21 Things I Did in Kauai

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What happens when your parents spoil you half to death and you feel overwhelmed by too many activities? Make a list! If you’re looking to plan a trip to Kauai, I recommend all of these things!

1. Learned from working archaeologists in Makauwahi Sinkhole

Makauwahi Cave Reserve Kauai

2. Carved a pineapple

Cutting a Pineapple

3. Flew over Jurassic Park falls and the Na’Pali coast in a helicopter.  Attempted to dance to the Enya music playing over the headphones.  Failed at dancing to Enya music

Kauai Waves

4. Meditated under a giant banyan tree in a Hindu monastery.

(Picture excluded out of respect for the monastery – go visit it yourself!)

5. Hiked up to the face of the Sleeping Giant on a gloriously clear day.

Sleeping Giant Kauai

6. Rode horses through lots of vegetation.  Horse in front attempted to eat all the vegetation, making ride painfully slow.

Kauai Sunrise

7. Clambered down into Waikanaloa Wet Cave.

Waikanaloa Wet Cave Kauai

8. Discovered a dead boar by Ke’e Beach (boar not pictured).

Ke'e Beach Kauai

9. Devoured Puka Dogs, Makai Sushi, and so much SERIOUSLY AMAZING PAPALANI GELATO.

Puka Dogs Kauai

10. Snorkeled with dozens of sea turtles, schools of tropical fish, and a scary monk seal, right off the steps of our condo complex.

Whaler's Cove Kauai

11. Watched whales and dolphins from the comfort of the hot tub.

Whaler's Cove Hot Tub Kauai

12. Took shelter dogs Ava the whippet and Cubby the hound on a field trip to the beach.  (Until Ava ruined everything by knocking over Matt’s shaved ice. Thanks, Ava.)

Shelter Dogs on Field Trips Kauai

13. Shared memories with old friends over an extravagant meal while listening to Aldrine Guerrero jam on the ukulele at Oasis on the Beach. Drank all the fruity drinks.

Oasis on the Beach

14. Trekked along the coastal Kalalau trail then inland through the jungle to swim under the 300-foot Hanakapiai Waterfall.

Kalalau Trail Kauai
Hanakapiai Falls Kauai (1)Hanakapiai Falls Kauai (2)

15. Found 16 geocaches, which had us crawling under bushes in a botanical garden, searching through an old Russian fort during a downpour, and bouncing across a swinging bridge.

Geocaching Kauai
Swinging Bridge Kauai

16. Went sightseeing to Waimea canyon.

Waimea Canyon

17. Continued driving all the way to Kalalau lookout… which was suddenly shrouded in clouds

Kalalau Lookout

18. Pointed at chickens. Laughed at chickens. Chased chickens.

Kauai Chickens

19. Read all over the place.

Reading on Kauai

20. Danced on the beach under the stars.

Kauai Black Sand Beach

21. Spent time in paradise with the best family a girl could ask for.

Family Vacation Kauai

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