Aloha from Hawai’i! I’m about to embark on a Hawai’i adventure and running vacation. It’s been a dream trip in the making. My husband, Phil, and I are celebrating our one-year anniversary doing a feast of our favorite things—hiking, swimming, snorkeling, sailing, horseback riding, and, of course, running a half marathon.
I’ll write all about my adventures when I get home, and Phil will be behind the camera taking photos and some video too. But during the trip, I’ll be all over Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram with updates. But for now, here’s a sneak peek at what we’re up to.
Phil and I are starting our trip in the triathlon Mecca of the world: Kailua-Kona.
Some of the activities we’ll take on include a Kohala Canopy Adventure with Kohala Zipline. It’s a 3-hour zipline and suspension bridge course straight out of The Amazing Race in the magical forest of North Kohala. Really excited about this one since I’ve never done anything like it.
Then it’s off to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park for a hiking tour with Native Guide Hawaii. Seeing the volcanoes was the main reason we chose to visit the Big Island, so this should be a highlight of the trip.
The next few nights we’re going to spend more time on the Kohala Coast in Waimea, staying at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.
A friend who visits Hawai’i regularly says his favorite beach on the whole island is at Mauna Kea. So I definitely see some beach time in my future. And here’s a fun family fact: this is the hotel my parents stayed at on their honeymoon back in 1971. Kind of fun that Phil and I are staying there 42 years later.
And what’s a trip to Hawai’i without some serious time in the water? We’re snorkeling with Ocean Sports, who’ll take us out on a catamaran. Sailing and snorkeling? Two of my favorite things put together. It’s also what we did on our honeymoon, albeit in Tonga.
And, of course, I’m hoping to sneak in a few runs to take in the beauty of the island, prepare me for the Kaua’i Half Marathon, and keep me fresh during marathon training season. This is a running vacation after all.
Then we’re off to Kaua’i! I waxed poetic in a previous post about a childhood trip to the island. I haven’t been back since then, so I’m really excited to see if it’s as magical as I remember it being.
From there, we’ll embark on a snorkel-sail tour of the Napali Coast with HoloHolo Charters. As a child, I didn’t get to tour the Napali Coast, which is lined by 3,500-foot cliffs, waterfalls, and secret beaches. So this was on the top of my Kaua’i to-do list. And it’s a bonus that I’ll get to sneak in some more snorkeling and sailing on a 50-foot catamaran.
And everyone who reads my blog knows I like to ride horses as an aspiring polo player. So we’re taking a horseback tour through Silver Falls Ranch, a 300-acre estate in Kaua’i’s lush, green interior. We’ll ride through an 80-acre tropical garden to the base of Mount Makaleha, where we’ll get to swim in a waterfall. Yes, I’ll be swimming under a Hawai’ian waterfall. Amazing.
What’s a running vacation without a race? On Labor Day is the big race itself. Phil and I will both be tackling the Kaua’i Half Marathon before it’s time to, sadly, head home after 10 nights in paradise.
Let the vacation begin!
The Hawai’i Visitors and Convention Bureau is sponsoring my trip by assisting me with airfare, rental car, and the above mentioned accommodations and activities. The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa is providing me with complimentary hotel and race entries. But as always, all opinions are purely my own. I really do believe in being honest about my experiences. For more information read my Disclosure Policy.