9 Days in Paradise

The moment you've all been waiting for...hearing about the honeymoon!

Before I delve into details and tell fun stories, I thought I'd give an overview of our fabulous nine days in Paradise (aka Kauai and Kona)...

Thursday, 10/6
•The trip begins with our flight to Kauai
•Land and first things first, get a JoJo's shaved ice
•Spend the afternoon driving through beautiful Waimea Canyon (the Grand Canyon of the Pacific)

Friday, 10/7
•Our first full day...a beach day! We head to Poipu Beach and see a sea turtle!
•Get some relief from the sun and go to the shops, visit the Kilohana Plantation, and taste some rummy rum rum at Kōloa Rum Company
•Get some traditional Hawaiian grub at Bobbies and stroll Hanapepe's Friday Art Walk

Saturday, 10/8
•Drive and tour the North shore day
•We liked Hapapepe so much yesterday, that we grab breakfast there at Little Fish Coffee
•As we drive to the North shore, we make a few stops -- Wailua falls, Kilauea Lighthous, and Opaeka'a Falls
•Get to the end of the road (literally, the road ends) and then spend some quality time in our favorite town, Hanalei
•Enjoy a very romantic dinner at Postcards before heading back to the West Shore

Sunday, 10/9
•Get our morning caffeine at Kauai Coffee Plantation
•Spend another day at the beach at the Sheraton Poipu Beach.
•Shop around in Koloa, get another shaved ice, and then chill at our little plantation cottage

Monday, 10/10
•We liked Little Fish Coffee so much that we go back for more
•As a wedding gift, we were gifted a day at the Grand Hyatt. We get a room for the day and access to all the hotel's facilities...including the pools. Did I mention there was a water slide?
•Another romantic dinner at Roy's. The restaurant was cute and put a special message to us inside the menu...awww.

Tuesday, 10/11
•A big adventure day as we head back to the North shore to hike the Hanakapi'ai Trail. This tril starts at the base of Ke'e Beach and runs along Napali Coast. The hardest 2 miles. Ever. More to come in another post.

Wednesday, 10/12
•Josh's 30th Birthday!!
•Adventure day #2 with Kauai Outfitters Kipu Zipline Safari
•Kayak 2 miles, hike to pond rope swing, hay truck ride, lunch, zip line, swimming hole, hike, motor boat back

Thursday, 10/13
•Say goodbye to Kauai and Aloha to Kona
•Ahh! See a the Kiluaha volcano! No eruptions though, just steam vents, museums, & lava tunnels
•Drive across Kona on an awesome scenic road. Bonus rainbow included.
•Drinks at sunset at our hotel, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

Friday, 10/14
•Kimo Coffee for some true Kona coffee beans (we're coffee snobs now, so we have to act it).
•Walk around Hilton hotel (uhh, awesome hotel - basically a little town)
•Sadly our last beach day, but at Kona's premiere beach at the Mauna Lana Hotel
•Our last dinner at Tommy Bahama Restaurant

Saturday, 10/15
•Waive good by to Hawaii and head back to rainy Seattle

Honeymoon in Hawaii from Heather Brown (O'Neill) on Vimeo.

Little snippets from our honeymoon in Kauai and Kona.

October 2011