After stopping for (more) coffee in Hanalei at our favorite breakfast joint, Hanalei Bread Company, we decided to drive as far north and west as the highway would take us.
The Kalalau Trail is easily Kauai's most famous trail, and while we didn't have a full day to commit to the 11-mile arduous hike, we did "walk" (and sometimes crawl) up the .5 mile vertical ascent from Kee Beach to the first of many incredible views of the Na Pali coastline.
When we return to Kauai with our kiddos someday, I promised Wade that we'd both be in better shape and prepared to hike the entire 11 challenging miles. The trail stays relatively near to the coastline as it winds its way up and down through five major valleys including the renowned Kalalau Valley at the end of the trail.
Haena State Park
After traipsing around Hanalei and finding the perfect ukuleles to bring home for our hoodlums, we saddled up for our last adventure - a catamaran tour w/ Na Pali Catamaran.
Luckily, we had prescriptive patches for motion sickness which worked wonders for Wade. He had ZERO nausea on the catamaran.
One of the great things about Na Pali Catamaran is their 35' boat is small enough to enter sea caves...larger boats looked on with envy while we explored the inside of caves and amazing waterfalls.
And what better way to end our last day on Kauai than at our favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurant and bar, sipping their famous Mai Tais.
And for dessert, Pierce Brosnan, his wife and two sons
joined were seated two tables away from us. Yes, we concluded our last night in Kauai sitting two tables down from 007. Wade (and Fern, our waitress) made me promise not to snap a photo and blow his cover, but Fern confirmed it was him...I loved seeing him incognito with his family. He clapped and cheered for the local performers and appeared to be a genuinely nice/normal guy. Admittedly, I was little star struck.