After travelling for about four and a half months, we had to admit, we have to think about how to get back to Germany by the end of March. We had to decide, if we want to go East or West. Asia or America? We studied the globe, spend hours on skyscanner.com to find the cheapest fares and finally decided to make our journey a real around the world travel:
We got ourselves affordable flights to Oha’u and Kaua’i on Hawai‘i, from there to Las Vegas and then finally back to Frankfurt.
At the moment we are on the beautiful island of Kaua’i, the so-called Garden Isle. While reviewing the last two week’s weather we can absolutely understand, why Hawai’i is that green and of course, how Kaua’i got its name: It was raining quite a lot! So, our time on beaches and on the famous hikes where limited, but we still are amazed by the beauty of the islands.
Before we got here, we spent eight days on Oha’u, where, for example, famous Honolulu, the capital of the state of Hawai’i, is located. Although the weather wasn’t quite what we expected (with rain and low temperatures) we made the most of that stay and had an amazing time on that beautiful island:
- We visited Pearl Harbor, where the Japanese Army attacked the US fleet during WWII, which made the USA enter the war.
- We checked out famous Waikiki beach, where we watched the sunset and a typical Hawaiian Hula show. We also wanted to watch the Friday night fireworks on the beach, but obviously, we were at the wrong spot, like hundred of other people (so better check out the western side of the beach).
- We climbed Diamond’s Head crater to enjoy the best views on Honolulu, as well as on beaches and the ocean.
- We discovered Moana Falls on a very muddy hike.
- We drove up along the East Coast and the North Coast with stops to enjoy the view on Chinaman’s Hat, to climb the “Crouching Lion” and to try the best Hawaiian Garlic Shrimps, Poke Bowls and Acai Bowls at some amazing Food Trucks along the way.
- We discovered the West Coast (which wasn’t really nice in comparison to the East Coast, at least in our opinion) and spent some time on the beaches to watch the surfers taking huge waves and at a nice resort lagoon.
- We walked along the shore to the nature reserve at at Kaeno Point in the West and to Makapu’u Lighthouse in the East, where we fetched some amazing views on the quite wild ocean and rocky shores.
- We had a Tesla test drive in a Model S where we were shown the amazing features of those modern electrical cars. It was really impressive, so maybe that’ something we will get when we come back… But our rented Mustang was also quite a car to enjoy.
Although we really liked Oha’u, we were looking forward to switch to Kaua’i after eight days. We had the feeling, we have seen most of the sights and did most of the things.
During summer time, when it is supposed to be sunnier and less rainy and the waves aren’t that wild, Oha’u must be great for snorkeling and spending days on the beautiful beaches and in the turquoise water. Even the hikes won’t be that muddy. So better come here in summer.
While Oha’u was quite touristy and full of people, cars and civilization, on Kaua’i we felt more like on a tropical island. Everything is smaller and the nature even more impressive. But unfortunately, after the second day it started raining. And it didn’t stop. At least not longer than a few hours where it stayed cloudy and windy with occasionally showers. So, we took our chance on the first days and at those few rainless time slots to discover the island:
- We spend half a day on pretty Secret Beach, which obviously wasn’t that secret anymore.
- We explored Waimea Canyon (also known as the Pacific’s Grand Canyon) by car and on the Canyon Hike with the most impressive views.
- We did a coastal hike along the south shore from Poipu Beach along to a coastal cave.
- We walked on the Kalalau Trail along the north-western Na Pali Coast.
We really wanted to go on a cruise along famous Na Pali Coast, but due to the rainy, stormy weather the waves were too high and we wouldn’t have had a lot of fun.
So, we spent most time relaxing in our apartment and on the covered patio, reading books and went running in the rain along the Eastern beaches to get in shape for Germany.
We have seen quite a lot of the world so far and we think you could compare the islands of Hawai’i with the Canary Island regarding landscape, nature and climate, but much more expensive. And with all the “American Stuff”, like Fast Food restaurants on every corner, unpredictable surcharges on everything you buy or just the number of huge cars. We were more struggling to find healthy food options than in every other country we have visited so far and even in the supermarkets you have to check the ingredients on everything.
Overall, we liked Hawai’i – the islands are really beautiful – but I don’t think we will come back.
Maybe it was just because of the weather. But for us Hawai’i is just not special enough for us to invest that much money (Hawai’i is incredibly expensive, especially going to restaurants and the accommodation) and that much travel time (over 30 hours from Germany).