Late Sunday night, Jesse and I returned home from Kauai. While our time was relaxing and invigorating, a theft from our garage while we were gone put a damper on our time away. Instead of focusing on the negative, I’d like to share photos of our vacation spent hiking, swimming, eating, drinking (mai tais), and exploring the garden island. We’re already plotting a return visit.

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After landing in Kauai. Relaxing on the beach and drinking a pina colada.


Kalalau Trail at the trailhead of the Napali Coast.


Trekking the Napali Coast.


First trail run post-North Face.

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More Napali Coast.



Most beautiful trail we’ve experienced.

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A pit stop during our trek up to the waterfall.

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Epic waterfall – well worth the crazy hike to reach it.

Hanalei Valley Lookout.

Hanalei Valley Lookout.


Waimea Canyon: Hawaii’s Grand Canyon.


Pictures don’t do it justice, but Jesse snapped a good one.


Acai bowl.


Hula pie.



Poipu Beach – Jesse’s first snorkeling experience.

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An endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal washed ashore to rest at Poipu.

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One of several cat friends we made on Kauai. She was our favorite.