I was a little hesitant to do this hike based on what I've read on its dangers but today, I decided we take a conservative approach to the ascent up Nounou Mountain in Kapaa. The good thing about the hike is that it's literally a mile from where we're staying in town. There's actually several good things about this hike including the excellent workout I got (1.6 mile with 800 ft elevation gain), a great view of Kapaa, Wailua and Lihue and the nice tropical terrain. This is Hike #7 for the kids and the 3rd we've done while in Kauai.This is the 10th year the kids have been going to Hawaii and for the first time ever, I felt that we can actually appreciate much more what the islands have to offer. We tried some hiking in Oahu last year but those were more of the short, tourist walk variety. Maybe next year, we take on longer adventures like backpacking or day hikes.
Below is a good view of Wailua and Lihue in the far distance. The eastern trail that we hiked up took over an hour and our shirts were soaked from the humidity. One of the things I read about is the number of accidents on this hike especially during the wet months.
On our way back, we were fairly relaxed so we started looking for some of these small guava plants for ripe fruit. Unlike the guavas I grew up eating (typically the size of a ping-pong ball), these are no larger than a small grape. Sam tried a couple ripe ones and of course, I had several. There were literally thousands of guavas growing in the wild it seems.