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Apr 4th, 2012, 04:23 PM
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Unfortunately no, Susan. I believe Smith's and the 1 or 2 on the south shore may be outdoors, but weather in the north isn't as reliably good.

BTW, nice house!! And very close to where we've stayed/will be staying again. If you zoom in the VRBO location map, you'll see double lines separating some beachfront lots. Those indicate public beach access. Tunnels is west from where you'll be, and can be accessed from that little spur marked with "P" right above Hawaii 560. The P designates parking, but you need to be there early or get lucky. Ke'e Beach is at the end of the road. If it's of interest, there are some beautiful botanical gardens near there too.

Have a great trip!
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Apr 4th, 2012, 04:25 PM
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Sorry, I should have addressed that to you, succulent! At least the 1st sentence anyway.
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Apr 4th, 2012, 05:09 PM
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Island: I think the one I went to was at the Kilohona Plantation - which may have been a Smiths - but now is this one - Luau Kalamaku?
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Apr 4th, 2012, 05:36 PM
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For our stay on Kauai we are staying in the Poipu area in a condo. We will have a car and plan on seeing the whole island, or as much as we can during our week there.

We are also staying on Hawaii for a week, staying at the Fairmont Orchid.
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Apr 4th, 2012, 10:14 PM
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Yes, the house and location look great. This trip was very spur of the moment but I have been wanting to visit Hawaii for 20 years. So, it's about time.

Good luau info, maybe we'll go to two !!

I hope we have some hot/warm weather. I was reading the other thread and I guess the weather is unpredictable as it often is here in the SF Bay Area. Please only rain at night...

Thanks again and if I have time Tom, I will post a trip review as it happens.
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Apr 5th, 2012, 03:05 AM
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I just love when it rains in Paradise. It's usually not a cold, driving rain - and afterwards - everything is so fresh. Plus - I really like listening to it rattle on the roof - all the while sitting inside in one's own little cocoon. Heck - even slide open the patio doors to get a better "experience" - assuming of course, the rain is not blowing in

BTW - that's a great time to practice your Sushi skills.

And ask around to see if there are any Church/local luau's - as they are also a lot of fun. Tahiti Nui could be your "Cheers" bar. Double
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May 7th, 2012, 07:52 AM
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This is our 8th trip back to the north shore of Kauai so you can tell we absolutely love it there. Snorkeling at Tunnels and Ke'e are wonderful. Be very careful about where you park by paying attention to signs so you don't get ticketed. Feel free to tell any knuckle heads walking on the reef to get off the reef!!! We normally stay away from the beaches on the weekend so that the local residents can enjoy time with their families and not get cluttered up with tourists.

In Hanalei, places to eat that we enjoy are Tahiti Nui and Hanalei Gourmet for lunch. For dinner, Bouchon (formerly Sushi Blues) for sushi, BarAcuda for tapas. One splurge I would do is go to the St. Regis bar for their sunset views while sipping on the best mai tai (albeit expensive) on the island!! Kilauea Bakery is also great for pizza and coconut eclairs.

Enjoy your trip...Kauai is a very special place.
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May 7th, 2012, 08:06 AM
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I could spend every evening in BarAcuda living on the tapas. In fact, I'm pretty sure I have.
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