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Favorite Kauai Hikes + Adventure

Nopali Coast Trail, Hanalei. It is unbelievably gorgeous and I think I could hike it a million times before it gets old. Spectacular views starting early on.  On the way back, Sushi Girl hut in Hanalei about 10 minutes from trailhead has great sushi.

Sleeping Giant Trail, Kappa. Beautiful short hike to include in your day. Great views at the top, and the trailhead is right in the town of Kappa so its easy to get to.

Waimea Canyon. Driving in that area is spectacular. There's only one road in from the south, so you can make stops along the way and see it all from rest stops on the side of the road. The hike we did was mostly under the canopy of the trees until the very end where you see me with my backpack overlooking the water. The view at the top is amazing! Around 4-5 miles round trip. Make sure you bring enough water!! (we didn't) There is nothing up in this area. 

Bike Path in Kapa'a for a walk, run or bike ride. Park at Kealia Beach one day for a run and ran south. Another day we visited early in the morning and walked north along the path to see the sunrise which is also gorgeous. During whale season, which is around Jan/ Feb, this is a great whale watching spot.

Shiva Temple. On beautiful sacred grounds. Banyan trees and a beautiful Shiva temple. Visitors are welcome most days at specific times in the morning. Friday is the community day so it tends to be more crowded. If you can go on another day it’s preferable.

Favorite Places to Chill in Kauai

Kapa'a + Hanalei, both on the north shore. Kapa'a is a cute little surfer town, and Hanalei is a bit more upscale but still pretty chill. There’s not much of a “going out” scene here. Make sure you enjoy the people your with :)

St. Regis Hotel Beach. Afternoon beach hang and/or cocktails on the terrace..  Everything at this hotel is amazing and you can visit totally free and even valet your car as a guest. They welcome you to do so. 

And all beaches in Hawaii are public, so you can access St. Regis public beach which is absolutely gorgeous. shown in video. (A bit of a nicer spot to chill than the Hanalei Bay beach right next door which is the town beach)  Swimming here is also great because a lot of the beaches in Kauai have big waves + currents. The water here is typically calm.

Perched up high on the cliffs, it's the most epic place to watch the sunset + surfers.


Favorite Places to Sleep in Kauai 

Airbnbs of course. Anything near the water or up in the hills. I’ve done both options.

Kauai Shores in Kapa'a is also great. An updated 70s hotel. What we absolutely loved there was waking up and walking to the ocean to watch the sunrise. The rooms are simple, not fancy but clean and perfect for a base camp. The cafe on site has good food and more importantly ocean front seating. They also have a little fridge in the room which is nice.  

Favorite Places to Eat in Kauai - Dinner

Dolphin Sushi. Right at the beginning of town in Hanalei. Great for dinner and outdoor dining experience. Apparently celeb sitings of George Clooney and the like can also be found here.

Postcard Cafe. In Hanalei. Super cute local place. on the pricier side. Great food and great people. Really chill.

Sushi Girl Sushi. North of Hanalei. Great little hole in the wall place off the side of the road on the way to Nopali Coast Hike.

Cafe @ Kauai Shores Hotel. Kapa'a. Even if you don't stay there, it's a sweet spot to visit since it's on the beach. Nice for daytime or dinner.


Casual/ Lunch

The Coconut Cup Juice Bar + Cafe. Just north of town in Kauai. It's a small little hut with outdoor seating. Really fresh + high quality salads + smoothies.

Papaya's Natural Foods + Cafe. In Kapa'a. Great salad, soup + sandwich bar if you're looking for something super healthy. This is THE health food place of Kauai. Everything is vegan. It's also a supermarket with all the healthy goods, local produce, etc. It's also in the same shopping plaza as Safeway.

The Big Island/ Kona

The Big Island/ Kona


where we went + loved !

We swam almost everyday we were here during our 3 week stint on the Big Island. We prioritized life around swimming and being near the water. Everywhere you go you swim with fish. The water is plenty warm (though not Caribbean) and it's just the best.



Swim the Iron Man course and then go to Huggos for sunset. The Ironman course is so beautiful! It's right in the middle of the town in Kona, and it's a protected area, with super clear water. It was one of my favorite swims.

Run / Swim / Hand @ Kekaha Kai State Park. An incredible park! About 1.5 mile long road as you drive in. Nice grade for a moderately challenging run up and back. The road is amazing, you feel like your on mars. Then you get to this insane beach.. photo above. We ran the road and then swam. The most beautiful blue water and white sand beaches. Incredibly gorgeous. This place definitely gets crowded and hot by mid-morning so get there early.

The Four Seasons Hotel - so beautiful. You can go just to enjoy a drink or to walk the property. The landscaping, and the way the place is integrated into the natural landscape is so beautiful.



Puuhonua o Hanaunau National Historic Park - Definitely one of the most beautiful national parks I've ever been to. Amazing on every level, and quick to explore. It looks like a place where athleta models come to do model shoots! You can run here, watch the sunset, and just enjoy the park. 

Snorkel / Swim @ Honaunau Bay / Two Step. This is right next to Puuhonua Park. It's an amazing spot to go for a casual swim at any time of day. In the morning we've seen dolphins, and at night, epic sunset and local Hawaiians hanging out, rowing and enjoying life.

Captain Cook Beach. The bay over from Honauanau Bay, this place is possibly even more special. It's almost tucked into the mountains behind it, and definitely has a special energy there.