From our guest contributors at Elsewhere.
The tropical Kaua’i air is so humid that the windows begin to fog as we’re winding up the Kuhio Hwy. Thankfully, we have local native Mahina Alexander to guide us. Having grown up on the Garden Island, she knows every twist and turn, secret beach and local restaurant. After an afternoon of exploring, hiking and hamburgers, we now feel like she’s one of our besties. Get to know Mahina below and read her tips to explore Kaua’i like a local.
Biggest Fear: Snakes
Favourite local breakfast place?
Kiluaoa Bakery. Order the artichoke biale toasted with cream cheese. I don’t even know what biale is but it’s amazing. They also make a delicious blended vanilla chai!
Song that you can’t stop listening to?
Alle Farben – She Moves Far Away feat Graham Candy
If you could be any superhero, who would you be and why?
Superwoman, of course! You can fly AND save people and do it all in good time.
What does beauty mean to you?
Beauty means being comfortable in your own skin. There is nothing more beautiful than a woman who is confident and comfortable with her flaws.
The best advice you’ve ever received?
Is from my grandma. She always reminds me, “Let go or you’ll be dragged. Life keeps moving and changing, don’t let it leave without you.”
If you could do anything in the world and money, time and resources weren’t an issue, what would you do?
I would travel the world with my closest friends and explore as many different places as possible. I’d meet many different people, try different foods, get my scuba diving license so I could also explore the ocean world, and base jump into Zakynthos, Greece… These things, amongst many others, are my life goals and I will eventually make them my reality.
What’s one thing that a visitor to Kaua’i must do?
Jump in cold pond in Ha’ena on a beautiful hot afternoon. The ice cold water makes your skin feel like its glowing afterwards. You feel so light, refreshed, and pure.
Words to live by:
Every day is another chance to do something great. Another blank canvas to paint.