

And while you can’t see them here, turtles swept back and forth with the waves:

In addition, right outside the condo was a nesting area for the protected Wedge-tailed Sheerwater seabird

And while we never did see them, we {especially Lisa!} heard them every night:

Yes! They did sound like that! And yes, it was pretty spooky. We couldn’t figure out what they were was until the end of the trip and kept describing the sound as part ghost, part crying baby. At one point, we guessed frogs. Here’s a sign indicating the protected habitat:

Not far far down the shore was a sandy beach:

The waves were crashing hard. It was a beach for surfing, not for swimming. I could have watched the surfers for hours. Zoom in and see if you can see some of the heads in bobbing the background. At least a dozen surfers were out there at any given time.

It was also a beach for:

resting monk seals!

{We fell in love with these, so stay tuned for more info in a future post.}

And of course there were beaches for sunning, swimming and snorkeling:

Swimming at the Sheraton Beach was like nothing I experienced before. Sure, I’ve swum in the salty ocean, but not like this. The surf was high. People were trying to body surf and do fun tricks in the water. I spent most of my time trying to jump over the big waves as they came in. I loved it. And something funny? I loved the challenge of getting in and out of the water. I can’t tell you how much I laughed at how many times I fell down!

At the end of our trip, Rob and I decided to take a boat tour of the Na Pali Coast:

Me on the boat cruise!

The western coast of the island of Kuau’i is uninhabited due to its rugged terrain. Check out these pics of the cliffs and majestic peaks:

This five-hour long boat ride cemented our respect for the nature here. It is here where it was made real that these Hawaiian islands are more than 2500 miles off the coast of any mainland. That’s probably why the water is so blue here that it almost looks fake:

We are on the lookout for whales {but it was the end of whale season, so we didn’t see any}, turtles and dolphins:

There were hundreds of them!

I did some incredible snorkeling that puts this picture of fishies to shame:

I was quite content after returning to shore that day. And it was close to the end of our trip. So it made it very difficult to think about returning home. I mean, who really wants to leave this?

… or this?

You can read more about our adventures in Hawaii here, here, and here. Enjoy!

Have you been to Hawaii?

If so, what was your favorite part?

Mahalo for reading!
Cheers~
Carrie

Wine in Wine Countries…

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When I was researching and planning a ten-week backpacking trip of Europe after college with my friend Jen, I read the following advice in a Rick Steves guide:

“Drink wine in wine countries, beer in beer countries.”

Yes, this sounds obvious. But I find sometimes when the obvious is stated out loud {or in writing – right in front of my face}, something clicks. I’m more conscious of the advice or tip and more likely to follow it. 😉

So Jen and I did just that. We sipped wine in France, Spain and Italy. We guzzled beer in the Czech Republic, Germany and Belgium. And every time we found an Irish Pub {in any country}, we’d order a Guinness or a cider, of course.

In fact, I just realized that we sort of practice this at home as well. We drink wine at nice restaurants holding extensive wine lists, beer when there are craft brews on tap and cider {or a Johnny Jump Up for Rob!} when in an Irish Pub.

I never realized it, but at some point, Rob overheard me recycling this advice to someone else. Here’s how I know…

While on vacation in Hawaii, near the end of our trip, we were sitting at the bar near the beach. Rob looked over to me and said:

“You know when you said that we should drink wine in wine countries and beer in beer countries when we travel?”

“Uh, yeah…” {I had no idea he had heard me say that before.}

“Well, in Hawaii, we are meant to drink cocktails. They really know how to make them here!”

He is right!

Before we even left for the trip, Rob’s friend built excitement by telling us to just picture ourselves drinking Mai Tais on the beach. Doesn’t just the thought of that immediately relax you?! Close your eyes and envision that.

It just screams VACATION!

When we arrived at the Lihue airport on the island of Kuau’i, we realized we had a good two hours or so to wait for our hosts to arrive on their flight. Since it was a tiny airport, I inquired at Information if it was possible to go somewhere to sit and have a drink while we waited. We were in luck! Just one mile away was a Marriott Hotel with a bar. All we needed to do was use the courtesy phone and ask the shuttle driver to come pick us up. There was no cost to us. {Except to tip the driver, of course!} SCORE!

Upon arrival, we lugged our two bags and Rob’s golf clubs all across the beautiful property of the Marriott Resort. We were weary travelers after a seven-hour flight, but we managed to find the bar {which we thought would be right inside the hotel – wrong!}. The haul was worth the extra time, effort and sweat in the humidity… because this open-air bar was situated just off the beach in a cove with a gorgeous view of the ocean! We sat at the end of the bar, where our luggage could be kept close by and ordered our first Hawaiian Mai Tais:

What a relaxing way to waste away a couple of hours! What’s more is that a guy was playing a ukelele in the background both to traditional and modern tunes! With the tropical Hawaiian breeze sifting through our hair, our vacation had begun. My second Hawaiian cocktail was a refreshing Pineapple Mojito!

Throughout the trip, we tried various cocktails and versions of the Mai Tai. Our hosts even experimented with concoctions of their own! Sure, we also had beer from time to time. I do love a good Corona on the beach. I know I’ve said told you that I’m a beer snob, but Corona is one lager I can appreciate for what it is. Besides, who doesn’t associate Corona with the beach? {Kudos to the Corona Marketing Department.} When we were out an about, I tried the local brews:

Maui Brewing Co. CoCoNut PorTer

But my absolute favorite Hawaiian beer was the Kona Brewing Company’s KoKo Brown Ale:

Kona Brewing Co. KoKo Brown Ale (Photo Source)

The KoKo Brown Ale is described as “ale brewed with toasted coconut.” Oh YUM! It was nutty and flavorful. I’m not a huge coconut fan when it comes to desserts, but the toasted stuff in chocolate and now in beer – a marriage made in heaven! Here is how Kona Brewing’s website describes it:

Is there anything more iconic of the lush tropics than the coconut? The delicious heart of this island treasure has a nutty, toffee flavor and aroma that sends you straight to the beaches of Paradise. Kick back with a Koko Brown, brewed with real toasted coconut, and savor the mahogany color and smooth, roasty malt taste.

Well said.

But other than trying a few Hawaiian brews here and there, I’d recommend sticking to the cocktails, because even when it comes to those, everything is more colorful in Hawaii.

I am a firm believer that we eat taste with our eyes as much as our tastebuds. Nearly every drink comes with one of those take-me-away-to-an-island umbrellas. In addition, I had to ask to make sure that I wasn’t the only one eating all of the pineapple garnishes! And when you get a cocktail that looks like this when you get it:

And then you stir it and looks like this…

Green Flash Cocktail at the Grove Café aka the Waimea Plantation

How can it get more fun than that!?

What was in this drink that Rob ordered do you ask? I have no idea – maybe something with coconut cream? But I do know it was yummy!

I had to try some fun cocktails that had liqueurs that represent the local fruits. We had lychee fruit while on the island, so I knew I had to try a drink that included the Hawaiian 808 Lychee Vodka:

808 Lychee Cosmopolitan {Do you see the rind from the eaten pineapple garnish!}

But perhaps my favorite cocktail was one that Rob ordered for me without my permission. 😉 We were at the airport for our 10pm departure, weary from the long day trying to pack and cram our last few hours on the golf course/beach. I went into one of the only gift shop in the airport and told Rob I’d just be a minute. I wanted to check out the certified pineapples {more on that in an upcoming post}. There were some other really cool items including a deal on cute t-shirts. After looking at sizes and deciding I hadn’t lost enough weight to be wearing t-shirts that tight, I finally left the gift shop empty-handed.

I found Rob in the airport bar. He had been waiting for me – apparently, for a much longer time than I had thought. The server walked over to his table with the drink in hand, but needed my ID for age verification. Ugh. I was so tired and full from dinner that I wasn’t sure I wanted a drink. But I sat down and accepted.

And boy was I glad I did! It was a creamy drink made with a Macadamia Nut Liqueur. Rob is allergic to macadamia nuts – something I forgot to include in this post, so this drink was ALL MINE! Unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture, nor did I find out exactly was in it, but I found this photo online that looks pretty similar.

Yes, cocktails can be high-calorie.  But I wasn’t going to pass up trying some cocktails in Hawaii. Life’s too short. I just decided to go for quality over quantity! I sipped and savored when I ordered a drink I really loved, but passed on ordering a second. {And even when I wasn’t working on losing weight, I could never handle too many juice drinks anyway.}

So, for my tip on this Wine Wednesday, I’m telling you that wine may not always be the best option when you are traveling, or even at restaurant that offers wine, but it isn’t their specialty. Drink cocktails where they are made best. When in doubt, ask the bartender. They’ll hook you up.

Cheers~
Carrie

Everything’s More Colorful in Hawaii

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From the breathtaking beaches…

to the exotic vegetation…

to the magical rainbows…

to the protected chickens…

to the rugged cliffs and canyons…

to the fruity, refreshing cocktails…

to the crystal blue ocean…

to the breathtaking views…

Everything

is more colorful in Hawaii!

We were fortunate to spend a week on the beautiful Garden Isle of Kuau’i. Our friends Mike and Lisa visit often and invited us to join them this year. Without them, we would have not had this opportunity. We can’t thank them enough!

If you are not familiar with Hawaii {as I wasn’t}, this it the less touristed island of them all and a more accurate portrait of Hawaii in its natural state. {Actually, this is what I am told. I have never been to any of the other islands to compare.}

And let me tell you, we were completely in awe!

I don’t know what I was expecting… A Florida beach? A Caribbean destination? I guess I pictured what I had previously experienced on beaches in warm climates before – sand, water and palm trees. However, Kuau’i was much more exotic.

The Hawaiian Islands are really just little morsels of land set in the ocean over 2500 miles from any mainland. I think this is one of the reasons that makes the vegetation and wildlife so much more exotic to me. As noted above, the colors were extraordinary. I felt very different from what I’ve felt in any other warm-weather destination near the water. I was more aware of my natural surroundings than ever before.

Mike and Lisa secured a condo oceanside. Imagine waking up to this view every morning:

So what did we do?

We hiked. We golfed. We swam.

We explored!

We enjoyed any and everything there is to enjoy about an island this beautiful.

While the guys golfed five days out of seven, I was happy the day we golfed along with them at the little nine-hole Kukuiolono Golf Course. The weather was variable that day, with bouts of rain which drenched my clothing {leaving me feeling like I just went swimming fully clothed} followed by the warming sun that served to dry me completely!

I remember climbing up to the green of Hole #5 and just standing there in awe. I felt almost like I was on top of the island world! There was a gorgeous 180-degree view of the ocean. A view from a $9 nine-hole golf course? Best value in the world. Is there another word for breathtaking? I have a feeling I’m overusing that word in this post. Here’s a better one: Stunning. Absolutely stunning.

We visited the Waimea Canyon, known as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific”. This place made me nervous. Anyone who knows me well knows that I’m deathly afraid of heights. The narrow roads up through the canyon were enough to make me sweat and act irrationally. I was even more nervous when Mike pointed and told us to check out the view while he was driving. Very nice, except for the fact that he was checking out the view with us as he rounded the dangerous curves! 😉

Despite that extreme fear, I was grateful we did it. {Though, I would have never been able to do one of the helicopter tours. Baby steps, ya know?} If we hadn’t, I would not have captured the essence of these spectacular views!

We were up as high as the clouds!

I’ve got more to share, so check back in the next few days. Not only that, but I’ve also got some great tips for staying healthy on vacation. Considering that I lost two pounds during this week-long trip, it was either just a fluke, or I know a thing or two. 😉

Mahalo,

Carrie

The Secret’s Out…

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The secret is out….

We were in Hawaii!

Rob and I were lucky enough to be invited by our friends Mike and Lisa to join them on the Island of Kuau’i last week. It was utterly beautiful! It was my first time to Hawaii and I got to spend it on the Garden Isle.

I want to thank my guest bloggers Jared, Penny, and Stacy who shared their insight and stories during my absence. I appreciate you!

I know you want to hear about Hawaii, but for now please be patient while I catch up this week! Rob and I looked at our calendars and realized we are hitting the ground running… It’s going to be hard to adjust from Island time. 😉 {I know, you are so sad for me, aren’t you?}

Therefore, you may or may not see posts on Hawaii this week. But rest assured that if you don’t, you will see them next week.

In the meantime, here are few teaser photos:

And one more thing…

I lost TWO POUNDS on vacation!