April 25, 2016

I know a place: Kauai, Hawaii

“A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself, and only herself.” -Maya Angelou

A Visual Story With Words

Seek solitude in the clouds. In the waves. In the days where you need to be nowhere but here.

That quiet, steady way. In the places where sunshine thrives.

Pause to watch kids play baseball. This is real. Then we all grow up.

Somewhere, out there. Putting one muddy shoe in front of the other. 

Searching, seeking. For the view, any view. That view. It's the ground we cover.

Quiet day after quiet day. Taking time to get from here to there.

Stretch. No expectations to stay. Realize our limitations. 

To look back on something. To see it. To feel it.

We create space and space allows for that voice to grow a little bit softer.

The heart of the culture, holding a thread. The world ticks on. Slowly and quickly.

The disconnect to disconnect.

Replacing the people who walked before us. Every day is earth day. 

It has always been here. Out here. In the ocean.

It has always been here. In here. Explore it.

The Garden Isle

These two articles by Lonely Planet helped me pick which Hawaiian island to explore.

Kauai is an island in the mid-Pacific, part of the Hawaiian archipelago with rainforest covering much of its surface. The dramatic cliffs of its Nā Pali Coast and the 10-mile-long Waimea Canyon are jaw-dropping.

The island is broken into four ares: North Shore, East Side, South Shore and West Side. I stayed in Wailua in East Kauai because it was central for cruising around. If I get over here again, I will look to chill out in Hanalei on the North Shore because the vibe is laid back and it's the perfect launch pad for camping, hiking, swimming and surfing adventures.

Don't Miss

Maha'ulepu Beach (South Shore)
It’s an adventure to get here. The dirt road was crap so I decided to walk the last couple kilometres to the beach in my bikini and running shoes. It was a fun walk accompanied by a short sun shower. Once I got down to the beach, I came across a monk seal (on the world's most endangered animals list), having a snooze in the sand. Apparently they come up on the beach to digest. This is a magical place and worth the trek to experience it.

Waimea Canyon & Koke`e State Park (West Side)
Pinch me. I was so happy rolling up into Waimea Canyon and stopped a few times along the way to check out the vistas. My main reason for this jaunt was to complete the Awa`awapuhi Trail to see the famed Nā Pali Coast bluffs and valleys a cool 2,000 feet below. The 3.25-mile hike straight downhill made the return trip a lot of work but I loved every minute of it.

Hanakapi`ai Trail (North Shore)
A trail runners dream. The coastal views along the Nā Pali Coast are epic both on the way in and the way out. Picturesque Kee Beach makes for one of the world's greatest post-hike swimming spots.

The Secret Stuff

Click through to the map below for my recommendations on what to check out, explore and eat. I've included beaches, hikes, restaurants and yoga classes. All spots are tried and tested.

The most efficient way to get around Kauai is in a car; it's an unfortunate truth about the island. While you can see so much on your own two feet, like the secret beaches and beautiful hikes, getting to the trailheads requires a vehicle.