Jul 16

Kauai 2012

Our vacation started with a holiday, the fourth of July, so we headed over to my parent’s house for a good ol’ fish fry!

My mom put two of my favorite guys in charge of the fryin’….

And I think they did a pretty good job!

My Aunt’s potato salad and my mom’s homemade coleslaw were also amazing.

After dinner the dads lit a few dozen fireworks and all of the cousins had a great time running around the neighborhood with sparklers!

The next morning Ryan and I  kissed everyone goodbye and hopped on a plane headed for the islands!

Here’s the fancy-schmancy breakfast we were servered 30,000 feet in the sky.

A few hours later we landed in paradise, otherwise known as Kauai!

My first yummy mai tai at the Koa Kea pool…

And a light lunch of grilled local beets, fresh greens, and goat cheese croquetas.

I resisted the urge to stuff myself at lunch because…

I knew I was going to stuff myself at dinner!

One of my favorite places to eat in Hawaii is Roys!

For dinner I had the perfectly seared ahi tuna…

And for dessert we had their famous chocolate lava souffle!

So, so good.

Our first morning there I dove right in and ordered the highlight of Red Salt’s breakfast menu, the lemon and pineapple souffle pancakes!

They were light as air and made even more irresistible drizzled with some coconut syrup.

After that I needed to hang out by the pool with some coconut M&M’s…

Then we made our way down to the beach.

The pretty Poipu beach behind our hotel is a perfect spot for swimming, snorkeling, and beginner surfers.


Even Ryan caught his fair share of waves that day!

We worked up a pretty big appetite surfing (and sunbathing) so we jumped in the car and headed over to Bubba’s for lunch.

I ordered my burger as they suggested, a double patty with cheese, mustard, mayo, ketchup, onions, hold the lettuce and tomato!

Because their produce has to be shipped in from the mainland it’s super expense and they can’t control the quality of it. I appreciated their honesty and super tasty burgers!

Had to wash that burger down with a root beer hawaiian ice.

Wanna know something funny about Kauai?

There are roosters…

And chickens…

All over the island!

To be a Kauai chicken!

Saturday night is sushi night at our hotel, so we high tailed it back to get ready for dinner!

It was delicious, made with local fish and prepared fresh for us.

Apparently sushi is just not enough for dinner when you’ve been surfing all afternoon.

Here’s Ryan’s room service spread of a hamburger with all of the fixings, and TWO desserts he ordered later that night!

I might of had a few bites here and there.

The next day we went scuba diving. I didn’t get any photo’s of that because I was too busy feeling terrified of being underwater and sea sick because of the rocking boat we were on.

I did however get a few photos of the sunset that evening…

And of the delicious seafood penne I had for dinner at the Beach House restaurant.

We spent our last day enjoying the beach…

And our last night at a luau!

My favorite part of the luau was not the never ending mai tai’s…

(I don’t think I ever need to drink another mai tai!)

The amazing luau food…

(Best kalua pig ever!)

Or even the fire dancer!

(Be careful!)

It was the part when Ryan got pulled up by the pretty hula girl to dance on stage! If you know Ryan you’ll know that look on his face is of pure terror, but he was a great sport about it!

Thank you for the dreamy getaway babe. I had so much fun falling in love with you all over again.


7 Responses to Kauai 2012

  1. Kristyn says:


  2. kim says:

    Oh my goodness – what an amazing trip!!! So glad you were able to have some adult time :)

  3. Melissa says:

    Thank you! It was just what we needed!

  4. Brandon says:

    I love those Coconut M&Ms! Also, I really like that photo of the sushi… looks like a fun trip!

  5. Melissa says:

    Thank you Brandon! We had a blast!:)

  6. Mabel says:

    Great pictures and the food! Oh my… I love Roy’s and seared ahi. I haven’t had the coconut M&M’s but I hope you get to have the macadamia Kisses. They only sell it in Hawaii! Glad you had a great time.

  7. Jennifer says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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