twenty six hours in kauai: my road trip through a hawaiian wonderland

Travel & Personal
July 16, 2017

earlier this spring i had the opportunity to shoot a pre-wedding session on the north shore + a beautiful waikiki resort wedding on the island of oahu.

i had been to this part of hawaii twice as a kid so it was fun to re-explore + find my inner island self once again.

since i had never been to another hawaiian island i knew i wanted to leap [with the help of an airplane] to another spot on the islands.

i got my budget traveler hat on and enjoyed 26 hours in kauai for under $200.

it’s a quick 41 minute flight into kauai’s darling little airport [$125]. rental car is the way to see the island [$60 with gas]. not five miles into the drive i stopped at a farmers market [my hippie lifestyle encourages it] and it immediately it hit me. everything i thought i knew about hawaii was a lie. this was rural. humble. quaint. the pace is worlds away from the bustling capital city.

i continued on my journey up the north eastern part of the island. from the mysterious mountains, to the open stretches of ocean, the tropical plants and each little island cluster of shops; i was in awe. everything was in my reach. the highway was small, one lane on many parts of the island with a few bridges that had just one road. after another bit of driving i spotted two black donkeys just staring at me from the road. i stopped and said hi, naturally. across from them was the sweetest band of horses that also approached me to say hello. i know.

not ten miles after that i stopped and said hi to a whole farm of pigs + piglets + chickens. not soon after i greeted another horse on a rope as it started to rain. i think it was at this moment that i decided i never wanted to leave.

idk. i did an amazingly difficult hike [in a dress, per usual], snagged an awesome homemade chai latte, daydreamt about the history of a quiet lighthouse on a hill, watched a sunset i won’t forget in hanalei beach, traveled by night to the opposite side of the island, slept in my car [rugged], watched the sun greet the majestic waimea canyon + watched the clouds drift over the enchanting napali coast, i visited the kauai coffee factory with 33 different coffee samples [i had a solid 11], saw some crazy trees, saw some beautiful waterfalls + pinched myself every step of the way.

often times when i travel i see + experience things i have a difficult time believing are actually real. this is the case with kauai.

these are snippets of my adventures…

shot on lilly the leica m240, summilux 24mm 1.4, 50mm 1.4

destination hawaii photographer // kauai // teri b photography

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