Hawai‘i Hikes: Kuliou‘ou Ridge Trail

Kuliouou Ridge Trail

We checked another Hawaii hike off our list last weekend and I have got to say it might be one of my favs. Safe enough to take the kids but challenging enough (at points) to break a sweat and absolutely ah-mazing payoff views at the top. Kuliou‘ou Ridge Trail really has got it all.

Let’s start with location. The trail starts off in a residential neighborhood located in Hawaii Kai. Just type “Kalaau Place” into Google Maps and you’ll see the trailhead is located at the end of the street. The streets are residential and pretty crowded so take your time finding a spot. We had to park a few blocks from the trailhead, just think of the additional steps as a bonus warm up 😉

Once you get to the trailhead you’ll start off on a pavement. You’ll soon approach a split in the path, take the right path to hit the ridge trail, otherwise you’ll head down the valley side. We haven’t done that trail as of yet.

Kuliouou Ridge Trail Start

You’ll trek along some pretty easy terrain for a good while. Lots of shade and many switchbacks as you make your way up the mountain. Really gorgeous scenery with some areas even reminding me a bit of New England landscape. It doesn’t take long to reach a peek-a-boo view of the valley below.

Kuliouou Ridge Trail View

The hike continues much the same way until you start to reach a bit of an incline. There are roots and rocks to help guide you but be sure to take a break if needed, there is plenty of space to do so.

Up next is the most aggressive part of the trial that includes quite a few steps. My advice here is to just take your time. It’s really to your advantage to do so. Check out these amazing views.

Kuliouou Ridge Trail View

Kuliouou Ridge Trail Stairs

And finally, after a lot of sweat and maybe a few tears, you reach the top.

Kuliouou Ridge Trail Summit

Kuliouou Ridge Trail Summit Helicopter

Pretty amazing right? We even got a little flyby from a Fire & Rescue helicopter. There is area up at the summit to chill a bit. We had some snacks and took a break. With the exception of my toes slamming against my sneakers, the hike down was pretty relaxed. Just go back the way you came and be sure to snap a ton of photos.

Until the next hike. Aloha!

Craving more Hawaii adventure? You might wanna check out:

Hawaii Hikes: Hanauma Bay Ridge Trail

Magic in Waialua

Westside Wandering: Pokai Bay and Coquitos

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Smoothie of the Week: Papaya & Dragon Fruit

Papaya and Dragon Fruit Smoothie

Papaya is one of my favorite fruits. Actually, one of my favorite foods! I try to put it in as many smoothie concoctions as I can and this one is no exception. Here is a layered smoothie recipe that my two kiddos love as well. It’s sweet, creamy and super easy to make. Top with your favorite berries or cut up fruit to add some extra fruity zing!

Papaya and Dragon Fruit Smoothie Ingredients

I am going to try and post a smoothie of the week, every week. These may include classic smoothies or smoothie bowls. I’m excited to experiment and hope to discover some new favorites! What are some of your favorite smoothies or bowls?

 

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Tropical Fix: Hawaii Coffee Tour (in a Box)

Hawaii Coffee Box

Aloha Lovely received this box complimentary from Hawaii Coffee Tour (in a box). This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are our own.

There are subscription boxes out there for everything nowadays. Makeup, snacks, books, leggings, you name it. They are great for monthly surprises delivered right to your door or as unique gifts to fulfill pretty much anyone’s interest. I came across Hawaii Coffee Tour (in a box) and was instantly enamored with the idea. First, I love coffee. Second, I love Hawaii. And even though I do live on Oahu, there is something fantastic about having someone else curate your next caffeine fix.

I was fortunate enough to sample January’s box which included:

  • Puna Big Island Coffee Roaster’s Maui Mokka (whole bean)
  • Puna Big Island Coffee Roaster’s Maui Mellow (whole bean)
  • Puna Big Island Coffee Roaster’s Hawaiian Coffee Lip Balm
  • Hula Girl Foods Sugar Cane Coffee & Tea Stirrers

So not only do you get freshly roasted coffee beans delivered to your door each month, but also other coffee inspired “accessories”. It is truly a coffee lovers dream, with a tropical twist.

Hawaii Coffee Box

Everything comes packaged very neatly in a vibrant teal box. Also included is a sheet of paper with information on the featured coffee and space to include a note if you plan on gifting the box. I should also mention that they only send whole bean coffee for the best flavor retention. If you don’t have a grinder, I recommend investing in an inexpensive option, like this one Mr. Coffee 12 Cup Grinder.

Even though it is an extra step to getting your brew, I love the amazing aromas released when grinding whole beans. It adds to the experience of enjoying your coffee. And forces you to slow down a little bit, which really doesn’t hurt.

Hawaii Coffee Box Contents

I really enjoyed the two Maui blends from Puna Big Island Coffee Roasters. They were both smooth with unique tasting profiles ranging from vanilla and honey to chocolate and brown sugar. The quality of the beans is obvious, this is not your average cup of joe. I also loved the organic sugar cane stirrers! I have to admit that I do sweeten my coffee with a dash of creamer, so adding an additional bit of sweet was the icing on the cake (or coffee mug?).

And last but not least was the Puna Big Island Coffee Roasters Hawaiian Coffee Lip Balm. I was pleasantly surprised that this balm did not have an overpowering coffee scent. It was very subtle. It felt luxurious going on and lasted longer than any other lip balm I have! It must be all the amazing ingredients: organic macadamia nut, coconut, kukui nut oils and roasted Puna coffee! What a treat.

Hawaii Coffee Box Lip Balm

All in all I absolutely think Hawaii Coffee Tour (in a box) is a great subscription box option. You can subscribe month-to-month or prepay for 3 or 6 months to get a discount. I think it would be a great gift for a coffee lover as well. If they live in Hawaii and especially if they don’t. Hawaii is known for amazing coffee and now it’s easy for anyone to get a taste.

Check out more information and how to get your own Hawaii Coffee Tour (in a box) here.

Aloha!

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