My trip to Kaua’i was my very first solo travel location! Having heard about couchsurfing through word of mouth, I decided to give it a try. My hosts were a lovely married couple that happened to have a second home up in country Kapa’a. I was super duper lucky, because I ended up having an entire home to myself for the time that I was there. Not only that, but the bedroom was outdoors, so I was able to enjoy the quiet tropical forest at nighttime.
I met an amazing bird conservationist through the couchsurfing website also, and she was to be my hiking buddy for my trip! After getting my rental car and picking her up, our first destination was the Grand Canyon of the Pacific – Waimea Canyon!
This is the view from Waimea Canyon Lookout. We were super lucky to see a rainbow while we were there! Waimea Canyon has a bunch of hiking trails, and we chose to hike Canyon Trail.
Canyon Trail starts off a little bit down the road from the Waimea Canyon Lookout. It offers stunning views from inside the mountain. It started to rain while we were there, which would actually continue throughout the weekend. The trail takes around three hours and has a combination of both steep and inclined areas. The trail ends with a small waterfall named Waipo’o Falls.
After finishing the hike, we headed back down Waimea Canyon. The drive can seriously take about an hour! On the way down, we stopped when we noticed Ni’ihau in the distance. Ni’ihau is a privately owned island that only allows certain visitors. Ni’ihau is very rural, and most residents are full-blooded Hawaiian.
By the time I dropped my new friend off and made it back to Kapa’a, my first day in Kaua’i was over!