WHERE I GREW UP (KAUA'I), PART II

I'm on maternity leave and decided to come home for a little while. Traveling with a 2 month old (who is now three months) was nerve wracking, but worth it. Beaches, food, and whatever else.
  1. Salt Pond, Hanapepe
    Baby's first dip in the ocean. It was cold and windy, so clearly she hated it 😕 Didn't help that mama wasn't paying attention and she got smacked by a wave 😫
  2. Wailua Homesteads
    Back in high school my BFF and I would drive around neighborhoods just looking at the beautiful scenery. 20 years later we still do it, finding things like pet peacocks hanging out in front yards!
  3. Wailua Homesteads
    Grew up here and never seen this tree before until today. Apparently it's a Bombax, though I don't know if there is a Hawaiian name. Gorgeous flowers!
  4. Koa Kea, Poipu, Hawaii
    South side beach day. A little spot between Waiohai beach and Sheratons. A little cove good for kids to swim in when there is a beach there. Baby loved today's dip.
  5. Kalalea Juice Hale, Anahola
    Seriously the BEST acai bowls and smoothies in the world. Freshest, local ingredients. One of the many days I came, the guy opened a coconut right there to use the juice and meat for my bowl. The Next Level acai bowl is my favorite. Get it with a scoop of coconut sorbet. You will be in heaven.
  6. Fuji Beach, Kapa'a, HI
    Behind the Chevron Station in Kapa'a, a small beach for kids. It is protected by a reef and is shallow and calm, regardless of waves further out. The water is constantly flowing, though, so it isn't stagnant. Parking is right next to beach and there is a shower. Convenient.
  7. Lae Nani, Wailua
    Again, grew up here and have never been to this beach. WTF. Anyway, another great beach for kids. Small kiddie pool and another area protected by reef (in pic) where kids can swim. Behind Lae Nani condos (or hotel? Idk what it is) in Wailua, near Kintaro restaurant and She'll gas station.
  8. Wailua Shave Ice, Kapa'a Town
    Duuuuude, the shave ice flavors here are amazing, innovative, fresh and local. I had the UALA NIU, which was coconut milk, okinawan sweet potato and toasted coconut flakes. Um, yeah. Go there.
  9. Tunnels Beach, North Shore
    It's kind of hard to find, just because it's off the main road without much signage, none actually. There are parts that are shallow and protected by the reef for kids to swim, but there is GNARLY CURRENTS here so easily swept out.
  10. Kitchens Beach, Wailua, HI
    Behind the golf course in Wailua. Most of the beach is only accessed by 4-wheel drive. Soft sand, so easily stuck if not. When not too rough a really fun beach. Gorgeous. Uncrowded.
  11. Anini Beach, North Shore
    Great beach for kids. Mostly shallow and protected by reef. Can get pretty windy here, but still nice place to swim. Good snorkeling area.
  12. Baby Pond, Poipu area
    A little difficult to find. Just past Prince Kuhio Beach. A tiny little pond for kids. Park on street and walk down a set of rock steps. If you find it, lucky you! Not much room for lots of people.