aloha kauai.

Hi lovelies!

I hope you all are having the best summer! I am SOOO overdue on this post, many apologies.

This summer has been a whirlwind between several trips, work, and getting prepared to move. But here I am, back and ready to share more adventures with you all 🙂

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I went to the gorgeous lush island of Kauai, aka “Garden Isle.” Okay… my mind is seriously blown at how much green exists there. Literally you see green, and then look up and see blue skies. SO PRETTY! I did so much research prior to going and planned out an itinerary that I loved. There are so many more activities you can do such as zip-lining, kayak-ing, helicopter rides, horseback riding.. seriously the opportunities are endless. However, I stuck to more adventuring on land.

Here’s my list of must-see’s:

Day 1: South Side

Our first day there was filled with exploring the southern part of the Island. This included visiting the Sprouting Horn, and of course a few coffee and shaved ice shops on the way!

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Day 2: West Side

This day was the longest drive as we were staying on the East side. We stocked up on freshly made taro chips from Taro Ko Farm and made the journey up to Waimea Canyon: (think.. Hawaii version of Grand Canyon). It was seriously such a stunning view… I could have stayed up there all day long! IMG_6679.jpg

Of course we gained a huge appetite so a stop at Puka Dog on the way down is an ABSOLUTE necessity. This was seriously the best meal I had on the island. Kailua pork dogs with shredded pork and amazing spicy sweet sauce on top..word on the street is they may be opening location in California soon..

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On the way home we stopped by the quaint town of Hanapepe (on Friday nights is their Art Night festival!) which houses this swinging bridge that is the perfect photo opp, as well as the Kauai Coffee farm which is perfect for any coffee lover out there. There were samples on samples of all their different types of coffee and a coffee shop serving up pastries and beverages.

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Day 3: North Side

This side of the island was one of my favorites, as I thoroughly enjoyed the day. We started off by going to Kilahea Lighthouse, which was so fun! There’s a gorgeous lighthouse and view of the ocean while a species of endangered birds have made their home here and magically fly all around. The very best beach on the island that I enjoyed was here called Anini beach. It was perfectly clear and peaceful waters that was perfect for lounging by.  It was so fun exploring all the small towns as we made stops in between.

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Day 4: East Side

The side we stayed on is home to the many waterfalls on the island. We decided to stay local and explore them. Many of them you can drive up to the viewpoint, get your shots and head to the next one.

I definitely wanted to make use of the hammock under the palm trees with an ocean view in front of my hotel room, so it was a relaxing day spent reading and getting a tan.

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My favorite shaved ice spots were also on this side. Wailua Shaved Ice & Hee Fat. Both so good and different! TBH, I ate my weight in shaved ice if that is even possible on this trip. There’s something about the Kauai air that makes you crave it 🙂

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In the evening I went to Luau Makaiwa which was so much fun! I loved learning about the culture of the islands. This is located at Marriott Courtyard and you should seriously see the coconut groves that served as the backdrop. STUNNING!

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I am having some serious withdrawals as I sit here typing this. I’m pretty sure I left a piece of my heart over there.

Til next time…

xoxo,

Lena

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poolside essentials.

Hello friends,

Now that it’s officially beach/pool/water weather… I am soaking up all the sun before my highly anticipated summer vacations! In the meantime, you can find me posted next to the pool.

I’ve put together a few of my poolside favorite essentials for the summer. Here they are:

  1. Books: I have always been a bookworm, but adult-ing makes it hard to squeeze in time to read books. I am trying my best to add that to my life, as I know I feel so much more accomplished finishing a book than I do a tv show 🙂

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    I was sent the new book, Oola For Women, which will be released this Monday, May 2nd! This book is super motivational and applicable to all women, and looks at 7 key areas to help you better your life: Fitness, Finance, Family, Field, Faith, Friends, & Fun. I love how each chapter focuses on a key area and is written in an easy-to-read style. It’s also filled with lots of #girlboss quotes to help you step it up no matter where you are in your journey of life. You can find it on Amazon as well as here.

  2. Floaties: Okay..how fun are all the different shaped floats that have been coming out this season? I don’t know about you..but kids these days have the coolest inflatables!

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    I am SO obsessed with this pizza floatie! I’m pretty sure we just had normal ring ones when I was a kid. Just because I am now a…biggER kid.. does not mean I will miss out on this fun-ness! Give me all the food-shaped floaties please and thank you!

  3. Sunscreen: SPF umm..100? 🙂 Skin care is so important no matter the time of the year. Protect yoself!

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    Enjoy your weekend lovelies!

    Xoxo,
    -Lena