Hi everyone! I just got back from my one week birthday trip to the beautiful island of Kauai! It was an epic and phenomenal trip where we did many firsts: flying over rainbows on the Napali coasts on a helicopter, inner tubing, stand up paddle boarding. Kauai is the most luscious green and undeveloped island all the Hawaiian islands and feels just like paradise on earth! I've been dreaming of this trip for the past 5 years now, putting hiking the treacherous Napali coast on my bucket list and finally realizing my dream. We hiked only 2 miles (4 miles round trip) of the total 12 miles of coastal mountain rocks and sand and it was difficult rock climbing up and down hill the entire way but worth it as you're rewarded with phenomenal coastal blue waters and beach views the entire way. I recommend renting a car allowing freedom to explore; we drove around the entire island, visiting 20 beaches and chasing gorgeous sunsets on all corners of the island. My favorite part of the trip was the helicopter ride where I saw 4 huge rainbows over Waimea canyon and Napali coast, many waterfalls, tall mountain peaks from way up high in the sky. There were so many wild chickens roaming around all over the island in parking lots, mountains and our hiking trails. They are so cute and colorful and are always looking for food. We awoke everyday at 5:30am to the sound of the roosters crowing. Most days, we started our day early, waking up to the sound of roosters, going everywhere all over the island doing outdoor water sports and didn't come back to our hotel until past 9pm. I recommend saving all your money for the outdoor tours and water sports and just staying in a cheap motel or Airbnb. I had a lot of fun rope swinging into secret swim holes near a river, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking in the Huleia River with spectacular views of luscious green mountains all around me. I loved watching the hula dancers and their beautiful dancing and costumes at the Smith's Family Garden Luau. I loved the Waimea falls, the beautiful double waterfall featured in Fantasy Island; you can park on the side of the road and walk up to. My favorite beach to watch the sunset was Barking Sand Beach on the West coast; we had to drive a little off road to get to it but it's well worth it as we were rewarded with a beautiful pink peach sunset and foamy blue crashing waves on the beach. My favorite beach to walk on was Lydgate park beach as the coral sands and blue waves are beautiful with a nice kiddy pool on the left. Kauai is known to have beaches with strong waves and rip currents that make it dangerous for swimming, but we found Anahola beach on the East coast that is very shallow and easy for swimming with no waves. One of my other favorite water sports on the island was inner tubing down a river and long dark caves with Kauai Back Country Adventures; you are carried down river by a strong current and get to spin and turn down a beautiful fern lined river. We got to wear headlamps and the cave walls are sparkly and beautiful. My favorite place to eat acai bowls and healthy salads, avocado toasts, breakfast burritos on the island is Eat Healthy in Wailua. We went to eat there almost every morning as we love the backyard outdoor seating ambience being surrounding by coconut and banana trees, flowers, cactuses, crushed green sea glass floors and resident lizards, cats and chickens! If you go to Kauai you have to try their delicious poke! It taste like jelly and melts in your mouth. We had ours with red radish, corn, watermelon, and sesame seeds and it was delicious! My favorite activity on the island was the fantastic helicopter ride over the entire island with Island Helicopters Kauai, we were blessed with phenomenal views of the grand canyon of Kauai (Waimea Canyon), many waterfalls throughout the green Napali coast canyons that look like weeping rocks, and four rainbows on land and sea. The helicopter ride was one of the best experiences of my life and I'm glad we did it on the last day of our trip as we were able to see all the rivers, beaches, and mountains that we hiked, kayaked, and paddle boarded in from the air. Kauai is definitely an adventure-filled island if you're into the outdoors and water sports with beautiful mountain peaks and 113 miles of coastlines. The best part is the Hawaiian people are very kind and nice to us, all our tour guides loved their jobs and treated us like family. I liked how the locals on the island lived a chill slow pace life and you can drive around the island at 25mph enjoying the coastal views and no one would honk you. I was inspired by Kauai to create all my Kblossoms ocean shell, Swarovski crystal coral necklaces and earrings that you see above from this beautiful trip to paradise on earth. You can find my one of a kind hand-made beach jewelry here: www.kblossoms.etsy.com Thanks for reading!