Thanks everyone for all the helpful information I received planning this Kauai visit. It had been a few years and the island is even more beautiful than I remembered. It will not be so long between visits in the future. Our trip was (supremely) lazy so instead of a TR thought I’d just hit the highlights, thanks again.
Hit: Beach House on Anini Beach. All the amenities you could ask for. Sunrises and Sunsets included.
Miss: Only one week
Hit: Renting paddle boards for three days from Hawaiian Surfing Adventures, Hanalei. Pick-up and delivery from Uncle Mitch made the whole experience unforgettable! Beautiful paddling morning and evening was enjoyed by all.
Miss: Renting snorkel mask from Pedal and Paddle. Employees surly and not at all helpful. They just didn’t seem to have a grip on how to handle the business end of things.
Hit: Fresh fish, sashimi and ahi rolls from Dolphin Hanalei. Each time the service and product were fabulous.
Miss: Having to do dishes for dinner all seven nights we were there (haha). Everything was so beautiful we just didn’t want to leave. Purchased groceries from Foodland and the Tuesday Market. As we all know the prices can be shocking but with five adults it was a deal and many hands made light work.
Hit: Calamari appetizer and view at The Tavern
Miss: The Tavern, kind of like a mausoleum. Big, cold, virtually empty at Happy Hour. Saved us from planning a dinner there though!
Hit: Wiapa Farmers Market. Great outing and the mangoes were the best I’ve ever had. Among other purchases were some turnips which the seller told us how to cook. They were delicious and something I have never cooked in Hawaii before!
Miss: The Prices (haha, knew this going in, they are also pretty outrageous here at San Diego’s markets. But I don’t mind when the produce is as promised.)
Hit: The fabulous little sugar pineapples!
Miss: Sores in my mouth from over-indulging…..worth it.
Hit: New rayon dresses for me and cotton shirts for him from Hula Girl in Kapa’a. Excellent store for men and women and the prices were really good for the product.
Miss: Can’t hit them once a month.
Miss: We never made it to the Rum Tasting Room, boo on us…….Will do it next visit for certain.
Hit: Non-stop from San Diego, first class on Alaska, yes!
Miss: Can’t always fly first class
Hit: The Aloha and kind words from those we encountered. We were made to feel welcome virtually everywhere. It makes it an easy decision that we need to make a quick return trip.