Day 28 – Parking

That seemed to be the theme of the day, whether the monk seals parked on the beach, “tourists” parked in no parking zones, we parked our behinds at the house or at sunset, it was that kind of Sunday.

The day started with us making dessert, to let the rain showers pass by.  I attempted to make a sapote mousse pie.  It required more work than I originally planned. Let’s hope the tasting of it later is worth the work.


We parked our behinds down for breakfast of papaya boats, while the rain showers continued on and off. We set off for a beach walk, initially we planned to park at Cannons tiny spot, but it was already taken. Next stop was Haena Beach Park, but as we parked the heavens let loose with a torrential downpour. Next…go back to the house park the car, walk to the beach access road and take a long beach walk away from Tunnels Beach.  Good thing we did, we had two monk seal sightings! Even the seals were parking it on a Sunday!

As we walked the street back to the house, we noticed cars parked in no parking areas on either side of the driveway.  There is a reason for the no parking signs, we couldn’t see safely out of our driveway when we tried to leave today.  What is ironic is that they parked in front of no parking signs.  Please if you are a tourist and parking is full at Tunnels Beach, don’t park in the no parking areas for the residents sake, you create a safety concern!

After we arrived home from our walk, we had a lunch of leftovers, then went out and did a few food errands. We stopped at Hanalei Dolphin to pick up poke for dinner and then did a little sightseeing of side streets.  We went down one and noticed a for sale sign. I picked up the brochure for the house. When we got home, I looked up the asking price, yup we found the most expensive house on the island, 38 million bucks and it can be yours!


We parked our behinds at home for the afternoon. We were entertained by geckos and the orchids. We read and napped the afternoon away (well, this is still a vacation for us).

Dinner was simple, poke from The Dolphin and then it was time for sunset and “Cloud TV”. We parked ourselves on the sand to watch the best show of the evening.

Sundays are good days for slowing down and just parking your behind somewhere, but not in a no parking zone though!

Day 22 – All in All a Good Day

Rainbows to start, a Kalalau hike to follow, late breakfast, a bit of downtime to read and nap, a trip into Hanalei, a delicious dinner and a sunset.  Yup, not a bad day at all.

We hit the Kalalau trail at 7 a.m., had permits to go beyond the beach, so that was the plan.  The trail was dry, the trail was muddy, the trail was busy but we kept our legs moving along.


Returning from the hike, we jumped in the water at Kee to cool off, then headed back to the house for a late breakfast, early lunch.  Afterwards, I read and napped, while Mike looked for new things for us to do tomorrow, that won’t require much effort. He was distracted by the dragonfly weathervane he noticed on the palm tree.

Late afternoon we drove into Hanalei to do some touristy shopping.

Dinner was the last of the fresh ono, encrusted in mac nuts served on a bed of taro slaw with pineapple, mango salsa. Followed by dessert of frozen yogurt, dragonfruit,  pineapple, banana and papaya topped with lilikoi and mac nuts.



As we laid our towel out for sunset on Tunnels Beach, we noticed a rainbow arch in the sky.


The sun hit a cloud bank as it set.  Seems to be the trend for the last week or so. However the after sunset cloud viewing was lovely.

I would say today counted as a pretty good day!

Day 17 – Drinking it all in

We had a lovely rainfall overnight and woke to the sound of rain.  It was raining so much we lost the Makana Mountain.


While enjoying our coffee, a rainbow appeared. I decided to sweeten my coffee with a splash of rainbow, great way to start the day.


After enjoying the rainbow views, we gobbled breakfast down and headed out to do some sightseeing.  Our first stop  was Imua Coffee Roasters in Kapaa.  They pulled a fine espresso for my cappuccino and Mike enjoyed his pour over.

Being hopped on caffeine we were ready for the drive over to Wailua Falls. Loads of people enjoying the falls from down below and at the overlook.

To counteract the caffeine, we decided to go to Nani Moon Meadery. We aren’t fans of mead but this place changed our opinions on it. We had a taste of each of their meads and each one had a unique flavor.  It really made New England type meads seem very syrupy and cloying. It was a worthwhile stop for us.

Feeling the effects of the mead, we needed lunch and Mermaid’s Cafe was right down the street.  Time to get my ahi wrap and enjoy it at Kealia Beach, while watching the surfers.

We headed home and once we landed Mike and I went out to Tunnels to float down the coastline.

After a dinner of leftovers, the showers returned, making Makana Mountain disappear again.


We still headed out to Tunnels for our nephew’s last sunset viewing before he heads back home.  Well the rains kept coming, the boys still went for a float and a sunset didn’t happen.  However we still had fun in the rain.

I picked the title before the evening rain set in. I think we could subtitle today, soaking it all in too.

Day 14 – A Pilgrimage to Aloha


Today we made a trek to the Lawai International Center. This centers sits in the valley of healing, on an ancient heiau in the configuration of a honu.  There are 88 Buddhist shrines here representing the shines of Shikoku, Japan.  After an introduction by the director, Lynn you are invited into the temple, for we are blessed, and then walk the hillside visiting each shrine.  Inside of the shrines people had left offerings/trinkets.  As I wandered up the hillside I repeated a name of a friend’s daughter who needed healing and other names of people who came into my thoughts.  This is a spiritual place and you must be open to it and respectful of its Aloha spirit.

The grounds also had goats and a donkey to visit and the best port o potty, I have ever been in.

Our pilgrimage to honor the power of Aloha lasted for about an hour and 15 minutes.

Our next place to find aloha or rather caffeine was the Kauai Coffee Company. We did some tastings and purchased a few bags. IMG_4799

Our final destination of the day was Kauai Island Brewing in Port Allen.  I enjoy their Lilikoi Ale, so we were this close and needed lunch, so why not stop? Plus what are the odds that we would be sitting at the bar, in front of the stickers, from our three our local breweries? Talk about Aloha spirit!

See that plate with chips? There were 2 fish tacos on it, that we inhaled before I thought of taking a photo..

By the time we ran a few gift buying errands and drove home it was close to 3:30, enough time to relax, nap and drag out leftovers for dinner.

We headed off to the prime time sunset viewing with Aloha in our hearts.

Day 9 – The Package

Today we received shipment of a very special package, our nephew flew in to spend some time with us!  However before his afternoon arrival, we decided to get a hike in.   After a quick breakfast of eggs, toast and coffee, we jetted off to the Kee Beach parking lot to hike the first two miles of the Kalalau Trail.


We landed at the parking at 7 a.m. and even the overflow lot was full. Oh well, we knew what our back-up hike would be, the Okolehao Trail. We’ve done this hike a few times, however this time our memory didn’t match the actual trail.  We thought the switchbacks came sooner, the trail was wider and it wasn’t as steep. No problem, we trudged on.


Following the hike, a little swim was in order.  We figured if Kee Beach was packed at 7 a.m. Hanalei Bay at 9:30 a.m. would be the same. Returning to the house, we dropped off our backpacks and walked down to Tunnels Beach. Once at Tunnels we plunged in and did our typical float down the ocean.

It was now 11 a.m. and we were tired.  “Home” we headed to prep dinner, check on our nephew’s flight status and I really needed a nap.  A little after 1 p.m. we went to the airport. Instead of greeting our nephew with a lei, we stopped at Foodland to purchase poke and greeted him with poke. Our package had arrived!

While at the airport waiting, I spotted Craig T. Nelson, he was waiting for an arrival too.

Back to the house we went, to enjoy appetizers and dinner.  Dinner was ribs, mac and cheese and a salad, perfect for the 4th of July.


As our routine goes, it was sunset viewing time. Off to the beach we headed where the boys had a quick swim and I just absorbed the beauty of the island. The sunset provided our 4th of July fireworks.

Tomorrow is our first full day with our nephew, who knows what the day has in store for us.

Day 7 – From Burnt Toast to Burnt Toes

The morning started with burnt toast. It really wasn’t my fault, it was the rainbow’s fault, it distracted me.


We took it as a sign to go for a beach walk, before continuing breakfast.  Hopping in the car, we drove a short way up to Cannons Beach, just past Haena Beach Park.  The hidden flora entrance has been relocated from six years ago, but we found it.  We followed the tunneled path to one of my favorite walking spots.


The views here always take my breath away. Makai sky was filled with gray clouds and the mauka sky was brilliant blues, a contrast in colors.

As usual with a Kauai sky it rapidly changes.

Returning to the house I attempted breakfast making again. This time I was successful, not burning anything.  We enjoyed sautéed swiss chard (from yesterday’s farmer’s market) and fried eggs with a side of unburnt toast smeared in mango jelly.

Breakfast time included making more grocery lists and we headed out to pick up a few more supplies.  We did get stuck sitting in traffic, waiting for one lane bridges to be safe to pass. We didn’t care when the views are beautiful.


We stopped for lunch today at Hanalei Dolphin.  There was room at the bar for us. We split fish tacos and a house salad.  Perfect light lunch to share.


We decided to spend some of our afternoon on the beach.  I debated between wearing flip flops or  my water shoes.  I should have gone with the water shoes.  On our last trip here, after we hiked part of the Kalalau trail, we took off our shoes, walked across the sand to get in the water at Kee Beach.  At 2 p.m. in the afternoon the sand was so hot, I burned the bottom of both feet, they peeled like crazy.   Today, I went with flip flops, mistake for my sensitive toes. I burned each of my big toes in the sand.  The healing thing  to do was to get them in the water and float for a bit.

Following the float we walked back to the house and prepped dinner and dessert.

I even had time to squeeze in a little nap before dinner.  Dinner was simple fresh local greens with local veggies, even peppers grown by the neighbor thrown in, topped with Mike’s marninated Kauai Shrimp. Dessert turned out to be very good, next time I’m going to fill the sheets with sliced bananas.


We had a bit of time before sunset viewing, so I decided to go on an orchid hunt in the yard.  I was blown away by our friend’s gift for gardening.

Sunset viewing hour was upon us and off we ambled to Tunnels Beach.  Clouds hid the sun hitting the ocean, but having fisherman in the water provided us with another type of wonderful viewing.

Today I burned the toast, I burned the bottom layer of my toes, but hey at least I didn’t fry myself sitting in the sun!

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