Kaua'i Exploration Part 2: North Shore

It's been a little over a week since we have returned from our weekend getaway to Kaua'i, and I'm still thinking about it.  The lack of freeways and traffic.  The increase in charm and coffee shops.  The  beaches, the mountains, the breeze---Kaua'i had a personality all her own.

Our first excursion included the lovely Kilauea Lighthouse.  It was just the beginning of our fun filled day.  After our history lesson, tour, and lunch in Kilauea, we drove on to beaches, hiking, and caves.

In order to fulfill everyone's wishlist, we started making our way to Anini Beach for snorkeling...only to discover that it was cloudy and raining. So we kept on driving.  And we drove all the way to the end of the road.  It ended up being the perfect change of plans.  We parked at Ke'e Beach (a place we had been before with good friends years ago).  Snorkel equipment, towels, snacks, and water in tow, we made it (looking suspiciously like tourists) down to a shaded and non rainy…

Wahiawa Exploration: Fishing at Ali'i Agriculture Farms

Gone Fishin'! We took a hiking reprieve this weekend and found ourselves at the fishing farm!  Perfect weather. Check. Three boys as my companions. Check. Grubby clothes. Check.  We headed towards the Northshore and turned off of Kamehameha Hwy onto Whitmore Avenue in Wahiawa, where you immediately see a gravelly red dirt road off to your right.  That's the spot!

To plan your visit, you'll need to know the following things:

Open Daily: 10:00 a.m. til 5:30 p.m. (we arrived on Hawaiian time...a bit after 10:00 a.m. and had to call a number for the owner/manager to arrive with the bamboo fishing poles, bait and to pay).

Free Parking

Refreshments: Chips, drinks, and spam musubis are available for purchase should your tummy start to rumble while you are fishing.

Fishing:You can fish two ways: catch and release or catch and keep.  We decided to go with the catch and release system, but our fishing neighbors had a bucket (provided by Ali'i) that they were storing their fresh cat…

Kaua'i Exploration: Kilauea Lighthouse

O'ahu is beautiful.  But Kaua'i, it is majestic. We experienced some of that majesty over Mother's Day weekend.  Moms, next time you are asked what you would like for Mother's Day...let me suggest a holo holo the Garden Isle: Kaua'i.

Although our mini vacation to Kaua'i was under the guise of a "special treat for mom"...we tried to be diplomatic and give everyone in the family two picks of things they wanted to do.  My thirteen year old chose snorkeling at Anini Beach and eating pizza at Kilauea Bakery.  My five year old chose exploring Waimea Canyon and eating at Porky's Food Truck.  I chose sight seeing at Kilauea Lighthouse and eating Mexican food at Verde.  My husband apparently gave up his choices...and was our chauffeur.

Despite a delayed flight into Lihu'e Airport, we arrived at our destination in Kapa'a in time to unpack, explore the grounds, and walk along the paved beachwalk right around sunset.  And conveniently,…

Ridge Exploration: Kuli'ou'ou Trail

In the past, "Sunday Funday" consisted of Yoga, a stop at the Farmer's Market, and a few hours relaxing at the beach. The past two weekends "Sunday Funday" was rained out. Spring showers put a damper on outdoor adventures. So, when this past Sunday, the weather was picture perfect...we hit the trail!

Kuli'ou'ou Ridge Trail in East Honolulu is spectacular! Our family has previously hiked Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail almost to the top and Hawaii Loa Trail years and years ago. Apparently we were saving the best eastside ridge for last. I was blown away by Kuli'ou'ou Ridge Trail. Maybe it was being housebound for the previous two weekends...or maybe it really is just that magnificent. 

I didn't have too many expectations about this trail before getting started. I knew almost everyone who hikes on O'ahu has done this trail, I knew there would be a good view at the end, and I knew parking might be tricky---other than that, we were walking in blind.