The garden isle

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.

one of the biggest spiders I've ever seen

hiking on the Kulua trail on the Nā Pali coast

star fruit from the farmers market in Hanalei

hardly able to contain my excitement at Waimea Canyon

Lukasz at Hanakapi'ai Falls, on an 8 mile hike on the Kulua trail

on the Okolehao Trail, overlooking Hanalei Bay

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.

One response to “The garden isle

  1. OMG, I would have been afraid to even take a photo of that spider! Scary! Beautiful photos, makes me want to go back too and I love pulled pork anything!

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