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iamq May 7th, 2007 09:29 AM

Anything new on Kaua'i?
We are going back this summer for the first time in 2 years. What's new? Eats, things to do, beaches, other discoveries?

dakine May 7th, 2007 10:44 AM

They just opened up a COSTCO.

iamq May 7th, 2007 10:46 AM

That's right! Where is it?

iceeu2 May 7th, 2007 11:26 AM

Excuse me puleeeeeeeeze, but aren't you one of the elite in print in the new Fodor's Kaua'i book?

Is it necessary for us to do your work for you?

It's behind KMart.

Pono Market has great chicken and these little dessert thingies that Auntie won't let me tell about! Their mac/pot salad is also good.

Would you mind telling us how many more days until you need for us to complete your research?


suze May 7th, 2007 11:36 AM

same ole same ole ;-)

iceeu2 May 7th, 2007 11:40 AM

Sorry suze, I couldn't resist. My apologies for the silliness. I'm sure he's serious with this inquiry. Mea culpa.

iamq May 7th, 2007 12:06 PM

I'm smart. I let you guys do all the work and then I take all the credit.

KMart? Is that in the Kukui Shopping Mall?

You know we almost stayed in Kapa'a this time just so we could be close to Pono Market. It will be our first stop on the way to Hanalei.

icee? Did you come across any good knickabrack shops on your last trip? I always like to stock up on little trinket things for the kids in my class. Doesn't seem like Kaua'i had the shops that sell the crap like Maui or Oahu does.

Anyone else wanna hep me? Puleeze?

...oh yeah...83 days.

suze May 7th, 2007 01:39 PM

no no no :-)

i meant my smarty pants reply to iamq... meaning that there's nothing new's going on in Kauai -lol

iamq May 7th, 2007 02:02 PM

That's what I thought you meant suze. 8-)

Are there any new and delicious purveyors of MALASADAS?

Any new markets?

Has rooster jerky made it to Costco?


iceeu2 May 7th, 2007 05:47 PM

If you had bothered to read what I wrote when I was there, you would know the best malasadas are at KMart. The stand is right in front of the store and she is there from about 9-3 or 4. Some days she said she sells out earlier.

Stop and get some taro chips at Taro Ko in Hanapepe.

OSB leaves in a few days so she should have lots to tell about upon her return.

Kalypso is where Zelo's was.

What kind of brickabrack are you looking for? At the Kauai Products in Kapaa, at the very back is Scott Hanft photography. Amazing photography and he also has a Kauai dvd with the most popular sites.

And, right beside the Kauai Products Fair is the Kapaa Polynesia Cafe. Charlie had fish and chips and enjoyed them and I had a blackened ahi taco salad that was super.

For the first time, I stopped at Popo's and tried their cookies. I like them much better than Kauai Cookie.

Not new, but if it ain't broke, don't fix it!

The Costco has some killer ahi poke and also great rotisseire chicken salad.

If you get a chance to go to Anini beach and harvest some Kahelelani shells, that would be really neat to show the kidlets. You might even find enough to make a ring!!!!

Kealalani May 7th, 2007 09:14 PM


The only time, and I mean ONLY time I would suggest visiting Walmart is in Kauai. They have a whole chatchka section of touristy cheap tings. Shell leis major cheap!

I am not a fan of the family or company(make note I am standing down from my soapbox for this thread) , but I am guilty of buying reef shoes, snorkling equipment, softsided coolers, coffee and beach matts there. And lots of cheap shell leis!

Secret Beach is a dismal mess with a slippery trail down and a lung breaking hike back up. Don't bother!!!

Lumahai is pretty much the same - just not worth the energy.

As far as Polihale - well if the road has been recently graded, and it hasn't rained, then maybe. But beware on the weekends, especially Sundays as it gets a raucous party atmosphere with locals and natives acting like they live there. And they just might park their bigakahine 4WD truck 100 ft away from you!!!

As far as looking for something new? I prefer the older, ever so easy on the eyes Titus Kinemakas (if you're into that full blooded hawaiin big wave surfer heros kinda thing) School of surfing - hey you never know who his new teachers may it could be anything new!!!

And I am glad I did the Kipu Ranch ATV tour. It is nice to explore private land.

As far as Eats...
Ahi, ahi and opakapaka oh my! Mongchong, Escolar, mahi mahi oh my!!! Oooopah!

MelissaHI May 7th, 2007 10:29 PM

Ahem....crap on Oahu???? Perhaps, kind sir, you are shopping in the wrong places!

Let your personal shopper be your guide. what kind of stuff are you looking for?

iamq May 8th, 2007 05:22 AM

Thanks 'lani. I'll be sure to avoid Secret Beach (don't want to break my neck), Lumahai (don't they call that Lumadie?) and Polihale (locals!?).

Thanks for jogging my memory regarding trinkets at Walmart. I remember now that they do have quite a selection.

Donita, Ah, yes. I do remember reading someting about KMart and malasadas. That you? Thanks, my brain is like a sieve. Are they worth driving down from Hanalei for? The Cafe Polynesia in Kapa'a, is that the same one as in Hanalei? Think so? I love collecting shells. What part of Anini? Past the polo field, towards the end? Where is Popos? Kapa'a? smooch

Mels! No insult intended. I love "crap". Refrig magnets, surfboard keychains, shells, hula girl pens, etc, etc..All cheap! I have an incentive program at school where the kids earn points that they can use to buy things. Hawaiian trinkets are perfect and are the first things to go flying out the door.

iceeu2 May 8th, 2007 08:18 AM

Don't forget the ABC stores and the Whaler stores for the "crap"! They run specials all the time. And, if you can stand it........Hilo Hattie's has a bunch of "junk".

MelissaHI May 8th, 2007 08:37 AM

Bill....have I got trinkets for you!! cheaper and mo bettah.

auntiemaria May 8th, 2007 08:55 AM

IMHO, best place for tourist trinkets on the cheap is Wal-Mart (politics aside...).

Bill, there is a malsadas stand in Anahola -- mauka side of the highway, near the store, open most days.

Costco and Home Depot are side-by-side, behind Kukui Grove Shopping Center (home of Macy's, Long's, etc.).

Polynesia Cafe in Kapa`a is sister-restaurant of the Hanalei one, but with a vastly different (and huge!) menu for breakfast/lunch/dinner. Only "beware" is, they DO NOT serve any food from about 2pm, until dinner (5pm). Bar is always open, however. Love their food, prices, and service.

We still haven't tried Kalypso -- mostly because we still haven't heard any good reviews from friends here (and no news, is bad news!).

Sabellas in Princeville is gone; owners abruptly closed it, and have moved back to the mainland. No solid rumors (yet) about what will replace it.

Popo's cookies ROCK! And the new plate lunch place next door to it, gets rave reviews from my seamstress (whose place is just one door down). If you can't make it into Popo's shop, the cookies are available at Long's, Pono Market, etc.

iceeu2 May 8th, 2007 09:19 AM tell about the plate lunch place next to Popo's!!! We know who your favorite is, don't we?

I had a massage next door to Popo's. It must have been a slow day because I got a 90 minute massage for $90.

HappyCheesehead May 8th, 2007 09:38 AM

As of 4/23 the dirt road to Polihale had NOT been graded. We tried to get out there in a big ol' grandpa Ford 500 and could only go 4 miles an hour and were seriously bottoming out the car. We had to turn around.

iamq May 8th, 2007 10:39 AM

Thanks y'all!

I see it now...Breakfast of polish sausages and french toast at the Wake-Up, Drive down to Lihue (stopping for malasadas for second breakfast in Anahola) and go shopping at Costco. Get more malasadas at KMart for a mid morning snack. Hit Hamura's for lunch. Cruise by Walmart for trinkets after lunch. Stop by the plate lunch place by Popos for second lunch and get Popos cookies for dessert. Stop in at Pono Market and get the chicken for an afternoon snack. Then we'll shop around Kapa'a until 5pm and then have dinner at Cafe Polynesia. Any ideas for second dinner and second desssert?

Melissa, I knew it! The trinket queen stikes again!


MelissaHI May 8th, 2007 11:29 AM

Bill--email me later and give me the price range, types of trinkets, etc. hee hee

auntiemaria May 8th, 2007 01:16 PM

Re: Pono Market fried chicken

This is usually sold out by 1pm...we're learning to eat lunch earlier now! :-D

For new Fodorites wondering "what the heck is it about Pono Market chicken???" -- it's boneless, marinated in teriyaki, and then fried. Yummmmmmmmmmmmy! :-!

iamq May 8th, 2007 02:16 PM

Salivating now...

iceeu2 May 8th, 2007 02:41 PM

Auntie, think we should tell him about those little apple and coconut things? It could just be our little secret, yeah?

MelissaHI May 8th, 2007 03:36 PM

Auntie, is that like korean chicken, or...?

glimmer2 May 8th, 2007 09:35 PM

After reading this I really want to try Pono Market's fried chicken. Sounds yummy...I'm thinking stop in on our way North after we arrive. Our flight comes in at 1:00 on a Thursday. Do you think they'd be all sold by then?
I can't stop thinking about all the wonderful food we get to eat on Kauai. Also I'm on a pre-trip diet, so I'm starved! Hmmm...fried chicken.

iamq May 9th, 2007 05:14 AM


They'll be cleaned if we get there first! :-d


auntiemaria May 9th, 2007 05:50 AM

Pono Market is usually sold out of all their plate lunch stuffs by 1-1:30 (closed on Sunday). Island folks start picking up lunches from all the take-out places at about 11a.m. (!!)

Hmmm...I've never had Korean chicken, so I can't compare.

Those little yummy morsels they sell at Pono Market (by the cash register) is/are manju -- like bites of pie, right? My fav is the apple -- and it's always the first to sell out.

glimmer2 May 9th, 2007 06:39 AM

Thanks Auntie, I guess we'll have to make a special trip back to Kapa'a than. Is it worth it? We move from the North to the South on a Sunday so that's out.
Is Hamura's open on Sunday?
Is there another place similar to the Pono Market on the way to the Northshore?
I know my family will be starved after nothing but Hawaiian Airlines food.

iceeu2 May 9th, 2007 06:54 AM

glimmer, Hamura's is open on Sunday, but I don't believe they have lilikoi pie on Sunday. Or, maybe the time I went on Sunday they were just sold out.

glimmer, when do you leave?

glimmer2 May 9th, 2007 01:15 PM

We leave for Kauai on June 14th for 9 wonderful nights. Wish it was longer but the bills must get paid!

iamq May 9th, 2007 04:52 PM

Manju eh? Got it!
Last time, Martin and I showed up at Pono around 10:30 and the chicken wasn't done yet, so we waited and were the first to get it fresh and piping hot out of the fryer! Its best that way, ya?

Anything else new on Kaua'i? Oh, I know. Is the TipTop still good at breakfast? Is the brunch at the Pville still aweonolicious? We've never been to Duke's, so we will have to do that this time. Hmmm...anything else?


trippinkpj May 9th, 2007 05:48 PM

Oh, my DH makes a beeline for Costco every time we hit the islands. I'm sure he'll have the same "radar when we go back to Kauai!

MelissaHI May 9th, 2007 06:30 PM

Now....keep in mind that Manju (or manjyu as it is sometimes spelled) is sold all over Hawaii, so if you miss it on Kauai, you can get it in other places. I like haupia or chocolate mochi best!

iamq May 9th, 2007 06:47 PM

Won't it taste better on Kaua'i? :-d

trippinkpj May 9th, 2007 06:53 PM

DH says the Costco dogs taste better on Maui than in San Jose. ;-)

MelissaHI May 9th, 2007 07:30 PM



just kidding....oh maybe not....ha ha

iamq May 9th, 2007 07:47 PM

Okay Mels, so in the 24 hours that we will be on Oahu you will need to take me trinket shopping, manju munching, and bon dancing! Yippee!

MelissaHI May 9th, 2007 10:49 PM

Don't underestimate and my little sex machine!!

iceeu2 May 10th, 2007 08:33 AM

What, pray tell, is bon dancing?

And, we had apple and coconut. The real icee liked the apple best and I like the haupia best.


MelissaHI May 10th, 2007 02:16 PM

icee, here's a quick peek at bon dancing in Hawaii:

Basically, it's folk dancing brought over by the Japanese to Hawaii. Summer is bon dance's a time when the Japanese call their ancestors back to honor them, dance with them, etc. At the end of summer, they have a HUGE lantern floating ceremony. This is when you theoretically send your ancestors back.

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