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Kauai Adventures

My Kauai Girls Trip!

The Hawaiian islands have always been a special + magical place for me. My cousins are Hawaiian and one of them went to HPU so almost every year during college, I would visit her and we would explore the islands. I’ve mainly traveled around Oahu, but in early 2020 (right before COVID shut the country down), I crossed one of my top bucket list places off – Kauai!

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It took pretty much an entire day to get to Kauai. Minneapolis to Colorado to Honolulu to Kauai.

We (my little sister Leisa + bestie Bre + myself) stay on the east side of the island in an AMAZING Airbnb. Check out our view below. This is the view from the solar power heated hot tub. (drool emoji) It’s a bit hard to see in the photo, but that is the ocean we are overlooking!

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Per usual, we hit the ground running and ignored the jetlag. The first few days were a little rainy, but we saw a lot of rainbows and did some indoor activities = basically stopped at a bunch of awesome food + drink places. A few of my favorites:

The next day, once the sun came out, we hiked the Maha’ulepu Heritage Trail. It’s a great coastal hike located on the South shore of Kauai. 

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We walked the moderate trail for a couple hours and then saw storm clouds coming so we turned around. Didn’t quite make it back to the car and hike for an hour in a downpour. Still awesome though!

The next day we had reservations to do the iconic Na Pali coast hike, but unfortunately there was a mudslide and it was closed. No worries though – there are so many cool hikes on the island so we did the Sleeping Giant trail and hiked around Waimea Canyon State Park (Grand Canyon of the Pacific).

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One of my favorite parts of the trip (as usual) was the sunrises + sunsets. Kauai is one of the most beautiful places I have seen so we tried to enjoy it from sun up to sun down.

Final Thoughts on Kauai

Kauai is officially one of my favorite places on earth. I love that there aren’t big cities or a lot of people. It’s a lush wilderness with a ton of chickens and heavenly beaches. I can’t decide what I liked doing best; swimming in the clear water + devouring fresh fruit bowls + hiking in the jungle. All I know is that I need to get back to Kauai ASAP – there is so much more I want to explore.

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