We just arrived in Hanalei from the Big Island, where we stayed in Hilo for the past four days. We visited Hanalei 3 years ago and loved the quaint, quiet vibe of Hanalei. It was such a beautiful little town that we decided to spend the majority of our Hawaii trip (7 days to be exact) on Kauai in Hanalei again, giving up precious days on the Big Island, where we had never visited before . . . starting to wonder if that was a mistake?
Kauai's landscape on the drive up from Lihue was as beautiful as I remembered from 3 years ago. Driving through Kapaa I mentioned to my wife that I was glad that Hanalei was not overrun by the spring break crowd. We arrived in Hanalei, however, this afternoon only to find that it is currently very much filled with the same exact crowd. Eighteen to early twenties folks who are obviously intoxicated, but don't quite appear to be of legal drinking age . . . just a wild guess here. I have not seen the first local since we got here. I realize that Hilo is not exactly tourist central, but the stark contrast makes me wonder if I am in Florida or Hawaii at the moment.
Anyway, sorry to complain, but are there any authentic restaurants around Hanalei? Thanks for any suggestions. After a mediocre dinner at Hanalei Gourmet, we stopped by the grocery store to pick up some staples for the week. After my 32 year old wife was rudely advised by the cashier that "she couldn't carry the beer out of the store" that we bought because I was the one who had purchased it, followed by almost getting run over rental Jeep overflowing with co-eds, I am wondering if we should perhaps find some other dining options.Edited: 30 May 2013, 07:37