Hawaii, Here We Come (and We’re Ready to Sweat)

wedding picture

Hard to believe this was taken almost a decade ago! Credit: Aaron Lockwood Photography

This spring, Jared and I will celebrate our 10th anniversary, and I’m so excited I can hardly stand it. I mean, obviously, I’m pretty stoked that we’ve got such a good thing going and still dig each other so much — I know better than to take that for granted. But also? We’re planning a freaking amazing vacation to Hawaii to celebrate. I’ve never been there, and Jared’s only gone for work, so, I mean, we’re just looking forward to it more than I can even explain.

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I’m pretty sure I’ll be cranking out some miles on a beach just like this. Credit: 4nitsirk, Flickr

As I’ve mentioned a few times, I love planning, so we’ve been planning bits and pieces (and saving up!) for the past year or two. We know which islands we’ll hit (Kauai, The Big Island, Oahu, Maui and Lanai), where we’re staying, and we’ve got a few adventures planned for each stop. We’ll be hiking, kayaking, biking and surfing (and paddleboarding, I hope!) — you know how I love being active on vacation. And, of course, there’ll be some sightseeing as well.

Even though we certainly have lots of great stuff planned, I’m still on the lookout for fantastic, fit fun, and I figured there’s probably no better place to ask for ideas than here! So, those of you who have been to Hawaii — what should we do? I’d love to hear your active ideas, but I’d also appreciate fab restaurant recommendations as well as great places for meditation and relaxation. If you loved it, I want to hear about it.

Aside from Hawaii, do you have a favorite fit vacation spot? Let’s hear it! —Kristen

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  1. melissa says:

    We had so much fun on our active hawaii honeymoon two years ago in Kauai. This book is very important for telling you all the secret tips to find beautiful and very well hidden beaches and hikes!


    We stayed on the northern half of the island which I highly recommend and went on beautiful hikes and took a surf lesson in Hanalei. Kee beach park on the north west side of the island had an awesome 4 mile hike that kicked our butts! I am sooo jealous!

  2. Karen says:

    The absolute must see beach on all of the islands is Polihale State Park on Kauai. With the sea cliffs of the Na Pali coast on one side and miles and miles of remote beach it is absolutely heaven on earth. Located on the Westernmost tip of the island it takes a while to get there but is well worth it.

  3. John B says:

    I have nothing in the way of suggestions as I’ve never been to Hawaii, but 10 years is badass and worthy of a Congratulations.