A guest post from an amazing yogi who experienced an outdoors adventure-packed trip to Kauai!
Hi, I’m Brandi, embarking on a solo adventure in the Garden Isle of Kauai, the island that most embraces the spirit of Aloha that finds joy in everything, sees good in everyone and preserves all of God’s stunning luscious earth by not allowing chemical-based toiletries, plastic bags or water bottles!
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Aloha! Every day was an adventure, an exploration, and a wander of beauty you have to see with your own eyes. I’m starting with the Beach House Hostel where I slept 6 of 7 nights (the other was in the car) on a very uncomfortable mattress feeling the ocean breeze and listening to the waves and roosters crowing all night long!
Sunrises and the moon were incredible every clear morning and night. I blissfully practiced yoga every morning on the short green grass. There were fresh juice bars, food trucks, beach, restaurants, shopping, a bike/run path and a hot shower all right within a minute walk!
I spent half a day exploring the Kauai east coast on mountain bike ending at a secluded surfing beach called Donkey Beach where the waves were rockin! Of course all the beaches in Kauai are a steep hike down and up the rocky cliffs so I left the bike up top. Ke Ala Hele Makalae is the Hawaiin name of the breathtaking trail.
I took myself on a fascinating date to a magical luau despite the drizzling rain.
It was in farmland and a tropical garden that has been passed down through several generations along the Wailua River.
I’ve posted a short YouTube video of part of the ceremony and pictures of the garden but I have NO pictures of me learning to hula dance on stage!!! It was quite intimidating but so fun. Oh and the earth-roasted pig was the most delicious I’ve ever had! My mouth is watering as I write this!
A local islander took me on an adventure starting with a beach picnic in Moloaa Bay where the waves were calm and the napping and swimming were so refreshing especially among the beautiful green foothills.
Then we traveled to Anini Beach, picking up fresh coconuts to drink on the way at this cute little stand you leave $ on the honor system.
From this beach we lava rock hopped along the inaccessible coastline to a hidden no name waterfall that only a few locals even know about!
We cooled off in the chilling spray, snacked on hearts of palm straight from the plant, then returned back just before dusk. It was a sleepy ride back to the hostel!
Of course I had to SUP it up in Kauai! One of the truly breathtaking highlights of my trip was Paddleboarding into the serene beauty of Hanalei Bay from the Hanalei River.
It was 💙 at first sight! Even caught some fun waves out there on the board. It was so difficult to paddle away. A few days later I checked out the Wailua River.
I’m saving some of the best adventures till last, but this one was on my last day and has a very special place in my heart and spirit.
The locals call it Secret Beach, but it’s real name is Kauapea Beach.
It’s a vast beach perfect for walking but very secluded and unmarked with another steep red dirt rock trail to its sandy shores.
There also happens to be a spectacular view of the Kileau Lighthouse!
It’s so secluded that the far end is clothing optional. It was by far my favorite beach and favorite self-reflective alone time on the island.
And on the way, I got lost and found this quaint little house with a sign to buy a handmade lei! I literally walked through the local woman’s yard into her garage where she was making them. The fragrance was phenomenal and the flowers so fresh and lovely. She placed it around my neck and took my picture.
Such a treasured moment.
I still have many adventures to share from Kauai! Click here to read Part 2 of my amazing trip.