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Kauai 2004 Print

 

We enjoyed Kauai so much last year that we couldn't wait a year to go back. If you have looked at my photos from our trip to Kauai last year, you may recognize Stonehouse in this photo. This year, we went in April and we rented another home owned by the same family called Hale O'he that is right on Baby Beach. Like, you walk off the deck across a lawn about 15' and then you are on the beach.

 

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I took the photograph above from our bedroom deck at Hale O'he.

Sue and I were there for two weeks, during which time Jennifer and Duane joined us for a week. We had a few days with rain, but in Hawaii that doesn't mean much. Most of the time the weather was beautiful. We did have to change our plans in Waimea canyon; Jennifer, Duane and I had planned to hike the Awa'awapuhi Trail but there had been enough rain that we knew it would be miserable so we'll do that next year. And, when we drove up to the Kalalau Valley lookout, it was clouded over, preventing a photo op. Oh, well--we went over to the Koke'e Lodge for lunch again, where I had my traditional Koke'e Lodge meal of chili and cornbread (they do both very well there).

Duane played three rounds of golf at the Poipu Bay Resort Golf Course; Jennifer rode one round with him. It was his first trip to the island of Kauai and we enjoyed showing it to him. We had dinner at Roy's in Poipu three times, the Beach House twice, and A Pacific Cafe once. In the restaurant sweepstakes this year, we all voted Roy's to be the best. The food at A Pacific Cafe and Beach House is also excellent, and we recommend that everyone go to all three, but the location and ambience at Beach House is a lot better than A Pacific Cafe.

Sue and I went to Allerton Garden this time, which is just up the road from where we stayed. It is part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden and the tour incorporates a tram ride to, and 2 1/2 hour walking tour of, the Allerton home and surrounding gardens. The locale has been featured in a number of movies, including "Donovan's Reef" and "Jurassic Park." Hurricane Iniki, which destroyed the original Stonehouse, also devastated the Lawai Valley, the Allerton home and gardens. It has been almost completely restored now and is a spectacularly beautiful place to be. We recommend the tour highly. It's pricey ($30 per person) but it's worth it.

We took Duane up to the north shore to have lunch at Bubba's Burgers in Hanalei, which is one of our favorite things to do. We drove down to Anini Beach to see what it was like (friends had suggested we do so) and liked it so much that we went back the next day to spend the day with a picnic lunch. On both trips up, we went back to Banana Joe's for some fresh fruit and smoothies. Their fruit is home grown and very good, and their smoothies are excellent--nothing but pureed fresh fruit. No juice, no sherbet, no nothing but fresh fruit.

All in all, an incredibly relaxing and enjoyable trip.