My cousin (code name Sunshine) lives in Kauai. The highlight of our vacation so far was the night we spent at her house on Kalihiwai beach.
We packed a lot of adventure into 48 hours. We hiked to Queen’s Bath, which is a tide pool about the size of a swimming pool.
We also kayaked down the river and hiked in to a gorgeous waterfall, where we swam in the refreshing natural pool.
We paddleboarded and kayaked on the lagoon next to the beach, which is directly outside Sunshine’s front door (!)
And of course we played in the ocean.
Sunshine also harvested the first pineapple from a plant she’s been cultivating for two years.
It was delicious!
It was tough to leave Sunshine’s place. We all decided that we need to return for a visit SOON. We loved the relaxed, natural vibe, and preferred it so much to the resort experience we had at the beginning of our vacation. Just another reminder that a vacation is ten million times better when you are able to connect with a local friend.