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.
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.