Where on earth have I been for the past month or two? I’m guilty as charged for not having updated this blog for way too long. But I have a legitimate excuse—I traveled to the Hawaiian island of Kaua‘i for five weeks to completely immerse myself in research for my next book on this magical island. Read on to learn some things I discovered
Close your eyes and imagine paradise. Think of palm trees swaying in a tropical breeze, sunrises walking on a beach looking at vibrant turquoise surf rolling in. Thundering waterfalls and magical rainbows. Mountains dramatically descending into the ocean.
Now that I have published my book, 300 Healthy Travel Tips, I’m returning to the Garden Isle of Kaua‘i tomorrow to resume work on a travel guidebook about what might be my favorite place on earth.
The best part: You can tag along
Dynamic. Fearless. Inspiring. Insightful. Healing. Spiritual. These words describe Rochelle Ballard, one of the greatest female professional surfers ever, a film and TV star from hits such as Blue Crush, Step Into Liquid and Beyond The Break. Rochelle is an educator, a successful entrepreneur, expert on yoga, healing, wellness, massage and more. She is a legendary big wave surfer, and has been instrumental in the growth of women’s surfing. And today, Rochelle is owner of Surf Into Yoga.
All across America, you can discover amazing little businesses with great ambition and big ideas hidden behind small town storefronts, overlooked websites and farmers’ markets. On my recent journey to the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i, I was deeply impressed with the creativity, quality and service of many local small businesses. They typify the dynamic enterprise and hard work of countless small companies across the United States.
Read on to find some fascinating examples...
There’s jam, and then there’s outrageously wonderful jam. We’ve searched far and wide in our travels, and have enjoyed some incredible jams for breakfast with our toast or yogurt. But at a farmer’s market on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, we met our match: the out-of-the-park home run array of hand-made preserves from Monkeypod Jam, an incredible little local company creating some of the biggest flavors on the planet. If you can imagine tropical breezes, breaking ocean waves and unbelievable fruit flavor in a jar, then you'll have to try this.
Kauai overwhelms your eyes and senses with extraordinary beauty everywhere you look. Not the least of which is the island’s beaches. Varying from rugged lava rock coastline and crashing waves, to favorite surfing beaches, beaches graced with palm trees and miles of sand, incredible snorkeling havens and beaches gentle enough for a baby to wade in their parents’ arms, there is something for everyone to discover.
Whatever you seek in a beach, it awaits you on the island of Kauai.
Every now and Zen we come across something with such an amazing taste that it should be banned. Well, sort of. Such is the case of a treat we found at the Hanalei Farmers Market on Kauai from the Heart Flame Bakery, a very health conscious and outstanding little business on the island. We sampled their breads, pizzas and other absolutely delicious and very healthy baked goods, and were simply blown away. How could organic, gluten-free and vegan products be so healthy and taste so damned good?
We could not have succeeded with our research trip to Kauai for our upcoming book, The Healthy Trekking Guide to Kauai without the help of Aaron Martin of ActivityKauai.com. Everybody and their sister on the island is a tour guide, but as you quickly learn, it’s often a sideline to another business they might have. It’s simple enough to help a visitor book a dinner, tour, helicopter tour or zipline experience on the island. But it’s something else again to meet and work with a genuine expert on Kauai who can safely guide you to activities and destinations that are ideally suited for you.
Aaron is that man. Rather, when it comes to Kauai, he is THE MAN. Read on to learn more...
My husband Brian, the writer of this team, is busy on yet another adventure kayaking and hiking. All this activity has tired him out, so he has not been able to blog thus far on our trip to Kauai. So please bear with me (Rita, the wife, and designer) I am attempting to write a blog on my own!
The Club at Kukui'ula, is a private club for owners of the fabulous new homes and cottages at Kukui'ula on the south shore of Kauai, just west of Poipu. And let me tell you, membership has its privileges (sorry Am/Ex it really fits here).