Day 29 – Rainy Day on the North Shore

Note: Just go to the end, skip reading and look at the beautiful sunset photos!

We felt the effects of Fernanda today on the North Shore.  We woke to rain, some thunder and lightning. Manoa Falls which we can see from the house was raging down, at one point the water turned brown.  It was a perfect morning to do some book purchasing for my school library. I knew I would have to do some work here and was putting it off. I had no more excuses not to do it with all this rain.

While I worked Mike made me a little bright drink, papaya with red dragon fruit juice on top.

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However the falls became a distraction and I only did 3/4 quarters of a book order, oh well.

After the heaviest rains diminished we went out for a bit. First stop was the transfer station to drop off the recycling.  Makes me appreciated my curbside recycling pick up at home.  However as I was putting the can returns in the bin, the workers offered me a freshly picked hand of bananas, right off the trees! Such a small gesture made me so happy and with curbside pick up you don’t get free bananas.

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a piece of island life, Mike is laughing because he just sees me walking with a hand of bananas not knowing yet how I got them.

We decided to chance going to Moloaa Bay, thinking we could get parking due to the gray skies.  I needed to go to snap a few photos for a teacher friend, who always sings a “line up” song to her prek class to the tune of Gilligan’s Island theme.  We could get parking with this weather!

After our brief walk, we headed back into Hanalei for lunch at the Dolphin.  Yup, we had our usual of house salad and fish tacos.  Works for us, fills us up and tastes yummy!

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Our next stop was a little shop we like in Hanalei.  Glad we decided to stop in because the parking provided us a lovely view of the waterfalls.

After driving past Waipa, we noticed how brown the water was in Hanalei Bay area.  Going slow I was able to take a few pictures.

On our way home we stopped at SushiGirl to pick up dinner for tonight. Mike ordered the special and I choose the “Action” poke bowl.

We really needed a beach walk after sitting around the house and car this morning.  So we dropped the goods off at the house and headed to Cannons to do a small beach walk.  Of course it started to rain, but it didn’t matter to us.

After our brief jaunt, we spent the rest of the late afternoon catching up with the world and having dinner.

Sunset tonight after all this rain was spectacular.  Truly worth all the rain today!

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Day 27 – Hanging at the Harbor

Disclaimer:  The second hike described in my blog post today, can be dangerous, do this at your own risk.  In no way am I encouraging this hike, this is merely a description of our day. 

We planned  our day around a trip to the farmer’s market at the community college, so all activities were centered around Lihue and Nawiliwili.

After we picked up the much needed fruit at the farmer’s market, we drove over to Ha Coffee Bar for a cappuccino and a Hawaiian pour over.

After enjoying the jolt, we wound our way over to Kuki’i Point. What a scenic spot and another place that required good footwear to walk around the rocks.

From here we walked back up the hill and walked through the grounds of Timbers resort to another secluded area, where the wave action was even better.

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the view out
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what the trail looked like to get to the rocks

Once we made it down to the rocks, I found a spot and sat, while Mike went exploring.

We were mighty hungry after exploring this area.  We lunched at Kauai Beer Company. We each enjoyed a beer and shared shrimp and grits with a salad.  This shrimp and grits were some of the tastiest we’ve had.

After the refueling, we explored the Ninini Point Lighthouse.  Didn’t realize it but it is at the end of the airport and offers great views of airplanes flying overhead. We were also able to see the area we were at before lunch and yikes, good thing Mike wasn’t standing on that higher area because the waves had grown larger and would have wiped him out.

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Mike was standing on that about an hour and half earlier, before the tides really started to come in

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On our way out, we stopped at the 13th hole of the Ocean Course to snap some photos for a friend, who is starting a travel company.  The views from the hole were magnificent.

We arrived home well past 3 p.m. both of us were tired. During the interlude to sunset viewing, we downloaded photos, napped, researched tomorrow’s adventures, and had dinner.

We honestly didn’t expect much from the harbor from the reading we did.  It was surprisingly exciting and beautiful. Glad we took the chance to explore this area.

Day 25 – A Simple Day

It really was a simple day; two beaches, a little dessert making, meals, running errands, an exchange of goods with a neighbor, dinner and a sunset.

After a morning beach walk at Hanalei Bay, we plopped down on the sand to enjoy coffee and croissants.  Chatted with a couple from Colorado for a bit also.

At home we made a full breakfast of papaya boats.

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Then we made a mousse parfait with the sapotes and juiced the over-abundance of papayas, mangoes and pineapple we had.

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the most amazing dessert, sapote mousse with layers of whipped cream and Kauai Kookie shortbread mac nut cookies

Finishing up that task we decided a little time reading and floating at Tunnels was called for.  Today we spent about an hour and half on the beach.

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This was about 11:15 am. by the time we left a little before 1 p.m. it had started to fill in
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the view from my beach chair
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taking in the views
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it was so beautiful in the water today

We went home to lunch on SushiGirl Kauai leftovers. We still had one plate left over from last night. It was perfect to split for lunch.

Running into Princeville and Kilauea was our next stop. We had a few more aloha boxes to fill and ship out.  While in Kilauea we stopped again at Kauai Juice Company.  We each had a free shot of algae. It was a thing to do, but if offered that algae again, I’ll politely decline.  This time I picked my juice based on color.

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Once we arrived home, we needed to bring some of my frozen mango cheesecake to our neighbor/friend Mel.  In exchange she offered us fresh ahi and pineapple.  I think we made out better than she did! Thanks Mel!

Dinner was teriyaki ahi (from the other neighbor) over my taro-slaw.  I accompanied my meal with our papaya juice mixed with seltzer.

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“Cloud TV” was very entertaining tonight at sunset, especially with live commentary by our friend! All of these things made for a simple day, but yet a perfect day!

Day 23 – Drinking in Rainbows

Another rainbow greeted us as we woke up today.  I think we have had three rainbow mornings in a row.  I decided to fill my cup up with rainbow juice instead of coffee this morning!

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We were even blessed with a double rainbow!

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After filling on up rainbow goodness, we headed to Cannons for an early morning beach stroll.

We followed up the stroll with our morning breakfast of nanns topped with egg, sprouts, ricotta cheese, tomatoes and avocado.

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Our game plan for the day was trying to see the Pools of Mokolea, only if the tide was low and the stream crossing was easy, the back up plan was to walk around Kahili Beach (Rock Quarry Beach).  We went with the back up plan today.  What a beautiful beach and one we wished had explored earlier in our trip.  We aren’t sit on the beach all day people, but if we were, this would be that beach.  Great surfer watching spot, not a popular tourist spot, and has enough shade to hide in if the sun gets to be too much.  We ended up spending an hour here, exploring, watching surfers and birds.

Next stop was the Kauai Juice Company. I was still buzzing from the rainbow juice this morning, so I decided I needed more juice, Rainbow Unicorn Juice to be exact.

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We then stopped at Hanalei Dolphin for lunch to have our usual fish tacos (ono fish) with a house salad, shared between us.

Immediately following lunch it was time for the Waipa Farmers Market.  Mike’s favorite vendor was there, the lady with the red truck.  She has taken to Mike and always throws things in for him.

We arrived home in time for my nap and some reading time before enjoying dinner and dessert.  Dinner was shrimp marinated in Kauai Juice Company’s Mango Garlic Ghost Sauce and served over taroslaw.  Perfect pairing.

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Sunset viewing was obstructed by a lower cloud bank again. However the clouds do provide a lovely backdrop.

Today started with rainbows and ended with a setting sun. It was pure joy to soak in all the colors of the day.

Day 20 – Welcome “Home” Gifts

Well, as you know, we did pop over to Maui on Thursday night and had planned to stay until Monday.  Maui just didn’t feel right and I think at our age, we’ve learned, if we are not happy, change the situation. So we did.  I really think Maui was telling us to go from the moment we landed at the rental house.  We didn’t sleep the two nights we were there. WHY? Dogs, lots of them howling and barking at all hours and they loved the hours of midnight through 4 a.m.  On our second night there, I ended up with an upset stomach and I took it as a sign that we made the right decision to leave.

We did manage to make some coffee and I had three bites of a croissant, all I could take, before we headed to the airport.

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We had a direct flight to Lihue, landed early, and were able to swing by the Farmer’s Market at the community college to restock up on fruit.  As soon as we picked up our car, our shoulders relaxed and we had our smiles back and going to the farmers market brought our world back in order.

The next stop was Costco.  As we walked into Costco, I joking said to Mike “I wonder if they have cans of Maui Brewing Mango, Hefeweizen?”  I had it fresh last night at Maui Brewing Company and it was excellent.  His reply was, “I don’t think they canned that one.”  We went in, heading towards the back. I stopped to look at something and came around the beer corner, seeing Mike with a smirk on his face. Sweet Lord, cases and cases of that beer.  Kauai Island was welcoming us back, providing us with a great welcome “home” gift.

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We also picked up pineapple, can’t beat the price. I can live with eating Maui pineapples, just can’t live in Maui.

After Costco we made our way back.  I love the drive past Hanalei Bay and snapped a few photos.

Our final stop before reaching the house was SushiGirl Kauai.  They are starting to recognize Mike and I as regulars.  Well we do have to get our fill while we can.

After we ate lunch at the house, I desperately needed a nap, so down for naptime I went.  We did stop at Foodland on our way back to pick up some fried chicken for dinner and tomorrow’s lunch, part of our tradition while here, two meals of fried chicken.

During dinner our friend popped over telling us the neighbor behind us had fresh caught ono for sale.  Off Mike went to receive our second welcome home gift of the day.

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After dinner and clean up it was time for sunset views.  We missed sunset the last two nights, so we were jonesing for one.

At the farmer’s market we picked up the nicest dragon fruit for dessert.  Once again thank you Kauai for giving us this welcome home gift.

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I really think you don’t pick the island, it picks you.  With the welcome home gifts that were bestowed on us, I think Kauai picked us.

 

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.

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

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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.

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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.

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