An October 2004 trip
to Kauai by JimandBill
Quote: Incredible food, incredible adventures, and incredible scenery.
Hotel | "Banyan Harbor"
The shopping across the street provides a nice selection of boutique-type shops, souvenir shops, art studios, and restaurants. We were able to pick up a couple of lovely pieces of specialty art for our walls at home. We also were able to nab some really REALLY comfy thong sandals (slippas). We toured the Marriott grounds that centered the bay/harbor.
The Marriott had a bar - Duke’s - that had a nice waterfall, with seating all around the waterfall and Koi pond. Next to the Marriott was a country club and tennis club with a full golf course. They had beautiful grounds, which we wondered through. Some of the vacation homes along the cliffs had wonderful views of the harbor.
Again, the best thing about staying at Banyan Harbor was its location and proximity to Lihue and neighboring towns.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 21, 2005
Banyan Harbor Resort
3411 Wilcox Road
Lihue, Hawaii 96766
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 21, 2005
Mema Thai Chinese Cuisine
369 Kuhio Highway
They have both meat and vegetarian dishes - actually, any dish that has meat can be fixed with tofu for the vegetarian traveling among your group. The dishes are prepared with great care and artistic expression, though their prices tended to be on the high side for the dinning experience you were enjoying. Their desserts were killer. All of their dishes are organic, and their outdoor dinning is served in an informal, vine-covered garden setting.
It is an excellent dining experience whether you’re there for lunch, dinner, or just a late-night dessert. Be sure to check out the live music. We enjoyed a belly-dancing troop while enjoying their desserts one night as a follow-up to a wonderful dinner earlier in the week.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 21, 2005
Kuhio Highway South of Kapaa
As breakfasts go, I usually measure them by their ability to prepare decent eggs Benedict. Eggbert’s, however, was average – it didn’t wow the pants off me. Their list of breakfast items, though, looked like a Florida or other Southern state menu, with rice in lieu of grits. Their signature Fluffy Banana Hotcakes were okay.
For the best breakfast on the islands, try Moose’s located in Honolulu. THEY have a killer hollandaise for their eggs Benedict.
Eggbert’s does list a long menu of omelettes and totes 150 types in two-egg and three-egg sizes.
This was a very family-friendly restaurant, but they also had a patio area where the non-child-laden patrons could enjoy their meal, too. Located in a general outdoor mall-type setting, there’s really nothing else to see or do at this location. They are open daily from 7am to 9pm and have been around for 27 years. They have a complete dinner starting at $6.50, though we only tried them for breakfast. This is definitely your best bang for your buck when it comes to family dinning.
We enjoyed a casual lunch atmosphere of vegetarian lasagna, in which the chef used his signature pesto sauce in lieu of traditional marinara. This type of restaurant has a limited amount of select dishes, as it truly is the "catch of the day" or that evening’s specialty. Their soups were killer, and we shared a very special Mediterranean-type salad. Prices are reasonable and the service is excellent.
The atmosphere is very Berkeley-like, with art items, as well as café attire (T-shirs, hats, etc), available for purchase. If it’s on the wall or on a shelf, it’s probably for sale - just ask. We love collecting little out-the-way place’s T-shirts, so you know we couldn’t leave without one. It’s a conversation-starter to say the least.
Off Highway 50
Lunch is from 11am to 3pm and dinner is from 6pm to 9pm every day. Their new dine-in location is across the street and down a few doors. Their original location is being converted to takeout and catering only. They have a cookbook (Vegan World Fusion Cuisine) for those looking to take home their organic creations that contains over 200 original recipes and a special forward written by Dr. Jane Goodall. The cookbook is also available online at www.veganfusion.com. It could possibly be an island gift for those vegans in your life.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 21, 2005
Kapaa Arts Festival
Kuhio Highway in Downtown Kapaa
South Seas Gallery
Wilcox Road -Nawiliwili Bay
Attraction | "South Pacific Dinner & Theatre"
Member Rating 1 out of 5 on February 21, 2005
South Pacific Dinner & Theatre
Radisson Kauai Beach Resort
Attraction | "Kayaking down the Wailau River to Secret Falls"
159 Wailua Road
Kauai, Hawaii 96746
Attraction | "Blue Dolphin Tours"
The Na Pali coastline was amazing and long. Images of Jurassic Park came to mind and rightly so, as the original movie’s opening scenes were filmed by helicopter from these cliffs. We were told the waterfall in the movie was located on the opposite side of the island from these cliffs even though in the movie the helicopter lands nearby after cruising close to these nature wonders. The water in many of the coves along this side of the island is a brilliant emerald to turquoise color.
The snorkeling, though, was disappointing, as the water was not clear this time of year. Although we were able to spot a few Moorish Idol fish, the specimens were nothing like those we encountered when we snorkeled on the Big Island at the Captain Cook preserve.
Blue Dolphin Charters
Poipu, Hawaii 96756
+1 808 335 5553; +1
Attraction | "#1 -- Secret Beach"
Kauapea Secret Beach
West of Kilauea off a dirt road