Kauai Journals

Our Blissful Heaven In Paradise

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A November 2004 trip to Kauai by smileygirl

Banyan Tree Park Photo, Kauai, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: Rediscoving Kauai the second time around was a bit of a challenge. Instead of the "rushing around while trying to get everyhing done" atmosphere, we wanted to actually experience what Kauai had to offer - a blissful paradise just waiting to capture your inner soul.

Our Blissful Heaven In Paradise

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Overview

Kauai's Sunrise Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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We've made a promise to ourselves that we would develop a different type of attitude on our second trip to Kauai. Because of this determination, we came to cherish the quiet sunrises, the balmy sunsets, and the seclusion from the everyday life. We were given the chance to rediscover ourselves. I’m pleased to say that we’ve fulfilled our promises with heartfelt exhilaration. Quick Tips: The best advice I can offer you is to purchase a book from Andrew Doughty & Harriett Friedman, published by Wizard Publications, BEFORE you go on your much anticipated trip. Their guidebooks offer a sense of humor with self-experiences and truthful advice for each of the Hawaiian Islands. Their ...Read More

Pahio at Shearwater

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Hotel | "PAHIO at the Shearwater"

Pahio at Shearwater Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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Best Things Nearby:The ocean!! PAHIO Shearwater sits on the edge of a cliff overlooking the vast ocean. You'll get a glimpse of the dazzling sunrises, sunsets, and if you're real lucky, the whales! Shearwater is situated on the North Shore, located in the elegant heart of Princeville. Princeville offers their residents and guests a small shopping complex with its own Foodland grocery store. The elegant Princeville Resort, with its alluring beach, is also close to the resort. And if that's not enough, you can take in the views from the nearby quaint town of Hanalei. Shearwater’s location is the perfect spot for a dream come true. Best Things About the R...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 30, 2004

Pahio at Shearwater
Princeville
Kauai, Hawaii

JJ's Broiler

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Restaurant | "J J's Broilers"

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JJ's Broilers is conveniently located in Lihue on the Kalapaki Beach at the Nawiliwili Harbor. If you want a place that offers a casual dining experience and oceanfront views, then JJ's Broilers is the place. Our hostess cheerfully welcomed us, asking if we wanted to sit either inside or out on the deck. As I looked over the hostess's shoulder, I noticed the ocean view. I immediately picked the outside. After all, I wanted to soak in as much beauty as I could while I was in Kauai. JJ's Broilers is a cozy little place that seems to focus on a "sports-pub" environment. Should you pick the inside for your dining experience, you would be greeted with TVs, a bar, and lots of sports fans ch...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 4, 2005

JJ's Broiler
3416 Rice St
Lihue, Hawaii 96766
+1 808 246 4422

Makana Terrace

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Restaurant | "Cafe Hanalei & Terrace"

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After spending all morning at the Princeville Hotel, our stomachs were growling with hunger. We decided to fill our tummies, and our choice was Café Hanalei, which is located inside the Princeville Hotel. Forewarning: It’s EXPENSIVE! Their breakfast buffets were priced at $24.95 per person. I almost fainted. I was ready to walk away when my husband said, "This could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience". Naturally, being the cooperative person I am, I happily agreed to his wishes. Café Hanalei is in a wonderful location and offers beautiful views of Hanalei Bay. You have a choice to sit inside or out on the covered terrace. Since the weather was unpredictable, we requested an inside table. T...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 5, 2005

Makana Terrace
5520 Kahuku Road
Princeville, Hawaii 96722
(808) 826-2760

Maui Ocean Center

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Attraction | "The Enchanted Maui Ocean Center"

Maui Ocean Center Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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While exploring Maui for a day, we’ve decided to include Maui Ocean Center into our itinerary. Maui Ocean Center is conveniently located on Ma’alaea Rd. in Wailuku and is the perfect place to unwind before continuing on with your West Maui journey. If you have never been to the Maui Ocean Center, you should work this place into your plans. They are open 365 days per year from 9am-5pm. And until 6pm in July and August. While the Maui Ocean Center is small, it is uniquely designed and well worth the cost. Ticket prices are $20 per adult and $13 for children ages 13 and up. Seniors ages 65 and up would only pay $17 per person. There are many places online where you can get these tickets...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 7, 2005

Maui Ocean Center
192 Ma’alaea Road
Kauai, Hawaii

Kitchen Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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If you made it this far, then you know by now that we wanted to experience a relaxing vacation. To do this, I promised myself to not book a single activity for Kauai. We wanted to "play it by ear" so to speak. We wanted to go where the wind blew us. Believe it or not, it took us to many places. Since we arrived at the airport at 9:30pm, we were stressed for time. First of all, it was Thanksgiving Day, or should I say, evening. Places were already closed or fixing to close pretty darn quickly. Therefore, we had to split up so one could take car of the car rental and the other could check in at the PAHIO counter. (PAHIO deserves a pat on the back for this wonderfully convenient idea!!) ...Read More
Hanalei Lookout Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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What an unusual feeling to wake up in the morning and not have anything planned for the day. This was so very different from our first trip in Kauai. To set your own pace, to wake up whenever you want to without any alarm clocks buzzing at you, to finally come to terms with yourself that this is how a vacation is suppose to be. And you know what? What a great feeling it was!! From this day forward, a sense of inner peace came over us. Here we were in Kauai’s paradise, doing what we wanted to do, when we wanted to do it and not having a care in the world. We couldn’t wait to begin our non-planned day. We went to Shearwater’s Clubhouse and received a warm welcome. I, being the lady, re...Read More

A Sojourn in Kauai’s Sunny South Shore

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'Opaeka'a Falls Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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Here it is already, the second day of our vacation. My, how time flies when you’re having fun. Today, we’ve decided to conquer the Sunny South Side of Kauai. I’ve always wanted to see the Spouting Horn, Embassy Vacation Resort in Poipu, and of course, the brand-new Marriott Waiohai Beach Club resort. My wish is my command since I had no other plans. Sunny South Shore, here we come!! With no schedule to follow, we took our time driving to the South Side. On the way to South Shore, we decided to stop and see the ‘Opaeka’a Falls and the Wailua River Lookout, which are right across the street from one another. One thing led to another and we decided to drive all the way down on K...Read More
Our Precious Rainbows Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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When we take a vacation (doesn’t matter where), we like to reserve 1 day at the resort to relax. We found this gave us time to recuperate and rejuvenate. Then we would resume our normal vacation activities the following day. Since this vacation was already proving to be stress-free, we opted to visit the Princeville Hotel. During our last visit in Kauai, we only had enough time to roam the Princeville Hotel’s grounds. We never did get a chance to explore the inside of the hotel or their beach. Now was the perfect opportunity.Once again, the weather was in its whimsical mood. We woke up to a gentle rain that stayed with us throughout the whole day. Every now and then, the sun would make its a...Read More

An Exhilarating Day Trip In Maui- Part I

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Maui Ocean Center Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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Because we had some Hawaiian Air frequent flyer miles, we decided to put them to good use by island-hopping over to Maui for a day. We’d never been to Maui and wanted to explore as much as we possibly could in a single day. Regrettably, we didn’t have time to do much. First things first: we wanted to start our trip off with a full stomach. Since I had some IHOP gift certificates, we knew exactly where we wanted to eat once we landed in Kahului (OGG) Airport. I made sure to locate IHOP on a map (and even printed it out) before we came to Maui, just so we wouldn’t spend forever trying to find it. Little did we know that IHOP was part of the Maui Mall. There was no visible sign from the street, and ...Read More
Banyan Tree Park Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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Our next adventure was to stop in Lahaina and visit the famous Front Street and the Banyan Tree Park. By this time, we were really hopping and knew we had to cut this part of the trip short, but we did get out of the car and took a few pictures of the places we were anxious to see. Since I was determined to see all of West Maui, we had to pass through Ka’anapali and Kapalua without any stops. I will say this now: I made a HUGE mistake by wanting to go all the way around West Maui. I will certainly admit this without any qualms. I am also WARNING you. Why, you ask? If you want a daring adventure, then please ignore my upcoming forewarning. However, if you’re like me—someone who doesn’t like to tak...Read More
Bali Hai Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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Saying goodbye to Kauai is one of the hardest things we’ve ever had to do.  How can one leave a place behind where time seems to stand still?  Where people actually have a genuine smile on their faces instead of a plastered fake smile?  Where nature itself seems to capture your inner soul and never lets it go? The answer... You can’t.  You have to make a promise to yourself that one day you'll return to this beautiful world of paradise.  For those of you who’ve had the opportunity to make Kauai your home briefly, you know what it’s like.  You know how hard it is to leave this world behind.  I’m sure you (like us) make a vow to yourself that someday you will ma...Read More