Kauai in 19 days: go slow, go easy

If the posted speed limit won’t work: near Wainiha General Store in Hanalei

That’s probably double the vacation time of the average visitor, so believe me when I say how very lucky we are to have family to stay with when visiting Kauai. Our last trip was 5 years ago – much too long – and there has been a bit of growth in our absence. Notably, the extra lanes into Lihue from the westside, the new large shopping center in Lihue with a Safeway (with its own Starbucks!), and for public transport, evening routes on The Kauai Bus. They’re things that shape the community in the name of progress, but despite that obvious fact, Kauai remains the laid-back island that I know and love.

In front of the house in Kekaha
100 feet from our doorstep: the beach is back at Kekaha!

Nearly 3 weeks in Hawaii saw us visiting the farmers markets on multiple occasions, eating a scary amount of raw fish poke (my poor stepmom never ever got to properly feed us), sushi, and drinking beer. We did manage to do a hike in Koke’e State Park (Honopu Ridge Trail) and a hands on poi-making lesson in Hanalei. Stay tuned while I shuffle between holiday prep and editing photos…it’s getting busy with the countdown to xmas and I’m still adjusting to the new time zone.

Then close your eyes, and tap your heels together 3 times

Dame Rose silver cap-toe slip-ons in red

‘There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home’.

Channeling Dorothy here. We’re finally back in the chestnut forest after nearly 3 lazy weeks in Hawaii. Needless to say, we had a great time getting around on the Kauai Bus, eating all the tropical fruits we could get our hands on, and living the life of beach bums. I know it would’ve been nice to post a couple of selfies with coconuts in our hands or something of the sort, but I promised myself to minimize time on the internet and do scheduled posts in order to maintain the routine. Recipes sitting in draft-mode can be such a blog-saver when you’re busy washing sand out of your hair and running around in rubber slippers.