Blowholes and magical sunsets on Maui.

We are all sitting on our balcony which overlooks the pool and the sea. I’m drinking a glass of wine, Stephens has a beer and Henry has a chocolate milk. The sun is going down and it is all very peaceful.

Look at the colour of this sunset. Isn't it amazing?
Look at the colour of this sunset. Isn’t it amazing?

 We arrived in Maui yesterday but we didn’t really have time to do anything bar a quick dip in the pool. Our evening meal was a McDonalds as we didn’t have time to go shopping and couldn’t be bothered going for a proper sit down restaurant. It was hard work trying to get here. The airport in Kauai was chaos! It was nearly 45-50 minutes to check in and we had to run to the gate when we got in.

When we landed the pilots asked Henry if he wanted to come in to them and look at all the buttons, but he said no. But when we had walked off the plane and was on the way to the bags he then decided that he wanted to see the pilots! He had a huge paddy and screamed and kicked all the way to the bags. We kept saying that it is too late now you should have said yes! But being 3 years old, you just don’t understand that. Fortunately, there were 2 pilots walking past as we sat and waited for our bags (who took an hour to arrive) and they talked to Henry and gave him a pin badge just like the one they were wearing!

 Today has been better.

We have booked a few trips and changed our camping trip. The tail end of a hurricane is going past the east coast and the weather is not great.  I do not want to go camping in a jungle for 3 days if it rains constantly! So, we are now staying longer in an apartment on the west side and camping only for one night in Hana rather than 3. It works better this way I think. If Henry really loves it we can look into doing it again in maybe Australia. Maybe.

We then went on a little road trip up the coast to find a Blowhole. And wow! We found one and it was huge! And the area around it looked and felt like you were on the moon, it was beautiful!

We were there for maybe an hour, climbing and exploring. Henry climbing all the way down and all the way up again.

 Tomorrow night we have booked a Luau. There will be lots of food and a fire dance to finish off!

A blowhole on Maui, look how big it is. There are clear signs that say don't get too close, people just don't care.
A blowhole on Maui, look how big it is. There are clear signs that say don’t get too close, people just don’t care.

Henry did really well climbing down to the hole and then back up again.
Henry did really well climbing down to the hole and then back up again.

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We asked Henry to pose in front of the water but he just would smile. This is one of the better once! haha
We asked Henry to pose in front of the water but he just would smile. This is one of the better efforts! haha
Lets go!
Lets go!

 

Look at the texture of this rock, it is so cool to see how the lava has dried up.
Look at the texture of this rock, it is so cool to see how the lava has cooled down.

Henry really tries when we are out and about.
Henry really tries when we are out and about.

 

"Who's the king of the castle"
“Who’s the king of the castle”
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Last day on Kauai onwards to Maui.

Today was our last day on Kauai, tomorrow we are leaving in the morning and fly to Maui.

On the way to the southwest side of Kauai we stopped at a few places for views/ runs/climbs/walks. We stopped at a place that had some cool blowholes that spluttered water up in the air. Henry wasn’t impressed but we were. We drove through a tree tunnel with eucalyptus trees on both sides which was nice. And we also had a run in one of the parks.

The last couple of days have been so much fun. We have not been doing much at all but all of us have found it very relaxing. The days have been spent on the beach surfing on the body board, building sandcastles, digging holes and throwing balls.

It has been really sunny and lovely and a couple of days ago Henry burned his nose and cheeks. So yesterday we went for a drive up the mountain and looked at Waimea Canyon and the Kokee State Park, to get out of the sun a little bit. Henry (as usual) fell asleep in the car on the way up so in all the view platforms we stopped he slept and Stephen went and had a look.  The canyon here is by far more beautiful than the Grand Canyon. The Waimea Canyon may not be as big but is green/beige/red and it has amazing waterfalls going down it everywhere. You can stand there and watch it forever.

At lunch-time we stopped at the Kokee State Park which is near the top and had a picnic. It was a wonderful place with large open areas for playing. I had a quick (40min) nap on the blankets while Stephen and Henry played with the ball.

We finished the day off with an ice cream.

 Today when we came to the beach there was a roped off area with a seal on it that had come in to sleep. We also got accompanied by a manta ray in the water but I was too slow with the camera to capture it. To start with I actually thought it was a shark as all I could see was its pointy fins. It was huge.

All in all, Kauai has been the better island so far with its greenery and relaxed attitude. We can’t wait to see what Maui has to bring.

We made Daddy in to a mermaid which made Henry screech. He thought it was hilarious.
We made Daddy in to a mermaid which made Henry screech. He thought it was hilarious.
This is what happened. 1, Henry covered Daddy up and put shells on his "bobbies" 2. Daddy escape 3. Stephen got sand in his pants and takes his bottom out! Not sure Hawaii is ready for his white arse.
This is what happened.
1, Henry covered Daddy up and put shells on his “boobies”
2. Daddy escaped
3. Stephen got sand in his pants and takes his bottom out! Not sure Hawaii is ready for his white arse.
A quick stop at a waterfall. Opaeka'a falls
A quick stop at a waterfall. Opaeka’a falls

Henry in the jungle. We didn't go much further because it was too muddy.
Henry in the jungle. We didn’t go much further because it was too muddy.
This is what Kauai is like ! So beautiful!
This is what Kauai is like ! So beautiful!
Not the best picture, but this is the tree tunnel that we drove through.
Not the best picture, but this is the tree tunnel that we drove through.
Again not the best picture but these blowholes are pretty cool.
Again not the best picture but these blowholes are pretty cool.
These two are more in the water than on land. Henry loves swimming and watching the fish underneath.
These two are more in the water than on land. Henry loves swimming and watching the fish underneath.

Not a good holiday without the jumping pictures.
Not a good holiday without the jumping pictures.
Henry tried really hard, but when Stephen was up he was down and vice versa. This was the best one of both if them nearly up together,
Henry tried really hard, but when Stephen was up he was down and vice versa. This was the best one of both if them nearly up together,
No heads in the clouds here!
No heads in the clouds here!
Waimea canyons
Waimea Canyon

 

The car we had here on the island.
The car we had here.
The seal on the beach. He later swam away,
The seal on the beach. He later swam away,

 

This is Stephen showing off his "skills on the small body board we borrowed today for Henry.
This is Stephen showing off his “skills on the small body board we borrowed today for Henry.

 

 

Relaxing on Kauai.

We have been on the island of Kauai for about a week now and it has been amazing. It is prettier than Oahu and there are less people around. One thing that is still the same here on Kauai is the chicken and the roosters. Wow they are everywhere! I have never seen to many chickens running around. We thought on the last island that they must have escaped from somewhere but there are just as many here!

 The last couple of days we have gone from relaxing, snorkelling and throwing balls on the beach. To swimming in the pool.

We have found this beautiful little beach that they have made a pond in with fish. You swim in the pond which is in the ocean but you don’t get the big waves splashing you everywhere. In the pond there is a reef with lots of fish, octopus and turtles. Stephen took Henry out this morning to show him. He loves it.

 This afternoon we spent about 2 hours in the pool with Henry swimming under water collecting things from the bottom of the pool. It’s the new thing, to swim under water. Henry is finding this so much fun. He can’t swim properly yet but he has no fear. He took his armbands off and just jumped in. Now we have to keep telling him to keep his head above the water.

Every night we borrow a film from the front desk. It is always a cartoon of course and it is always Henrys choice. So far we have seen, Robots, the Minions, the Croods and Pinocchio. We all sit on the sofa and cuddle up.  It is a lovely way to end the day.

 Tonight, is our last night in this hotel, we move to an Airbnb tomorrow on the southwest side of Kauai. We shall see what adventures that side will bring.

 Possibly some canoeing.

These two are the most important people in my life.
These two are the most important people in my life.
The body board has been a huge hit. The waves were huge the other day and Stephen got a good workout going out in them.
The body board has been a huge hit. The waves were huge the other day and Stephen got a good workout going out in them.

The water is amazing. So warm and clean.
The water is amazing. So warm and clean.
This was a great disscovery for Henry, that you can go under water if you hold your breath!
This was a great disscovery for Henry, that you can go under water if you hold your breath!
It is difficult not to join in when there is so much excitment!
It is difficult not to join in when there is so much excitement!
Jumping, swimming, running, climbing- there is no stop!
Jumping, swimming, running, climbing- there is no stop! Notice how Stephen is hiding as not to be in the picture….

 

Team Wines.
Team Wines.

Helicopter ride over Kauai.

Today has been a very special day. We went on a helicopter ride over the island.

It was mine and Henrys first helicopter ride and we were so excited!

Stephen has been in lots as he would go offshore when he worked and he would then go in a helicopter. But not as small as this one.

 First, we checked out from our hotel and we then had agreed to listen to a presentation about time-share, as they offered us $150 off the helicopter trip if we did. They nearly had us, but it wasn’t the right time. Then we drove down the coast and stopped at a lighthouse that had lots of birds around the cliffs. We then went on a small helicopter that took six people plus the captain, Henry went on Stephens lap.

 After 10 minutes Henry was fast asleep!

 The landscape was amazing, very dramatic. You had green, green, green, waterfalls, canyons, cliffs and then the amazing beaches.

 One side of the island is very green and inside the volcano crater is one of the wettest places on earth.  Then you cross a ridge and you are on the dry side of the island with the largest canyon in the Pacific. The captain took us inside the crater and then over the ridge.

 I know I have said it before but I LOVE HAWAII! It is beautiful.

This is the helicopter that we went in today.
This is the helicopter that we went in today.

 

This is the waterfall that was in Jurassic park
This is the waterfall that was in Jurassic park.

you can take a boat and go into these caves.
you can take a boat and go into these caves.

 

Surfing lessons at Hanalei Bay, Hawaii.

We are now on Kauai Island and today was so much fun!

 Both Stephen and I had had surfing lessons. Stephen had his at 9 am this morning and I had mine this afternoon. It was raining a bit this morning so Henry didn’t want to stay at the beach so me and him drove home. Stephen said when we picked him up that it hadn’t rained at all where they were having their lessons but it poured at the hotel.

 It was Stephen and one more guy in his lesson and I had two other girls so it was small groups. I had difficulties getting up the right way on the board but I was fine with a bit of practice. Stephen said that he managed straight away and just kept going and going. He really enjoyed himself and they said he was a natural.

I also enjoyed myself but didn’t get the same comments about being a natural 😉

 We flew from Oahu yesterday morning to Kauai which took about 20 minutes. At the airport we got a rental car again which makes things easier. We then drove to the north of the island where there are some caves and beautiful beaches.

Kauai is a greener island and very dramatic! It has got big mountains all around and then the bluest water you can imagine.

We stopped at a random beach and the sand was half black and half white.

Stephen and Henry played on the body board and after about two hours we went to find our hotel. It is a lovely place in Princeville where we have a condo. We are here until tomorrow when we move to Wailua, on the east coast. The next week is going to be quite exciting as we have got a few things planned.

Stephen was a natural and got up straight away.
Stephen was a natural and got up straight away.

I love this picture
I love this picture
We went to meet him when he was finished.
We went to meet him when he was finished.

I did manage to get up and I rode all the way in most times.
I did manage to get up and I rode all the way in most times.
It is all about catching the right wave :)
It is all about catching the right wave 🙂

I even got the right sign as well.
I even got the right sign as well.
Henry saw me come in with the board and he came running towards it. He then saw the photographer and started smiling and posing.
Henry saw me come in with the board and he came running towards it. He then saw the photographer and started smiling and posing.
Family surfing
Family surfing
Stephen did have one big wipeout when he nearly surfed into the guy who was in his group.
Stephen did have one big wipe-out when he nearly surfed into the guy who was in his group.
It looks worse than it was. The board didn't actually hit him.
It looks worse than it was. The board didn’t actually hit him.