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Today I was not as sore anymore. Phew.

We woke up early and drove to Waimea Canyon an hour drive away from us. It’s the Canyon that makes Kauai unique from other islands.

We got there at 7am and no one else was in the parking lot at the trail head 😮 

Just our white Jeep and a rooster.

There’s a view point of the Canyon at the parking lot. Sun just rose half hour ago.

And we started our hike. We chose a 4 mile hike on Canyon Trail and hoped for the best that it’s not a repeat of our Monday hike. Hehe

It’s a much dryer terrain so it was not bad at all.

The trail has a lot of steep inclines and declines but it’s just 4 miles so it went by pretty quickly. 4 miles can feel pretty long in slick, difficult conditions but not today.

It’s an out and back route to this view of the Canyon. It was so pretty! I have a fear of heights so I was afraid of being near the cliff. But I survived.

We could’ve gone on a much longer trail like this I think. We don’t mind the climbs or the distance as long as the terrain isn’t slick and dangerous like our previous hike!

We did not see anyone on the trail until the last half hour. We must’ve been super early.

After the hike, we went to Kauai Coffee Plantation on our way back to our Air bnb.  

They have a few sampling stations of their coffee.

We also had some snacks from their cafe to refuel.

Then we did a self-guided tour of their plantation.

It’s a field of their coffee plants.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen coffee fruits before. I picked and bit on a fruit to see what’s inside. The skin was sweet and the seed (coffee bean) inside was still pretty much raw and hard.

I picked up some fresh flowers too for the road home.

We got back around 11am… we got a lot done already in the day but we were still full of energy.  We went back to Poipu Beach for another round of snorkeling. That beach is so good for snorkeling!

But the currents were stronger today so we did not snorkel for long.

Later on we were bored so we decided to go out to look for some stores to browse.  

The rain came down pretty hard while we were on the road. It’s the most rain we’ve seen this week.

We shopped/browsed at the shops at Kukui. There’s a Macy’s, Big K mart, Ross, Costco, and a bunch of other stores.

One thing I really, really love about Kauai is their lack of crowds. We have not seen any tour groups or tour buses.  We have been to a few shopping plazas and they were all so quiet and chill.

After some browsing and shopping, we went back to our area for a weekly farmers market (they call it a Culinery Market.)

It was the most crowded space we’ve seen all week.  And it’s not even that crowded still. I think all the tourists on the island came.

There were many food and snack vendors and a few produce vendors. 

We had a slider with slaw to start.

And picked up some pink guavas, fried Mochi balls on a stick, a mushroom soup.

If you could just see the layers of noodle they used on their lasagna…

V got a kale mushroom lasagna:

And of course I got a shrimp plate!

Everything was so good! Perfect for our last night on Kauai.


As we were finishing our dinner, we found out there was some plumping issue with our air bnb condo and we had to move to a hotel.

It’s a hassle but we cant really blame this on anyone.

The hotel turned out to be a blessing in disguise. 


It’s nicer than our air bnb (a working AC, hooray!!) and we were greeted with a mai tai and  a margarita by the pool.


Tomorrow we are heading to Oahu!



Active day today! This is gonna be a long post.

Today I woke up at 4am Hawaii time. That’s 7am back home and it’s pretty late for me. (I normally wake up at 5 😀)

Had my morning cup of coffee from Foodland, ate a spam masubi and a lemon bar, and we hit the road at 5:30am.  

We arrived at the trail head of Kalalau Trail in north coast of Kauai by 7am.

We chose an 8-mile round trip trail to see a waterfall.

The view of Napali Coastline was breathtaking.

We thought, hey let’s just run it so we can finish faster with less time on our feet, hence easier. But oh no, the trail was not runnable.  It was muddy, rocky, and extremely slippery in many places. It was not safe to even walk.

We slipped so many times.  

One of the most challenging parts of the trail was the river crossings.  I jumped over the rocks and slipped a few times. I slipped and banged my knee on a rock at mile 2.

After mile 2, the trail became more difficult.  Some parts were covered in mud with some mysterious fruits (edit: wild guava) with bugs buzzing around everywhere.

We hiked through a bamboo forest.

After 4 miles, we were rewarded with a sweeping view of the Hanakapiai waterfall.  It was massive and we couldn’t capture the whole waterfall in pictures.

There were 2 other couples there.  We were all early and beat the rush. It took us 2 hours to get there!

V jumped into the water but I didn’t. Water was cold and I didn’t have my swimsuit on so I dipped my legs to clean off the mud and the scrape on my knee. The swim there would’ve been pretty epic though!

We were just half way through our hike. Now we have to return back to our car 😭 

It was probably the most challenging hike I’ve done due to the difficult terrain.  I was so miserable. The shoes were soaked for most of the hike so my toes were pruned the whole time.

We crossed a few more rivers (one of 5 rivers we crossed, twice!) By then I decided that getting in the water would be easier and safer for me since my shoes were already wet anyways.  

Andddd we got back to our rental car safely!

I would not recommend this hike to anyone with no hiking experience.  It was not safe at all!  I’m gonna be so sore everywhere tomorrow from balancing myself for 8 miles.

We washed mud off ourselves and drove to a town close by for lunch. BBQ sampler shared by us!

And shave ice with macadamia nut icecream on the bottom, so freaking good 😮

We checked out Queen’s Bath for a tide pool. The waves were so strong so no one was able to get in. We saw 2 giant sea turtles swimming!

And we were tired. It was about 2pm by then so we headed back to our air bnb. We both were so sticky and most definitely smelly. 

Shower had never felt so good!!!

Got poke bowls for dinner! This place has a solid 5 stars on Yelp but we both think it’s pretty average for Hawaii.

Today’s hike was epic to me with mixed emotions of misery, suffering, and feeling of accomplishment as a reward. Now I must ice my knee.  Mahalo for visiting 🙂  

A few weekends ago, I went on a little hike in the Marin Headlands (north of San Framcisco.)  I had been to certain parts of the Marin but not this.   

One of my bros was visiting from out of country so it was nice catching up 🙂 even though I saw him back in January in Singapore.

I really like the idea of “nature walks” aka hiking.  I don’t think I can do this alone because I would lose patience and start running only because it’d be done faster. But as a family outting, it was fun to chitchat, walk, and get lost in the scenery.


Then the following weekend, I went to Berkeley’s Tilden park to watch a trail race.  

I love the energy of a trail race. It’s much more intimate than a normal road race.  

While the race was happening, I walked around alone. I didn’t think I could walk alone for long but I did.  I didn’t run since I was running a half marathon a day after in SF.  I wandered around Lake Anza. It’s probably a one-mile lap but involved some climbing on the tree roots by the water to complete a loop. 

# no filter.  Everything was so GREEN. El Niño, you are amazing. It was so serene and not a soul in sight.


Some parts of the lake had 50 shades of green since its spring! ☘

But we are still in a drought…


And this is pretty cool. If I ran 100 miles, maybe I’d want to put these on my bumper too. I don’t care if people think I’m a nerd.

Then I saw V finish his race. I was inspired to do more trail running.


Or any kind of sweating will do.  Spinning has been fun. I don’t think I can make it a part of my weekly routine but I’ll try to enjoy it whenever I can make it there. Good music and lots of sweat = good endorphins = happy Jess.


I should end the post with something food related 😁 I made a poke bowl at home and it’s so good. Chop up some sushi-grade tuna (I used half pound here) and toss them in soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, and hot sauce. Serve over rice with any toppings you like! So easy.