Kauai Journals

Kauai at the Beach Resort

A May 2004 trip to Kauai by robandlynn

Kauai Beach Villas Photo, Lihue, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: There were many beautiful and lush sights to see around the island. We traveled with our small children, so we took a lot of short day trips around the island. We stayed in Lihue, so everything was within an hour's drive.

Kauai Beach Villas

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel | "Pahio at Kauai Beach Villas"

Kauai Beach Villas Photo, Lihue, Hawaii
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Best Things Nearby:The beach was within walking distance! There was no swimming allowed, but the smell of the ocean and being able to walk on the beach was a definite bonus. The beach was red flagged, although we did see someone snorkeling one day though. There are two buildings that are pretty much in front of the beach, while the others are a short jaunt. Our unit overlooked the lagoon with a bountiful amount of birds, ducks, and those chickens. There are also an abundance of beaches located within 10 miles from the condo. Lydagate Beach is about five miles north. It has an awesome play structure for the kids. It is so huge. It is one of those wooden structures they can climb u...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 30, 2004

Kauai Beach Villas
4330 Kauai Beach Drive
Lihue, Hawaii 96766
(808) 245-7711

Bubba's Burgers

Restaurant | "Bubba Burger"

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We felt like we had to try this burger joint, especially since we had our kids with us. It was around noon on a weekday and there was still a line out the door. The restaurant is open to the outside with seating inside and outside on the patio. While seated inside, you can actually watch them prepare your burger and fries. We sat in a booth that had these definite indentations within the cushions. The tables had this game, where you flick a coin into the basket to win a drink. While we waited for our food, the kids used up all my coins, but it was much better than screaming kids. They did have kids’ burgers, which just had less meat and a slightly smaller bun. Fries and onion rings come separate...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 8, 2004

Bubba's Burgers
4-1421 Kuhio Highway
Kapa'a, Hawaii 96746
+1 808 823 0069

Ono's Burgers

Restaurant

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Ono's Burgers is on the way to Princeville on Highway 56. It is a little south of the lighthouse. It is a small stand on the east side of the road with a few round, plastic tables for outdoor eating. There is a small market next door, which I cannot remember the name (the old age syndrome).They close at 6pm and it was starting to rain, so we ate in the car. We got our food shortly before 6pm, but as we were eating, I noticed a lot of locals going there for their dinners, which is definitely a good sign. My kids got the small kids’ hamburgers. The burgers were definitely big and meaty. They put lettuce, tomatoes, and onions on all the burgers. The burger is cut in half and it says on the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 8, 2004

Ono's Burgers
Highway 56
Kauai, Hawaii

Panda Garden

Restaurant

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This Chinese restaurant was rated the "best Chinese food" in many of those activity magazines they have in the lobbies and at the airport. I think it was the only one. We ordered our usual vegetable chicken, sweet and sour or lemon chicken, chow mein, some beef dish hunan/szechwan. The rice is additional. In Oregon a bowl of rice comes with each entree ordered. Anyways, the food was very bland. There was no flavor in the vegetable chicken. The chicken had chunks of gristle and bones in it. It wasn't greasy though. Our kids, who are aged less than five are kind of Chinese food snobs. They won't eat anything that doesn't taste good and they didn't touch anything other than the rice.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on June 23, 2004

Panda Garden
4-831 Kuhio Highway
Kapaa, Hawaii 96746
(808) 822-0092

La Playita Azul

Restaurant

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This restaurant was in the same shopping center as Safeway, just around the corner. It was very small, but quaint. There were probably 8 or so tables. We sat in the middle. My husband always hates the fishbowl table. The restaurant was very good but a little expensive for Mexican food. My husband had fish enchiladas. This was not on the menu. The owner/waiter suggested getting this dish. This dish was $20. I had a taco salad, which was not on the menu either, but I wanted a salad. Obviously they were very flexible and friendly in making sure everything was what we wanted. Our kids split a taquito dinner, which was very mediocre. The first basket of chips comes with your meal, and the next...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 27, 2004

La Playita Azul
Kauai Village Shopping Center
Kauai, Hawaii

Fern Grotto

Attraction

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There is a boat ride up to the Grotto, which takes about 15 to 20 minutes. The driver of the boat points out different plant life, points of interest, and gives a little history about Kauai. After getting up to the Grotto area, we got off the boat and trekked up about 100 feet. They sat us down prior to walking up to the Grotto and gave us a little history of the Grotto and answered questions. We all walked into the Grotto and 3 musicians sang us the wedding song. On the boat ride back the musicians sang Hawaiian songs, a dancer did the hula to a few songs and taught us all some moves. My kids loved the boat ride. The Grotto is definitely a touristy thing to do, but it was a beautiful area to s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 23, 2004

Fern Grotto
On the Wailua River
Wailua, Hawaii 96756
no phone

Poipu Beach

Attraction | "Poipu Beach - Snorkeling, Swimming"

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Snorkeling was excellent here. The weather was warmer being on the South end. The beach area was great. There was a small playground for smaller kids to play on. It were a couple of industrial strength Little Tykes play structures. I wish we had discovered this beach earlier in our trip.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 23, 2004

Poipu Beach
Poipu Road
Kauai, Hawaii

Snorkel Bob's

Attraction | "Great Snorkeling spot"

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This was a nice private, but public beach. It wasn't very crowded. It was a bit windy being on the North end of the island. It was a little tricky to get to or maybe we just missed the original turnoff. We ended up driving down a coastal road until we found the beach. There isn't very much beach area for the kids to play in, but the snorkeling was excellent.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 23, 2004

Snorkel Bob's
4-734 Kuhio Highway
Kapa'a, Hawaii 96746
+1 808 823 9433

Weather

Story/Tip

Great Weather for all! Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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The weather was perfect! The temperatures were in the low 80s and it rained the last few days we were there. The rain was brief and warm, so it really didn't slow us down. They claim that there are trade winds and that an air conditioner is not needed, but if you are like us and don't like being uncomfortable, you will need air conditioning! As it gets warmer in the year, I couldn't imagine being there without A/C.