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For five weeks last summer my family and I swapped houses with another family and we lived on Kauai! I made a list of almost everywhere we went and it’s been sitting on my phone for nearly a year, so I thought I’d leave it here for future reference.

Kauai Β 

Princeville πŸ’š

Sleeping giant πŸŒΊπŸ’š

Kountry kitchen 🌺

Shipwreck beach 🌺

Common ground garden cafe πŸŒπŸŒΊπŸŒΊπŸ’š

Waipoo falls

Anini beach πŸŒΊπŸŒΊπŸ’š

Kauai crossfit🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺

Cafe Coco πŸŒπŸŒΊπŸ’š

Moloa’a sunrise juice bar 🍌🌺

Work it out shop kapaa 🌺🌺

Poipu beach park πŸŒΊπŸ’š

DΓ©jΓ  vu shop kapaa

The root shop kapaa🌺

Coco pink shop kapaa🌺

Small town coffee kapaa πŸŒπŸŒΊπŸŒΊπŸŒΊπŸŒΊπŸ’š

Wailua falls lihue 🌺


Java Kai kapaa 🍌 🌺

Hoku foods market kapaa 🍌🌺🌺🌺🌺

Mermaids cafe kapaa🍌🌺🌺

Kapaa creamery 🍌🌺🌺

Farmers markets 🍌🌺🌺🌺🌺

Living foods market poipu 🍌🌺🌺🌺

Da Crack Mexican food poipu πŸŒπŸŒΊπŸŒΊπŸ’š

Puka dog poipu 🍌🌺

Puka dog Hanalei 🍌🌺

Papalani gelato lihue & poipu 🍌🌺

The coconut cup kapaa 🍌🌺

Roys poipu 🍌

Verde kapaa πŸŒπŸŒΊπŸ’š

Papayas natural foods kapaa 🍌🌺 🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺

Rainbow living foods kapaa🍌🌺🌺

The heathy hut natural food store north shore 🍌🌺

Kilauea bakery 🍌

Banana joes πŸŒπŸŒΊπŸ’š

Harvest market 🍌

Red hot mamas 🍌

Hawaiian blizzard kapaa 🍌🌺

Waimea canyon- 🌺

Hanalei beach πŸŒΊπŸŒΊπŸ’š

Pono market kapaa 🍌🌺🌺🌺🌺

Tunnels beach -🌺 or Makua πŸ’šsnorkeling beach north shore

Polihale beach state park

Gopal’s creperie kapaa food truck πŸŒπŸŒΊπŸ’š

Sushi girl north shore πŸŒπŸŒΊπŸ’š

Aloha Aina juice bar koloa 🍌 🌺🌺

Ono Ono shave ice 🍌🌺🌺

Passion bakery cafe 🍌🌺 kapaa

Kauai mini golf Kilauea

Kauai pasta 🍌🌺

Kauai juice co πŸŒπŸŒΊπŸŒΊπŸŒΊπŸŒΊπŸŒΊπŸ’š

Kee beach 🌺

Kalapaki Lihue beach πŸŒΊπŸ’š

Kaelia beach 🌺

Fresh shave 🍌🌺🌺

Being vegan in Hawaii is well, of course very awesome. Tropical sunshine, fruits, and paradise. Here are some photos from our January 2013 trip to Maui.

While everyone else at the hotel buffet was piling up the eggs & bacon I got strange looks for going back for three plates of papaya.


This salad was on the menu but had steak on top. Asked to leave it off and voila, being vegan is easy.


Thai lettuce with tofu build it yourself wraps. If I build it I can eat it.


Snack on the beach. That’s my husband’s soda. Soda’s not my thing.


Lilikoi fruit raw vegan cheesecake. I still dream about this.


Coconut based vegan ice cream on the road to Hana.

Maui, I’ll love you forever and ever.



It can be challenging being a vegan and traveling so I always do research on HappyCow and yelp well before I even create a packing list. (I’m a well organized vegan!) Β Our last trip to the Big Island was no different. I found great vegan food options at Island Naturals Health Food stores where they had prepackaged sweet and savories as well as large vegan friendly salad bars, the farmer’s markets are filled with avocados, papayas and mangoes (I can pretty much live on this tropical trio). And I also indulged in one fancy meal at The Fairmont Orchid Hotel where I’m pretty sure every restaurant on the hotel property is vegan friendly. Aloha!





This guy taught us how to catch an octopus. eep.


We spent a week here on Hawaii last month and it was magical. I was overwhelmed with peace as I did yoga while Eliot played in the water, trees overhead, birds singing and monarch butterflies playing above my head. Seriously. I couldn’t make up all this beauty in my head if I tried.

It’s against the law to touch the sea turtles and I can’t even tell you how many people I saw touch them! Pet them! Feed them! Stop it! They are beautiful wild animals and our oils on our human hands can hurt their shells and feeding them, do I really need to explain this? Let’s move on. But the photo below was a sea turtle pursuing Eliot’s little colorful intertube hoping for a snack, I think!

So grateful! More Hawaiian memories to come! XOXOXOXO


So Hawaiian Airlines has zero vegetarian or vegan options in flight. And you can’t travel with fresh fruit or veggies to or from the islands. This means Vega Bars! Smoothie packets! Processed foods! Annoying! Do better Hawaiian Airlines! Please start offering healthy food. Thanks!

Current menu front and back. Please note that “vegetarian” salad already has the chicken on it, not on the side!

Yesterday I ran six miles, hung out with Eliot, did three loads of laundry, took him to swim lessons. Swam after swim lessons, played at the park, drove home, cat napped, then took a one and a half hour long power vinyasa class. I ate, took a shower and slept.

This morning I lifted weights, jumped on my rebounder, ran four miles and came home to shower and get everyone ready for a trip to the farm! We went to a berry farm today with the family and Eliot was an amazing berry picker! He even got to pet a very busy pig who was too engrossed in eating to care. The pigs did snort in happiness when Summer gave them some rubs on their backs. Sweet. I wore sandals and a sun dress and now I have a sunburn and a few scrapes on my ankles from the brambles. Dropped Eliot and Andy at the pool for swim lessons while the rest of us had an adventure going through the Burgerville drive-thru. Forgotten sandwich, fries, stickers and a drink and we finally got out of there. They were crazy busy! Ran back over to pick up Eliot and Andy and give them their lunches, home for napping, and then off to another yoga class for one hour. The grocery store alone was my last trip of the day.

I just can't believe how busy the last couple days have been and the summer promises not to slow down. We've got more swimming lessons, music classes, gym classes, grandparents visiting, marathon training, business trips, Hawaii trip, birthdays, our nine year wedding anniversary, and I just signed up for a month long introductory membership to a yoga studio which means I can go to as many classes as I can fit into my schedule (and that my body can keep up with)!

Napping is the key, and green smoothies!

Favorite green smoothie recipe of the moment:
one whole lemon
water to get it moving
kale or spinach- as much as I can cram in
one cucumber
an entire head of celery

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