Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Kauai Day 1 - (Sat 06/12/2010)

Today was our first full day on the island. After breakfast we headed to north side of the island. We stopped in Hanalei first to check out a farmer's market and arrived just in time. It opens at 9:30 and people were lined up. At the market we picked up some organic lettuce, a cucumber, papaya, lychee nuts, local honey(my son has a thing for honey) and a coconut.
 We packed it all in our cooler and head to Kee Beach located at the end of the road. Before hanging out at the beach we put our tennis shoes on and did some hiking. At this beach is the beginning of the Na Pali Coast with an 11 mile hiking trail up and around the mountain. The trail is called Kalalau Trail,we only hiked 4 miles in (8 miles round trip). The view from the mountain was breathtaking!
 After our long hike we grabbed our stuff and headed to the beach. Even from the beach the views of the Na Pali coast are exquisite. The Thornbirds and Lord of the Flies were filmed at this beach. Kee Beach has a reef that creates a calm lagoon which is great for snorkeling.
 After a couple house at the beach we were on the road again. On the way back we stopped in Hanalei again for some shaved ice. I just love this little town(I could live here)! While we ate our shaved ice a band started playing in the grass. It was such a community feeling as people were drawn to the music and started dancing on the lawn or just hang out and listen. Once we got back to our condo the activities of the day hit us and were exhausted! Another early night to get ready for another day of adventure.

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