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Staying on Kauai’s north shore is luxurious and beautiful. I also like it so much because of the community events and things to do. This Saturday is the Kilauea Art Night! It came up in my news feed on facebook, and I have linked that page to the phrase above.
Perhaps you do not have a facebook account. No big deal. Let me tell you more…
This event in Kilauea on Kauai is an art night with vendors, live music, tasty treats to eat and delicious drinks to drink. Have you ever had coconut ice cream? Mango? I simply cannot resist…
Anyway, it is Saturday, August 30th from 4 to 8pm. It is located at 4270 Kilauea Rd Stone Building, Kilauea, Hawaii. Some people call it art night, others refer to it as an art walk. Basically, there are monthly art walk nights on some Saturdays in the summer. This Saturday is one of them! It is a great reason to get out on the town, enjoy the weather, the community, and some great art originals. The times I have been, I always see people I know. It is a great atmosphere for both kids and adults alike.
Ok, I know I just shared the other day about the acai bowl, and it lead me to thinking about other favorites I have on Hawaii. Have you ever had the pleasure of drinking POG? It is a n acronym for Passion Fruit, Orange, and Guava. It is a delicious mixture of juice and fruit puree into a tasty drink. I looked up POG and educated myself a little bit more about the product. (Click on POG nutritional facts for more detailed product information.) It is a Meadow Gold product and it can be found for sale on the Hawaiian Islands. I believe you could find it for sale online, but it may be tricky to find. I recommend buying some POG while you are staying in Kauai. Go to your local grocery, and look for it and try it! I’ve heard the saying “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” And I am going to borrow that wording and apply it to Hawaii. When in Hawaii, do as the Hawaiians do. On that note, try POG!
I know it may seem silly to blog about POG, but really, it is one thing in my life that has good memories attached to it. I grew up with the drink, love it to this day, and cannot imagine some breakfast meals without it. It is like a family tradition, if you will, to have it in the house. If you are wanting the full experience of Hawaii, come on out, stay awhile at a vacation home on Kauai, and stock up on groceries for your stay. When you do go shopping, be sure to pick up a jug or a can of POG. It will be one of those nice little details that makes your trip a beautiful immersion experience.
On this beautiful Sunday morning, I’d like to share a little bit about breakfast. I have always liked breakfast foods since I was little. I really like it when we have breakfast for dinner. Have you ever done that? Well, I thought it would be fun to tell you about one of my favorite breakfast meals: acai bowls.
What is an acai bowl, you may ask? It is a tasty all in one kind of meal that is craveable at any time of the day, really. I have an acai bowl for dinner some nights. The acai bowl uses acai berries which are mashed up and purred into the consistency of a thick smoothie. You can add milk and other thinners if you’d like. Then on top goes, well, whatever you’d like! I have topped my acai bowl with granola, berries, nuts, coconut, and other fruits I have in the house. Fruit and granola seem to be the most popular on acai bowls at restaurants I have noticed.
I have learned how to make an acai bowl over the years. For newbies, I suggest going to a juice or smoothie bar and having them serve one up for you. Try it! If you like it, begin to make one at home for yourself. The technique and process will take time to get a hang of, but I know that in time you will improve (I did)!
If you are looking to try an acai bowl on Kauai, look up a nearby Jamba Juice–they have ‘em. If you nearby Kapaa, checkout the all organic “The Coconut Cup Juice Bar & Café” for one. Then, if you have tried one, like it, or are willing to give another try at home, look up some recipes online. Here is a beginner acai recipe that I have used and altered to my liking over the years. I feel like an artist when I put together an acai bowl for myself. There is an art to acai I have found.
Usually I am on my game and can share about some fun and interesting things to do on Kauai, but this one is last minute! I have just the thing for folks to do on Kauai’s north shore for tomorrow night, Saturday, June 21st. At Tahiti Nui, a great eatery, there will be a live performance by Guadi! They are calling it a Summer Solstice Show. After all, it is the first day of summer tomorrow.
Tahiti Nui is in Hanalei, located at 5-5134 Kuhio Highway. This public concert begins in the evening (9pm), and I suggest getting there sooner rather than later. Get something tasty to eat at Tahiti Nui like their baby back ribs, or their Garden Isle salad. They are also a cocktail lounge, so if that is something you would like to purchase, for those age 21 and up go right on ahead. Also on the menu are beer and wine.
If you are in the area, I think this would be a great thing to go to, for you night owls. If you are not in the area, it is worth your time to come on up and check out Guadi, Tahiti Nui, and the rest of Kauai’s north shore. Here in Hanalei with the bay and everything, it is not a place you should pass on through. Come on over, stay awhile!
Hanalei Bay is a gorgeous place to come and stay… and to play and learn too! Why not learn about Kauai’s history and indulge yourself into some knowledge? The Hoopulapula Haraguchi Rice Mill and Taro Farm has a tour that is just what you were asking for when you asked for an informative, historical indulgence into Kauai’s past.
The tours are by appointment only, so follow the link to get connected and set your tour date with the good people at the Haraguchi Rice Mill (www.haraguchiricemill.org). Or you can call them at (808) 651-3399. While I’m at it and looking up their exact information, here is their address too: 5-5070 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI 96714.
So this facility is part rice mill, part taro farm. There used to be acreage that supported rice, but that has since turned into an active taro farm. What is taro you may ask? Taro (or kalo) is a plant that produces what is called “poi.” Poi is a common staple food on Hawaii. From what I know about it, it is very nutritious, hypo-allergenic, and gentle on sensitive tummies. I know some who have used it as a milk substitute even. Ok, perhaps you know a bit more about taro now.
I do not want to give away all of the neat and interesting facts about this family owned farm, but I will tell you that you will not regret going! For the tour, dress accordingly and be prepared to get your shoes wet or maybe even muddy. This is a hands-on, interactive, and very informative tour. I was able to appreciate the Haraguchi’s dedication and work ethic to this historical place as they continue to farm this precious land.
Well, I sit here now having a quiet evening at home. It was a busy day for me on this Mother’s Day. I got to be with my mom most of the day and spend some quality family time with her. It was a relaxing day in that there were no demands on me, nor were there on her. It was a day of rejuvenation and time invested into our relationship. Now that I am an adult (and have been for some time now,) we have become good friends, my mom and me. It is neat to look back and see that shift in our relationship from parent to child, from friend to friend. Do not get me wrong, I will always be her baby girl she tells me, but it is different now that I am an adult and I am pioneering my own path in life.
First we started the day off with sleeping in. Yes, a lazy start. It was rather nice. I literally had nothing on my calendar but the number 11 on the page and the tiny printed words “Mother’s Day” that came on the calendar when I bought it. My mom and I met up for lunch at The Hanalei Gourmet. It was just the right mix of formal meets affordable for me. Yes, I bought her meal! Then we went to Relish (also in Hanalei) to get a mani-pedi. I am glad I booked us an appointment when I did. After that we headed for the beach. We went for a stroll along the beach and joined up with my dad and some other family friends. It was so natural, so easy today. I like it when I have nothing on the calendar and still things seem to go just as planned. That is what made me want to blog about today. It was just so carefree, simple, and yet so perfect. I wish now I had more vacation time so I could have more days like today. Days with family and friends. I cherish days like this.
Happy Mother’s Day!
I know I have been on a foodie fix lately, as far as posts go. What can I say? We all need to eat, and so the conversation continues on. Dining out is fun. It is necessary a bit, too. There are times though, that it might be preferable to eat at home or to pack a lunch.
There is nothing wrong with eating out, it is just that homemade food can sound more appealing at times. I wanted to blog about this, for those who are staying on Kauai and visiting here as well. When you just want to have a night in, to eat at home, to prepare a meal from ingredients you purchased at a grocery store, then this is the blog to read.
Here is my tip on grocery shopping while on Kauai, for those who want to save money on their food budget. Here it is: shop at Costco. I know, I know it may not sound all that glamorous, but I have been here long enough to know where to grocery shop for bulk items.
Don’t have a membership? Perhaps now is the time to get one. There is one store on Kauai, and it’s in Lihue. For those who have been here before, they may want to stop on by the day they arrive at the airport, and then make it to their vacation rental. This way, you are prepared and can enjoy more of your time instead of doing errands and things.
Costco prices are great, and they have organic options as well, which I like. If you have a large family, a large group, or kids with you while you are staying on Kauai, I highly recommend doing a large chunk of your shopping at Costco.
Now that you will have a stocked pantry and refrigerator, you will be able to leisurely wake up at your vacation rental, make breakfast for your family, and not be rushed to the start of your day. When I go on vacation, I know I like to take my time and be in my pajamas in the morning. I like to eat out, yes! But I also like to stay within my budget and walk up to a refrigerator and grab a bite to eat.
Ok, ok, so I know that I posted yesterday about breakfast. Now I am posting about lunch and dinner! What can I say? Food is on my mind these days! Let me tell you about Tikiiniki in Princeville. They are a Tiki hut kind of place, with cocktails and island fresh cuisine.
On their lunch menu, they have salads, burgers, and wraps. Prices of these range from 8 dollars to 14. Do not let 14 dollars frighten you though, that is for the Grilled Fish Burger and Fries. Did I say fresh? Ask what the daily catch is, and that is the kind of fish that will be your burger. I love love love fresh cuisine.
Now for dinner, there are many options on the menu. Don’t worry, it is no so many that the choices are overwhelming. They offer dinner salads, and entrees with different meats as the main course. There are also dietary friendly items to order, such as the Roasted Vegetables with Tofu. I, myself eat meat, but I can very well understand and respect those who do not eat meat. Again, I have seen this restaurant accommodate special dietary need customers. I have a friend who is gluten intolerant and she was able to order a tasty meal–she was satisfied!
They also have a late night menu for after 9:30pm. Speaking of late night, they have a pleasant dessert menu as well. Try the Coconut Haupia! It has a mango sorbet with a Macadamia nut shortbread cookie crust… yummy yummy.
Tikiiniki is a cocktail place, too. I know, I mentioned that a moment ago, I just did not share about their drinks yet. They have the classics, the Mai Tai, Pina Colada, and a very nice Daiquiri. New on the menu I saw was the “Zombie” and for a drink to share is the “Famous Flaming Zombie Bowl” which is to be shared between 2 or more people. I personally have not tried that… not yet at least. All in all, if you are looking to go out to eat on Kauai’s north shore in Princeville, and looking for something fresh and flavorful to eat, come to Tikiiniki. Follow the link I just added to go to their webpage for more information including their menus, map and directions on how to get there, as well as their phone number.
Looking for a place to grab a bite to eat? And a yummy one at that? I enjoy going to Hanalei Wake-up Cafe from time to time. I eat at home most of the time, but when I go out to eat, I like to make it worth my while.
Here are my basic rules to follow when I am indecisive and cannot decide what to order. In no particular order:
Am I craving anything right now? Then I’ll order that.
What do I like on the menu that I either do not know how to cook at home, or that I do not cook at home? Then I’ll order that.
Then, if it is coming down to just a few items and I still cannot decide, I will ask myself: What is the least expensive item of what I want? Then I’ll order that.
In a matter of minutes, I can then order something to please my taste buds and my tummy!
While at Hanalei Wake-up Cafe I have ordered their cinnamon roll. And yes, this is craveable at times for me. I have ordered their breakfast quesadilla–delish!
This breakfast and brunch eatery is located at 5-5144 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, Hawaii. Click here to see its location in google maps. Please note (before you go) that they are a cash only establishment. Other than that, I think you are well prepared to go and enjoy some good eats while at this place. They are on my restaurant list of places I like to eat!
Well I know Easter is coming, but this is also my birthday month! (Happy birthday to me tomorrow!) I found myself trying to be savvy online, and looking for places where I can get a free drink or a free something on my birthday. Who doesn’t like free, without compromising on quality… am I right? Anyway, since I looked up this stuff, I thought I would blog about it. Here are some freebies you can get on your birthday while on Kauai…
Starbucks. This might be common knowledge by now, but when you sign up as a gold card member (a registered Starbucks card holder) then you are in their system and are mailed a free drink car in the mail. Any hand crafted drink is yours, free! Add a shot of espresso, add another if you’d like, make it a venti, ad caramel and vanilla.. it is all up to you. There is even a story about this going too far! Read this for a laugh. I cringed first, actually.
Burger King. This only applies for a child, but hey–you gotta save money when and where you can, am I right or am I right? So when you register your child with Burger King online, you will also be prompted to enter in his or her birthday. On their birthday they will receive a free kid’s meal!
McDonald’s. I am not 100% sure, but I know that McDonald’s also does a free happy meal for kid’s on their birthday. I am just not sure if they have to be registered.
What I also witnessed, is that most places you go to eat or drink at, if you make it known that it is your birthday or your child’s birthday, folks will usually do something special. This is not guaranteed, but most restaurants will give you something. Some may ask for ID for birthday proof, and some may not. What I do know, is that it is kind to include the price of the dessert (or the free meal or whatever birthday freebie you got) to include that price in your tipping amount. It is always kind when someone brings you something special on your big day. I know I like it!
As loyal readers to my blog know, I love fresh food. I love locally grown food. If it is organic then you know I am all in! I found out about this awesome dairy farm when I was at the Hanalei farmer’s market one Saturday awhile back. The Kauai Kunana Dairy Farm in Kilauea on Kauai’s north shore is my dream come true!
This goat dairy farm makes all kinds of products for the home, as well as food products …and they grow fresh produce. I just found out that they are starting a membership where once a week members (and seasonal members) can come pickup their box of fresh produce as well as the option to get a few other home goods such as milk, cheese, honey, eggs, baked goods, lotions and soaps made from goat’s milk, etc. The good folks at this dairy are kind and in business to sell what they have grown and created.
For those who are just passing through on Kauai, like staying at a rental on the north shore, this is a great place to go on your first day here. Stock up with fresh produce and things for your vacation home’s kitchen. They also have tours! So go get your food here and get a tour that is family friendly and interactive. It was nice to see some kids outside feeding the goats for fun. The samplings will ensure you buy their delicious goodies. They had me at hello!
The folks at Kauai Kunana Diary are very earth-friendly in their practices on the farm. They have won awards and are leading the way in green and sustainable practices. I love supporting them and all they do. Now that I have done the tour, I can appreciate their business even more. I look forward to seeing them at the farmer’s market and I plan to go to Kilauea to visit or to take friends on the tour.
They are located at 4552 Kapuna Road, Kilauea, HI 96754. They do not have regular business hours, but feel free to send them an email at email@example.com. That is what I have done. That or I call ahead for a special order: 808-651-5046 and ask for Ryan.
If you live on Kauai then you know exactly what I am talking about when I say “shave ice” …for those of you who are going to be coming to Kauai soon or are here visiting, let me tell you now: please treat yourself to some shave ice…
Shave ice is beautifully shaved ice that I like to describe as “fluffy, soft, smooth and fine.” This is not a snow cone or a slushy or anything like that. It is so significantly better that it really does not compare to those. Shave ice is delicious and it comes in a wide variety of flavors. Syrups are added to give the shave ice its flavor.
There is also the option to get ice cream with your shave ice. I recommend the ice cream. Why? Because I like ice cream. The ice cream is also your choice, so pick carefully and pair well with your syrups. When in doubt, ask the person serving you what they like and they will be sure to recommend a good combination.
Where can you get shave ice? On the north shore here, there is a place called Shave Ice Paradise. They set up shop at 5-5183 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI 96714. Type that into your GPS or smart phone and they are open most afternoons on into the evening. I like–no wait, I love their shave ice with Macadamia nut ice cream and coconut syrup. Heaven in a cup. Look here for their other syrup flavors.
Another hot spot to go for shave ice is at Wishing Well Shave Ice in Hanalei. Here is their address 5-5066 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI 96714. There are more flavors on the menu, but I say equally as good as Paradise. If one is not open, go to the other, really. When you need some shave ice in your life, you just need it. And then you’ll need seconds! That is what I always have to talk myself out of: seconds… each time I have shave ice.
There are other tasty shave ice locations on Kauai’s north shore, I just highlighted two today. I will name others in later blogs and other types of eateries as well. I just had to share about shave ice so you too can experience it–and the sooner the better.
For those who are staying or will be staying in Princeville, let me tell you about two great eateries nearby. Both CJ’s Steak & Seafood and Federico’s are located in the Princeville Shopping Center (5-4280 Kuhio Hwy, Princeville). I am always a fan of a good place to eat, so I thought I would blog about these two.
CJ’s Steak & Seafood is a great option if you are looking for seafood, steak, or a variety to please the group you are with. It give everyone an option and I know I have never been disappointed! Monday is Meatloaf day… and let me tell you… this meatloaf is out of this world! Now I get why people wait for Mondays. Oh and Prime Rib is on Friday’s.
Now for Federico’s Fresh Mex Cuisine… this really is authentic Mexican cuisine here on Kauai’s north shore. I like it for they have the option to dine in or to take your food to go. They also offer breakfast, in addition to lunch and dinner. Whether you are visiting or are living on Kauai, this is a place to go get some fresh Mexican food. The food is affordable but does not compromise on quality. Their avocados and tomatoes are locally grown, as well a number of other ingredients in their recipes. Again, Federico’s is located at the food court at the Princeville Shopping Center behind the Post Office.
I am always trying new eateries and returning to the oldies but goodies that I love. As I try more places I will blog about them! As for now, I am calling it a night… Monday is just around the corner now!
Grilling is a popular way to cook food. I love to grill food. I am not the greatest chef nor grill master, but I sure do try! Grilling food is a great way to cook food. Think about it… there is a recipe to follow but it is not quite as technical as baking. Baking is an edible science experiment. Grilling is much more forgiving. Once someone gains enough experience in grilling, that person is worth his or her weight in gold. Let me tell you the grill food on Kauai is worth its weight in gold! So divine.
Now, grill food is a comfort food to most people. There are classics that are cooked on the grill like burgers, fish, vegetables, and more. Comfort food does not necessarily mean hearty and overly-filling, either. Kabobs are one of my favorites to grill. It makes for such a nice medley of meat meets vegetables. What beautiful colors, too.
Another way to mix it up is by having some grilled surf and turf. This is a way of mixing and matching meat combos to cover the whole flavor spectrum to meet your fancy. By having complimentary flavors, you will be making a marvelous spread for you and your guests to enjoy. Just like “sweet” pairs with “salty” nicely, so does surf match well with turf. Grilling is a great way to enhance flavors, so you can get the most juicy flavors out of your fish and meat… and don’t forget your veggies!
Grill food is something you cannot mimic. The different types of food you can put on a grill are seemingly endless. Any kind of meat on a grill turns out as fabulous as ever once you can perfect your technique. Vegetables roast on the grill nicely as well. Grilling food is a great cooking method for traditional foods, but can also make surprisingly well cooked food out of others you might first think are good choices.
Fruits heat up well on the grill too, believe it or not. They top desserts nicely and your friends and family will be coming back for more! Ever tried grilled pineapple? Here is a recipe for Grilled Pineapple Dessert that I love. While the coals are still hot, go ahead and heat up your pineapple rings for this recipe. I like to think of it as getting the most out of my hot coals.
Perhaps you are a grill master yourself? While staying on Kauai, the north shore has some perfect vacation rental homes where you can grill out! This is a genius way to save money and still eat your delicious grill food. Invite friends, invite family. I just love coming together at meal time…
What a lovely weekend it has been. I hope your Valentine’s Day was as pleasant as it could be. The weekend was full of activities for me, as you can see from following my blog
On Sundays I usually look at my calendar for the week ahead, and make some plans here and there to keep myself busy with fun things to do. Again, this is the planner in me! One activity I like to do often is visit one of the Sunshine Markets on Kauai. This is also known by others as a Farmers Market. If you are looking for the freshest produce, this is the place to go! I really like the atmosphere there as well; good food and good people!
I suggest Tuesday’s market at Hanalei at Waipa. It starts at 2 o’clock pm and goes until about 4pm. It is held at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center on Papalina Road just after the fire station. This is the place to go if you are looking for organic produce, fresh tropical fruits, exotic tropical flowers, and herbs. I have seen the majority of the foods there to be organic. There are also some non-food vendors there selling things like jewelry or other cute little crafts and souvenirs.
If you are in the area, staying in Princeville, Hanalei, or Haena I suggest adding this to your to do list for Tuesday. If you are arriving to your vacation rental on the north shore, stop by this market to fill up your kitchen with healthy, local, delicious food for your stay. And it is every Tuesday–not just this upcoming one. I do not get around to going every week… it is more like every other week for me I suppose. My tips if you are planning to go are: wear comfortable walking shoes, bring reusable bags for your purchases, and if you can, use small bills for your purchases.
It is that time of year again! The Waimea Town Celebration is back this year. 37 years and it is still going strong! This is Kauaiʻs oldest and largest annual festival on the west side of the island. If you are in the area or perhaps staying on the north shore, come make the day trip down to experience some great entertainment.
This is a weeklong event starting Saturday, February 15th and going through to the following Saturday. This leaves you ample time to come and see what all the hype is about! There are activities for everyone–young and old–to participate in or to simply come, watch, and be entertained.
Perhaps you are interested in the line-up for the week. Events and activities start daily around 9am and end around 5pm each day. It is a family friendly festival and does not go on into the late night hours. At the Historic Waimea Theater there is a film festival going on too. Prices vary per person, per age. Let me share with you what else will be happening at this great town celebration.
There will be a long distance canoe race, a roundup rodeo, softball and basketball tournaments, fun runs of varying distances, an ice cream eating contest, and a ukulele contest. There are some other events going on to fill the week right up with entertainment and activities.
Live entertainment is the name of the game the way I see it–there will be continuous vocal and instrumental artist performing throughout the time of the festival. Let me just say that this is reason enough to come and spend some time out in the community. I love live entertainment and the sense of community all over the island. Oh! And did I mention the live entertainment is free?
Now that you know what is going on, you are sure to know that there will be tasty local food there as well. How could there be such a large gathering, a festival, without it? There will be vendors with food as well as a beer garden for those of legal drinking age.
Since there is so much going on with water and sporting events to film festivals viewing and live entertainment, locations vary per event. It is all held in Waimea. I’ve looked up the contact info for the Waimea Town Festival and you can see it here. Add to your adventure by adding this community event to your vacation calendar. I know I am going to make some of these events! I have in years past and I keep coming back for more.
So you are going to be staying in Princeville, at a lovely vacation rental home (say the Plantation at Princeville)? You are on your way to saving money while going on a Hawaiian vacation. I can understand the excitement! You may be wondering what other ways you can save money to cut down the total cost of your vacation. Since you are staying at a vacation home, you are off to a great start. Another way to keep costs low is by buying your own food and then cooking it back at the house! Let me tell you about a grocery store in the Princeville area, in the same neighborhood nearest the Plantation at Princeville.
Foodland in Princeville. It is in the (appropriately named) Princeville Shopping Center. They are open at 6am for you early risers, and close at 11pm each day. What I like about Foodland stores is that they offer DVD and video rental services. This is great to have nearby if you are staying at a vacation rental, especially with little kids. The store is a fully functioning grocery store with a bakery, deli, and meat department. There is a Western Union and a pharmacy in this location as well. For directions from the Plantation at Princeville to this Foodland grocery store, click here for driving directions.
If you are looking for something a bit more specialty, take a car trip east into Kilauea to the Kilauea Town Market & Deli. They are open 8am-8pm daily. This place has a large variety of wines, beers, and other alcoholic beverages. They offer free-range meats, specialty cheeses, and other scrumptious foodie finds! To get there from Princeville, get on the Kuhio Highway headed east. Turn left at the Menehune Mart/Shell Gas Station on Kolo Road. Take a left onto Kilauea Road. Look for the Historic Kong Lung Market Center less than a half of a mile. It will be on the right.
It always makes me feel better when I can know the area that I will be staying in. Then I can plan and have places in mind to go. Knowing “what is what” also helps me. I am such a planner!
So, you are staying or going to stay on Kauai in the Hanalei Bay area, huh? That is a great choice! Let me tell you about one of the fav, dive bars in the area. If you do not drink that is fine. Go there for the pizza at least. The restaurant and cocktail lounge is called Tahiti Nui. If you are on Kauai right this moment here is the street address so you can plug it into your smart phone or GPS system and get there without any problems: 5-5134 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei. Click here to follow turn by turn directions if that is easier for you.
The Mai Tai is popular and so is the pizza. That is what I would say it is best known for. What my favorite part of this restaurant is not just the food, but also the live music. Yes, I said it and I meant it. The live music at dinnertime is simply fantastic and genuine. I like anything really that is genuine and authentic. This is the real deal! Hawaiian music in Hanalei. Perfection.
Something else I should let you know about Tahiti Nui: patio seating. It is not all indoor seating. If you’re willing, I suggest dining outside. Why outside? Here is my take on the topic…
Dining outdoors I am convinced makes my food taste even better! Being outside in the elements with the fresh air filling my lungs makes it so that my experience is more real–more awakening. It is difficult to put words to exactly. Dining on the patio enables me to look around at the scenery and to enjoy the landscape as I savor my food. It may seem silly to some, but I am convinced the setting has a lot to do with the overall experience. Now add the live performers and their music. Again, perfection! This combination with food, setting, and live entertainment makes for a great combination.
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays are days I suggest to go. Yes, there will be more people there simply because it is the weekend, but from my perspective that is more attractive for as a restaurant-goer it makes for better people watching, meeting new people, and also experiencing the live music as a group. There becomes a sense of community when you are at a restaurant like this. It is a fun, fun thing!
Well here it is: a new year, a fresh beginning. To start off the year right it was my pleasure to start this lovely Friday morning with a steaming hot cup of Hawaiian brewed coffee. Ever since I hit adulthood, coffee has been my go-to. On this special day of the new year I decided I had better make it to Hanalei Coffee Roasters to get a cup of the good stuff.
What I love about this place is that they use locally grown coffee beans, roast them, and serve that coffee to customers in their shop. If you thought I loved coffee–which I most certainly do–you must also know something about me: I love locally grown food. And by food I mean food and drinks. After all, coffee beans are a non-liquid substance turned into a liquid drink. Never mind. The point is that I like coffee and I love Hanalei Coffee Roasters and what they are all about.
This café is a coffee, tea, breakfast, brunch restaurant. It is not large scale though and most days you will find a line out the door. But hey–that is how you know you have found something good! I knew I was in for it today since it’s a Friday and all but I just had to. If Max is there he will be sure to entertain you as well. Good folks there.
This is not a sit-down and be waited on kind of place, it is a bit more casual like other coffee shops. They just so happen to serve yummy food too! When you go, go all out. Yes get coffee (or tea). Stay and eat too. If you order something like a waffle or a pancake, ask for coconut syrup. If you like coconut to begin with, then go for it. Trust me.
I ordered a chocolate raspberry volcano muffin. Oh my goodness it took everything in me not to order another! That and a hot vanilla latte did me in. What a lovely morning it was. I am in good spirits for the first weekend of the new year! There is something wonderful about coffee and to pair that with such an amazing place–that is something beautiful. There is outdoor seating, and that is where I prefer to sit. Something about a cup of coffee in hand and to be able to feel the elements–or be right next to them–makes me feel alive and awake. I love Kauai and here at this coffee shop in Hanalei is where I like to get my coffee from.
All this talk and now you want to go there? HCR are in Hanalei. If you are already staying in Hanalei, simply take the Kuhio Highway to Hanalei Family Center (5-5183C Kuhio Hwy).
I am going to admit to something right off the bat: I’m not going to this event. ☺ My husband and I have plans on Saturday with our family, and I typically don’t drive all the way to Waimea for a party, even a Christmas party. However, for those of you who are here visiting and want to see the canyon and the West Shore anyway (or for those of you who live on the West side of our island), this event is for you.
Each year in Waimea, there is a Christmas parade. No seriously, each and every year since 1996. In fact, I’ve heard that this tradition of big Christmas celebrations dates back to 1786! And if they’ve been doing it that long, I’m guessing that it is awesome!
This year, the parade will start at 6:15pm on Saturday, December 21st. Why so late? Well, this is a LIGHTED Christmas Parade. This means that each float will be lit up with lights and wonder, adding to the overall affect of the parade. The parade caravan will start at Waimea Canyon Park and will travel down the highway to Ala Wai Raod, at which point it will turn to Waimea Road and head back west to end at Hofgaard Park (town center). You can stand anywhere along the route, but I would recommend finding a place near the Kekaha side of town.
Now, a few additional bonuses for this Waimea Christmas celebration… The entire town will be decorated like a winter wonderland in the heart of a tropical climate. It will be overflowing with lights and Christmas cheer, and will put you in the holiday spirit immediately upon arrival. Plus, many vendors will be offering free beverages and baked treats to those who come by. So be sure to come early, walk around this historic town, and enjoy the hospitality of the residents there.
Oh and one more thing! Be sure to go early in order to get a place along the parade route. Traffic will be VERY slow getting in and out of town, and the entire route will be closed down early so it’s clear for those in the parade. My recommendation would be to get there by 4pm at the latest. My additional recommendation would be to get there in the morning and spend the day visiting the historical sites, seeing the amazing Waimea Canyon, and eating at the local restaurants. This really is a wonderful place to visit and you’ll be glad of the chance to see it in all of its glory.
Enjoy the parade!