The day started with a breakfast at Hanalei Wake-Up Café. It’s about a 10 minute drive from Princeville. I checked Yelp and found mixed reviews about this little hole-in-the-wall restaurant. We ordered a Cinnamon Mac Nut Roll, Breakfast Omelet with Portuguese Sausage, Cheese, and Mushrooms, and a side order of pancakes. I enjoyed the omelet, maybe it’s because of the sausage that I normally don’t get to eat it in the mainland. The pancake was just okay, nothing special. Before I leave the island, my goal is to eat a good pancake with Mac Nuts and banana.
Caitlin Takes the Stage
After having breakfast, we drove over to the Hanalei Farmers Market. Lots of local fruits and vegetables, along with local clothing items and household accessories. My family decided to relax under the canopy and we watched a local Hawaiian group serenade the crowd with its island sounds. Caitlin decided to go near the musicians and played on whatever instrument she found. She also danced in front of the crowd. I was both entertained, partly embarrassed, since I don’t know how this affected the musicians. Not long after, other little kids decided to join Caitlin, okay, so I’m not that embarrassed anymore.
Tunnels Beach - North Shore
Around 10am, we headed further North towards Tunnels Beach. I’ve read about this beach, and in the past 2 times I’ve been to Kaua’i, I’ve never had a chance to go to this beach. Not this time. My goal is to find it. So I followed the road down Hanalei, and noticed lots of signs leading to Tunnels Beach. Finally, we are at Tunnels. Ethan snorkeled, while Madison, for the very 1st time, gave snorkeling a try. You’d think that she’d done it before, but today
was her first time. She enjoyed it so much. Caitlin and I played in the water, and Nancy and Evan joined much later. It was bright and sunny – a perfect day to be out in the ocean.
An hour in to our playtime, we saw a turtle not too far from the beach. It was just swimming around. People noticed that we were gathered and pointing at an object, and next thing you know, there must have been 20 people staring and swimming around the turtle. No harm though. The crowd was very respectful.
The kids didn't want to leave. They weren't even complaining or mentioned anything about food. We had so much fun and didn’t realize that we were out playing for nearly 4 hours.
Very Late Lunch/Early Dinner
After leaving Tunnels Beach, we drove back to Lihue. We went to Hamura Saimin, another Kaua’I find back in 2008. I ordered the extra-large Saimin Special loaded with noodles, pork, wonton, fishcake, scallions, and more. Nancy and I shared this large bowl. We also ordered fried wontons. The kids enjoyed the skewered BBQ. It was worth the drive from Princeville. Hamura Saimin will forever be in my list of places to visit whenever I come back to Kaua’i.
Of course, Costco, where else?
Not too far from Hamura is Costco. I think I’ve gone to every single Costco in Hawaii. We needed a few more things, and I also wanted to buy another Ahi Poke. I went to the fish section and ordered a ½ lb. That will be my dinner. Thanks Costco! Aaaahhhh….
Today, was just perfect.... just perfect! Aloha and mahalo for reading our adventure.
Here is today's slideshow (try the links attached)