Sunday, April 20, 2014
While we were in Hawaii Kate really wanted to take us all to a Luau... I was honestly dreading it as it sounded like a horrible, expensive, tourist trap... but in the end it was a fun experience that we all enjoyed.
Elizabeth always finds an animal friend whereever she goes. This one wanted to eat her orchid lei!
One morning Jan decided to learn how to surf. Afterwards, he borrowed the surf board to try out a few tricks on his own. He took lessons from a guy who lives down the street from our tree house, Brando. They went out for about 2 hours and Jan did really well! I think it is a sport that the two of us would really get into if we lived here. It’s great exercise yet really relaxing at the same time. It’s been amazing watching all the surfers here. They range in age and athletic ability from your quitecential surfer dude to mom’s with little 4-5 year old kids to old men out getting a bit of sun and exercise. While Jan was surfing, we played at the beach, jumping the waves, making sandcastles and eating snacks. Speaking of snacks, the kids have these little mini camelbacks which have been great on this vacation. I fill them up with water and snacks in the morning and they last the kids all day. This way they are not constantly asking me for something to eat and drink and they get to carry the camelback with them wherever they go! The other great thing is that it is such a novelty to drink out of the tubing/hose for the camelback that they drink all the time. It’s been really hot some days which is good that they are drinking so much. The evening we went to Hanali Bay to watch the most beautiful sunset over the pier.
They are amazed by jumping the little waves and did that for over an hour. Andrew likes to have the waves sweep him into shore a little bit, until the salt water gets in his eyes.
The kids founds coconuts all over the beach and made a coconut heart. So sweet!
Towards the end of our trip we took a drive around the island to see what all else there is to see.
We had been looking forward to this vacation for a very long time! With Baby #3 on the way shortly we wanted to get one last vacation in as a foursome as we won't get an opportunity to do our usual summer vacation plans this year.
The kids did a great job on the long flight to Hawaii making friends with the pilot and taking some good naps on the plane. Elizabeth must have played 100 games of hangman between the flights there and back.
We made it to Kaua’i in one piece with all of luggage and didn’t miss our connections. What more can you ask for in travel nowadays.
While I had visions of beautiful Hawaiian women welcoming us to the island with colorful leis, it turns out that the official ambassadors of the island are the roosters which are pretty much everywhere on the island. The kids just LOVED the roosters!
Wake up call = roosters all the time. When I mean all the time, they cock a doodle doo at 1am. Their internal clock is messed up. Anytime we walk outside of the tree house, there are at least 4-5 in the yard. And it’s not like they are the same ones. They run around everywhere. The kids absolutely love them and chase them around on the beach and through the yard. I’m sure we’ll get used to the roosters!
Our home away from home was this eccentric "Tree House" set along a small river a short walk from the beach up on the north shore, half way between Hanalei Bay and Ke'e Beach at the end of the road. It was a perfect location as we ended up spending nearly all of our time within a short drive from the house on the various north shore beaches and attractions.
The first morning after we arrived, we went for a swim at Anani beach. The kids found tons of coral to collect on the beach but the water was a bit cold. This did not bother Andrew at all but not for me and Elizabeth! We found a really cool crab but he was entirely too fast to capture.
We went to Tunnels Beach for sunset one evening and found a neat friend resting on the sand. Monk seals are endangered and enjoy resting on the beach prior to returning to sea. We enjoyed watching him lounge in the sand.
We hiked to Queen’s Bath, a really neat spot. The kids enjoyed the hike through the rainforest and we even came upon a beautiful waterfall! When the hike opens up to the shore, it is huge black volcanic cliffs. We could not swim in the Queen's Bath as in the winter, the tide/waves are huge but it was still beautiful to see.
One morning we went to a 'locals' beach i.e. a little bit more off the beaten path. There was a surfer who was really good and fun to watch. Jan got some good photos of him. The people watching at this beach was definitely interesting if not epic. Anything really went on this beach. The tides were really different as the waves were so big and the current so strong that the sand broke off to the ocean with a big cliff. Therefore, everyone sat within a small area where a river met the ocean, allowing for some area for the kids to play in the water. We had fun watching the surfers here as they were really good (crazy in my opinion but really good). Elizabeth and I found all kinds of small shells there. It was probably the best shell beach we’ve found so far. It helped that we were there at high tide and the waves were washing in fresh choices. Elizabeth is precious as she has collected tons (and I mean tons) of shells, coral and lava rock. She has quite the collection and just loves looking for stuff on the beach. Every day she comes home with a bucket/bag of treasures. Andrew found a little three year old friend that he played with. They had crab races through the water which was cute to watch.