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Monday, November 3, 2008

Our Kauai Adventure, Part II

During our original trip to Kauai a few Octobers ago to celebrate our anniversary, Tom and I took in as much of the island as we could, but we stayed in the southern part in Poipu. On our travels, we discovered the north part of the island and the fun little town of Hanalei. While all of Kauai is a tourist destination, Hanalei is a bit quieter and not as resort-ish. I think it attracts more of the outdoorsy types who come to surf and hike, especially since hiking access to the Na Pali coast is only available at the end of the road past Hanalei. We really liked it there and on our next trip back, Tom found a great resort and booked one night for us there as an anniversary gift. It was amazing. The actual room was nice enough but the view was priceless. The best units are right on the beach and you can hear the sound of the waves crashing and see the beautiful Kauai coastline. We both fell in love with the place and hoped to return some day. Thus, for this trip, Tom booked the 2nd half of our trip at this resort.

While on the southern part of the island we did some touring, for our northern segment we planned to spend our time at the Hanalei Colony Resort relaxing and playing on the beach. Caedmon was instantly thrilled to see that "God's sandbox" was right outside our door and he would have instant access to play all day. As soon as we settled in to the condo, Caedmon donned his swim trunks and grabbed his pail and shovel. We enjoyed a bit of digging and beach walking before a brief rain shower came. The rain brought with it another treat - a rainbow! Caedmon has been fascinated with rainbows because of the story of Noah's Ark. The last time we saw one in nature instead of a book was way back in February! He still talks about it and will occasionally ask (on a sunny day or a dark moonlit night) if we might see a rainbow "today." It was such a treat to look out our condo windows and see the rainbow spanning across the waters and enjoy the reminder of God's faithful promises that a rainbow is.

We enjoyed the constant sound of the ocean waves crashing against the shore and the beauty of God's creation for the next 3 days and nights. Our days were filled vacationing as a family - passing the time sand digging, ocean wading, tide pool watching, eating the sweetest and freshest papaya and pineapples, book reading and napping. It is amazing how a place with no tv, radio, or in-room internet can make us, who are so "plugged-in", forget that we can be survive without being so wired. I (Lynette) also enjoyed a relaxing 2 hour Lomi Lomi massage on the beach and a 1 hour facial the following day. Our days at the Hanalei Colony resort can best be summed up through pictures...

We did venture out one day for a few hours for a drive back to Kilauea to view the lighthouse, browse through the quaint shops at the Kong Lung Center and enjoy a tasty meal at the Kilauea Fish Market. It was the perfect "outdoor restaurant" for a family with young kids. They had super fresh and delicious fish with healthy sides like brown rice and organic salad. We ordered at a deli counter and ate off paper plates at picnic tables. We enjoyed a wasabi aioli and soy sauce glazed mahi mahi and Caedmon devoured some stir-fry garlic shrimp.

Our last big adventure was the wonderful surprise highlight of our time up north. We had a chance to take a tour of Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens. I had read about it in our tour book on one of our previous trips and then came across a review of it for kid-friendly things to do on Kauai. The gardens are in a residential area so tours are limited but we were lucky enough to be able to schedule one for our last full day on Kauai. We were on the tour with just one other family (grandparents, parents and an 18 month old little girl). The gardens are beautiful but our favorite part was the end when we were set loose to play in the children's garden. It was a child's paradise - as you entered you were welcomed by a splash fountain with a giant sculpture of "Jack and the Beanstalk" in the center, a wooded forest, multi-tiered fortresses, climbing toys, animal statues, and more. The woman who designed the garden thought of so many wonderful surprises. Caedmon enjoyed it so much that he cried when it was time to leave.

Our travels as a family are only beginning and to experience the beauty and wonder of God's creation through the eyes of our children is a privilege and a blessing we will always treasure.


  1. I love the photo of Caedmon and his footprints on the beach. Sam's brother and his wife live on Kaui. I don't remember the city as they just moved. It is more inland in the mountains. We plan to visit before too long.

  2. Wonderful photos and I agree, the footprints one is so sweet. Glad you had such a nice a relaxing visit! I dream of going there someday!

  3. great pictures! Glad to hear that it was a good time (albeit hard with the time zone changes).


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