Kaui, the last Island of our trip. We tried to walk to the Queens bath, which seemed to be much muddier and steeper than we thought. We basically mud slided down a mountain with only tree roots to stop us. I think it was probably the highlight of our trip, only to realise that we cant actually swim in the baths as it was high tide. We swam in the rain, watched the best sunrises with rainbows everywhere. We went out one night to dance the hula and drove to see the most beautiful valleys. Definitely my favourite island of the three. It is more wild and untamed and we love that.
We flew into Hilo and flew out of Kona. That is apparently how it was done. The Hilo side of the island was green and full of forests, where the Kona side has lava fields as far as you can see. The ocean is blue and the snorkeling from the beach were great.
The Volcano NP was one of the big attractions for us. When we were there, there were no active lava and part of the park was still closed from the eruption a few months prior, but it was still exciting to think that we were walking inside a crater. There were lots of steam, and plenty of sun. The black sand beach was just what we needed. It was the biggest swell I have ever seen, and the kids loved it.
We were only on the North Shore for a short few days. We’ve got to surf Pipeline, although in summer it is pretty flat. We’ve got to swim in waterfalls and Hannah had a chance to learn Hoola dancing from a local lady in her house. Other than that, we saw loads and loads of wild chickens and had to go to bed early to catch our 5 am flight back in Honolulu.
After our Waikiki stint we drove up the coast to the North Shore. We stopped at some beautiful beaches, including the famous Lanikai. The landscape on the east side of Ohau is breathtaking. We started our tiny house living that night in a room that had just enough space for a bed and a blowup mattress. Our first lesson on booking Air BnB’s. It is definitely smaller than it looks on photos.