It's 4am and, regrettably, I am up and doing work which I had no choice but to bring with me on this first vacation in two years... but I had to take a quick break to say - WHAT A PLACE. I will most certainly come back and I've only been here a day and a half.
We arrived at 9pm on Saturday night and had our bags and our rental car by 10pm. Drove from Lihue to Poipu without a map and checked into our villa at Koloa Landing. By the time check-in was done, the nearby Big Save had closed (at 11pm) and we were advised that there was really no place open to eat dinner except the fast food drive-ins back in Lihue. Not sure if that was true or not, but we were too tired to look into it. We got into our room ( a 2 room villa which is advertized as being suitable for up to six adults) and it is lovely. The photos were a tad misleading in that there is one king bed, one queen bed, and a pull out (we thought there were two doubles in the non-master bedroom) and since we are five adults we are definitely sleeping on every surface available, and bunking together.
Woke up at 5am Sunday morning because of the time change, walked to the Sheraton beach and kept going east to see the sunrise. Walked back and we all went for runs of various speeds and durations. After that two of us headed to Big Save and were shocked by the prices - we were expecting high prices but $7.79 for six bagels? $5.99 for a pint of grape tomatoes? $0.79 per lime? Wow. We headed to Walmart in Lihue for staples, then came back to the Big Save for fresh produce. We spent about $350.00 and believe that we should have enough to eat with a few more $40 stops for fresh ingredients here and there. It is our preference to cook for ourselves, though we will check out a few places for lunch and dinner throughout the week. The fried food at Bubba's nearby smelled pretty good... mmmmmm.
Took about 2 hours to grocery shop and drive there and back. Home by 11am, simple poached egg, toast and sausage breakfast with one sliced tomato and half an avocado went fine between 5 people. We would love to get more fresh produce so will attempt a farmers market today.
We swam in the pool, kicked the ball around, took some photos and relaxed during the heat of the day. Packed some salami and cheese sandwiches (we usually eat nice salamis and cured meats, but are considering simpler deli meats such as bologna, which we also love but haven't had since we were kids, given the price of the "good stuff" - I think I might even try a spam sandwich - any recommendations on where?)
Once lunch was packed, we walked over to Baby Beach on Hoona Road - about a 10 minute walk from our hotel. Spent a few hours there enjoying the surf with only two other families (on a sunday!) Sadly, we watched a surfer get rescued and he looked pretty banged up. We are being very cautious with the currents. I grew up on the Atlantic Ocean and have never felt power like this before. I can see why so many people get sucked out.
After that we walked home and had a brief siesta (we all had plenty of sunblock but this sun is POWERFUL).
Then we piled into the car and drove west to watch the sunset on Polihale Beach - totally worth the drive and we think this might be a favourite spot during the week. The endless stretch of beach, the soft sand, the locals barbecuing, the kids fearlessly throwing themselves into the huge swells. We listened to some music (quietly on our ipad) and watched the sun go down. The smell of pork bbqing was making this southern girl go crazy... so one more stop at big save on the drive home to get some chops. Carrot/celery/cucumber sticks and dip, edamame with lime juice and salt to start, and then pork with hawaiian bbq sauce (with a lot of hot sauce, lea & perrins, black pepper and garlic added), and grilled ahi with grapefruit/lime marinade over avocado and grapefruit segments with lime juice and basil chiffonade, a sliced tomato with basil chiffonade, one grilled yellow pepper, and two boxes of kraft dinner (I forgot to buy potatoes and secretly we all love KD.) Coconut ice cream with lime zest and crumbled cookies (from the airplane) on top. A toast to our first day and then everyone collapsed into bed at around 10:20pm.
What an amazing place. We are so fortunate to experience this Island.
No idea what today will bring - a farmer's market, another beach? We know we will be at the Hyatt tomorrow evening for lanterns and hula, and Angeline's Lomi Lomi Massage just before that.
We are here until Saturday night - our last two nights in Princeville.
Completely and utterly relaxed. Thank you Hawaii.