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Kauai Trip Report- From One Extreme to the Other

Kauai Trip Report- From One Extreme to the Other

Old May 1st, 2009, 07:05 AM
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You went to the Fish Market and didn't go to Tropical Dreams Ice cream a few doors down?
Looks like you'll HAVE to go back!
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Old May 1st, 2009, 08:21 AM
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No worry, Barbara. I will go to Tropical Dreams and try it out for you and your sis. Just tell me which flavor to taste for you.

Thanks for the report about Rooster Land!
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Old May 1st, 2009, 09:43 AM
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iceeu2: What a peach!
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Old May 1st, 2009, 10:25 AM
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OSB
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Old May 1st, 2009, 10:35 AM
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Yeah, she's as sweet as a mac nut rainbow shave ice....
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Old May 1st, 2009, 11:42 AM
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Would you guys quit bullying poor ole iceee?
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yeah, you guys quit it!! Leave that up to bullyboy!!!!

Sorry Barbara, but we want to keep this topped so you don't forget to come back and tell us more, more, more, more........

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I got your back iceee. Barbara, what were the water conditions in Hanalei Bay?
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Thank you, bully! And, you know what else, bully? OSB never did give that blasted tiara back!! Now, I want get to be the queen!
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Old May 1st, 2009, 12:52 PM
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iamq: Hanalei Bay looked calm. I was caught in a riptide there once several years ago, though, on a day that looked similar. I'll probably never swim there again. So beautiful, though.
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Old May 1st, 2009, 01:09 PM
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Saturday we had passed the half way point of our trip and still no rain. We went to the Farmers Market in Hanalei early, but not early enough to buy one of the sweet white pineapples that sell out so quickly. This is a very nice market; half crafts and half produce. We bought some flowers for the condo, including sweet smelling tuberose stems.

While we were enjoying the rest of the day at Anini Beach (again), we were missing a big event on the north shore. A tourist had driven his "go anywhere" Rent-A-Hummer to Lumahai Beach. The Hummer got stuck in the sand, overheated, and burned to a crisp while clouds of thick, black smoke rose in the air. It was a front page article in the next day's Garden Island News which reported "..local residents posed with the driver for pictures, flashing shakas, while tires melted and interior sizzled". I can't help but wonder if the poor tourist took out the damage waiver option.

Clouds rolled in Sunday morning and it seemed like a nice time for a drive. I hadn't been to the end of the road for many years. It hadn't changed. For most, this would be a good thing. Personally, I have always found the Haena, etc. area kind of ominous-feeling; dark and unfriendly. We tried to find the spot where the Hummer had burned, but it had been towed off and there were no cremains. The raindrops started to fall and we thought we'd better scoot back up to Princeville in case the roads flooded and gates were closed.
It rained hard the next two days. Flood warnings, etc.
But, OH! Those waterfalls that popped up on the distant hills were beautiful. On another drive up in Princeville we came across some horses munching in a lavendar-hued field. I got out of the car and stood by the fence hoping for my own Kodak moment. Nothing.

I spent a little time shopping in the rain. My big indulgence was a lovely wallet that I found at Princeville's Walking in Paradise store. There is a whole line of leather goods made just for this chain (Sandaltree) featuring famous Hawaiian art. Mine is from a collection called "Angel Fish".
It is artwork done for the old Cunard line by the painter Frank MacIntosh. If you are in the area please stop by and visit the matching purse I hope to buy when I win the lottery.

I amused myself the last two wet days by driving up and down all the streets in Princeville looking at condo options for "next time". And I hope to eat at both the Lighthouse Bistro and Tropical Dreams on that next visit. (end)
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Thanks a lot for the report Barbara. Which island is next? What other condos looked interesting?
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Did you happen to cruise Hanalei Bay Resort?

My travel plans do not include day-long rains, by the way!

Thanks for your input.
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Great report!
5 months and counting..
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There you go again - I was sure I sent that tiara back to you Iceeu2. ....Must have gotten lost in the mail. ... Or are you just hoarding it for yourself?
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you mean all that rain didn't scare you away and you just may go back?!?!?!

crazy!

mahalo for sharing and bringing us back to our home of the heart.
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Now that I think of it, some of my fondest memories are in the rain, and that includes torrential showers while at our hideaway in Hanalei as well as our hideaway in Nantucket MA listening to the rain and the harbor rigging sing it's music. I love the weather, whether or not it cooperates - well except for the cccccold
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Old May 2nd, 2009, 10:02 AM
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I liked the looks of Pali Ke Kua in Princeville. Lots of open space and grass between buildings. It would be nice to stay there and walk over to Saffron for a cocktail in the evening.
I drove to the circular driveway of Hanalei Bay Resort and peered into the attractive lobby. I didn't get out and walk around, though.

I will probably opt for a better chance of sun on my next tropical trip: either South Maui or South Kauai. I've been looking at condos in Poipu. My two previous stays there have been so-so, but maybe I haven't found the right combination of travel companion and condo.
Hoping to talk husband into sun break during the dreary winter. Whaler's Cove and Poipu Kapili look very nice. I haven't ruled out a return to the little cottage in Waimea, either. That was so pleasant and relaxing; just wish it was closer to a good swimming beach.
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