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  • Day9

    Day 9 Homebound

    January 19 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    -ke ala hele makalae path (biking)
    -shaved ice
    -kealia beach
    -flight LIH-LAX-DFW-STL

    Jeff doesn't like physical activities so I went to bike the coastal bike trail by myself. The trail runs along the Eastern coast on Kapa'a. It was an easy ride and about 9 miles round trip. The views were amazing as they were with the rest of this island! We then had shaved ice at the food truck area and headed to the airport.

    Absolutely amazing trip. Wish I got to kayak and hike more but that would be for next time!
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  • Day8

    Day 8 North shore

    January 18 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Kahili beach
    Kiluea light house and wildlife reserve (birds!)
    Spam musubi (snack)
    Chicken in a barrel (lunch)
    Hanalei beach park
    Anini beach -- snorkeling
    Hamura saimin (dinner)

    Jeff enjoyed his time at the beaches as he got to fly his drone. Kiluea wildlife reserve was amazing too with lots of local birds. There were a lot of Hawaiian geese (apparently endangered) walking around, and from afar we can see a whole mountain of white birds dotting the trees like Christmas ornaments (I think they're the red footed boobies).

    Turns out Kauai is kind of wooky and has these little fruits stands along the road that uses the honor system. Pretty cute

    Shaka guide recommended that we try spam musubi, a local delicacy. Turns out I love it! The saltiness of spam balances perfectly with the rice. Shall be making some at home.... For lunch we tried chicken in a barrel, where they smoke chicken in a barrel for bbq. It was pretty good but I wasn't blown away.

    Then I went on a quest to find a place to snorkel. To my disappointment, hanalei Bay's tides are too high in the winter. We finally went to anini beach which was perfect and I got to see some fish.

    After all the hype hamura saimin was just ok so I don't even have a picture for it.
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  • Day7

    Day 7 East shore: wailua falls and kapaa

    January 17 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Kenji burger (lunch)
    Wailua falls
    Kalamaku lu'au (with dinner)

    Spent too long doing nothing in the hotel this morning so didn't get out until 11:30. Followed the Shaka driving tour but most trails were too muddy. Wailua falls was a bit underwhelming. Lu'au was fun though! Also got to ride on the plantation train and feed "wild" pigs. The little pig's named George. Apparently he escapes from the fenced area often to get extra food.

    Kenji burger was good. Jeff got a burger and I got a sushi burrito; everyone was happy.
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  • Day6

    Day 6 South shore and tubing

    January 16 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    -Mountain tubing through the plantation water irrigation canal
    -Poipu beach park
    -Keoki's palace (dinner)

    Mountain tubing was fun but absolutely freezing! The tour guides were hilarious and made up for the cold, but I probably wouldn't try this again :p

    Apparently South African trees were brought to Kauai meant to serve as wind breakers, but a desert tree in a tropical area became twice as tall (140 ft vs. 60 ft!) And don't work well because the branches are brittle. They are quite majestic though.

    Poipu beach park was awesome. We saw a turtle waddling onto the beach, lots of chickens, and encountered a group of ratchet middle aged doctors out partying.

    For dinner, got to keoki 's early enough the get their $26 chef special (3 course meal). I tried their local catch and it was delicious.
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  • Day4

    Day 4 Oahu --> Kauai

    January 14 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    -quick hike near Airbnb
    -Leonard's bakery for malasada
    -plane from HNL --> LIH
    -street burger (dinner)

    Attempted to do the hike near Airbnb but the trail was too muddy and too treacherous for the hour I have! Looks really fun though would definitely try next time. Before our flight we dropped by Leonard's bakery for their famous malasadas (Portuguese donuts that can be just coated with sugar or filled with cream). I tried the guava filling but think Jeff's custard one was better.Read more

  • Day3

    Day 3 Hawaii Kai (Oahu)

    January 13 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    -Hanauma bay: nice beach but so many people! Also it was too cold for the beach
    -Mokapua point (east): casual hike up a paved road with awesome views along the way
    -Kailua beach (up north): wind surfers
    -Pali highway: cuts across Oahu in the middle
    -Highway Inn: dinner with Andy and fam

    Today we were blessed with just a cloudy weather (instead of rainy like yesterday!). Albeit it being chilly, we were able to go to a beach and do a few easy hikes.

    For dinner, we met up with Andy and family and tried Hawaiian cuisine. Jeff tried loco Moco (burger Patty with egg on top and slathered with gravy), and I did the mixed dish of lomi salmon (salsa with salmon), steamed purple sweet potato, haupia (sweet tofu-like dessert), pork lau lau (pork and rice wrapped in taro leaf), and added squid lu'au (squid+taro paste not pictured). Haiwaiians also like to eat this taro paste called poi. You're supposed to dip salty meats in it. I supposed it kind of acts like a starch like rice. I think it's just ok~ but to each their own.
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