Last December I had the good fortune to spend my vacation with my son in Ha'ena. We enjoyed staying in the Bamboo hideaway, a short 10 minutes from bustling Hanalei. It was fabulous. The building is modern and very well designed. It had all of the normal amenities, such as clean kitchen and baths. The entertainment system provided all the media and network access one could want. We didn't really use much of it since we were at the beach or on rivers somewhere probably. It was such a wonderful morning there, lying quietly, feeling a soft breeze and the sound of the surf. We used the large lawn out front as a safe place to light fireworks. It was really fun. Not to everybody's taste perhaps, but fun nonetheless. It was so weird to see fireworks for sale
at the local markets. I digress. My son and I have both developed a deep affection for the preparation of food. He's quite good in the kitchen, and enjoys the pleasure of a well cooked meal. So it was an added pleasure for us to be able to get good local produce and fresh fish, and then create a fresh and delicious meal to enjoy in a treehouse. The kitchen equipment was adequate for all basic, and many special tasks. The only flaw here were the knives. But to tell the truth, in all of the condos I've stayed in during the last few decades, knives in kitchens were uniformly dull. That's why we brought our own tool set. When we flew, it had to be checked, of course, but it was worth dragging around. I slept well, because it was situated in a quiet neighborhood. There was this close shop for espresso that was a welcome part of a few of my mornings. I got rained on a few times, but it felt good to be out in real but not unpleasant weather. Francesca was very helpful in getting us the kind of lodging which provides a needed recharge to our lives. Setting things up to get the rental confirmed, ensuring the place was ready when we arrived, suggesting some fun things to do which were right on, and her take on food is consistent with what we found on the island. Organic produce at Papayas. Yea. Fresh fish at the back door of the Dolphin. We had only mediocre luck with the snorkeling. It had been windy and the bottom was pretty stirred up. So we took off and circumnavigated the island. We'd rented a Wrangler and left the top down. Several hours of driving got to be a chore, but it was good to see all of an island, and understand how it was constructed. Finally, just a few words about another recommendation from Francesca. She said we should try to get to eat at Bar Acuda in Hanalei. It was incredible. The chef and all his staff were brilliant. Nothing is perfect, but they did a great job. I didn't care for the flounder. By the end of our stay, we had sampled almost all of the menu. Arduous, but somebody had to do it. We liked the food at the Dolphin, but were disappointed by Postcards. I remember having a nice dinner some years ago at A Pacific Cafe, but it's closed now, and won't reopen for awhile. On Hawaiian time. So I guess at the end of all this time, I'd say I really like staying there, and would do it again. Mahalo to all who helped us have a great time.
- Also Known As:
- Tropical Bamboo Hideaway Haena, HI - Kauai