My mom and I will arrive on Kauai in 26 days, and the excitement is really starting to take over now! I have a busy schedule between now and then, so I know the time is going to fly by. This will be my second trip and my mom's first -- it is a 75th birthday present for her. I know we are going to have a wonderful time no matter what we do (even if we do absolutely NOTHING), but I am starting to make a list of things I think she would enjoy so that we can look over it on the flight over and decide what is most important to us.
When I visited 2 years ago with my husband, it was all about snorkeling, hiking, Napali coast zodiac tour, etc...in other words, pretty active stuff. My mother is 75 and has bad knees, so this will be a completely different kind of visit. Definitely no strenuous hiking, no boat tours or helicopter rides, and probably no snorkeling....that will be the hardest for me, but she won't snorkel and I don't think it's safe for me to go out alone.
Anyway, she loves to take photos, paint, and draw and plans to bring some sketchpads and pastels with her. She loves plants and gardens and all kind of scenic vistas...no shortage of those on Kaua'i! We share a love of delicious food, although we will probably limit ourselves to one big splurge dinner and good but reasonably priced meals the rest of the time.
So, here is what I have on my list so far...mind you, we will not do ALL of these things! We will leave plenty of down time for relaxing, sitting on the lanai and enjoying the Bali Hai view, sketching, floating in the pool, etc.
- Take Limahuli Garden tour
- Drive up Waimea Canyon, stopping everywhere to soak in scenery
- Art Night in Hanapepe on Friday
- Kilauea lighthouse
- McMaster Slack Key concert on Sunday, 10/24
- Beach House for our one splurge dinner (by her request)
- Wake-Up Cafe for breakfast
- Kilauea Fish Market as often as we can
- Hamura's Saimin for lunch
- loads and loads of shave ice/ice cream treats
- Hawaiian music at Tahiti Nui
- Beaches to visit: Anini, Ke'e, Hanalei Bay, maybe visit Maha'ulepu coastline...no crazy beach "paths" or strenuous hikes this time!
- any other ideas?