It takes the entire day to get to Kauai. We flew Houston to Honolulu direct and then we switched to a Hawaiian flight for the island hop to Lihue, Kauai. Our routine is always the same... Once we land in Kauai and get our baggage, Chris gets the rental car and we head to our favorite pizza place in Kilauea for take-out. David and Emily were still awake but Lia passed out in the van on the way to Nana and Grandpa's condo. In fact, she never even ate dinner that night but just passed out till the next day. After dinner, we are always exhausted and fall asleep before 8pm. The next day our body clocks are always mixed up. We were all up by 5am. I was greeted by Emily's overly cheerful "Hello Mom!" which is always quickly followed by, "I'm hungry!." My parent's condo is an open-air community and quiet hours are strictly enforced between 9am and 9pm. It is always a challenge to keep my kids quiet... but it is an especially difficult challenge when you are 4 hours away from 9am!!
So once the sun came up, we were able to head out for our traditional morning walk to The Cliffs. What a beautiful morning. The girls kenw they wanted to collect flowers for the condo so they came prepared with a bag. Our rule is that they can only pick up flowers that fall on the ground.... but this doesn't limit them much. There are flowers all over the ground everywhere. We were lucky to find a plumeria branch on the ground that had been pruned by some workers. It had a ton of plumeria blooms on it and once we got it in some water at the condo, it bloomed for the entire 2 weeks we were on vacation. If we could have planted it, I'm sure we could have grown a new tree.
After settling in, we headed to beautiful Hanalei Bay to get in some ocean time. The kids were thrilled to pull out all their sand toys and get to work.
This is David's happy dance.
He also got to try out the boogie board. The waves were really calm here so it was a good warm-up day for us.
Is this the most beautiful beach in the world?
I think so.