My husband and I just got back from the most wonderful (first time) visit to Hawaii. Although a short 4 days over the Memorial Day weekend, we spent a night in Honolulu and the remaining time in Kauai. I must say, we may just head straight to Kauai the next time, and there will be a next time. This island is beyond words, breath taking. Mike got to do some wreck dives and I had a ton of fun snorkeling with Honu’s (sea turtles.)
Hikes: We did an 8 mile hike to Hanakapiai Falls via the Kalalau trail- stunning. The first 2 miles are quite easy for those who are regularly active although the heat can be a problem (lots of water and spf). They certainly make you work the next 2 miles to falls, it can be pretty intense on slippery stone and mud, crossing streams on precarious rocks- I noticed people in their flip flops although I’m not sure I would’ve been able to keep up without my sturdy hiking shoes. Nonetheless, the effort was worth it. Once you make it, you can refresh with a swim in the lagoon and stand underneath the beautiful falling waters, which was amazing. We also did a short 2 mile hike on the other side of the Kalalau Trail, which we stumbled upon unexpectedly, it was sort of hidden and kind of quiet but that’s what was great about it.
Food: I recommend this amazing little fish place for lunch, dinner, whatever time you like; called Kilauea Fish Market. They don’t have a licquor license but it’s byow! Amazing fish wrap (must try!) and fish taco. It’s very casual and they have a relaxing and evening romantic patio, surrounded by beauty and away from the noise of the main road. I need to give a shout out to the people that work there as well, very polite and helpful. http://www.yelp.com/biz/kilauea-fish-market-kilauea
We’re a pretty active couple so we go to do a ton of things, but these were the highlights for me. Simply driving from place to place in the convertible we rented allowed us to see the stunning views, and we’d stop off spontaneously where we wanted. Kauai goes on my top favorite places list.