Kauai, the Garden Isle! We enjoyed a variety of activities on Kauai, but mostly we road-tripped along the sometimes one-way roads and bridges that cover the perimeter of the island from Waimea Canyon to the Na Pali/Kalalau trailhead. Check out our family video!
Helicopter Tour – it was everyone’s first time in a helicopter! We all wore headphones that played majestic music for the hour-long tour around the entire island. Favorite sites were the Jurassic Park waterfall, flying into Waimea Canyon, in and out/up and down the Na Pali Coast, and going inside Mt. Waiale’ele (the 2nd wettest spot on Earth) and seeing the “weeping wall.” The kids did GREAT and we loved it!
KAUAI HELICOPTER TOUR
Younger kids/toddlers aren’t allowed to go on the tubing adventure, so Zach and I switched off and did the tour individually. What a fun trip! We rode on a bus, about 30-45 minutes to the starting spot. Yes, the water is COLD, but you get used to it quickly. They set you on a tube and off you go, slowly at first, down the lazy “river” and into the dark tunnels. It picks up the pace about halfway through at certain spots and they even get you into complete darkness in the last tunnel! Along the way, they give you the history of the area, the island, and it enhances the experience. A light picnic-style lunch came at the end. We really enjoyed this one!
TUBING DOWN AN OLD SUGAR PLANTATION
Other adventures included: Kilauea Lighthouse and the town of Kilauea, Hanalei, rescuing a baby chick whose foot was stuck in poi, Spouting Horn, Lydgate Beach Park, the majestic Wailua Falls, opening our own coconut at Wailua Beach Park, exploring Poipu, and taking in the views of Waimea Canyon!
Kauai is definitely an outdoorsman’s paradise, but it was rainy season so we weren’t comfortable carrying the kids on any of the major hikes. We stayed at the Grand Hyatt Resort in Poipu and really enjoyed it! Our room opened out to a huge green lawn that ended at the beach, where we took in the beautiful sunrises. We enjoyed swinging on the large hammock, trying out the food, swimming in the awesome pools, and I even learned the Hukilau hula on stage! It was a bit of a walk to and from the car, but we really loved the ambiance. Highly recommend!