Point Day on Kauai the Garden Isle
in Kauai. You have plenty of stamina and desire a day
packed full of eye candy. Get ready!
Were going to leave out the places
to eat details this time. I will however
add a delicious suggestion at the
end of our day. Until then this is simply a day for visual
Kauai is an easy island to navigate. The Ultimate Kauai
Guidebook-Kauai Revealed by Wizard Publications is the
ideal map and info guide, however, any simple map of Kauai
day begins on the northeast shore. Thats where you
need to be in order to watch the sun rise... in Princeville
or Kilauea...any cliff that over looks the sparkling ocean
to the east will suffice. After watching the sun slowly
rise over the ocean and light up the mountains to the
the 56/560 all the way into Haena to Kee Beach
at the very end of the road. Lush and green the mountains
and taro fields through Hanalei are a rich picture of
Hawaii old. It rains quite heavily on the north end of
the island which gives the air a smell of soil, wet leaves
and plant and animal life. And watch out for the chickens!
Theyre plentiful all over the island, but on the
north shore they take turns attempting to cross the road
at the most challenging of hair pin curves. One would
think that they have a death wish!
Kee Beach is a dream set in a tiny protected half
moon bay that points a bit northwest. The stretch of white
sand beach is fringed by a thick canopy of trees. Clear
waters inside the breakers offer easy snorkeling with
plenty of fish and turtles.
back towards Hanalei your next stop will be one of the
loveliest beaches on earth, Lumahai. Theres
a small turn out area just after the Lumahai Beach
look-out point around mile marker 5. Here youll
find a tiny trail leading down to the beach through tropical
growth. Often its very over grown and hard to detect,
but its worth the trouble. Powerful winter waves
pound the white sand. Lava formations the color of deep
mahogany add character and charm to this unique beach.
Lumahai is one of the most photographed beaches
in the world!
On to Hanalei Bay. Pure island color and loveliness. Picturesque
is sort of cliche when referring to Hanalei
Bay. Hanalei, as a whole, deserves an entire day. Theres
a great mixture of local island life and visitors
enjoying the substance that Hanalei Bay offers. A short
hour stop is a tasty morsel when enjoying a
delectable day of visual stimulation.
We are going to fly on by the Kilauea Lighthouse on the
56. Enjoy the stop if you please. It is a nice addition
to a look-see day! But were headed into Wailua to
take our Opaekaa Falls journey. You can take the
earlier turn off at the 581 that connects with the 580,
but we prefer the 580 turn off in Wailua. The Opaekaa
Falls Look-out is directly across from a spectacular Wailua
River Look out. What a delightful afternoon spot to feast
your eyes. We noticed that people typically come rushing
in to the look-out, take a quick peek and head out like
a house on fire. Relax here. Enjoy the view on both sides,
the artists painting, the people coming and going. Its
gratifying to take it all in.
day will feel full at this point. Continue your drive
on a journey for the perfect pizza at Brick Oven Pizza
as you enter Kalaheo on the south end of Kauai, Highway
50. It is closed on Mondays. Its a little bit of
a drive, but an interesting one...and truly not considered
a looong one. Brick Oven Pizza has the best pizza! The
thin scalloped crust has been brushed with garlic butter
and is nothing short of delicious. The dinner salads are
crisp and flavorful. I absolutely love the blue cheese
dressing, but all of their dressings are tasty. The cheese
bread with tiny grilled bay shrimp is also a treat.
Da Beach House
is a special shopping pick.
Da Beach House is
located in the Shopping Center next to Maalaea Harbor.
A tiny shop packed full of surfer shorts for the guys,
unusual T-shirts and froufrou stuff for the Wahines, the
main attraction in this small shop is the serious surfer
shorts, Maui Rippers, for men that range in size from
a very small waist size to a large waist. Typically its
just small, medium, large, XL, XXL...but these are arranged
according to inches and have a better adjustment
draw string at the waist. Great shorts for anything active...especially
if you dont appreciate boogie boarding with your
shorts gathered around your ankles. The help is awesome
and you even get a custom bag artistically created on
the spot by the guy assisting with your purchase! Info
on the bag pictured!
Freds Mexican Cafe is new on the block
for our South Maui guests and within walking distance
to most of the homes and condos close to the Kamaole Beaches.
Its where KKO once was. Bright festive colors and
the statue of Fred, out front, makes Freds a difficult
choice to miss. Breakfast is first rate, plentiful, reasonably
priced and the service is over the top with friendliness.
Seating is open air and across the street from Kamaole
JAWZ TACO SHACK on the side of the road in
Makena has been our top choice for about 9 years. The
fresh Mahi Mahi tacos and burritos keep us skidding toa
stop everytime we spot the JAWZ
has now opened other locations including the JAWZ TACOS
in the Azeka Shopping Center close to Peggy Sues,
but nobody serves fish tacos like the van in Makena. Say
Aloha to Peter
and Lake for us and make
sure that you get there early. When they run out of Mahi
Mahi the van pulls away! It has become a bit busier lately
with the construction crew thats been across the
street for the last few months, but the service and food
continues to be no ka oi!
Dining! SARENTOS ON THE BEACH FIVE
is the dinner that youve been waiting all day to
enjoy and if you time it with the magnificent South
you have absolute perfection! Make sure that you make
reservations ahead of time and specify a sunset seat!
have eaten at many of the finer restaurants on Maui and
have enjoyed most of them, however, Sarentos has
a distinct style that makes the dining experience special.
The ocean view, classy yet comfortable setting and attentive
service makes the great meals even better...if thats
menu is a unique blend of Italian/Hawaiian without being
heavy or over powering. The filets are tall and tender,
the salads (especially Gabriellas Chopped Salad)
are crisp, delectable and probably the first salad youve
had all week that isnt a courtesy
salad (...one of those things you do in order to make
a pretense of eating healthy while being away on vacation...),
the Tiger Prawns are truly PRAWNS!... served over
potato raviolis that are to die for! Then theres
dessert! Oh my GOSH! The chocolate creme brulee
(I cant remember their fancy word for it...) is,
without a doubt, dangerous!
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