As much as I love packing my bags and catching a flight somewhere, I am always just as happy to come back home. We spent a week on the beautiful island of Kauai. 25 years ago we were married on this island and we have been coming back ever since then, always discovering something new.
While there I could not help but to fantasize about living on a island…What would I do, where would we go on Saturday nights, would I have a favorite tea spot? We met so many people that shared their stories of how they left the mainland and never looked back. It was nice to be in a place where the pace is so laid back and there are none of the usual interruptions.
We drove all over the island, showed Amani and Reggie the spot where we got married, discovered a few new restaurants and visited some of our favorites.
Here’s a peak at some of the highlights of our week.
Westin Princeville- A couple years ago we got sucked into buying a timeshare here, the units a large 1 and 2 bedrooms, nicely appointed, with full kitchens, which was nice for preparing some of our meals, especially breakfast. The resort is set high on a cliff, so the closest beach is about a mile away at the St. Regis. Westin guests have excess to the beach there, and can also order stuff and charge it to your room. My kids are already trying to figure out when they can come without us…and of course bring their friends.
Common Ground- farm to table menu, lots of salads, smoothies, wraps – very good. I was in awe of there garden.
Kauai Grill- at the St. Regis- expensive, but beautiful sunset- worth going for drinks just for the view.
Bar Acuda- one of our favorites-tapas style, interesting combinations.
Postcards Cafe-homey comfort food-everyone was so friendly and nice.
Josselin’s Tapas-sangria cart (I’m gonna copy) tapas were okay, not much selections for vegans.
Tortilla Republic- Mexican food, that was pretty good for the islands.
Mermaids Cafe-little beach place where you order from a window and sit at picnic tables- really good thai tea made with coconut milk and nice veggie wraps.
Java Kai-nice coffee, tea and fresh juice spot.
Rainbow Living Foods- fresh salads and really good smoothies
Na’Pali Coast – did 4 miles of the 11 mile hike-most people do the 11 miles and camp and return the next day. One of the highlights of our trip.
Biking along the beach.
Art Walk in Wamea
Driving around the island stopping at different beaches
Relax, Chil-laxing and mo’ relaxing
Picked up a few Christmas ornaments (I collect them from my travels), and a cute sundress. Everything is so expensive here.
As soon as we got back from Kauai, 8 hours later we were on another flight to San Francisco to celebrate my in-laws 90th birthdays, more on that later on this week.
As I finish this post, I will be taking my son back to school, he will be starting his senior year. I’m excited for him and what this year will reveal for him, his life journey is just beginning.