kauai day 5: kilohana plantation + beach time

This morning started with a 4 mile run.  This week’s training increased my weekly distance by a half mile again – crazy!  I didn’t really know where to run around the condo since it is right off a highway and didn’t want to end up somewhere dark and scary with a bunch of chickens cornering me, so I stayed pretty close.  There are a few lit paths around the different buildings so I looped around those for a bit, and then went to the highway for a little longer, and then looped back in.  It worked pretty good and I will have to do something similar on Wednesday!  It might also help if I wasn’t running in the complete darkness – I was up at 5 this morning and the sun isn’t quite up yet that early.

After I got back, Kinley and I had coffee on the Lanai and then made our Nature pancakes again from Saturday – although this time with macadamia nuts rather than granola in them.  So good, and I absolutely love the syrup.

We left the condo at 9ish to get to the Kilohana Plantation by 9:30 am.  We were there in plenty of time, so we had a chance to walk around and take some pictures of the grounds.  Everything was so beautiful!

We got reservations for the train + hike + plantation tour which was a four hour tour taking us around the grounds and telling us different things about both the plantation and Kauai in general.

I love these trees!  Captain Cook’s ships brought them over as they were used to repair masts of their ships if they were to get damaged.

Our first thing we did once we got off the short train ride was feed the pigs!  They got a nice snack of some bread and hawaiian rolls, lucky pigs!  I attempted to throw all of mine at the little babies because they are so darn cute.  I really wanted to bring one home with me :).

The next stop on the tour was a short hike (1/4 – 1/2 mile?).  It went down into a ravine on the property that was unlike anything else I had seen in Kauai.  There were so many different types of vegetation and a bunch of bugs – wasn’t a fan of the bugs but at least they left me alone!

This is a Banyan Tree.  It was actually a mango tree at one point but was taken over by the banyon – it’s a parasitic vine that slowly suffocates the tree from the inside out – and grows from the top down.  The vines are SO thick and strong nothing can be done about it.  It’s so sad, but I do think it looks cool.  We have an entire tunnel of these at the entry to our condo.

After the hike that took close to an hour, it was time for lunch!  Turkey wraps were provided, but we called ahead and they were able to put together a salad instead of the wrap.  I can’t believe how excited I have been to have salads here because we couldn’t find any lettuce at the grocery store so it almost feels like a treat!  I also had some Guava Nectar and a blueberry Sweet Marie’s muffin that we packed along for a bit more sustenance.

After lunch we started out trek through the plantation gardens, and had a ton of fresh fruit samples right off the trees/plants/bushes.  We got to sample a guava, an orange, a tangerine, starfruit, pineapple. avocado, papaya, some weird eyeball looking thing, sugar cane and probably a couple others but I can’t remember them all, but they were all so good!

The tour lasted until 2 pm and then we headed to the Kalapaki Beach to soak up some more sun.  It wasn’t the best beach around, but it was still a beach so I can’t complain too much!  We stayed for a couple of hours and then left to head back to the condo, clean up and then find somewhere to go for dinner.  I realized when we got back to the condo that I had gotten a little sunburnt from the plantation tour – some of it was also a sun rash so hopefully it isn’t as bad as it looks right now haha.

We ended up going back to Lemongrass Grill for dinner to get the Guava BBQ ribs again – they are so good!  Although this time I washed them down with a Mudslide that was so strong I couldn’t drink it all.

After dinner we strolled a path by the beach for a few minutes because we were all so full!  And then headed back to the condo for hot tub time and bed.  I can’t believe we’ve only got 2 days left in Kauai!  In some ways it seems like we’ve been here a really long time because we’ve done so much, but now it seems like it’s going by too quickly!

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One thought on “kauai day 5: kilohana plantation + beach time

  1. I am getting sad we only have a few days left here… last nights weird dream involved all of a sudden waking up and being back in Wisconsin and late for work! Yuck… and not a very good thought to start my day with 😦 Today we get to have lots of fun though!!!

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