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Emily Jablon: Daraius and I went to Maui, Hawaii in March 2013. We loved Hawaii so much that we decided to return, but this time to Kauai. Kauai is more laid back and less built-up than Maui.
We went to Kauai over Valentine’s Day week, which made for a very romantic getaway. Using our miles and points made it even better!
Winter Getaway to Kauai – Trip Report Index:
- Part 1 – Using Miles and Points to Get to Kauai
- Part 2 – Only $10 for 2 One-Way United Flights From Austin to Kauai
- Part 3 – Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
- Part 4 – Grand Hyatt Garden Suite for 87% Off
- Part 5 – 3 Free Nights & a Partial Ocean View Upgrade at the Grand Hyatt Kauai
- Part 6 – Activities in Kauai
- Part 7 – Adopting a Little Girl
- Part 8 – The Many Pools of the Grand Hyatt Kauai and more…
- Part 9 – Southside Eats
- Part 10 – More South Kauai Eats!
- Part 11 – Shave Ice Bigger Than Your Face and More Yummy Meals!
- Part 12 – Flight From Kauai to Austin
- Part 13 – Conclusion and Blog Giveaway
This post will highlight our activities in North and East Kauai, including:
North Kauai Activities
It rained in the north every day we were in Hawaii. So we didn’t get a chance to explore the sights. Please comment with your can’t miss recommendations for next time!
East Kauai Activities
Kauai Humane Society
We were going to adopt a dog for a day. You pick up the dog in the morning and return it 30 minutes before closing. And they give you a list of dog friendly places. Daraius found out about the Shelter Dogs on Field Trips program through a post on MommyPoints.
There were dogs of all breeds and sizes. They give you the water bowl, food, towel, harness etc. And you don’t pay a thing. This is such a great idea!
It was hard to resist taking all of them. They were all so cute!
They suggested Trixie because we wanted a moderate to good-tempered dog.
Trixie was 6 years old and a cutie!
The Shelter Dogs on Field Trips program is free! We had to leave a $200 credit card deposit in case we didn’t return her. The Humane Society gave us a water bowl, towel, treats, and doggie bags.
Trixie was excited to go, and she readily jumped in car.
I sat with her in the back to cuddle and make sure she wasn’t too frightened.
Our first stop was Korean BBQ for Daraius (and perhaps Trixie, too!).
Trixie was very well behaved on the leash. I wonder if Joelle (our cat who thinks she’s a dog) would use a leash?
After lunch we took a walk in Kapaa town. The walk must have worn Trixie out, because she took a nap in the car.
Kapaa Beach Park
Then we went to Kapaa Beach Park and walked along the bike path, which was perfect for dogs, too!
Kapaa is supposed to have excellent snorkeling and beaches. So we went down by the beach, but Trixie didn’t really like the water.
We tried playing fetch with her, but she wasn’t interested in chasing sticks. She was a very sweet dog with a great temperament. She followed directions well and knew how to sit and come.
She knew her name and was sometimes ready for a cute picture, too!
On the way back to the Humane Society, Daraius cuddled her in the backseat.
Trixie was such a good girl. I didn’t want to say goodbye!
Daraius also had a soft spot for her.
And Trixie wanted to stay with us, too!
But we had to return her.
Folks who have adopted dogs for a day can leave feedback in the dog’s journal. This is a good way to learn about the dogs before permanent adoption.
Here’s what we wrote:
Trixie was so much fun. She was very well behaved in the car and walking in town. We wished we had more time with her and didn’t want to take her back. She’d make a great companion for anyone. 🙂
Daraius is always full of surprises. We had so much fun adopting a dog for the day. I’m curious if other cities offered a similar program.
Would you adopt a dog for the day while on vacation?