Why you should explore Kauai sooner then later
Deciding to go to Hawaii
When I first got invited to go to Kauai in Hawaii. I wasn’t sure what to think. I was slightly curious about the islands but truthfully Hawaii never really had much a pull for me for some reason. I guess all the stories I had heard made it sound less exotic then places like Bali or Thailand. So instead, I would always jet off to southeast Asia for all my past island adventures.
But I guess it was finally time for me to explore a bit closer to home. So I decided to go. I really had no expectations. I’d lived in southeast Asia on so many islands and fallen so in love with Bali that I felt a lot of times like other islands just could never compare to that awe I felt and still feel for Bali.
"Land really is the best art".
But when I arrived in Kauai that first day It was a strange feeling. I noticed it was very much still American. I guess I thought it would be super “Hawaiian” if you know what I mean. But it wasn’t until I spent a few days there that it really sunk in that the island of Kauai was in fact extremely Hawaiian but not in the way a tourist would think. I mean, they have chevy dealerships, fancy hotels, and fast food places just like LA. That is not where the uniqueness of Kauai is found. Instead what it has that is only available in Kauai is the nature aspect of the island. That is what drops your jaw in awe. That is what makes it “Hawaiian” and that is what makes it like no other place on earth.
I feel like a lot of times us travelers tend to look at the main things. Accommodation, Food, Flights, etc. We want to bring the best information to you. Educate you, help you, show you the obvious stuff. But in Kauai, it was different for me.
I hiked in the mud and rain barefoot. I hiked cold and at times miserable (because I didn’t pack the right shoes). I dug my feet in the earth and hands in the sand. I got in the ocean and sailed the coastline. I climbed cliffs and I drove into the mountains all the way to the top and sat in awe under Kauai’s massive trees. I got super dirty and loved every second of it.
It was in these moments that I felt one with Kauai and finally understood the unique charm it has. It was in these moments I got its ‘draw” everyone speaks about. I felt like my eyes had been opened to this gem that for so many years was so close to me. I regretted all those times I chose to fly across the world when such a Gem was right next door to California.
I remember this one moment shooting on “Captain Andys” yacht sailing up the Napali coast just staring at the side of the cliffs thinking…. “Is this real life”. I remember feeling like my eyes couldn’t take it all in. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so small as I did staring at those cliffs but also at the same time so connected with the earth as I did at the beach later digging my feet in the mud and climbing down to “Queens bath” to catch a sunset.
Simply put, I fell madly in love with Kauai but not as a tourist. Instead, as a human just playing in the jungle that we are lucky enough to call our planet. This is why you go to a place like Kauai. So sorry, I won’t share any resorts or restaurants in this post. Instead I will tell you this….
Bring hiking shoes, bring clothes you don’t mind getting very dirty, bring a rain poncho and bring an adventurous childlike spirit. Even if your the biggest lover of luxury, I’d say leave the 5-star luxury mentality at home for this trip and get in the mud and climb to the top of everything because trust me this adventure is well worth. Also, try “shaved ice”. Its pure sugar but so fun to eat.
I personally can’t wait to explore all the other Hawaiian islands and find more Hawaiian nature adventures to share with all of you.