Sunday, March 17, 2013

Hawaii- Lacey version

Posted by Kristy

It's finally time for the epic Hawaii trip post. Kacey did a great job on detailing our trip on her blog, so this will pretty much be her post with a few side notes from me. Cheap move? Yes. I learned how to cut corners from a brilliant lady named Sherry Bobbins.  I think she'd be proud.

Kacey: Our flight, rental car pickup and trip to the condo were quite uneventful.  We showed up when we were supposed to (after ignoring Jon's advice that we were leaving WAY too early and Trevor thinking we were leaving WAY too late) and got there without issues.

Kristy: Trevor always makes us get the airport at least 2-3 hours before we have to, and Jon wanted us there about 30 seconds before our flight was taking off.

KaceyFor the next few days, it was just me, Trevor, Jon and Kacey.  Another couple was joining us later in the week.  But during our two couple days, we did the following at some point.

Waimea Canyon:

KaceyWe took a beautiful drive straight up the canyon into the middle of the island.  There were a lot of places to stop and hike around and feel like you are in the middle of a jungle paradise.

Kristy: I felt like I was in Jurassic Park the whole time we were in Kauai. I kept expecting a raptor to jump out. We went hiking down into the canyon itself for a while and the temperature changed from sunny dry day to cold tropical rainforest. It was pretty cool.

Kacey: Thank goodness for the stops 'cause that twisty drive almost did me in.  I have slowly become the biggest motion sickness wimp but since its more of a recent thing in my life (thanks babies of mine) I forget sometimes that this is how I am now.  That came back to get me later in the trip... note my very alluring foreshadowing here

Kristy: I wasn't a huge fan of that drive either, and have to kids to blame it on. My stomach hasn't been the same since I threw up on my friend Caleb in middle school. Yes it was traumatizing.

Kacey: We cruised back down the mountain to make it to church at time at the adorable little ward in Kapaa.  The church was three separate buildings, a chapel, a gym and one with classrooms.  The chapel was PACKED.  Each row was shoulder to shoulder.  They were barely able to squeeze us in.  I felt kinda guilty about taking up space in their already crowded room.  I felt even MORE guilty as the room got warmer... and the voice became more distant... and then suddenly there was lava flowing down the aisle ways around the giant palm trees that sprouted up between the pews... and then I realized I was asleep.    And then I realized EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN OUR GROUP was asleep.  There was no way I was going to continue our embarrassing display of disrespectful sleepiness to Sunday School so I kicked everyone out of there and we headed home.

Kristy: Slightly embarrassing but so worth it. We were so tired.

KaceySpeaking of home, we got to stay in one of my parent's timeshares while we were there.  It wasn't anything too fancy, not nearly as awesome as the other resorts we crashed while we were there, but it was cozy and located in Kauai so it totally fit the bill.

Kristy: We looked at the people at the Marriott resort or the Hyatt resort with deep longing.

Our kitchen:

Our balcony:
Our view:
KaceyOur second day on the island is when we planned our helicopter tour.  Having never been on a helicopter before, we were all pretty giddy.  Jon will never admit to being giddy, but he was.
We had a very interesting safety instructor, and her odd talking style became Jon's Kauai voice the rest of the trip.  It didn't get old.

Kristy: Jon only listened to this girl for about 10 minutes but he had it down. It was impressive.

See here?  Still giddy!

On board, the giddiness has not faded!

Kacey: And then we started moving.  And then I realized this was a bbbaaaddd idea.  Like really bad.
I was instantly so so so sick.  The motion didn't agree with me at all.  I spent the entire flight staring straight ahead of me, gripping Jon's hand and trying to keep my stomach where it belongs.  I made it the entire way until the last 10 minutes.  Thanks to some well placed barf bags, my stomach loss was only bothersome because of the smell (sooo embarrassing...) and I felt momentarily better right before we landed.

Kristy: Poor Kacey, I felt so bad for her. I never completely lost it but I felt pretty uncomfortable the entire ride. I plan to take anti-nausea medication for any and all future helicopter trips. They must dose up the girls on the bachelor because I've never seen anyone get sick on the show.

Kacey: Needless to say that will be my last helicopter adventure ever.
Luckily the sights out the front window were almost worth it.  Almost.

The "Jurassic Park" waterfall

Kristy: Cool waterfall, but our pilot got us there by zigzagging along the river like in the movie. Fun in theory, but my stomach was not a fan.

NaPali Coast:
 The top of Kauai:
See our helicopter in the clouds?

Kacey: This is one of the wettest spots in the world.  It gets almost 500 inches of rain a year.  The south part of Kauai only gets 18 inches a year. Jon's main purpose in going on this vacation was to hike the Napali Coast.  It is a crazy two day hike across that cliff face (pictured above) where a lot of the time it is just inches between you and the end of the trail.  Not to mention, it is a very popular hike in the summer but not during the winter because it is wet and rainy the whole time.  

So we got to the island only to discover the whole Napali Coast path closed.  A girl had been pushed off the cliff a few days before we arrived by what they think was a local guy and they were looking for him in all of the jungly beaches in the area.  Crazy huh?  It didn't reopen the whole time we were there. It was a big bummer for Jon, but I said a little prayer of thanks just in case it was a little divine intervention for me.
We spent the next day on Poipu beach.  This place was incredibly beautiful.  We got to snorkel, boogie board, get some good beach reading time in, and do a little tide pooling.  Every other day we tried to go there the beach was packed with people so I am glad we went when we did.  It was a great beach.

Kristy: We got to see Sea Turtles and all kinds of fish. It was seriously cool. I got some good boogie boarding in. I caught some nice waves in the beginning, but then decided that the ocean was trying to kill me.

KaceyWe then got to pick up the Whitmores.  **Back Story** The Whitmores are old Nielsen friends.  I met Sarah for the first time when I started dating Jon... because she was his roommate.  Seriously.  She had finished a lease and couldn't find a new place so Jon offered to let her crash for a bit.  He gave up his room to her and slept on the couch.  For a large chunk of our dating life, I would come over to hang out with Jon and just talk with Sarah the whole time.  She's fantastic.

Kristy: We loved having the Whitmores with us. Sarah was my guide in trying "real sushi." It was fun, but I really only liked them when I couldn't tell what I was eating. Trevor tried Sushi too, talk about a miracle.

Kacey: She met her husband Tyler while Jon and I were dating.  They got married shortly after we did.  They then picked up and moved to Arizona and I took over her dance teaching job at El Dorado High School.  And if they weren't already ingrained in our history, we took our "babymoon" together in 2007, both 6 months pregnant with our first baby.

Kristy: On this trip 6 months pregnant and all, Kacey and Jon won a ship-wide salsa dance contest. Impressive? Yes.

Kacey: So we're lifer buddies basically. We picked them up from the airport and headed straight back to Poipu beach to enjoy some New Year's fireworks.  Which luckily went off at 9:00 p.m.  Midnight is really late...

Kristy: The fireworks were impressive. Dinner that night was less so; they basically had choices between a  spam and rice dish or corndogs, unless you wanted to stand in an hour long line for tacos. I was excited for corndogs until I saw that they literally just took frozen corndogs and microwaved them. It was kind of hilarious, and I still ate it.
Kacey: And from then on I have no idea which day we did what so just go with it.  
I am pretty sure one of the first day's they got in town we went kayaking.  We kayaked down the Wailau river that runs through the center of the island up to the Fern Grotto and over to hike secret falls.
Flash flood warnings don't scare these two crazy chicks!  Not too much at least...

Kacey and Sarah

Kacey: Another awesome thing about Sarah?  She takes a load of pictures.  Jon and I didn't even bring a camera, that is how lame we are.

Kacey: And this is the fern grotto. Its very pretty.  But not very exciting.  I found out later that during the summer there are performers and all kinds of other crazy stuff going on here.

Since they didn't provide the crazy stuff, we had to bring 'em with us:
What's more crazy fun than panorama picture fun?!  Nothing

Kacey: And then back into the kayaks and over to the Secret Falls. And this is the moment when our little games of bumper kayaks took a bad turn.  Tyler and Sarah's kayak gave Kristy and Trevor's kayak a little nudge and they thought it would be a good idea to both learn away from the impact.  By the way, in a kayak that is not a good idea.  They then got a nice dip in the river.  Which would have been all fun and games... except their kayak somehow was the one with all of our sandwiches.  Doesn't matter how much you hike, soggy sandwiches are never delicious.

Kristy: I blame this on the fact that Trevor doesn't know how to lean.

Kacey: The hike to the falls was beyond beautiful and very doable.  It was just also very very slippery.  And we all chose incredibly insufficient footwear. 

Kacey: That hike to me will always be punctuated with high pitched wails as Sarah tried in vain to stay on her feet.  Luckily we kept her on the path for the most part but I am pretty sure she was bumped and bruised from the experience.

Kacey: The falls were freezing!  But you don't fly all the way to Hawaii, kayak all the way down a river, and then hike all the way into it on the muddiest path in the history of existence and then NOT get under the waterfall!  Unless you're Kristy and Trevor of course.  :)

Kristy: No way, I had already fallen in and my clothes were just getting dry. Plus, it was cold outside. I did jump in the freezing cold waterfall after our ATV trip. So there.

Kacey: We drove up to the North side of the island to walk through fancy hotels to feel poor and to check out the NaPali coast firsthand - definitely closed.  It rained on the north side the whole time we were there so we didn't linger.

Look how rainy it is behind us. We stayed away from that side of the island. 

Kacey: But on our visits to fancy hotels on the south shore, we found ourselves lingering a little longer...
look at me, I'm a fancy hotel and I have parrots just hanging out in my lobby.

Kacey: And this was the Sheraton.  The resort was sitting on a public beach so while Jon got his bodysurfing on and I enjoyed a little reading in the sand time, a few of the rest of the crew slowly meandered themselves into this paradise and made themselves at home.

Kacey: Sarah even ordered a fancy drink or two.  We had such an awesome time pretending to be rich, we may or may not have come back a couple of times...

Kristy: Jon and Tyler stranded us the day of the ATV trip and we kept warm by switching from the hot tub to the beach chairs. It kept sporadically raining and so we'd quickly cover our kindles and hop back into the hot tub. I'm sure people thought we were nuts, but we couldn't use our non-Hyatt brand towels otherwise we'd be found out.

Kacey: But check out who we saw catching a few waves: Bethany Hamilton.  
Kacey: We threw in some local flavor time with a hula performance from a local hula studio and some trips to the farmers market.  Lychee... much tastier than they look from the outside.

Kristy: Trevor and I got some passion fruit juice and it was incredible. Also, the entire trip I wanted to try a "pineapple dole-whip" I was stoked because a shop had them advertized on the sign, but the machine was broken. It was a bummer. I had to drown my sorrows in a shave ice.

Kacey: Jon and I rented some beach cruisers one day and took off on a fun path that wound north up the beach from our resort.  On our way, we found an almost completely deserted beach and then a little further on, a completely deserted beach.  We took the rest of the crew with us there the next day.  The surf was really high so we enjoyed our solitude, let a few waves knock us over, took a bazillion pictures and called it a day.

Kacey: In between all of these fantastic adventures we spent a lot of time eating.  A LOT of time.  We ate a shaved ice at least once a day... usually twice.  The perfect Hawaiian shaved ice goes as follows:
scoop of macadamia ice cream on the bottom
followed by perfectly shaved ice
topped with sour cherry
and pineapple flavors
It's called the Kacey (or it really should be), you can thank me for the recipe later.

Kristy: Kacey has it mostly right but my favorite was cream on the top with vanilla on the bottom. Honeydew is also a good choice. 

Kacey: And really, don't be tempted to order the weird flavors like dill pickle or buttered popcorn.  You will take a bite, think 'wow this really does taste like (whatever weird crap you thought you should try) and then you will be stuck eating the whole thing.  Cause you know your friends are not going to share their delicious flavors with you.  This is not personal experience advice I am sharing, I am way too smart to make that mistake.

Our last adventure of the trip was a four wheeling tour to... you guessed it a waterfall.

Kacey: We didn't let Tyler or Jon come.  They went and hiked a mountain or something instead.  They have a hard time "staying behind the guide" and "following the rules" and "not getting us kicked out of fun tours" so they were deemed unfit companions.

Kacey: And it was seriously fun for the mildly adventurous people that we are.  This was my first four wheeling driving experience and it was a blast.  We got to some some of Hawaii's finest wild animals up close and personal.  Here's an interesting Hawaiian tidbit for you.  Kauai has no predators.  There are no snakes, no crazy poisonous spiders, nothing like that.  So when people introduced wild boars and chicken to the island, they took off like rabbits.  There's nothing to kill them but people and they just wander the island like they own the place.

Kristy: The ATV tour was fun, but I realized early on that it was a heavy machine and I bounced around like a rag doll the whole way there. I went out of my way to hit every mud puddle, and almost did this...
Kristy: Except I was on an ATV. But don't worry, I caught myself before I could do any damage. Kacey and Trevor thought I was a goner though.

Kristy: There are chickens absolutely everywhere. They get super close too, I didn't like it.

Kacey: The waterfall at the end of our journey.  We jumped off it into the freezing cold water.  It was awesome.

Kristy: This is the waterfall I jumped into not once, but twice.

Kristy: This trip was quite the adventure. Jon had us hiking, swimming, climbing, kayaking, and tennis-playing. It was a work out, but we loved it. (By "we" I mostly mean me, Trevor would have much rather have just hung out at the Hyatt pool all day.) Thank you Jon, Kacey, Sarah and Tyler.  We did so many fun things, ate some pretty good food, had amazing company and I managed to not die so we'll call it a victory.


  1. Cheater. How did you do that? Were you able to just copy and paste the whole thing or did you at least still have to upload all of the pictures and get them in order?

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