The Wondrous Waimea Canyon and More Tropical Fruit From a Kauai Farmers’ Market

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Kauai’s Waimea Canyon

This past weekend El Hub and I braved the long, winding drive out to the western side of Kauai to peer down into Waimea Canyon, also know as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.


First things first, the drive. It’s only 30 miles or so, but the road winds back and forth like a ship on rough seas and, uh, I got a little carsick (just a warning if you have a sensitive tummy like mine). Oh, but the view from the top was well worth a little nausea.


The road to Waimea Canyon ends all the way at the Nā Pali Coast, on the opposite side of the island from where it begins.

This way to Wai’ale’ale, one of the wettest spots on earth. It’s over to the right of this picture (as one might expect, it was covered by thick clouds).

On the way to the canyon, we stopped by another local farmers’ market, this one in the parking lot of Kauai Community College.

Mountain apples (also known as Malay rose apples) and cucumber


Hmm… I wonder if I can fit one of these breadfruits in my carry-on bag.


Bird of paradise

Taro root (this is where poi comes from)

Food truck in paradise, the Hanalei Taro & Juice Co.

A veggie taro burger from the Hanalei Taro & Juice Co.

A sculpture on a hill on the Kauai Community College campus

And for you, a yellow hibiscus, my dear!


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  1. Sunny says:

    OMG they have mountain apples there? I’ve really only seen them back home in Taipei. Never really thought you can find them elsewhere 😉
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  2. Wenz says:

    OMG!!!! Those apples are the BEST!!!!!!!! My mouth is literally watering right now 🙂
    Ive never seen them outside of my original home in Jamaica! We call them otaheite apples

    • Wenz says:

      UGH! This whole post/ collage of pics are flowers/ trees I could find in my Grandmother’s yard or the nearby market… #homesick

  3. brooke says:

    Karen, I love seeing all of your beautiful pictures from Hawaii, however, they also make me tremendously sad. My husband and I got married on Oahu almost 2 years ago and had an awful experience. Not because of Hawaii….Hawaii itself was amazing, but because we were there the same week as the APEC Conference and numerous roads and beaches were closed down…we were basically stuck in our hotel! 🙁 We are hopeful to go back someday and finally enjoy Hawaii…hopefully the second time is a charm! 🙂 Enjoy your trip! Give extra love to those cute kitties!

  4. Isabel says:

    Seeing all those tropical fruits makes me miss Singapore!
    When I saw that picture of the breadfruit, I first thought it was durian!

  5. hanna says:

    Karen, this is beautiful.
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  6. Michelle says:

    Wow so pretty. We went to Kauai last year and still can’t stop thinking about it.

  7. Dani says:

    Oh my gosh you are on my island?! Well, obviously not MINE, but the same island as I am. I hope you find Kauai to be as beautiful and peaceful as I do. If there is anything I could help you with during your stay please let me know. 🙂 You can find me on twitter: MissDJM

  8. Gowthami says:

    OMG this is so beautiful!! 🙂
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  9. Natalye says:

    The taro burger looks sooo good! I would probably buy every fruit at that farmer’s market lol.

  10. Denise S. says:

    Beautiful scenery! The fruits look delicious.I went to Kauai on my honeymoon many years ago and loved it!

  11. Maggie says:

    So awesome that you’re posting your travels up! I’ve always wonder what there is to do on the other islands outside of Hawaii and they seem so fun!

  12. Angel says:

    Karen, smuggle me a breadfruit and I’ll pay you top dollar LOL!!
    Seriously, I LOVE breadfruit and can only get it in Hawaii. If anyone can tell me where to get breadfruit in the greater Los Angeles area, I will be truly grateful. I’ve scoured websites and markets. Nada, zip, zero.

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