When my friend Lukasz asked me before Thanksgiving if I was interested in a long weekend adventure on the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i, it barely took any consideration before saying yes. As a result of his frequent traveling he had several complimentary nights to stay at the St. Regis in Princeville and as a result of my frequent traveling, I had a plethora of frequent flier miles that I’ve been wanting to use for exploration. It was a no-brainer.
I’d been to Maui and loved it, and have always wanted to go to Kaua’i, which I always heard was considered more remote and suited perfectly for outdoors lovers.
So, with very little planning we booked the trip and this weekend we jetted off to the Garden Isle for a Polynesian adventure filled with hiking, eating, and relaxing.
We ate ahi poke and kalua pork, visited a local farmers market, hiked through some amazing scenery including the amazing Nā Pali Coast (which I’ve been fascinated with since it was featured as the backdrop for Jurassic Park) , soaked in world-class hospitality at the St. Regis, drank lots of Kona coffee, and saw a handful of rainbow-stamped sights including the über impressive Hanakapi’ai Falls and Waimea Canyon.
All my photos can be found on Flickr…
With awesome trips to Kaua’i and Maui under my belt, my appetite for Hawaiian adventure has been whetted. It’s an easy direct flight from San Francisco, the weather is beautiful, the scenery is lush, the outdoor adventures are plentiful, the food is delish, and the language is English! Derek and Hawaii go together like chips and dip.
So not long after returning home, I started plotting a return trip to the awesome archipelago… next stop? The Big Island! I want to see me some volcanoes.