9 days photo itinerary in Kauai, Hawaii

The Travelair on Oct 23, 2018 5:33:26 PM

While our trip to Kauai, Hawaii was evolving I was posting here moments of it. From the beginning till the end. We flew Dec 31st at 10:45 am EST from Boston and this photo journal begun a few hours before 2018 broke in! Here's our dynamic itinerary.

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Our itinerary came out dynamic, day by day, as we saw fit according to mood for the day.  Looking back to it we could not have done it better! It was our best trip ever. We alternated hiking days with more restful beach days and we started with shorter hikes that were made longer as days went by and we felt more ready for them.  

Day 1: Polihale beach and Hanapepe Swinging Bridge

Day 2: Kilauea Lighthouse, Kuilau Ridge Trailhead, Poipu Shopping Centre

Day 3: Diving day, Poipu Beach Park, Koloa History Center

Day 4: Waimea Canyon Hikings, Kalalau Trail Lookout

Day 5:  Anini Beach, Hanalei Beach

Day 6: Kalalau Trail up to Hanakapiai Beach

Day 7: Helicopter ride and Mahaulepu Heritage Trail

Day 8: Lydgate Park

Day 9: Alakai Swamp Trail

Day 0: Leaving view (Our neighborhood)Leaving-view-winter-snow-Somerville-Boston

Boston Logan Airport

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Flying over time zone after time zone  

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Day 1: Next morning wake up view 

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The door to our room at the hostel

Aloha room Kauai Beach House Hostel Hawaii

Gecko spotting for good luck 

Geckos Kauai for good luck

First steps on Hawaiian red sand

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Chickens, roosters and chicks are everywhere

chicken roosters chicks kauai

Polihale beach, breathtaking!Polihale-Beach

Day 2: Hanapepe Swinging Bridge

Hanapepe Swinging Bridge

Kilauea LighthouseKilauea Lighthouse

Kuilau Ridge Trailhead - HikingKuilau Ridge Trailhead hiking

Kuilau Ridge Trailhead selfie

Kuilau Ridge Trailhead trail

Treasuring trees

Treasuring Trees

Poipu Shopping center - Rainbows are everywhere!Poipu Shopping center rainbow

Day 3: Off for Diving!

View from diving boat

and a Sea turtle encounter already!

Sea-turtle

Hungry on the boat between dives

Hungry on the boat between dives

That was a pretty rough sea during diving. Time to settle. rough-sea-time-to-settle-after-the-storm

Poipu Beach Park

Poipu-Beach-Park

 Then we took our way back home with a stop at Koloa town at the Koloa History Center

Old-Koloa-Town-History-Center

Koloa History Center - me seating at the bench under a majestic tree with a lady 'statue'

Koloa-History-Center

Back to our hostel - changing for a better room and getting this room with a view!

the-view-from-our-room-at-Kauai-Beach-hostel

 Day 4: Waimea Canyon Hikings

Waimea-Canyon-view-wide-angle

 Hiking trails

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Resting

Resting

Kalalau Lookout

Kalalau-Lookout

 Kalalau lookout keeping us thereKalalau-Breathtaking Puu-O-Kila-Lookout-majestic

Puu-O-Kila-Lookout-best

Day 5: Beach day - Anini Beach

Anini-rest

 Hanalei Beach and Pier

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Hanalei-Pier

Hanalei-Pier-Wedding

Hanalei Beach during sunsetHanalei-Beach

Colors changing by the minute

Hanalei-sunset

Hanalei-sunset-by the minute

Day 6: Hiking the amazing Kalalau trail

Kalalau trail beginning

 A man on the path

Kalalau trail and a man on the path

 There were ups

Uphiling Kalalau trail

There were downs

Downhilling Kalalau trail

There were spots like this

forest-trail-views-Kalalau

And there were views like this

Kalalau-trail-views

After the first two miles you end up in this gorgeous beach:

Hanakapiai Beach

Hanakapiai Beach-1

 On our way back we spot shark fins on land!

Shark-fins-on-land-Kalalau-trail

and again some slippery muddy spots

Slippy-muddy-Kalalau-trail

And we're back to the Ke'e Beach were we started off our hike 

Back-to-beginning-of-Kalalau-trail

  When-the-sun-starts-to-set-kalalau-trail-1

for some sunset views

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Sunset-Kalalau-trail

Day 7: From highs to lows: Helicopter Ride + Beach Hiking

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helicopter-waimea-canyon

helicopter-clouds

helicopter-napali-coast

helicopter-waterfalls

helicopter-shot-napali

Mahaulepu Heritage Trail

Mahaulepu Heritage Trail- Along the beach

Mahaulepu-Heritage-Trail

beach-red-soil-golf-Mahaulepu Heritage Trail

Mahaulepu Heritage Trail- Rainbow

Mahaulepu Heritage Trail-beach

Mahaulepu Heritage Trail-end

Day 8: Lydgate State Park

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LydgateSP3

Last Day 9: Alakai swamp trail

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End of the routealakai swamp trail 20

and back

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alakai swamp trail 5

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Drove down to the closest beach to catch a sea sunset while snackingalakai swamp trail 23

The end for now :)

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Topics: USA Kauai Hawaii