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Tales of The Traveling Tote #19

Hello friends, four times a year, the gals of The Traveling Tote share a  connected post on our travels, whether it's around our homes, or a trip somewhere. In case, this is your first time visit with The Traveling Tote, you can read how it all began here.

In March my husband, his brother and wife and myself went to Kauai for two weeks.  We were excited to show Paul's family the sights of Kauai, since they had not been there.  We all had a great time.  We always stay in Poipu at the Marriott's Waiohai  Beach Club.

Miss Lola  is my tote's name.  Here she is at Tide Pools, a tropical restaurant at the Grand Hyatt. We always eat here when we visit Kauai. Fresh seafood and lovely cocktails. We celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary here with Paul's brother and wife and their son.

The koi are pretty amazing near the Tide pools restaurant.

The lobby at  Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club in Poipu. Miss Lola is having another photo op.

We always visit the  Makauwahi Cave Reserve. Makaiwahi Cave Reserve is Hawaii's largest limestone cave, the richest fossil site in the islands, and a preserved archaeological site. You can read more about it here.

Close to Makauwahi Cave reserve, there is a Tortoise Sanctuary. Another visit to visit see these incredible  tortoises.         

On another day, we visited the Kauai coffee plantation.  A great place to taste the different flavors. You can do a self guided tour and then explore the gift shop.

I love the fresh tropical flowers. The colors are so vivid and beautiful. I would love to have some of these plants in our yard. 
We always visit these lovely gardens. The Botanical garden in Poipu is free, however they do offer paid tours for the McBryde and Allerton Gardens.

Wailua Falls

A waterfall to visit and take in the beauty is Wailua Falls.  Patti, my sister-in-law bought a basket from a guy sitting there whipping out baskets.
Miss  Lola and my trusty hat on our balcony.

Look at this fun guy.  He can be found at Kukui'ula Village.  There are some great restaurants plus shopping in this center.
The Trading post is a favorite place to buy pearls.  They also sell shirts, dresses and other jewelry.

Ok, on to the Giveaway!  Ricki Jill from The Sketchy Reader is hosting our giveaway.  To get  a chance of winning this darling wine tote, be sure to leave a comment on The Sketchy Reader's blog.

I hope you visit my fellow tote gals to see where their travels took them.

Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 
Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch
 Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
Rita with Miss Luna C Panoply 
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Jackie and Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolat Home
Ricki Jill and Countess De Monet @ The Sketchy Reader
Cherry Kay and Carrie Ann Hall @ Entertaining Women  

July 31st, we will have a special post, "Fun in the Sun!"

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  1. What a beautiful trip to celebrate your wedding anniversary. Your photos show how lush and green this tropical island is not to mention the exotic flowers. I love the pic of you and Paul, reminds me of one I have of you both from NYC. I really did get excited when I saw your photos, it brought back memories of the trip Jim and I took there years ago. Same resort too! Miss Lola looks right at home at the beach! Happy belated Anniversary........

  2. What a fabulous trip, Linda! Happy Anniversary to you & Paul. A great way to celebrate you both! I may need to tap into your knowledge of HI. We hope to go there soon. Your side trips looked fun. I bet your sister and bil loved you guiding them around. Happy travels, happy June!

  3. What a lovely place to spend your anniversary! Congratulations! Miss Lola looks like she enjoyed the scenery, too!

  4. Paul is quite the surfer!!! That pic made me lol! Hawaii is on our bucket list (and so are many other spots - it's hard to choose, but your pics make me want to book a flight right away!!) You had a gorgeous view from your room and it looks like Miss Lola enjoyed her vacation! This was certainly a fabulous way to spend your anniversary!

  5. The fact that you return says it all about the place:) Happy Anni..such a nice couple..:)Thanks for taking us along..I have never been to Hawaii.

  6. Miss Lola gets to travel to beautiful places. Loved seeing the places you visited in Kauai. The water falls, beautiful flowers and koi fish make me want to go there. Your trip sounded wonderful. Thank you for sharing all the lovely places. Great pictures of you and your husband.

  7. Thank you for the lovely trip to Hawaii Linda! All the flowers are so stunning! Great pics of you and your hubby, Happy Anniversary! Loved the basket maker, I would have bought one on the spot! I loved the giant coffee cup and pineapple, and the crazy man, such fun!

  8. Oh Linda what a great and relaxing trip. You and your hubby are such an adorable couple. Congrats on your 20 year Anniversary. We went to Hawaii a few years ago and it truly lives up to reputation of being paradise. Kaui is so beautiful I love your hair do it is adorable on you. Love the koi fish and water fall. Now I want to make a trip back. Glad you could share this with your BIL and SIL.

  9. It is always so fun to take someone to a place you love. Miss Lola and you look great in Hawaii. I always tell hubby it is my favorite place and I could sell everything and move there except for the grandkids, but I am sure they would come and visit often!!

  10. Aloha! What a fun, fabulous trip to Kauai. My very first big excursion on my own after graduating from college was to Hawaii. That was in the early 70s, so I suspect things are different now. I spent my time on Oahu, but took a day trip to Kauai and Maui. I love seeing all your photos of this beautiful spot. Makes me want to plan a return trip sometime. Hawaii offers a beautiful tropical and exotic adventures. Great photos of you and Paul!!!

  11. Linda, hubby and I visited and stayed at the same location to celebrate our 25th some years back. It's my favorite of the 4 major islands. Thanks for the virtual return visit.

  12. What a beautiful resort! Looks like Lola had a lot of fun!

  13. What a perfect 20th anniversary getaway for you and your hubby! Seeing all your photos of Kauai sure makes me long for a return visit to that beautiful spot. 🌺 🏝 ☀️

  14. Congratulations on your 20th Wedding Anniversary! Looks like you had a good time!

  15. Hi Linda, congrats on your 20th year anniversary. What a wonderful place to celebrate it together with your husband and family. I love Hawaii and I loved looking at your photos of Lola. The flowers are so beautiful. So glad you had a wonderful trip to celebrate.
    Enjoy the week.

  16. Carrie Ann Haul is already filling her insides with straw hats and sunscreen. She really wants to go back to Hawaii. Well, okay, I really want to go back to Hawaii. I love the pic that you captured of the koi pond. It is absolutely stunning. Congratulations on your fine camera work! The colors are amazing throughout the island; I can almost smell the Pikake flowers, those tiny white bells have always captured my heart. The fragrance is absolutely mesmerizing.Thanks for taking us along on your magical journey. Cherry Kay

  17. Congratulations on your anniversary! Y'all really know how to celebrate in style. What a lovely trip! I love Hawaiian coffee....my suitcase would be loaded down with it if I'd visited the coffee plantation! I love seeing the photo with the koi fish. They would be fun to paint!

  18. Linda, I know that Miss Aurora would love to have a Hawaiian vacation. Congratulations on your 20th anniversary! What a wonderful place to celebrate with Paul and his family. You both look so relaxed! xo


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