Well my friends, we did it. One of our main goals when we moved here was to see the other islands. We’ve successfully hopped to the others and we were all set to do Kauai. But then our move started to creep up on us and with all 3 kids, it seemed financially out of reach. But, my sitter is a lifesaver and agreed to watch the kids ALL weekend so we could hit up the Garden Island.
When we first arrived, we got our rental car and grabbed breakfast at Tip Top Cafe in Lihue. Driving around, we could already see how different Kauai is from Oahu. So green. The island is nicknamed “the Garden State” is very appropriate.
Next we went to Hanapepe Town. It’s a cute little town that is home to one of the country’s oldest Swinging Bridge and they also claim to be the inspiration for parts of Lilo and Stitch. You know I love a good Disney story. The swinging bridge was kind of scary. It looks like a normal bridge but the faster you walk and the further you walk onto the bridge, the more it swings. I was concerned about falling down – or off. Even though there is no way to fall off because there’s safety measures that have been put into place. We peeked into the stores on the main drag too but didn’t buy anything.
That evening we went out to eat at Merriman’s. It was recommended to Hubs by a co-worker and it was delicious. We got to the restaurant a little early (and missed the turn) so we drove over to the Spouting Horn blowhole. There’s a few on Oahu – the most famous being The Blowhole – but this one was pretty cool too. There were all these signs posted saying not to go out to the blowhole because you could get swept out to sea but as you can see, some people don’t listen. Anyway, the restaurant was delicious and had several gluten free versions. Hubs got the lamb chop and I got the special of the day, red snapper.
It was a great weekend. This was our first away from the kids, leaving them with someone other than my parents but our sitter is awesome so I didn’t have to worry at all. We both did feel a little sad on Sunday because it was Father’s Day but we were home for dinner on that day so it wasn’t too bad.
Come back next week to see more of our weekend adventure!