April 25, 2015

Wailua River and Opaekaa Falls | Kauai




Kauai is photogenic enough as it is, but with clear and bright skies, it was going a little overboard with perfection on the day we visited the Wailua River State Park.  There were people kayaking through the vibrant greenery on the Wailua River, and it was about as picturesque as it gets.




The river leads right to the pacific ocean.  I loved that we could see the where the two meet from our vantage point.  The pops of blue and green contrasted beautifully.  It was bold color heaven!








The Opaekaa Falls were just across the street from our lookout...




You can tell how bright it was based on the shade of my red hair, haha!  I love it.

This area is well worth the quick detour if you're on the island.  (Only about 10 mins from Kapaa, which you will definitely visit at some point if you're in Kauai, as the island is not very big!)

I'm pretty sure that the views of the Wailua River are my favorite photos from our entire time in Kauai.

April 20, 2015

Kilauea Point Lighthouse and Wildlife Refuge | Kauai


We could see the Kilauea Point Lighthouse from the bluff at our resort in Princeville, so it was taunting us to visit before we left!  What is it about lighthouses?  They are just so fascinating to me.

It turns out this lighthouse is surrounded by the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Reguge, so birds and wildlife are plentiful in the area, giving us even more to see and explore.


 
 

From the bluff we were able to take in great views of the ocean and coastline, all the way down to our resort.






Even the walk back to the parking lot offered views...


I think you get the picture, Kauai is just too pretty for its own good.

And lighthouses are cool.

April 17, 2015

Grilling at the Resort | Princeville, Kauai


Our resort in Kauai (which I blogged about in depth here) had some well placed grills that we were sure to use during our stay.  We loved having a few family meals overlooking the ocean!




Seriously, can you beat that view while grilling???

We made a tri tip the first night we got in with lots of fresh veggies, grilled pineapple, and shrimp skewers. (Grilled pineapple is heaven!)

Another night Charles and I bought some super fresh fish at a local market and he marinated the best fish tacos I've ever had.  I'm glad we were able to take advantage of the local food and flavors!

 
 
^Marinating the fish before grilling... he's basically a pro.

^You can't grill without a beer.  It is a family rule.  Hawaiian beers for the win!  The Wailua Wheat from Kona Brewing Co. was my favorite... a wheat beer brewed with tropical passion fruit!  Yummmm!  I wanted to get some on the mainland, but they currently can only distribute it in Hawaii.  Of course Charles favored the IPA.

^All the fixings necessary for tacos!

On our last night grilling a beautiful rainbow came out....(I can't make this stuff up).


Rainbows or not, the view was always gorgeous...


I'm glad my family enjoyed some down time cooking, laughing and taking in the view.  Because with a view like that, we had to take advantage of it all!

April 13, 2015

Cliff Sunset | Princeville, Kauai


Our resort had the prettiest sunsets.  I could barely handle the purple sunset we had one night.  Charles and I walked around and soaked it all up.  I wanted to remember every color and every moment.  The quiet breeze, feeling removed from everything else in the world...


As I took it all in, I was reminded of this quote:

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

Henry David Thoreau