KauaiĀ 

3 Nephi 17:16-17

I have pondered this scripture many times.  Imaging how something could be so beautiful they could not write the words.  I think I got a little bit of understanding this week in the Garden of Kauai.  I now know there are things not meant to be captured by words or pics but remembered from experience.  

We left the Big Island of Hawaii Tuesday afternoon and after a stop in Honolulu caught our flight on to Kauai.  We picked up the SUV there in Lihue and headed north to Kilauea where we are staying.  On the way up we stopped for a treat and OMG!  Seriously think I am addicted. 

The property we stayed at in Kilauea had an incredible pool.  We spent all of Tuesday evening outside enjoying a beautiful night and a big chunk of Wednesday as well,  

It was truly like our own resort.  There was even a bar in the pool.  The kids and Keith thought that was the absolute coolest thing ever.  

Fortunately we didn’t have to eat out much on this trip, but when we do, we like to find fun unique places to go.  In Princeville there is a really cool place called Tiki INiki 


I was so hungry i ordered the Grilled Ribeye.  That steak really hit the spot.  Tiki INiki had a great atmosphere.  They were even creative with some non-alcoholic drinks.  


We finally got around to the store after to grab some food for the rest of our stay.  

Thursday was the first day of the rest of our adventures.  We got up early and headed West to the end of the road.  Literally.  Road stops there at Ke’e Beach.  This is also where the Hanakapiai Trail starts.  


Yeah…I will share some pics ahead but they do not do justice to the visual experience you will have if you come here yourself.  


The trail is 2 miles in from Ke’e Beach to Hanakapiai Beach.  The signs are very real and you do not go into the ocean there.  You can totally enjoy the beach and some nearby caves.  The water is beautiful but deadly.  From the beach we hiked another 2 miles to the Hanakapiai Falls.  This was a pretty difficult hike.  Had to cross the stream several times and a few scrapes along the way but we made it.  We went for a swim and cooled off in the Falls.  The size of the Falls doesn’t look very big from the pic but it was huge.  Hundreds of feet high.  Incredible pool to swim in.  Took us about 6 hours to get up and back.  I think we made pretty good time even with the swim.  We spent another couple of hours at Ke’e Beach then headed for an early dinner at the Kalypso in Hanalei.  Ordered a virgin margarita and a pitcher of water to start.  We had fish and chips and burgers for dinner.  Very fun day and a very tired family.  

Friday brought our second day of adventure with the Halii Zip Line.  Another early start and a 40 minute drive to Lihue.  The Zip Line is seven lines of thrill.  First time the kids have done Zip Lines.  Our little guy is 9 and he was fearless.  The others were a little nervous but the we got them settled down.  I don’t think they wanted to get left behind so they found some courage.  We had lunch and a swim at Hidden Falls.  The kids were so glad for that.  It was a hot and humid day.

We got back to Kilauea about 4:30 and enjoyed another evening at the pool.  We had Hoagies and fruit salad for dinner.  
Saturday brought day three of our adventure and the final day of on Kauai.  We had to get up super early because the drive down to Port Allen is like an hour in the best of circumstances.  We gave ourselves two hours.  A friend recommended Captain Andy’s Sailing Adventure to us, so we did the Na’Pali snorkel and BBQ lunch cruise.  They have these 65′ Catamaran Yauhts.  I honestly don’t really have the words, as I mentioned above, when I started this post.  I believe Na’Pali to be a sacred place.  It is a Temple and a Garden.  I have no doubt God is an artist.  Beauty has the capacity to humble us and testifies there is a God.  I have seen the wonder of creation and it truly took some time to process.  Please forgive the pics.  They do not capture truly what we saw.  

The dolphins were such a nice surprise.  Even in the wild they love to play and show off.  Very curious to see what we were up to.  Today was one of the greatest days of my life and I am grateful it was saved as our last for this vacation.  Definitely want to return and see it by helicopter next time.  We ended the day back in Kilauea and we made ribs, steak, potato salad, fruit salad and grilled pineapple for Father’s Day for Keith.  Wanted to treat him to a feast since we are traveling tomorrow evening.

I made a big breakfast for Keith this morning.  He was served in bed.  We went into Hanalei for church.  They have a Branch there.  The Saints are so kind.  I love to attend church when we are away.  We are getting things packed and will be leaving around 5 for Lihue and our flight home.  I am glad we get to fly into Honolulu one for time to see Oahu.  We fly home tonight and will be back to Idaho Falls around noon tomorrow.  Aloha Hawaii.  

Sorry for the long posts.  I’ll cut them back in the future.  So much to share on this vacation though.  Thank you for indulging me.  

Hawaii 2.0

Such a fun week!  Arrived Monday afternoon and after meeting up with my colleague we had a business lunch at Dukes!  Such a great place to eat and Waikiki is a beautiful beach.  I got tee shirts for everyone, they will be thrilled!  So much history at Dukes, go if you get the chance.  I was pretty wiped out from the flight so we went back to their place and lounged around all afternoon by the pool and caught up.  Tuesday we had business until mid afternoon then more pool time.  I saw Kailua Bay for the first time and the North Shore again.  It’s shocking a place can be so perfect.  Her hubby grilled kabobs and veggies for dinner and it was YUMMY!  No rain despite the forecast, just 70s and clouds.  Wednesday we were up early and on a flight to Kauai.  Business I won’t bore you with but the drive up the coast was so pretty.  Stayed at the Westin Resort.  The rain didn’t come as predicted again :).  We took advantage of the spa and had scheduled hot rock massages then enjoyed some time in the wet sauna.  I was like so relaxed.  Dinner included a virgin margarita and a flash of pineapple juice with short ribs and shrimp.  No words can be uttered to express the sheer perfection of that food.  My taste buds are still happy.  I didn’t wake up at 4 am on Wednesday so I consider it a huge victory.  Thursday started out with a run and then I will tell you straight up the breakfast buffet would blow your mind.  I ate so much.  I had a waffle, an omelette, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, fruit plus hot chocolate, milk, OJ and pineapple juice to drink.  I was so full!   Thursday we had a flight to Maui with a short stop in Oahu on the way.  The rain came after I left in Kauai all day but we only had about an hour of rain in Maui.  Got our business done and spent a short time at the pool.  Mid 60s and cloudy but enjoyed some snacks and the hot tub.  Got hit on but flashed our rings lol.  The Westin Resort on Maui had an awesome performance with fire dancers and about two hours of entertainment.  The Luau was so delicious.  Taste buds were again very happy.  We had soooo much fun.  I am finally sleeping till my alarm goes off.  Today I even hit snooze and waited till 6:30 to get up.  This morning we had 90 minute hot rock massages scheduled.  After the massages we went to the breakfast buffet where I am writing this post.  I love breakfast buffets at resorts, they are over the top.  Trying to not eat so much today.  After we get back to Oahu we are going to meet up for a date.  I am so excited to see Jack and Chip.  I really am hoping they remember me lol.  I don’t even know why it really matters but we had so much fun last time.  It would just be fun to think they do I guess.  I have told my friend so much about them.  She lives here and has never swam with dolphins.  I couldn’t believe it.  So today we live fully.  I’ll let you know how it goes.  I am headed back to the mainland tomorrow.  Business was good, the food was better, the massages were heavenly but I believe the dolphins will take the prize.  šŸ˜‡ 


TravelĀ 

I am grateful for wifi on airplanes.  Definitely helps the time pass.  Seven hours without would be tough.  You can only sleep so long.  I got up at 4 am this morning.  We arrived at the airport just after 5 am.  I appreciate that Keith always parks and takes me in and makes sure I get my bag checked, my boarding pass and through security before he leaves.  It just makes me feel happy.  I don’t often travel alone but when I do he always does this.  Flight was at 6:30 to Salt Lake and once we landed I had a breakfast burrito and bought some snacks for the next flight to Honolulu.  In the air over the ocean right now and there is a lot of ocean.  I do have a window seat so hoping for some great views.  I have one meeting over lunch after we get in, then spending the afternoon with my friend.  I saw there was rain in the forecast this week so hoping that maybe we get lucky and some sun makes an appearance.  Crazy the two days of sun and fun are my travel days.  Dear Universe, just putting it out there, but do me a favor and show me some love.  ā¤  I will be on Oahu today and tomorrow.  Wednesday we will be on Kauai and Thursday Maui.  Back Friday to Oahu then Saturday headed home.  Tried to build in some relaxation time despite the business that has to get done.  Actually I did build in some relation time lol.  Keith is on his way to Las Vegas with friends for the WWC basketball tourney.  I hope BYU wins this game so he can see BYU play in the championship.  He is home Wednesday and owes his parents big time lol.