One of the last stops my sister and I made on our Seven Day Hawaiian Cruise was Nawiliwili, Kauai. We only had one day in Nawiliwili, so we made sure to make it memorable and pack in as much as we could.
The easiest way to get around Kauai from our boat was the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus. It’s a convenient trolley that makes 10 stops along the island.
We chose to get off at Wailua River for a boat tour of the canyon that would lead to the Fern Grotto where Elvis sang the Hawaiian Wedding Song in the movie, Blue Hawaii.
After a lovely display of Hawaiian song and dance, we got back on the boat while they continued to dance and sing. Before we knew it, we were back at the pier where we had purchased our tickets.
Smith’s Tropical Paradise was just across the parking lot, and we spent the rest of the afternoon feeding peacocks, nenes, and other little birds while walking across the magnificently kept, multi-acre park.
When the baby whom we were nannying fell asleep and we ran out of bird feed, we hopped back on the next Hop-On Hop-Off bus.
When we got on the ship, we had no time to waste before we had to get ready for the Luau dinner our host family had arranged through the ship's excursion offerings. Once dressed and ready, we exited the boat again and started toward the Kilohana Manor House.
We were greeted with leis and cocktails and were escorted on to a train for a ride around the old sugar plantation. We learned about the crops grown on site including bananas, sugar, and plantains!
After the quick ride around the property, we went inside for a tasting of the rum made on site with these ingredients.
You can check out what we tried here: Koloa Rum Company.
Now that we were all a bit buzzed, we were ready to sit down and enjoy a spectacular four-course meal. Since our party was so large, we had a private dinning area in the backyard of the property with perfect views of the sunset and our own private hula dancer!!
We were served platter after platter of rice, fruit, a variety of local fish, poi, and, of course, fried plantains for dessert.
When our bellies were full and the Luau was ready to start, we headed into the main dining hall to be seated for the show.
This performance was anything but traditional. Instead, it was an incredibly unique, Cirque Du Soleil inspired, contemporary luau that told a story of love and loss.
There were bright lights and other modern aspects on top of the traditional outfits, dance moves, and songs.
The kids had so much fun dancing to the songs, and since we were in the front row, a few of them were asked to join the performers and show off their moves!
Such happy memories were made on this island, and it was the perfect way to wrap up our week-long cruise. From here, we got back on the ship one last time.
Nannying on a Seven Day Hawaiian Cruise
Exploring and Snorkeling on Kona
Two Days On Maui Hitting the Beaches and Hiking Haleakala Crater
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