Kauai 2018: Day One

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Vacation for me, in hindsight, is always a total blur. On returning to reality from Vacationland, I can usually remember just about everything we did — the places we saw, the faces, the flavors — but the mental chronology is invariably a jumbled mess. I remember we went to that one beach, sure — but was that before we went to that other beach, or after? My brain shrugs. Pictures are the only way I can keep it all straight; EXIF data never lies.

We spent seven days on Kauai in all, and our first was mostly about finding our footing. We stayed in Poipu, where most families go, in a little condo on the water was pretty darn perfect: two bedrooms, two bathrooms, full kitchen, full laundry, and enough well-placed fans to keep us all cool into the night. The plan going in was to spend most of the trip in Poipu — far from my personal choice (I wanted to hike!), but with the kids, we decided it’d probably be best to stick close to home — but over the next few days, we’d end up making our way around much of the island, from Kekaha Beach in the west to Hanalei in the north, and a little trip up into to Waimea Canyon as well.

I’ll post for each day indivudually here, so for starters, here’s day one, wherein we obtain (and learn much about) some excellent coffee, swim with a sea turtle, get some fantastic tacos and shave ice, and come home, tired, to watch the sun come down over paradise.

Oliver signs the guest book. June 4, 2018

Oliver signs the guest book.

A peaceful morning watching the waves roll in. May 29, 2018 Canon EOS 70D • ISO 2000 • f11.0 • 1/400 sec • 300.0 mm

A peaceful morning watching the waves roll in.

May 29, 2018 Canon EOS 70D • ISO 800 • f9.0 • 1/30 sec • 10.0 mm
May 29, 2018 Canon EOS 70D • ISO 800 • f4.5 • 1/400 sec • 10.0 mm
May 29, 2018 Canon EOS 70D • ISO 200 • f4.5 • 1/1250 sec • 130.0 mm

After breakfast, we wanted some coffee. The guidebook had mentioned a place called Little Fish with a location in Poipu, so we decided to check it out as our first destination. Nobody was disappointed.

Plumeria are everywhere on Kauai. May 29, 2018 Apple iPhone SE • ISO 25 • f2.2 • 1/3200 sec • 4.2 mm

Plumeria are everywhere on Kauai.

Oliver helps make Rosie into a flower princess. May 29, 2018 Apple iPhone SE • ISO 25 • f2.2 • 1/950 sec • 4.2 mm

Oliver helps make Rosie into a flower princess.

May 29, 2018 Apple iPhone SE • ISO 25 • f2.2 • 1/1600 sec • 4.2 mm
May 29, 2018 Canon EOS 70D • ISO 200 • f5.6 • 1/800 sec • 135.0 mm
May 29, 2018 Canon EOS 70D • ISO 200 • f11.0 • 1/200 sec • 91.0 mm
May 29, 2018 Canon EOS 70D • ISO 200 • f5.0 • 1/160 sec • 50.0 mm
May 29, 2018 Canon EOS 70D • ISO 200 • f3.5 • 1/5000 sec • 18.0 mm

Then, we went to the beach. And don’t forget to mention the sea turtle.

May 29, 2018 Apple iPhone SE • ISO 25 • f2.2 • 1/1900 sec • 4.2 mm
May 29, 2018 Apple iPhone SE • ISO 25 • f2.2 • 1/2800 sec • 4.2 mm
May 29, 2018 Apple iPhone SE • ISO 25 • f2.2 • 1/1600 sec • 4.2 mm
May 29, 2018 Apple iPhone SE

Then, we went for tacos.

May 29, 2018 Canon EOS 70D • ISO 200 • f11.0 • 1/160 sec • 18.0 mm
"Hey, brah, that's my girlfriend. She's in Canada. [She's exists, brah](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZhuHh3sdmc)." May 29, 2018 Canon EOS 70D • ISO 200 • f11.0 • 1/60 sec • 59.0 mm

“Hey, brah, that’s my girlfriend. She’s in Canada. She’s exists, brah.”

May 29, 2018 Canon EOS 70D • ISO 200 • f11.0 • 1/30 sec • 18.0 mm
May 29, 2018 Apple iPhone 7 • ISO 25 • f1.8 • 1/9600 sec • 4.0 mm

Then, we went to Kauai Coffee.

May 29, 2018 Canon EOS 70D • ISO 200 • f5.6 • 1/800 sec • 85.0 mm
May 29, 2018 Canon EOS 70D • ISO 200 • f4.5 • 1/200 sec • 18.0 mm
May 29, 2018 Canon EOS 70D • ISO 200 • f5.6 • 1/400 sec • 93.0 mm
May 29, 2018 Canon EOS 70D • f11.3 • 18.0 mm
May 29, 2018 Apple iPhone 7 • ISO 20 • f1.8 • 1/2300 sec • 4.0 mm
May 29, 2018 Apple iPhone 7 • ISO 20 • f1.8 • 1/200 sec • 4.0 mm

And finally, we ended with a shave ice.

May 29, 2018
May 29, 2018 Canon EOS 70D • ISO 200 • f4.5 • 1/250 sec • 35.0 mm
May 29, 2018 Apple iPhone SE • ISO 25 • f2.2 • 1/120 sec • 4.2 mm
May 29, 2018 Apple iPhone SE • ISO 25 • f2.2 • 1/40 sec • 4.2 mm
May 29, 2018 Apple iPhone 7 • ISO 20 • f1.8 • 1/125 sec • 4.0 mm
May 29, 2018 Canon EOS 70D • ISO 200 • f3.5 • 1/125 sec • 18.0 mm

And then the day ended, or something.

May 30, 2018 Apple iPhone 7
May 29, 2018 Apple iPhone 7 • ISO 32 • f1.8 • 1/1000 sec • 4.0 mm
My new lock screen. May 29, 2018 Apple iPhone 7 • ISO 25 • f1.8 • 1/1000 sec • 4.0 mm

My new lock screen.