Hanalei Journals

No Place Like Hanalei

A December 2008 trip to Hanalei by Idler

Bali Hai views Photo, Kauai, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: Our fifth visit to Kauai's gorgeous North Shore feels very much like coming home. With two weeks here -- our longest stay to date -- some island attitude adjustment naturally takes place.

Farmers' Market

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Attraction | "True Taste of Kauai"

All fresh from the farmers' market Photo, Hanalei, Hawaii
I was standing in the grocery store in Hanalei, contemplating the produce, when my husband handed me an overpriced mango. "Let’s get a papaya instead," I told him. "Mangoes aren’t even in season now. This is probably from South America."A young woman standing nearby turned to me, and in a crisp tone clearly meant to educate an outsider admonished, "All this fruit is from Kauai. Mangoes are available year round."I mumbled something innocuous in reply, but I mentally pegged the young woman as an arriviste. Both the sticker on the fruit and her rudeness clearly marked the whole episode as non-Kauai. Plus, I knew for a fact that mango season i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 28, 2008

Hanalei Bay Resort

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Hotel | "Resort Update "

Hanalei Bay Resort Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
I last reviewed this resort in 2003, and since six years have passed and the resort has changed ownership, perhaps an update is in order.Happily, most of the things I originally liked about Hanalei Bay Resort are just the same. The grounds are still meticulously maintained by a crew of diligent groundskeepers, and no new structures encroach upon the stunning views of Hanalei Bay and Makana Peak. The two-bedroom unit we're staying in is located in the "Bamboo" building, a little closer to the center of the resort than where we've stayed previously. Buildings down the hill have a slightly more central view of the bay, but the trade-off is the walk down and up the hill. It's my understand...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 28, 2008

Hanalei Bay Resort
5380 Honoiki Road
Kauai, Hawaii
(808) 827-4427

Polynesia Cafe

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Restaurant | "Hungry in Hanalei? Try this Casual Outdoor Eatery"

Barbecue Pork Sandwich Photo, Hanalei, Hawaii
The self-proclaimed "heart of Hanalei" is Ching Young Village – a small shopping center with a bohemian feel that serves as a gathering place for locals and tourists alike. Anyone who comes to Hanalei ends up spending some time here, browsing the boutique shops or having a shave ice or fruit smoothie at one of several stands. There’s no shortage of eateries in the immediate vicinity, but the Polynesia Café is arguably one of the most popular. It’s easy to spot as it anchors the right side of Ching Young Village and features plenty of outdoor seating under umbrella-shaded tables and up on a open-sided platform. It’s easy to be drawn in, too, by the scent of barbecue or grilled ahi. We...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 26, 2008

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