Our first full day in Kauai did not disappoint! It started by watching the sunrise from our lanai, when I spotted a whale’s fin just out of the water. We watched amazed as the whale worked his way through the water, eventually out of sight. The kids were being kids – requesting breakfast and anything else they could think of to (unintentionally) distract us from this amazing site (from our rental, no less!), but we still managed to keep track of it until it was out of sight. Now that I saw a whale so early on in the trip, I am addicted to looking out onto the water to try to spot one – it was so easy the first time! 😉
John went out for an early run and scoped out the local nature scene, so we went on a little family excursion in the morning. Hayden in particular LOVED the little hike through the nearby volcanic rocks. Poipu is just incredibly picturesque.
Next we went to the pool in our little resort. It’s an OK pool but really nothing special, with a little hot tub. Of course, it’s been a highlight for the kids. Kids and pools – I’m sure I’m not the first parent who has realized the kids could be just as satisfied going to a hotel nearby with a tiny, crappy indoor pool as going on a proper vacation! But, whatever, they like what they like. Luckily John is such a trooper about water that’s not just the right level of warm so they had a grown up to play with in the pool – I was not keen to go in!
After some swimming we went to Kilohana plantation. What beautiful grounds they have! They have train rides every hour, and when we got there the 2:00 had just left so we had an hour to scope things out. We went to the sweet shop first, and they kids were really excited to get a bag of bulk candy, while I got some vanilla ice cream (flavored with vanilla they grow on the plantation), as well as some locally made soaps that smell delicious. When the time came for the train, we were in the middle of a large tour group. We had hoped to get in the second car which was open air, but they filled it before we got our turn so we were directed to the first car, where the kids decided to go to the very front. Fantastic idea, as the engineer asked them if they’d like to help drive the train! So John went with them both to stand up with the driver for the duration of the ride, and they got to blow the whistle several times and Hayden was able to drive it for a while!
The tour was really good, the tour guide was really knowledgeable with a fun personality. We stopped halfway through to feed the goats, pigs, and chickens (they provided bread). That was really fun and sweet. I definitely recommend doing Kilohana for kids (I think I would have liked it even if they weren’t there, but particularly with kids it was fun). I had read positive reviews before we got here but it was even better than I expected. Only downside was we missed the last rum tasting! There is rum tasting throughout the day but it finished right when our train ride finished – that would have been an amazing end to our visit there! 🙂
It was soon time for dinner so we headed to Pizzeta in Old Koloa. We really enjoyed our food and the atmosphere, but the kids were just completely wiped out so we tried to wrap it up quicker than we would have liked. Hayden was nearly falling asleep on our laps as we waited for our bill, bless him (very unusual for him – he hardly ever falls asleep in the car even anymore).