Kauai and Big Island Redux

Poipu beachAfter coming out of the fog of jet-lag, I wanted to take the chance to share my time on the latter half of my trip to the Hawaiian islands. The wi-fi (or “coconut wireless” as it was described to me by the locals) was never really strong enough to upload any pictures. But better later than never.

So if anyone was following my Instagram, than you know it goes without saying that Kauai is beautiful. Known as the “Garden Island” for its lush landscape, every corner of the island presents jaw-dropping views. Seriously, it never got old. I honestly don’t know how you ever get used to living there. I joked that it was like living in Jurassic Park only without the problematic neighbors. Although, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention certain locals that you will find EVERYWHERE on the island.

These guys are like the mascot of Kauai. And I wouldn’t mind them as much if they didn’t try to hop into the car. Though, as friend pointed out, that’s like dinner to go, right?

Na Pali Coast

While, the Na Pali Coast is one of the more recognizable spots in Kauai, I would also like to showcase one of the more awe-inspiring sights that I encountered – the Waimea Canyon.

Right? Dubbed the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” the Waimea Canyon stretches in the northern part of Kauai. And it’s breathtaking (I’m really running out of ways to describe Kauai at this point without sounding repetitive).  I took half a day and drove as far as I could which I recommend to anyone who’s on the island. It takes time but it’s very rewarding. Also fun fact: the waterfall in the picture below is known as “Jurassic Falls.” Remember the scene in the very beginning of the movie where the main cast lands in the helicopter upon arriving onto the island? Yup, that’s the same waterall

After I said goodbye to Kauai, I made my way over to the island of Hawaii (or Big Island). It was here that I completely relaxed and let the laziness of the islands permeate my day-to-day life. As someone who used to be in a rather stressful position (seriously, my job caused me to get migraines weekly for the first time in my entire life), this quite possibly was the greatest gift that the islands could have given me. For the first time in awhile, I felt inspired to really get good work on my novel. And for that, Big Island was probably my favorite and the one I would jump at the chance to go back to.

wailea beachNow lest you think that I didn’t get out of my writer’s nook, I did venture around to see some of the beautiful sights of the Big Island. One of my favorite thing to do was to catch the sunset on one of the beaches. Specifically, I fell in love with a beach called Waialea. I still dream of it honestly.

I will admit that when it was time or me to go, I was very sad. I have traveled a lot in my life but it’s rare that I find somewhere that I just felt in sync with. I just adored everything. (Okay — I didn’t love how residents like to drive under the speed limit. What can I say? Always gonna have a slice of the city in my heart.)

But, as always, I begin preparing for the next adventure/journey/trip. In a couple weeks, I travel to the Land of the Rising Sun, Japan. Then I will trade my “Aloha” for “Konnichiwa!”


2 thoughts on “Kauai and Big Island Redux

  1. Another inspiring blog….I need to visit all of the islands!!
    Can’t wait to see Japan through your eyes.
    Travel safely!


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