Hawaii, Big Island National Parks: Pu’uhonua O Honaunau & Kaloko-Honokohau

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If you’ve read my previous posts, you’ll know that we’re still “sheltering in place” on the Big Island of Hawaii – monitoring the current situation until it’s safe and possible to head back to the UK.

Some of our travel plans had to be cancelled, but we were lucky enough to be able to visit the National Historical Parks of the Big Island before they closed.

While the Big Island is perhaps best known for Volcanoes National Park, there are other important sites to visit, with some beautiful beaches and hiking included! Read on to discover more..

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The Big Island, Hawaii; Kona Cloud Forest & Maka’ula O’Oma Trail

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When we first arrived on the Big Island, over a month ago, the world was still relatively normal.  As normal as it ever has been.  No-one was in “lock down” and the Global panic around the Coronavirus was only just starting to escalate (I talked about our trip so far in my previous post Hunkering down in Hawaii: social distancing on the Big Island)

Life in Hawaii was continuing as usual.  We were lucky enough to be able to do some nice hikes and adventures on the Big Island before the Statewide “stay at home“ order, which has given me some time to update my blog!  Hopefully my posts will provide some escapism and give you some inspiration on things to do in Hawaii once the world returns to it’s “New Normal”, whatever that may be.

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Hiking Kauai: Poipu area trails

In my previous posts, Hiking Kauai; Top trails on the Garden Isle and Hiking Kauai: Kuilau Ridge Trail & Moalepe Trail, I talked about some of my favourite hikes on the North and East of the island.

On our last couple of trips, we’ve stayed in the sunny South of Kauai, in the Poipu area, and have discovered a few nice trails for all abilities, which give you the opportunity to explore the neighbourhood, and take in some stunning views of the coastline.  So if you’re lucky enough to be planning a trip to Kauai, these are on my “must do” list!

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Kauai: South Shore Poipu area, activities & sightseeing

In my previous post about the sunny South shore of Kauai, I talked about my experiences and recommendations for accommodation, dining and shopping (Kauai: South Shore Poipu area accommodation & dining)

If you can tear yourself away from the world class beaches, and delicious eateries, there are plenty of interesting things to see and do around this beautiful and historical area.

Whether you’re in the mood to immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture (and get a respite from the heat for a while!), wander beautiful gardens, or tick off the stops along a the Heritage Trail, here are a few of my “must dos” while you’re there…

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Kauai: South Shore Poipu area accommodation & dining

It’s hard to believe a year has flown by since I wrote about visiting the Western side of the beautiful Island of Kauai Summer on Kauai; Waimea town, Canyon & surrounding areas.

With the far North of the island still inaccessible to tourists, due to the severe floods last year, we have enjoyed discovering and experiencing new and varied sides of the lush Garden Island.

On our last two visits, we have stayed on the sunny South of the island, in the Poipu area,  which boasts an array of stunning beaches, some great shops and eateries, and, most importantly, the best weather on the island!

Read on for more of my experiences and recommendations for Poipu and beyond!

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Kayaking Kauai; Kayak Wailua

There are so many activities to choose from on the adventure island of Kauai, in the air, land or water, it can be difficult to decide which to do during your visit!

We have been lucky enough to visit Kauai a few times, and have had the privilege of viewing the island from a helicopter (you can read about that adventure here), from a catamaran at sea, and of course from the many incredible hiking trails around the island.  But I had yet to see the island from the viewpoint of the beautiful Wailua River, the largest navigable river on Kauai.   So on our most recent trip, after a bit of research, we booked our places, grabbed our paddles, and off we went!

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Summer in Hawaii; Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Oahu

Aloha!  In my previous post Summer on Kauai; Waimea town, Canyon & surrounding areas, I talked about week one of our Honeymoon,  in the beautiful and rugged Waimea area on Kauai.  For the next half of our trip, we left our little sugar plantation that had become home, and headed to the bright lights of Waikiki!

I’ve now been lucky enough to visit Oahu & Waikiki several times, and in this post I’ll give some recommendations & reviews of where we stay and favourite restaurants in this bustling coastal city.  There are are also much quieter and more remote parts of this beautiful island and Waikiki is a perfect base from which to explore..

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Summer on Kauai; Waimea town, Canyon & surrounding areas

As you may know if you have visited my blog before, I don’t need much excuse to re-visit Hawaii (or in particular, my current favourite of the islands, Kauai)!  So after a small amount of deliberation, we decided to take a 2-week summer trip last month for our (slightly belated) honeymoon 😀

Sadly, due to severe flooding and mud slides in the North of Kauai in April this year, the resort where we would normally stay (Hanalei Colony Resort) , was still completely blocked off and unable to accept guests (Still not re-opened as of spring 2019).  I wrote about this part of the island in my previous post,  In a land called Hanalei

After doing some research on other parts of the island, we settled on the Waimea area, on the West coast of the Island – the town where Captain Cook first set foot on the islands in 1778.  exactly 240 years later, another intrepid British explorer arrived (only this time, very jet lagged, in a Jeep from Avis and with many shopping bags from Safeway)..

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January 2018: Update on Jack Harter Helicopter tours, Kauai, Hawaii

Aloha! I’ve just updated my previous post to include our most recent helicopter tour over this magical island – this time in the AStar, doors included!  This will give you an idea of what to expect from each tour.  Doors or no doors – it’s up to you – but don’t miss this incredible experience if you’re visiting Kauai 😀

Come fly with me! Magical Kauai from the air (doors optional)

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A perfect morning in Kilauea, Kauai

Coffee & bagels, a picture perfect lighthouse & a secret beach

Aloha!

If you’ve read my previous posts about the stunning “Garden Island” of Kauai, you’ll know that its definitely my favourite of the Hawaiian Islands (so far!), and that I can’t recommend it enough as a magical and idyllic escape.. especially during the winter months.

Continuing my journey around the island,  I thought I’d write a bit about one of my favourite ways to spend a morning on the North Shore.  What could be better than perfect coffee and bagels, a spot of shopping, clifftop views, then sunbathing on a beautiful secluded beach?  You can tell I’m getting excited for my next visit in December!

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