Happy happy JULY friends!
I didn’t see it coming!!
Today, Erika and I are both recapping the FOURTH part of our Hawaiian vacation!
If you missed the other stuff, let’s recap:
First up, Erika and I kicked off Season 2 of our podcast The Bestie Breakdown by BREAKING DOWN HAWAII! If you want to hear us chat about this trip in its entirety (both the land and the sea), make sure you listen HERE.
After that, I shared PART ONE where I went into a little more detail and showed you pics from our time in Ko Olina including both our character breakfast and luau at Disney’s Aulani Resort.
Next up, in PART TWO, we boarded Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America and set sail on a seven night Hawaiian island cruise. I shared details from the day we boarded along with whale watching in Maui at our first port.
After that, in PART THREE, we shared our two days on the big island of Hawaii where we enjoyed a lot of activity and sightseeing in Hilo followed by the perfect resort day in Kona.
Today, we’re sharing our two very lovely days in beautiful Kauai…and I took like 9 pictures. In two days. Total fail. Agh!
Okay, so I have a few things to say…
First, when we planned this Kauai day, we talked to so many people and did a TON of research, but decided that we would make it a resort day instead of doing one of the many amazing activities. We knew we had one more HUGE day ahead of us, so it would probably be smart to rest up and relax before finishing off the trip with an epic day PLUS almost every excursion we attempted to book wouldn’t allow Britt and/or Madeley to participate due to their ages and well, that didn’t seem fair/like fun, so we opted on a resort day at the beach instead.
Secondly, it ended up being a HUGE blessing because we arrived in Kauai on March 12, 2020…and even though Hawaii didn’t feel affected quite yet, the rest of the US was undergoing HUGE changes due to COVID. There was so much on my plate that day including the fact that Erika and I were on a cruise ship (could we get off, would we be quarantined there with our families?!), Clare and her family were in Europe and couldn’t get home PLUS, it was spring break so we had approximately 4 billion clients out in the world traveling that we had to help get back to the United States. Top it off with an office manager back at home trying her best to help every client and assist us who was having a baby in four days. Yes. Four days.
So, all of that to say, I took like 9 pictures. Kauai, I need to go back and visit you again one day. I want to stay a long time because what little I saw, I loved.
These four woke up without a care in the world. Our ship had sailed from Hawaii to Kauai over night and the views from our cabin were STUNNING! This was by far the most gorgeous port on the itinerary!
If you look closely, you can see our ship back there in the top right corner. We docked right there and were in walking distance of the Marriott hotel which is where we had day passes for the next two days. Our kids were in heaven!
We have friends who stay at this resort for two weeks every summer and now, I can totally see why! It’s huge and has all the amenities you would need for a lovely vacation.
See our ship? The beach and cove were perfect for eight kids to run wild, splash and explore!
Smith was living his best life!
After a full day at the beach, we cleaned up and enjoyed dinner as a framily!
They’ve already grown so much!! What happened to our babies since last year?!
The next morning we woke up still in Kauai for a half day and it was…
…our 16th wedding anniversary 🙂 . We headed back to the beach for the morning, but had to be back on board the ship by 1:00 to disembark and head back to Oahu.
The cruise takes you on a scenic tour around Kauai as you head out. We watched for hours! It was so beautiful!!!
That night, we ended with a romantic anniversary dinner…for twelve 😉 .
So, needless to say, I don’t have a ton of pics, but don’t worry…for our fifth and final part, we have the ultimate day at Pearl Harbor, so you’ll see lots of pics then!
That wraps up PART 4! We’ll share some more pics later on this summer, but don’t forget to catch Erika’s post today too!
Have a great day, friends! xo