• Hawaii Diaries #8 – Exploring Princeville and Hanalei

    Thanksgiving was our first full day in Princeville. The weather in Princeville seems to change on a dime. Heavy rain started to move in so we spent the first few hours of the day hanging out at our place. My wife started a puzzle we found in the house. The cabinet also had a bunch of other games and even a few books for days like this one. It was still raining after breakfast so we decided to drive around the area until it stopped. We left Princeville and headed towards Hanalei to the west. It’s only a few miles away and we there’s a few lookouts of Hanalei valley…

  • Hawaii Diaries #7 – First Time Horseback Riding and An Outdoor Dinner

    Happy Thanksgiving all! I’m writing this from a new AirBnB in the north. Yesterday was a packed day which started with horseback riding in the morning. It was one of the last planned excursions we had. It was also our last day in the southern part of the island. We were up early, packed up and got going. There was still a bit of time before we needed to be at the ranch so we stopped to check out the Grand Hyatt resort on the way. The place is what you’d expect from a $500+ a night hotel. There are many manicured paths and a few expensive restaurants on site.…

  • Hawaii Diaries #6 – Exploring Waimea Canyon and Hiking

    We were up early to drive out to Waimea Canyon. It’s about a 30 minute drive from Poipu to Waimea which sits at the foot of the canyon. Waimea Canyon, A.K.A, “the Grand Canyon of the Pacific” is this massive gorge that stretches for miles. We saw it the other day in the helicopter but wanted to see it on foot too. There are two paths to go up to the canyon itself and we took Waimea Canyon drive as it has better views on the way up. One thing to note is that there’s no gas stations up there. In fact, there’s not a ton of gas stations on…

  • Hawaii Diaries #5 – Open Door Helicopter Tour and Shave Ice

    We took an open door helicopter tour. It was as amazing as it was scary. I am no fan of heights; I’ll preface with that. The idea of going up there in an open door helicopter made me wary when my wife mentioned she booked it. I thought I’d just be a nervous ball up there and wouldn’t enjoy myself. I was right about the nervous ball part but not about enjoying myself; it was awesome! The first few minutes weren’t bad from a fear perspective. Our take off was smooth and the views started to open up once we left the airport. You can see the layout of the…

  • Hawaii Diaries #4 – ATV Tour, Poipu Beach and Spouting Horn

    We were up early in the morning to head to our ATV Tour. My wife booked the early morning ranch tour with Kipu Ranch Adventures. I was feeling a bit better after my seasick adventures as we drove over. The sun was just rising as we put on our gear and listened to the rules. My wife was looking cool in her ATV gear. It was rather chilly in the morning so we brought rain jackets. They give you a scarf to keep and it’s definitely worth wearing since you don’t want unknown mud in the mouth. They took us to the ATVs after we geared up.  The ATVs can…