Thursday, May 31, 2012

Queen's Bath, Hiking and Hideaways

Alrighty, let’s jump back a few week when my cousins were here. My cousin Deane and her husband John came over to install new tile in Grandpa and Janice’s condo. While they were here they let me tag along on their adventures. On the first Saturday they were here we went to Queen’s Bath. This is also where Julia’s Cove is. (While my mom and Aunt were here we visited Queen’s Bath but there were too many people in it to take pictures.) It was an overcast but pretty day when we got there. John visited with some locals who had been camping there for a few days and had some fishing poles set up. We sat and enjoyed the beauty for awhile; all the while I was taking pictures, of course.

We were planning on heading to a beach named Hideaways next. After Queen’s bath we walked on the coastline to see what we could see. Surprisingly we could see the beach! We didn’t have anything to do the rest of the day and we thought it might be an adventure to hike the coastline to the beach. So, we set off! All three of us were in our slippahs, probably not the best when you are hiking over jagged pieces of lava and rocks. We had to go in and out of a few coves which took the most time. There were a few times where we could have fallen down onto some rocks or in the water, but it was an adventure and it was fun! While we were in one of the coves there were a whole lot of turtles feeding; they were so close, and we were walking right by them! In that same cove there was a monk seal that was swimming, and then it inched its way up on the rocks to sunbathe. He blended in so well, we might not have seen him if we didn’t see him in the water first. 

After about an hour and a half of hiking we came to the last bluff before the first beach. As we rounded the corner and came to the top looking for a way down, it didn’t look good. It just dropped off into the ocean. If we didn’t have our cell phones and camera we might have just jumped into the ocean and swam to the beach. We felt defeated after coming all this way and not being able to find a way down. We were sitting there thinking of what to do when Deane found an overgrown trail down to the beach…Thank goodness! After getting down to the first beach we realized we couldn’t get to Hideaways Beach because there was a huge rock in the way. So we hiked to the top, John and Deane went back and got the car while I headed to the parking lot for Hideaways to save a parking spot. Then we headed down the trail to Hideaways, also known as Pali Ke Kua Beach. The trail down to the beach is as steep as it could be with ropes and handles to hold onto while trying not to slip. It was a beautiful beach and we found a family of chickens down there, smart momma, keeping them away from the streets.

The picture below is from Google Earth and it shows where we hiked from and to; follow the yellow trail. The yellow arrow shows Hideaways; the red arrow shows the rock that was prohibiting us from getting from one beach to the next. All in all it was a great day and I had a lot of fun hiking with John and Deane.

The whole time we were hiking we could see a little bit of Hanalei Bay and the surrounding mountains - it was really beautiful. This picture is from Queen’s Bath.

A Hui Hou,

Monday, May 28, 2012

Wailua Falls

Yesterday, Uncle Keith and I hiked down to Wailua Falls. There are two different ways to go down. The 5-minute steep route and a little dangerous at times, or the hour and a half hike up the river where you have to sometimes wade in the water. Needless to say, we took the 5-minute route. It was beautiful when we got down there; just sat down and enjoyed the sounds of the magnificent cascading waterfall. Saw a couple other people who were going to go for a swim. Hiked back up and the only time I tripped was at the very top, of course - just some scratches and bruises.

When we left we pulled off at the look-out where the other trail begins. Uncle said he remembered another waterfall that he saw about 25 years ago. We found it! It is hidden behind a bunch of brush and trees. Uncle said we might hike to it in January. 

We headed to Kealia next to go boogie boarding.  It was so much fun! I forgot how much I loved riding in on the ocean waves.
Went to bed early last night because I was so worn out, but it was fun!


Sunday, May 27, 2012

Spending the day in Hanalei...

Yesterday I headed up to Hanalei; it started off as such a gorgeous day! On the way there I passed the Hanalei Valley lookout, and then I turned right around. Because, the waterfall across the valley was beautiful!

When I got to Hanalei I stopped at the little green church. This is just a small church on the side of the road in Hanalei and I think it is pretty.

Got to Hanalei Bay, it was pretty but the sun kept coming and going. I just enjoyed lying on the beach for the afternoon. I was planning on staying to watch the sunset, but as it got later more clouds kept rolling in so I started to head home just as it started raining.

As I was heading home I was pretty bummed that I wouldn’t be able to see the sunset. But then, as I was driving through the taro fields, a magnificent rainbow appeared! It made me so happy, thank you, God! It was a perfect way to end the day.


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

23 Years!

I am going to skip a few weeks and tell you about my birthday. Then, I will have to back-track and tell you all the things I did in the past few weeks. Despite only having my roommate here with me for my birthday, I had a really good birthday! Got up and went to church and it was great. Then headed up to Sleeping Giant and hiked to the top. It was a great hike and I just spent awhile at the top, relaxing and enjoying the Island.

After I hiked down I went and got my free Starbucks, Venti Iced Caramel Macchiato. It was so good, but I forgot to get decaf…I came to regret that later.

So after that I headed to find a good place to watch the sunset. There is a pull-out on the way to Hanalei where you are looking down into a valley and you can see the ocean. The warm sunlight lit up the valley and it was gorgeous. I stopped here, it was really beautiful. There was some land in the way, but the clouds lit up beautifully.

Headed home and my roommate took me out to Dukes. Oh man, was the food amazing! We had an assortment of hors d’oeuvres as our dinner. Poke Rolls - fresh raw ahi with onions, sautéed in rice paper with a sesame soy sauce. Next we had a Ceaser Salad with grilled Ahi, very ono! Then some Coconut Shrimp with a spicy lilikoi sauce, wow! Then…Crab and Macadamia Nut Wontons, these were amazing, too, and had a mustard plum dipping sauce. To finish it all off we got a slice of Hula Pie for my birthday, and as usual it was incredible! What a wonderful roommate God blessed me with!

My awesome mom also got about 50+ of my friends back home to sign a card for me…she is pretty cool, huh?!
Remember how I said I would regret not getting decaf when I had coffee earlier? Well, I was up until about 3am.

Overall, it was a great day spent hiking, enjoying God’s creation, watching the sunset, and eating amazing food with a great friend! Thank you to all the family and friends that called me and wished me a Happy Birthday, I am very blessed.
Here’s to a great year being 23!

Friday, May 18, 2012


After seeing the Waimea Canyon and Kalalau Lookout we headed back down to Waimea for some shave ice and JoJo’s - Yum!
Then off we went to Polihale! This beach is pretty difficult to get to if you don’t have a good jeep/truck. In fact, the rental car places highly recommend, and I think some of them say that, you cannot go out there. The reason being, it is a 4 mile treck, on a long dirt road filled with huge pot holes! The reason I love this beach so much is because when you get out there, you have the high cliffs of the Na Pali Coastline starting on one side, and 17 miles of beach on the other side, with Ni’ihau sitting off in the distance. Great place for star gazing! You often see people with their bbq, grilling some good food.

One of the more unique things about this beach is Sunrise Seashells. Typically you find them at sunrise, hence the name. They look like scallops shells and are usually bright pink, yellow and red in color. I went for a walk, even though it was sunset, and tried to find some. I found a lot of broken pieces and 2 very small miniscule ones that are probably worth like $10. But, if you find one that is about the size of a quarter or bigger it is usually worth $125+. I figured I might keep collecting pieces and make a frame out of them with a picture of a sunrise in it. Maybe, just maybe, I will be lucky enough to find a full Sunrise Seashell someday!
It actually wasn’t the best night for a sunset, but it was beautiful nonetheless. The sun didn’t come out very much but when it did it lit up the beach with its warm rays.

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Hebrews 11:1. “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” I have a word block that says FAITH and I took it to the beach to try and get some good pictures with it.

After making the trek back to Lihue, we switched cars with my Uncle and thanked him, because I know my car could never make it out there! We ended up staying and talking story with him for quite a while, while drinking coffee and tea, it was a lot of fun!

Talk to you again soon!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Yummy Food, Waimea Canyon, Kalalau Lookout

Friday night we stopped at the Kalaheo Café for dinner. My mom had a fish wrap and I had guava bbq ribs and garlic cilantro fries. Everything was delicious! Then we headed to the Hanapepe Art walk, which was fun!

Saturday we headed to Grandpa and Janice’s for awful waffles - what a wonderful start to the day! Then we stopped at my Uncle Richmond’s to switch cars; he has a jeep and he let us borrow it for the day.

We headed off to Waimea; we got an early start so we decided to head up to the Waimea Canyon. What a gorgeous place! It was kind of a cloudy day but that’s okay. Mark Twain called this place, “The Grand Canyon of the South Pacific,” which is very accurate; it looks like a mini Grand Canyon. When we were leaving one of the parking lots, a family of chickens with a lot of babies decided to cross right in front of me. I stopped the jeep and the people around me helped me make sure all of the 10+ babies got past my car safely. Silly chickens!

We still had some time so we headed to the Kalalau Lookout. This lookout is a hit and miss with the cloud cover. This was my third time up here and the most beautiful! The first time was in 2007 with Uncle Keith and it was completely covered in with clouds and we couldn’t see anything! The second time was with my friend Courtney in 2008. We got there just as the clouds were rolling in, just in time to see the valley. The third time must be a charm, because it was stunning! The view couldn’t have been more perfect!

More to come tomorrow!
Side note, MY DADDY IS COMING to visit me in July! Whoo-hoo! He is coming for a conference and to visit me; we are going to be able to do some hiking which I am very excited about!


Tuesday, May 15, 2012


So after Aunt Nancy left, my mom and I still did some exploring.  The next day we went to Brennecke Beach and saw some turtles. There was a guy snorkeling and he kind of freaked out when he saw one - it was kind of funny.  The water at Brennecke was so many different colors of blue, it was gorgeous! We just sat in the sun and enjoyed the sounds of the crashing waves, it was wonderful!

We stopped by the Hyatt and there was a parrot, he was being feisty.

Then we went to Shipwreck Beach and saw a Hawaiian Monk seal, he was so sandy!

Saw some surfers too!

On our way home we had to stop by Papalani Gelatos!  We got Coconut Carmel Macadamia Nut and Kona Coffee Coconut Chocolate Gelato…Amazing!

The next day we did a lot, so make sure to check back!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Beautiful Wailua Falls

After breakfast we headed to Wailua Falls. It was such a beautiful morning as we headed up there. When we got there we were the only people there, which was nice. It was wonderful to just watch all that water cascade down into the pool below. A perfect way to end Nancy's time here.

As we were leaving Nancy saw some Albizia trees and we stopped to take pictures, and the light was perfect!

We all had so much fun together...but alas...Nancy had to go home. We went and dropped her off at the airport and said a tearful goodbye, but we have lots of memories together that we will treasure forever!

For my mom and I the adventure continues...tune in tomorrow to see where we headed off to!


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Sunrise, Passion Bakery

Thursday morning Nancy had to leave…but we weren’t done with the surprises! We got up early and headed to Kamalani Beach Playground to watch the sunrise, it was beautiful!

Then we headed to the Passion Bakery in Kinipopo for some breakfast. We had some things that were a cross between a croissant and scone, they call it a croiscone. My mom had a berry one and Aunt Nancy had an apple, they both enjoyed theirs while I had a normal croissant.

The surprises didn’t end there for Nancy, check back tomorrow to see where we headed next!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Hanalei Glow

We ended the night at Hanalei Bay watching the afterglow of the sunset -- it was gorgeous! I was on the side of the pier and saw some people on bicycles heading up the pier and thought it would be a great picture. One of them even waved to me; I love this photo!

 Here is a photo of the whole pier and the afterglow of the sunset…just beautifully peaceful.

We headed up to Kilauea to grab some dinner at the Kilauea Fish Market. My mom and I had the biggest fish wraps we had ever seen and Aunt Nancy had fish tacos. We ate them too fast to get a picture, but they were very good!

Check back tomorrow to see what’s next!


One thing that I absolutely love to do is snorkel! It’s like you are in a whole different world and some of the fish are just beautiful and vibrant in color. So, next we headed to Tunnels Beach, an ideal spot for snorkeling here on Kauai. When we got there we saw a Hawaiian Monk Seal sunning on the beach, Nancy wanted to make sure it was alive. He was on his back and sometimes people think they are sick or have died. I told her not to worry, and that seals sometimes stay on the beach for up to 7 hours and don’t move.

So after we established the fact that the seal was okay, we headed in! It always takes me a few minutes to get used to breathing through the snorkel. Sometimes I find myself holding my breath even though I don’t need to. So, we all had a lot of fun snorkeling and seeing all the fish and coral. At times it got deeper and dropped off into the deep blue and I thought it would be cool to dive further down. I did, and I had a lot of fun getting up close with the fish. When I was down pretty far I looked up and it was the coolest thing seeing the ocean from below. After I did that I got an idea! I was snorkeling with Nancy and I dropped back a little and took a big breath, dove down, and flipped over so I was swimming upside down. Then I went underneath Nancy, parallel to her and came under her, she laughed pretty hard, it was fun! Then of course I had to get my Mom so Nancy told her to come out to where she was and “look at a fish.” It took me longer than anticipated to get down and turned around before swimming up underneath my mom. I got there eventually and my mom said I looked like a mermaid with my hair! We had a lot of fun snorkeling!

I walked along the beach a little bit and I came upon this place where there were footprints going every-which-way. I took a picture and I call it, Which Way Did He Go?

...And this one is just pretty :) Aloha!

Check back tomorrow to see the Sunset!