I’m back in California now, after two and a half wonderful weeks at home. It’s bittersweet, as it always is returning from vacation. I’m excited to get back to work and my routine here, but I’m still in withdrawals from Hawaii life and seriously missing family, friends, and the ability to wear slippers everywhere. When did it get so cold here?! I told Roy I was feeling sad today and he told me I need to put on my big girl pants so hey, here I am finally writing this post that I’ve been sitting on for the last few weeks!
While we were home, Roy surprised me with an overnight stay in Kauai and it was just what I needed to relax and refocus my brain. The outer islands are the best way to experience what most people really consider Hawaii to be like. Kauai was quiet and calm, and even more so now because it’s fall. We ran into absolutely no traffic or crowds of any kind, which feels almost like seeing a magical unicorn after you get so used to living in the city.
Kauai is the kind of place I wouldn’t mind getting lost in. Google Maps isn’t too reliable there, and at one point we ended up turning down a wrong road on our way to dinner. But gosh was that road the most gorgeous thing ever. It was lush and bright green, caught between fields of grass that stretched for miles. The islands were even greener than usual from the recent onslaught of rain that Hawaii’s been seeing. How could you not fall in love with that view up there?!^^^ There were many nights that Roy and I day-dreamed about what our lives would be like if we lived there. We wished we could have gotten to stay at least one more night!
Though we were only on Kauai for a short time, we did experience some pretty amazing places! Here are a few links to some of our favorite things we ate/saw/did there!!
Koloa Fish Market – We came here twice. Twice on an overnight trip! It was our first stop off the plane and our last one before we left the next day. My Uncle recommended the poke and praised the sweet potato pie—which I can completely get behind. When he visits, he said he brings a cooler just to take home some extra slices of pie!
Grand Hyatt – We stayed at the Hyatt Poipu, which is the hotel I’ve always stayed at when visiting with my family. I could probably go on and on about our wonderful time here. I have so many fond memories as a kid of this hotel, and my recent stay here did not disappoint one bit. There’s a volley ball net, an adult pool, jacuzzis, a salt water lagoon, and my favorite thing of all, the water slides!!! But you also have the beach right outside the pool grounds. Roy had a fun time body surfing there, while I soaked up some sun on the sand. I experienced the Anara Spa for the first time and had the best massage. After dinner, we even came back to find a plate of sashimi waiting for us in the fridge! Basically, neither of us wanted to leave.
Eating House 1849 – The first thing Roy said to me after we had a chance to look through the menu was, “I want everything”. I then seriously debated for a few seconds on how we might go about ordering it all. I love that Hawaii is starting to see more farm to table style restaurants, and Eating House is definitely a place to check out if you’re on Kauai! Our favorites were the ramen and wild boar burger! p.s. the view is spectacular at sunset!!!
Lappert’s Ice Cream – I had the Nene Tracks here and fell in absolute love!!! You can’t go wrong with Lappert’s. They have a wide selection and really cater to unique Hawaii flavors like POG and Lilikoi.
Maha’ulepu Trail – A hotel employee told us about this hike. It’s literally a 2 minute walk from the pool grounds and across the beach, but me not wanting to get sand in my Nike’s got Roy and I lost for a bit in the jungle area surrounding it. At least it was super pretty!!! That’s what I had to keep telling Roy as he gave me a look that could only mean, “I told you we should’ve gone the other way.” It’s a hike along the coast that allows for a great view of the ocean. We even happened to see a group of wild sting rays flapping around near the shore!
Puka Dogs – Roy has a serious thing for hot dogs so we had to try Puka Dogs for the first time! Puka means “hole” in Hawaiian, and in this context describes the way they serve their hot dogs. They comes almost completely enveloped in a sealed bun, the hot dog just peeking out on either end.
Living Foods Market – There is no Whole Foods on the island, but this little gem in the Kukui’ula Shopping Center is the closest thing I found to a specialty grocery store. You can pick up local and organic groceries and order food from the cafe. The plantation style seating area outside was also too cute not to snap a pic of ;D
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