Tuesday, July 7, 2015


We soon leave for Kauai, Hawaii, our most-loved island of all. Having hiked the east coast, the mid-west and the west coast, Kauai is by far the most laborious and the most beautiful. Hawaii and I are a match made in Heaven. Life there is meant to be lived outdoors. The culture runs deep and the artistic community is strong. The inhabitants are diverse yet proud, and the landscaope is incredibly intense yet varies. There's so much more than grass skirts and luaus - though I admit, I've really taken to the sound of the ukulele.

The Kalalau Trail is 11 miles one way along the stunning Na Pali Coast, frequently named Hawaii's most scenic place. It can be seen via helicopter, boat or on foot. 

The first time I went, I was a little intimidated and likely unprepared to tackle the entire two-day, 22 mile trail. Fortunately, there are plenty of options that allow just a portion of the trail, with opportunities to see waterfalls and beaches that are only accessible by hiking there. Hanakapi'ai Falls makes for a strenuous but doable 8 mile hike, and when you reach the falls, it comes at a the perfect time for a swim and/or just a break.

But I digress. 

Packing. Yeah, probably my least favorite part of travel, and even pulling together a suitcase for something as blissful as 10 days in Hawaii usually leaves me writhing in agony on the floor of my closet. This being my second time to the Aloha state, I feel I have a little bit better idea on what to bring and what to leave behind. 

We are a very adventurous family and always have an active itinerary of hiking, biking, strolling, cave exploring, snorkeling, and lots and lots of exploring. We do enjoy higher-end dining, but it's still rather laid-back and casual in Kauai. So, leave those heels at home!

Here's an idea of what I'd wear hiking in Kauai. Comfortable and sporty is key. Along with copious amounts of sunscreen and water. Note: I love my Merrell hiking shoes similar to the ones here, but honestly my Keen water shoes (closed-toe) gripped the wet, slippery rocks we approached along the path).
Packing for a Hawaii Hike

1 comment:

  1. Goodness, it seems like so many people I know are visiting the magical island this summer! I guess I will have to follow their lead soon (fingers crossed!). I hope you have a wonderful time. I have been once before but we didn't do any hiking. I will definitely be going hiking on my next venture to the islands!


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