We planned this vacation a long time ago as a celebration for everyone making it through my surgery since it was stressful for everyone. It was fun to look forward to this for months.
Here are some highlights if you are interested:
This was our 5th time to Kauai over the past 18 years. I like to say that one of the best parts about living in California (after living in Ohio the rest of my earlier life) is that it's a "normal" 4-5 hour flight to Hawaii, which makes this a fairly normal vacation destination. Though I know that is all relative since we typically couldn't afford to go on vacation when I was younger.
An interesting fact you might not know is that the Hawaiian islands are the most isolated islands in the world. Take a look at a map and see just how far away they are from anything else.
Kauai is the smallest and least populated of the main islands people usually visit. People typically visit Kauai for vacation if they are interested in either outdoor adventures or incredible natural beauty. Kauai has both at world-class levels.
The north shore of Kauai is one of the wettest and lushest places in the world. About 18 months ago, the north shore had a rainstorm that dropped 50 inches in a 24-hour time period. The most amount of rain in a 24-hour time period in the history of the United States (on record). A good amount of the movie Jurassic Park was filmed on the north shore of Kauai. It really does feel like you are living in Jurassic Park there.
We rented a house on the north shore. The house was amazing and overall we had a spectacular time, but it was probably our most grueling vacation for two main reasons:
1) It was unseasonably hot (and it's always humid there to amplify the heat) and our house had no air conditioning. Overall, Kauai is a bit "roughing it" and most homes don't have AC. This made it challenging to fall asleep at night because we'd end up soaked in sweat.
2) Every morning we were awakened by the "Official Kauai Alarm Clocks -- roosters! -- in the range of 3:30-5:30am. This would go on for about 90 minutes typically. One morning I watched a rooster walk down our driveway, do his thing, and then left. One theory is that Hurricane Iniki in the 90s caused a bunch of chickens to get loose and ever since there are now wild chickens all over the island. I'm not exaggerating, they are everywhere! Here is an example:
There is one specific highlight that was very meaningful to me, I'll save that for a next blog. But, here are some other highlights:
* Snorkeling -- it was fun to snorkel with my two boys and see turtles and a bunch of great fish. What a great workout!
* Hiking -- we did a really fun hike to a place on the ocean called Queen's Bath, which is a protected pool that forms at the edge of the ocean that you can swim in (very dangerous if surf is high or during winter months). You can skim through this video if you are interested in seeing the muddy trail, waterfalls, and rock formations:
* Fun family time -- we brought my mother-in-law and had lots of home-cooked meals.
* Cycling -- this was a true highlight and treat. For the weekend we were there, a bridge was being repaired, so we were "stranded" on arguably the prettiest 5-mile stretch of road in the US. So, we rented bikes and just used the road as a bike path that weekend. The road dead-ends at a park with a trail I'll write about in my next blog! Here is a quick drone video that shows this area from the beach:
Yes we are lucky to live close to Hawaii. We were schedule to go to Oahu next week - we usually go to Maui- but my husband is injured. With the changing weather patterns, I insisted on air conditioning on the place we rented. You are correct, it is really difficult to find places - but we did. Unfortunately as I said, we had to cancel. We were planning on staying on the north shore part of the island. understand how exhausting the heat & humidity can be 14 days ago
Yes, the chickens need to be on the menu more often. Off-season vacations are risky, but at least you were not on the other end of the U.S. in hurricanes. Maybe arrange for a swamp cooler next time? Bring your own hawk to keep the clocks away? 40 days ago
Thanks for sharing with us about your trip. It looks like such a beautiful place. Looks like you get your exercise getting to Queen's Bath, but looks like it was worth it. Glad that you enjoyed it. 43 days ago
I went to Hawaii many years ago. Kauai is one of the islands I visited. I still remember how beautiful it was. Thanks for sharing the video. It was beautiful to look at. Those roosters would have driven me crazy. 45 days ago
Thanks for sharing Chris! I went to Kauai on my honeymoon many years ago. It's an incredibly beautiful place. Sorry you had the hot weather and early wake-up call to deal with but otherwise it looks like you and your family had a great time. Look forward to hearing about your other highlight from the trip. 45 days ago
The chickens that got loose were most likely raised for cockfighting, as I recall from living in Hawaii a while. Kawaii is very nice - only place I've ever been when someone backed up to clear a driveway for me during the rush 20 minutes. 48 days ago
Thank you for sharing your trip with us. Wow! Those roosters!! When I was a kid, our neighbors had some & it was so annoying to have those jokers wake you up even on the weekends. 48 days ago
I am afraid that I would be arrested for strangling the roosters, but it does sound like a beautiful place to visit. Did you at least have fans? I don't do well in extreme humidity either. I would be in the water a lot. Thanks for sharing...…………..
HI! Great blog post with the videos. My husband and I went on a Hawaiian cruise back in June and we got to tour four islands. Kauai was one of them. We took a tour of where different movies were filmed and the island was so beautiful. I am looking to read more about your adventures. You are right about the roosters and the chickens there are thousands of them all over the island. 48 days ago