Every time I stand before a beautiful beach, its waves seem to whisper to me: If you choose the simple things and find joy in nature’s simple treasures, life and living need not be so hard.
Come walk with me, take off your shoes, let’s walk the beach with only the moon to light the path and waves to hear you tell me you love me. Why does the ocean rock the moon to sleep every night? So the sun will wake and kiss the beach.
The legendary voyaging canoe Hokulea returns home on 6/17/2017 to Magic Island Beach Park in Hawaii. After being away 36 months, sailing approximately 40,000 nautical miles, and sharing stories, hope and inspiration with more than 100,000 people, the Hokulea returns to Hawaii on June 17 with a homecoming ceremony. The welcoming celebration will include the arrival of both the Hikianalia and Hokulea canoes, a kalii rite (spear hurling ritual) conducted by Hale Mua, followed by a formal ceremony.
Treat yourself to a late morning in Hanalei and sandwich a little “city” life into your stay here—or what qualifies as such on Kauai, anyhow.
Begin with brunch to go from Postcards Café, a coffee house in the guise of a plantation-style beach house, and find a place to roll out the beach towel at Hanalei Bay. Stand-up paddle the gentle waters around Hanalei Pier or just relax with a good book on the beach. Anything to work up an appetite for the shave ice wagon Wishing Well Shave Ice back on Hanalei’s most frequented stretch of Kuhio Highway (make sure to stop at the lookout to see the emerald green kalo (taro) fields). With a cool treat in hand, wander the road brimming with fruit-smoothie stands, souvenir shopping and local restaurants.
Or, if the water is still calling, go deeper into Haena to snorkel and swim at Kee Beach, a reef lagoon 5 miles west of Hanalei, at sunset. Return to the town center and seek out stylish Bar Acuda for Euro-inspired tapas and a fantastic wine list.