Misty Mountains of Kauai

There's something enchanting about the island of Kauai that lies within the mountains. They're rich green color, misty tops, red dirt & cascading waterfalls are enough to run you right off then road. 

Some of my favorite Kauai views are the ones that include those lush, velvety, green mountains backdrops. Below are 3 favorite views. But, let's be honest, there isn't a bad view on the island!

Hanalei Bay

Hanalei Bay lies on the north shore of the island stretching along roughly 2 miles of beaches. The town of Hanalei is easily one of our favorite spots on the island filled with shave ice, delicious food & great shops!

Kalalau Lookout 

This view, located at the 18 mile marker on Kokee Road is the heart of the Kalalau Valley. It has been the background of films like Jurassic Park, King Kong, Mighty Joe Young & many others. The lookout stands 4,000 feet above sea level and gives visitors a glimpse at the Napali Coast, which is otherwise only reachable by boat, or through a grueling 11 mile hike.

Nā Pali Coast

 

This famous coastline features a 17 mile shore line, with beaches only accessible through the Kalalau Trail, (that 11 mile hike I previously mentioned). This photo was taken on our Holo Holo Charters boat tour that we've taken twice now and have loved. This coastline is a must during a trip to Kauai!

50 Shaves of Ice

Being a sugar junkie, it's no surprise that my first stop on Kauai was for shave ice.

During our first trip in 2016, we did not realize how big shave ice was in Hawaii. Back home, my sister works at a snowball stand, so I constantly find myself eating them,  never thinking to try them in other places. Turns out, shave ice is very different from snowballs and it's taste/ texture varies coast to coast.

Things I've learned about these tasty treats blessed to us by the Hawaiian Gods:

  • The ice texture is incredibly light, unlike the more dense, sometimes crunchy ice on the east coast.
  • Most Hawaiian shave ice is made with fresh fruit topping & no artificial flavors
  • Haupia foam> marshmallow topping. Haupia foam is made from coconut milk, arrowroot and sugar and is the perfect way to top off your shave ice (if available)
  • Most stands have the option to have the snowcap over Mac Nut Ice cream. AKA the best thing your taste buds will ever encounter.

During our Kauai trip, we made it our goal to visit as many shave ice stands the island had to offer. Here are our "Top 5 Shave Ice" stands on the island listed in no particular order. (May or may not have visited #1, #3 & #5 twice each.) OOOPS! 

TIP: For more decadent, beautiful shave ice, click the image to explore their Instagram! 

                     Personal Favorite:

          Coconut x Coconut x Coconut:

Coconut Milk, Haupia Foam & Roasted       Coconut Flakes

                       Personal Favorite:

                      Strawberry Colada

Strawberry, Pineapple over mac nut ice cream

#3 Hee Fat  General Store 

 

                Personal Favorite:

                       Lava Flow

 Pineapple, coconut, & strawberry over                                   mac nut ice cream

  

                        Personal Favorite:

                        The Fu Manchu

  Strawberry, Banana & Cream topped with    fresh strawberry puree & bananas

                Personal Favorite: 

                  Tropical Bliss

Passionfruit & coconut syrup topped with papaya, coconut flakes over mac nut ice cream