Here’s the last entry from our trip to Kauai. I’m working on sorting through photos so I can post about our lives since then, which has included short trips to Lake Tahoe and Salt Lake City so stay tuned.
Even though Tommy kicked both of us out of bed, he slept in a bit.
After Tommy and Grandpa took their morning walk, we hopped into the car again for another shot at the Napali Coast overlook. The weather was much clearer today so we hoped to have a stunning view. We stopped at Da Imu Hut Cafe in Hanapepe for lunch first. Since Tommy woke up from his nap right when we got there, we decided to eat there rather than do take-out again.
Kissing and petting the carved wood pig in the front of the restaurant.
While we waited for our food, Tommy, Bill and I walked over to the Kauai Kookie Company store next door to pick up some cookies for ourselves. The woman working there was really friendly and offered us plenty of free samples. The first sample she offered was of a simple macadamia nut shortbread that had been warmed in the toaster oven. It was so delicious! We also tasted the guava mac nut shortbread and pineapple mac nut shortbread. Tommy liked the cookies too. It was here that we also picked up some cookies to give our HNL-OAK flight crew and for Cal, Bill’s IT counterpart for Hawaiian Airlines in Honolulu.
With full bellies we made our way past the Waimea Canyon to the Napali Coast overlook. The coastline is not accessible by car and is really best viewed either by boat or helicopter. Someday I’d love to hike along some of the trails, but it’s not something I’d be able to do with Tommy, and Bill really isn’t a fan of hiking and camping. So I’ll have to find someone else to backpack with. Once we got to the overlook, the view did not disappoint. Having a wide angle lens would have been really helpful, but Bill and I both agreed that even with the right lens, there is no way to fully capture the awe of the Napali Coastline. Tommy enjoyed some time and open space to run around.
A bit further up the road was another outlook that we thought might have been ever better than the first. It looked like there was a hike down some muddy rocks that I was very tempted to take. But I was wearing flip flops and I saw more than one hiker return with very muddy shoes, ankles and knees.
After we’d seen all we were going to see of the Napali Coast (at least for this trip) we headed back with a stop at JoJo’s for some shave ice.
After 2 days of shave ice, I think he’s reached his sugar and food dye quota for the year.
Across the street from JoJo’s is Waimea High School. We stopped to take a couple of photos because our friend Trish’s dad went there. We took quite a few photos in front of random places for Trish.
After we got back to the condo, we headed to the beach once again.
It was a little windier than the previous visit, so he was getting chilly.
While walking back to the condo, we stopped to watch the seat turtles swimming in the waves.
For dinner on Monday, we went to the condo where Aunt Pat and Uncle Carl were staying and enjoyed an evening with family before everyone started their journeys home. We brought a variety of poke that we picked up from the Ishihara Market in Waimea. Their deli counter had a huge variety of poke, and the woman working there was happy to give us samples to try since we simply couldn’t afford to buy a cup of all of them.
Uncle Tawn is helping Tommy with his dinner. Notice how I’m “helping” too.
Bill brought his laptop so we could share the photos we’d taken from the wedding. Afterward Tommy wanted to watch a few Elmo videos from YouTube. So we introduced Uncles Chris and Tawn to a few of our favorites. I think the overall fav of the evening is the Celebrity Lullaby with Ricky Gervais.
On Tuesday we were up and out of the condo relatively early to head to the airport. After giving Tommy plenty of time to run around the airport we boarded our flight to Honolulu and then onto Oakland. Tommy didn’t sleep nearly as long on this flight, but he did alright.
Wednesday morning we caught the early flight to Long Beach and spent the day lounging at home, recovering from the long day of flying. Bill and I both agree that flying with a toddler makes the flights seem much longer. It was definitely easier before he could walk!
Kauai was a really beautiful place and being there for Kari and Nathan’s wedding was a perfect excuse to go!