CJ Takes on Hawaii: 3 Places You Absolutely Cannot Miss

Photo by CJ, Graphic by Hina Imtiaz

Photo by CJ, Graphic by Hina Imtiaz

By Courtney Jane

This summer my grandparents gave me the opportunity of a lifetime: to visit Kauai, Hawaii with my family. I say ‘once in a lifetime’ because if it wasn’t for this opportunity, I probably would have never gone to Hawaii. I was able to spend a full week there and experience so many different things that I don’t have back home in Texas.

When I was told that my family and I were going to Hawaii, I was overjoyed. I was hoping that it would be like the pictures, or what you see in the movies. After almost thirteen plus hours of traveling, we were able to step off the plane and fall in love with Hawaiian paradise.

Do you know how in movies when you get to Hawaii and you’re greeted with Hawaiian Leis and the Hawaiians say “Aloha”? Unfortunately that didn’t happen to us BUT we were greeted by roosters running all over the place!

Fun fact: Roosters, chickens, and hens are protected by law there and so they have free reign of the entire Island. How cool!!

Photo by Courtney

Photo by Courtney

This was the view from our condo. I have never seen anything so pure and stress-free. Walking out onto the balcony you can see Waimea Canyon off to your right and the ocean looking straight out. Being able to sit and eat breakfast on the patio was complete bliss. Once we got there we decided to plan out our week and what we were wanting to do that my grandma hadn’t already planned.

Typically, my family decided to wait till we got to Hawaii to book any excursions. Luckily, we were able to come up with some good options and took them. Each day I was looking forward to going out and exploring Hawaii that I could hardly sleep at night! But hey, it’s a vacation so why sleep? LOL

We planned our week and we were ready to go and start our adventure! I must admit that I was amazed by everything we saw but if you ever find your way to Kauai, Hawaii you have to set aside time to go to these three places. I promise you, it’s 110% worth it.

Spouting Horn

Photo by Sarah High

Photo by Sarah High

Being on an Island you’re surrounded by water and in this case Spouting Horn is located on the Southern part of Kauai. It is known for its crashing waves that creates small openings in the rock, which created Spouting Horn. 

At first, when my grandparents mentioned this, I wasn't sure what to expect. We were going out to a nice restaurant called The Beach House. As it is right next to Spouting Horn, my grandparents wanted to stop and have a look.  After arriving, I can tell you I was impressed with what I saw.

The reason it's called Spouting Horn is that over the years, and with the waves hitting against the rocks, it has created a small geyser. When the geyser fills up, it spits out the water. The view from Spouting Horn looking out at the ocean is gorgeous. It is definitely a sight to see. If you're quick enough you can get a picture with you and Spouting Horn in action at the same time!!

Waimea Canyon

Photo by Courtney

Photo by Courtney

If you’ve seen Jurassic Park, then you probably remember the scene with the big waterfall while they are flying in the helicopter. If so, then we are both on the same page. If not, then I recommend that you go and watch Jurassic Park to see the waterfall, and the movie!

When we were planning this trip, the most important thing that I wanted to do was to go hiking. I enjoy hiking, but I live in the city so finding a good hiking trail isn’t easy. Finding friends who want to go hiking with you is even harder. So, when I told my parents that I wanted to hike, you can bet your ass that we made it happen. I might be a city girl at heart but when it comes to hiking, I am always ready.

Waimea Canyon is in the center of Kauai that divides up the island. The journey to the top is one of the longest drives because it’s at 3500 ft. On the bright side, they do have different checkpoints that you can stop at and get out to walk around.  

This picture is one of the first pictures I took when we got to Waimea Canyon but  seeing all of this in person was surreal.

Remember when I mentioned the waterfall in Jurassic Park? If you look closely at the picture you can see that exact waterfall!

At this checkpoint, there was a fruit stand that a daughter and her mother-in-law had set up that was busy with people. So, being the curious person I am, I went over and let me just say… BEST IDEA EVER!

If you ever get the opportunity to go to Waimea Canyon you have to stop at the fruit stand because I had the freshest fruit ever. I tried the mango and man-oh-man, it was to die for!

At the very top of Waimea Canyon, you're practically looking into the clouds. This photo is a view from the side of the edge of the canyon. Looking over, all you see is greenery and clouds galore.

3500 ft high and still breath-taking views! As we continued walking to the top of the canyon we veered off course and ended up doing a small hike downhill.  This led us to an open canyon that was so serene. 

Out of everything that I did in Hawaii, I would recommend going to Waimea Canyon and experience the beautiful view. They say that if you wait a while at the top, the wind will shift, and the clouds will disappear, and you will get a perfect look at the Napali Coast. 

Unfortunately, the clouds didn't clear out as much as we would have liked but for a split second I was able to get a look at the Napali Coast. At first I thought I was looking at the sky, but nope, I was looking at the ocean and the surrounding islands. 

It’s hard to explain the view because it’s one of those moments where you think “man, I just have to see it for myself” and then when you do, it’s a shock!

Cave Tour Excursion

On one of our last days there, we did a cave excursion. When signing up, I was thinking that we were going to go inside the caves and have a look around. However, when we got to the place it wasn't anything that I thought. To my surprise, it was much better.

Yes, I did get to go inside of a cave, but I also got to see an archeological ground where ancient Polynesians lived and set up home. The guy who was doing the excursion is an architect and also teaches at the local college.

Our first stop was the archeological ground and within that, we were given a ton of information about how the Polynesians came about, how they built their homes and got food and water. At first, I wasn't interested but the more he went in-depth and showed us different things, the more interesting it became.

 After our first stop, we went to the cave.  

Fun Fact: The cave that we went to used to be a sinkhole but when people started digging around that area the sinkhole collapsed and became the ground.

If you're standing in the middle of the sinkhole and you look at where you came in, this is what you see. To get inside you have to actually crawl about 3-4 feet into the cave, and then once you're in, you’re able to walk around.

Inside, we were able to go towards the back of the cave where they still do archeological work. During this part of the excursion, he talked about an interesting spider they found that lives in pure darkness and has evolved to hunt in the absolute absence of light.

Fun Fact: They believe that this spider ascends from our modern-day Wolf Spider and they call it “the Wolf Spider who hunts with no eyes”. 

After touring the inside of the cave, our guide decided to take us to the top and what I saw was pure beauty.

Being able to go to Hawaii and experience everything that I did was blissful and exciting. I almost can't put into words how amazing it was.

If you ever get the opportunity to go to Hawaii, please take it and absorb all Hawaii has to offer. 

Being someone who loves to travel, I can say that Hawaii is one of the best places I have been to, and I can successfully take it off of my “Travel Bucket List”.

As they say in Hawaii- Aloha & Mahalo

Courtney Jane sitting in oversized white chair

Courtney Jane

Courtney is from Dallas, Texas and loves every ounce of city vibes she can get. She’s huge into Fashion and dabbles in a bit of Marketing as well. She loves anything that has to do with dogs, and you can catch her binge-watching any crime show or at the nearest concert. If she’s not at work that is. She joined The Quiet Nonsense to get more inside/knowledge on Marketing, which in-turn she just fell in love with it! Ever curious as to who is on TQN Twitter? It’s her! She was given the opportunity to be one of TQN Social Media Managers and it has definitely been something that she has come to enjoy. She also does a little bit of writing for TQN, which has been a joy to get back into writing.

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