From the 11 mile strenuous Kalalau Trail to the crystal clear Tunnels Beach, Kauai invigorated my senses unlike any other travel destinations. Kauai is the oldest Hawaiian Island. Despite its lack of night life, it is complete with natural beauty and unique geographical sceneries.
Chris and I woke up at dawn (thanks to our jetlag) and jam-packed our days with outdoor activities. We hiked the Kalalau Trail, snorkeled at Tunnels Beach, cliff-jumped at Shipwreck Beach, zip-lined on the private lands of Princeville Ranch. At night, we celebrated life at a traditional luau dinner, listened to local bands, and gazed at the vast collection of stars in the pitch-black galaxy.
Food in Kauai was delicious. I stuffed my belly with tropical smoothies made with papaya and guava, fresh poke bowls, and Hawaiian’s favorite fast food saimin. Kauai has gained an implacable spot in my heart with its natural landscape and rich culture. If you have never been, I highly recommend you to visit at least once in your lifetime.
I packed a lot of summer pieces for my visit to Kauai. My favor one was this blue/white romper by Faithful the Brand. Feminine and simple with a flair of Bohemian spirit, all pieces in the collection are hand-made, hand-printed and hand-dyed in Bali, Indonesia.
We chose to stay at Grand Hyatt in Poipu this time, but I can’t wait to visit again to experience a more local lifestyle at an Kauai Airbnb.
I love innovators and I consider myself a wantrepreneur. Two startup companies I personally admire are Airbnb and Uber. They bridge between supplies and demands, making traveling so much more accessible for common folks like you and me. The concepts are simple and yet the executions require tremendous amount of effort and precision. What startups do you admire?
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Dress :: Tularosa (Sold out, but similar here and here)
Chris and I visited Kauai, Hawaii this past weekend to celebrate his birthday. I never thought that I would fall madly in love with this place. Kauai is such a simple city filled with free spirits, reggae music, and surreal scenery. Unlike the busy lifestyle in Los Angles, everything in Kauai exudes a sense of tranquility and rawness. It was a therapeutic experience for me to connect with the nature. I felt refreshed and grounded. All external materialistic pursues suddenly just stopped and seemed unimportant. My heart was filled with joy just from hiking, cliff-jumping, and most of all, being able to celebrate life with Chris.
Being a goal-driven person, I sometimes get impatient with progress. When I was studying at school, I found learning just another meaningless chore to get over with in order to get good grades and a good job. I got so focused on the milestones I set for myself that I wasn’t able to live in the moment. I overlooked the beauty of simply learning new knowledge and growing. Coming to Kauai reminded myself to live every minute of my life and fully enjoy the journey along the way rather than rushing to the finishing line. This above picture was taken when we were rushing to cross off a long list of to-dos in Kauai. When we were driving to Kalalau Trail, we found this beautiful spot and we decided to stop and enjoy the scenery. Why rush to the destination when there is just so much beauty to discover along the way?
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