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  • Day330

    Hanalei

    May 7 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    Aus gesundheitlichen Gründen waren die letzten Tag eher entspannt und wir haben etwas Zeit damit verbracht, unsere Elektrogeräte bei Starbucks aufzuladen 😇.

    Heute Mittag machen uns dann auf den Weg nach Hanalei, wo wir uns mit zwei Paaren aus Chicago, die wir auf Molokai kennengelernt haben, zum Abendessen treffen wollen. Auf dem Weg prüfen wir noch einen Strand auf Übernachtungstauglichkeit und spielen eine Runde Minigolf in einem botanischen Garten. Im Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge treffen wir zufällig die zwei Paare und nach dem Anblick unseres Vans bieten sie uns an, dass wir bei ihnen im Resort duschen können. Mit Shampoo 😯😀. Wir hoffen, dass es nicht an unserem Geruch lag 🤷🏻‍♀️ aber wir nehmen dankend an, die letzten Tage wurde nämlich nur im Meer und an den Outdoorduschen am Strand geduscht.

    Wie neu geboren 🚿 machen wir uns alle auf den Weg nach Hanalei und essen im Tahiti Nui. Wir haben ziemlich Glück mit unserer Ankunftszeit, 20 Minuten später hat sich nämlich schon eine lange Schlange gebildet. Seitdem Geoge Clooney in "The Descendants" in dieser Tiki Bar saß, können sich die Besitzer nicht mehr über mangelnde Kundschaft beschweren. Dass das andere Lokal in dem Ort heute geschlossen hat, macht es nicht besser.

    Wir genießen den Abend bei Livemusik und dem ein oder anderen kühlen Getränk, bevor es wieder zu unserem Van in den nahegelegenen Beach Park geht.
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  • Day9

    Birthday at camp Kalalau

    September 19 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

    Today we get to spend the day at camp to rest and enjoy the site. We wake up around 6am, have coffee and breakfast. We then walk on the beach enjoying the spectacular view of the vista just above us. Too bad the camera is not able to capture all of it.

    We head at the end of the beach where we find a freshwater cave. We are able to go completely in the cave and take a swim if we want. I will come back later for the swim. On our way back we decide to swim and ride the ocean 🌊. You have to stay close to the shore, the waves are pretty strong. We’ve been warned that they can pull you out pretty quickly.

    There are many helicopters and boats that come by to view the beach and view of the lovely vista. They are however not allowed to land or shore at the beach. Only people who walk or kayak to this place can enjoy living in it for a while. Many photos will have our faces in them. Sorry everyone for ruining your photos 😐.

    After lunch we have a nap 😴. It feels cooler today. Tonight we’ll remove the exterior rain cover for the tent. If it rains we have it setup to quickly cover it up again. Some have decided to sleep at the beach 🏖. Too many mosquitoes for me, I’m usually a buffet for them, I won’t give them the opportunity.

    Later in the afternoon we go play in the waves again. It’s amazing the power of the water. We let ourselves be swept to shore and pulled back in. Lot’s of sand ends up everywhere but it’s worth the fun.

    There are goats nearby on the top of the ridges grazing at the grass. We see them run from place to place, it’s crazy how they can do that without falling. Because of them we have to be careful of falling rocks. There are signs everywhere.

    We have dinner with new friends that we made on this journey. We finish the evening by having a campfire on the beach followed by skinny dipping in the freshwater caves.

    I have to thank Ben for this great day. Yesterday I was swearing and wondering why we decided to do this crazy trek. Today I am happy to be here enjoying what nature is offering at one of the best beaches in the world. I had a great birthday. Thank you honey, I love you 😘.
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  • Day10

    Hiking Out

    September 20 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 28 °C

    Today I wake up at 5am. I seem to no longer be able to sleep and our neighbours are packing to head back out. It was a long journey in, it will surely be a long one out. It starts to sprinkle rain while we are having a quick breakfast in the tent. Shit, this will not be a quick hike if the trails are all muddy. Thankfully it only rained a bit.

    We leave camp around 6:15. Let’s do this... Today the sky is cloudy, still a warm day but it helps that the sun is currently blocked. We are doing good time, we make it to the half way point in about 3 hours. At this point we transfer the tent from my bag to Ben’s. What a difference, I feel some much lighter.

    On this trail there are many different vegetation areas:
    -Super lush trees with guava. A lot of them fall and create a gooey mess on the trail. Plus the smell of rotten guava is strong.
    -Stain berries trees (the berries are dark purple and stain things for life, that’s what one of the locals told me)
    -Gigantic, I call them, pineapple tops as that what they look like to me. They are taller than me. Watch out for your eyes as they have sharp pointy leaves at the eye level.
    -Really tall grasses with whips at their ends that hit you in the face as you walk by.
    -Shrubs that have really dry branches that scratch you as you pass.

    The beat of the walk is pretty much the same for most of the trail. You ascend when reaching the outer ridges and descend to the inner streams. Some streams are wider than others and require that you cross barefoot if you don’t want to soak your boots. Coming in I had a soaker trying to save time by not taking my boots off... We learn by experience.

    Not too long after the halfway point it starts to pour. We get soaked in no time. It actually feels good as it cools me down. The downside is that the trail is now super muddy and slippery. No worries I take my time. I don’t want to slip and fall off the side. As we get closer to the end we see many folks coming in to do the hike to the falls. Some stop us and ask if we did the whole trail. They congratulate us when we told them we did.

    I am happy to reach the end. It was quite a difficult trek. I underestimated it, mostly due to the heat for me. Some do it completely in the rain, it must be quite challenging.

    At the end of the trail we sign up for the shuttle. The next one is not for where we need to go. Thankfully, Ed, who we hiked for a while with, offers to take us to where we need to our car. It’s on the way to where he is heading. Thanks Ed.

    We make it to our hotel, have a well deserved shower and catch up on all the digital life we left behind while we were out. Lots of stuff goes on in three days.

    We finish the day by having a great dinner at a restaurant called “Gaylord’s”. I know what you may be thinking... It’s a just a regular restaurant with great food and lovely inner court. I had a dish of sesame crusted seared Ahi. It was amazing.
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  • Day11

    Kodiak adventures

    September 21 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Today we get up early again, 5:30am as we have to be a the wharf for 6:40. We met folks on the way to Kalalau trail that said they had a great day on a Kodiak raft. We signed up as we were still in the shuttle to the Napali coast 😉.

    We get there, sign the you may die waver and meet our crew. Captain Shawn and Mate BJ are going to take us out on our adventure.

    The captain explains the rules of the boat and how to be safe. We need to hold on for this ride as we are sitting on the inflatable sides of the boat while holding two different ropes. We even have a third rope for our feet that we also need to use in case we let go of the other two.

    We start the adventure going out to the ocean. The waves are pretty big already. The captain had warned us that this is the warmup part. We will see bigger stronger waves on the way back as the day progresses and the winds pick up waves 🌊.

    We ride for a while until we see a pod of dolphins. They are still sleeping; they swim in their sleep turning off half of their brain at a time. There are little cute baby dolphins as well. We see a couple of the roll out of the water.

    We keep going. I am glad we have the ropes, without them we would be flying of the Kodak. The waves are bigger than I imagined. I am however enjoying every moment. I am in front and have the best view. The downside is that I also have the most bumps but it’s not that bad.

    The captain brings us in caves which only the kodiaks are small enough to fit. This is so cool, the captain is pretty good at keeping us away from the rocks while allowing us to get some good photos.

    After the caves, we head to the Napali coast. This is we just finished hiking. We get to see where we were from a different perspective. The view is quite impressive. Now we are the tourists looking at the hikers on the beach. Sorry guys.

    We turn back from here and head to a beach for some snorkeling and some lunch. The water is pretty murky so we see some fish but only when pretty close. After our lunch, BJ takes us on a walk explaining that this beach was a sacred place for Hawaiians at the time. They had rituals of dance and chanting. The shape of the rock cliff made good reverberation for singing.

    We head back to port, on the way back we catch different types of waves. The most pleasant ones were the large rolling ones where we feel like we are on a roller coaster. The small choppy ones are harder on the back as the boat keeps hitting them hard slapping them. At one point the wind picks up so much that I’m sure we are all going to fly off the boat. “Hold on tight“ is what the captain tells us. I oblige.

    We make it all to the wharf, no one lost to sea. We thank our crew and head back to our resort. We get some things for a dinner on our patio. I got some Ahi poke style. It was really good.
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  • Day8

    Cockadoodledoo

    September 18 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    There are many roosters and chickens running around everywhere on this island. It is said that many of them escaped during a hurricane in 1992 from their farms. They are now everywhere. This morning I hear about 4 of them competing to wake me up ⏰.

    We take a shuttle bus to the Kalalau trail head. It’s about an hour drive. We had to reserve a ticket in advance. Unfortunately, at the time, we had to buy two different departure times as there was only one left for 7:30 and one left for 8:30. I said let’s try and see if we can ask if both can get on the 7:30. Thankfully the bus was not full and they allowed both of us to travel together.

    There are many other day hikers on the bus, we seem to be the only ones camping. At our arrival at the trailhead everyone runs to start, it’s like it’s race day. We take our time, put sunscreen, make sure everything is OK before we take off.

    The beginning of the trail isn’t too bad, we got this, we are pros... It’s hot and humid but this first part is mostly in the shade. There is some climbing but it’s manageable.

    We stop for lunch at km 10. I take the opportunity to take my boots off and leave my feet dry. We decide to have a dehydrated lunch. We encounter a problem, our JetBoil does no work. The gas does not seem to come out. We bought a used gas can yesterday before leaving, we tried it yesterday to ensure it worked 😠. The lady did say that some people had issues with some cans. Bummer. Plan B is fruit, bars and some Moon cheese 🧀 I got at Costco.

    After lunch and refilling our water, I had already drank 2.5 L, we head off. There are more climbs, I start feeling the effects of the heat, I have a headache and find it harder and harder to continue. I tell myself “one step at a time”. I ensure I drink more. At km 12 I feel worse. I am overheating. I try to take some breaks to try and chill down but there is not really any way to cool in this heat. I keep going but this is no longer fun.

    There are lovely views as we get closer to our camp. The ridges he’s are full of different colours. We get to one spot where you have to really be careful as there is very little path on the side of a cliff. They call it “Crawlers Ledge“. One wrong step and it’s down you go. Thankfully it’s dry today and not raining, I would not want to do this in the rain. We made it through alive 👍.

    We get to camp after 18km. My feet are killing me and I feel like crap. We setup the tent and have a shower at the waterfall 100 m from our site. I take a couple Advil and have a nap to see if it will make me feel better. Thankfully it did 😀

    We prepare supper, we brought wine, sausage, cheese and crackers. We find a spot on the beach and enjoy. I finally got the JetBoil to work. The problem seems like the pin would not go deep enough in the can for the gas to come out. I found a mini rock, stuck it in the pin hole and screwed the burner. It worked. I’m happy I fixed it.

    At 7:30 it’s completely dark, we head to our tent, watch a show and try to fall asleep. I got back to the waterfall first to try a cool down. It’s still extremely warm, there is no need for a sleeping bag. I sleep butt naked on my sheet trying to think cool thoughts. It was hard to fall asleep but I finally did. I woke up many times tossing and turning but feel not too bad in the morning.
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  • Day6

    Captain Andy's Na Pali Sunset Sail

    October 5 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    We had to get to Port Allen for 2pm for our Napali Coast sunset tour, we still had about an hour to play with so we had a look through some towns, Waimea and Hanapepe, dropped into a shop to get sunscreen and some water and stopped in at a little taco stand on the side of the road. It was colourful and cute so thought why not? Oh my goodness, such a good choice! It was so cheap and the food was amazing! Ben was pretty chuffed and we even topped up our order because we wanted more.
    We made it to the port in time and got ready for our cruise, we had to leave our shoes there, Ben was slightly worried about his pluggers, and on we jumped. The crew were lovely and there were only maybe 40 people? So not too busy and easy to grab a seat. We got a good spot out the back with some shade and facing the coastline of Kauai. The views were spectacular! Most of the photos are on my actual camera but I haven't transferred them over yet, they also won't do it justice, but it was an awesome afternoon. Once we spun around to head back the bar was open and food was ready, all included, we had just a couple of 'sneaky tikis', so good. The captain turned the engines off and we sailed a good part of the way back as we watched the sun set. Once we got back and collected our shoes, we headed back to the hotel via a few stores, including Safeway. We've been trying to track down dip, like French onion or corn relish etc. Nope, it's hummus, lots of varieties of hummus or this weird, non refrigerated goop in a jar. Bah! We bought some snacks for the next few days, but no dip!
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  • Day7

    Kayaking and the '25 minute walk'

    October 6 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Next we headed to Kamokilo hawaiian village to hire a canoe for a while. What an interesting choice that was! Much cheaper than most rental places and closer to the walks and waterfalls, so that was good! We canoed for a while and pulled up at the walk to the falls which the video said was a 25 minute walk. Yeaaaah about that. That rain I said we haven't been getting? Well, it's been pretty wet here because most of the walk was muddy and slushy, nearly lost my plugger so we took them off and embraced the mud. The people coming the opposite way were absolutely covered in mud.. should've realised then. Anyway, we didn't fall over this time but we were slipping all over the place. Finally made it to the waterfall and it was so worth the muddy walk! Absolutely stunning. We had a swim and relaxed for a while then we had to head back to get the canoe back for 5pm. Well, it rained the whole way back, it was pretty funny really, but my god we were saturated, muddy and hungry by the end of it. Luckily we brought our dry bags along! Got to our canoe and flogged it back to the village just in time, what an adventure, just a good few hours!Read more

  • Day8

    Happy hour!

    October 7 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    On our way back to happy hour at our resort, I stopped in at a Starbucks we saw in hope of a decent-ish coffee. It wasn't terrible but also not great, best I've had though! We stopped off at a few lookouts we missed yesterday with the rain. Made it to happy hour and had a few cocktails each and an early dinner of tacos, sliders and chilli cheese fries, so good! We played some of the lawn games for a while after, need to make our own cornholes set when we get home I think. Decided we wanted more drinks so Ben got stuck into his hard lemonades and me into the vodka, we had leftovers from pizza last night as well so we had that later before bed.Read more

  • Day5

    Hello Kauai!

    October 4 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    The flight was quick, bags were ready as soon as we walked in and picking up the car was nice and easy too. We were a little early for check in so went for a drive and a shop, found Wal-Mart! No ridiulcous people inside so that was disappointing. We're staying at Kauai Shores for the next 5 nights and it is such a nice spot, it's right on the beach with the restaurant and lawn games overlooking the water. It has such a nice feel to it. We had a look around, relaxed for a bit and decided to try the restaurant on site for dinner. At the lava lava club we got pupus to share, ribs, loaded potato gems and of course, more shrimp. Had a cocktail each as well, they were delightful! We went for a walk after dinner then headed back to the room to relax and watch a movie.Read more

  • Day6

    Amazing day on Kauai

    October 5 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    A bit slow to get moving this morning but what a great day we had! Because of the slow start we went to McDonald's for a quick breakfast, it's pretty much the same except the coffee is even more garbage than at home and Ben's bun was actually mini pancakes, that was interesting. We headed down to the south coast on our way to the canyon, it wasn't too long of a drive and it was really pretty. We stopped first at the Red dirt falls, a spot on the side of the road, it was bizarre but a lovely little spot for some photos.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Kauai County, Кауаи, কাৱাই কাউন্টি, Condado de Kauai, Kauai konderria, شهرستان کائوآئی، هاوایی, Comté de Kauai, Kauai megye, Քավայի շրջան, Contea di Kauai, カウアイ郡, Kauai Comitatus, Kauai Kūn, Hrabstwo Kauai, کاؤآئی کاؤنٹی, Comitatul Kauai, Округ Кауаји, Кауаї, کاؤآئی کاؤنٹی، ہوائی, Quận Kauai, Condado han Kauai, 考艾县

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