A September 2004 trip
to Lihue by mlmeredith
Quote: If Oahu represents one vision of Paradise, Kauai is another very different version, and this is the one that I much prefer!
Hotel | "PAHIO at Kauai Beach Villas"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 14, 2005
Kauai Beach Villas
4330 Kauai Beach Drive
Lihue, Hawaii 96766
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 14, 2005
The Bull Shed
Gaylord's at Kilohana
3-2087 Kaumualii Hwy
Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii 96766
Restaurant | "Keiko's Paradise"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 15, 2005
Poipu Shopping Village: Keoki's Paradise
2360 Kiahuna Plantatin Drive
Lihue, Hawaii 96756
Attraction | "Snorkeling at Lydgate"
Off Highway 56, about 10 minutes north of Kapa'a
Wailua, Hawaii 96746
Attraction | "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"
Forget about getting a bargain on pineapple. The prices on Kauai are no different from those on the mainland. And the shipping costs will eat you alive.
And the Oki Pancake House proclaims itself as "The Home of World-Famous Oki Pancakes." I'm not exactly sure why, as IHOP or any one of a thousand other breakfast houses can do them just as well.
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 20, 2005
Lihue Hilo Hattie
3-3252 Kuhio Highway
Lihue, Hawaii 96766
Most of the helicopter services take great pains to enhance the visibility for all passengers. Some offer a videotape (with your own narration) of each trip. There are packages of all kinds, from straight flyovers of the island to multi-hour trips that feature a landing and meal by a remote waterfall. Enjoy!
There are any number of opportunities on Kauai to learn how, or at least get a taste of the experience of surfing. We paid $50 a head (for the four of us) for a 2+ hour lesson (actually, it went almost 3 hours). That included use of the boards, a rash guard (kind of like a wet shirt) and plenty of instruction and encouragement from our instructor Freddie.
We basically stumbled across him and his boss, Mitch, at Hawaiian Surfing Adventures in a park by Hanalei Bay, and it was one of the highlights of a multi-highlighted trip. You might want to check out their web site at www.hawaiiansurfingadventures.com.
We spent about thirty minutes on the beach, learning how to transition from laying on the board to standing and surfing. Then we went out in the water. Freddie handled the most difficult part, that would be picking out the wave and giving each of a push start. It would have been fun just playing around in the surf, but Freddie made it a true learning experience.
And as if we needed validation from unbiased strangers, when we finished and were bringing the boards out of the water, a number of people came up to compliment us on our enthusiasm and style! I don't care if they were sincere or not, it made my day.
I'll gladly take another lesson the next time we return!
Kukuiolono Golf Course was originally the personal golf course of plantation owner Walter McBryde. After his death, the course was willed to the people of the island, contingent upon it being economical for all. At the time we were there in September 2004, the greens fees were only $8 for the entire day! It's a 9-hole course that you can play as many times as you have daylight for. With club rental, the two of us played for $28. That's less than the greens fees for the courses back home.
For the casual golfer, it's a great course. The fairways are wide and relatively forgiving. One might speculate that Mr. McBryde was not the most proficient duffer. In any case, were it not for his generosity you might have to pay over $100 for the privilege of leaving a few golf balls behind in an island rough!
The pictures below don't do the course justice as the day was a little overcast, but it's still a very scenic place to play, an exceptional value.
One final thing to note, if you're suitably impressed with the layout and the scenery, you can offer a heartfelt thank you to Mr. McBryde. Near the 8th tee, in the middle of a Japanese garden, sits his grave. Mahalo!
If the answer to any of those questions is yes, you might be interested to know that you can mail a coconut anywhere in the world by simply affixing the appropriate postage on it, no special packing required.
One of the many activity opportunities available through the concierge at Kauai Beach Villas is a coconut painting session. For $5, the Pahio folks provide the coconut, the paint, and the supervision (it's not babysitting, but it's probably adequate for 10 and over). Assuming that a parent is present, it's great for the little ones as well.
The idea is that you paint whatever design you'd like (okay... perhaps a tiny bit of discretion should be observed) on the coconut, then spray it with a clear protectant. You can then tape an address label on it, take it to the post office (there's one just a mile or so from the resort), have them weigh it, and pay the postage.
And that revenge on the mailman? On your last day on Kauai, mail a coconut to each of your neighbors back home. Then wait for the day that they get delivered. Now that's mean!
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