Our frist full day in Kauai, Sunday, welcomed us with not the most idyllic island weather. We attempted to play at the beach down the road, but it was just too windy and no one wanted to get beat up by the wind and sand – ouch.
We opted to enjoy the fancy
pool hot tub at my cousin’s condo instead. P and I hit up the gym for our first vacation workout later in the afternoon before meeting up with the family for a late tapas dinner at Josselin’s Tapas Bar and Grill. All sorts of gourmet small plates and spirits were shared.
Downstairs from the restaurant, I snagged my first (of many) serving of the infamous Lappert’s ice cream before we had to jet off to the airport to pick up my mom and brother; they were missing all the fun.
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Monday morning (St. Patrick’s Day), we woke up to a rainbow… but no pot of gold. We all felt more than lucky, regardless.
Our plan for the day was to find a good snorkeling spot. My mom, brother, P, and I hopped into one of our rental cars and ventured east around the island. Unfortunately, the weather still wasn’t cooperating, and calm water was difficult to locate.
We had an enjoyable day exploring, nonetheless. We made an impromptu stop in the town of Kapa’a for fresh coconut water. I had to check it off my bucket list. After we drank the water straight from the young green shell, the lady in the fruit truck sliced the coconut in half with a machete(!) and cut up the flesh. I was surprised for my dislike of the slimy coconut meat. The water on the other hand was delicious.
Just a block down the street was the coffee shop, Java Kai, recommended by many. It was a superb recommendation alright. I declared the coconut iced latte I ordered one of the best to touch my lips.
We wound up at Donkey Beach where we enjoyed the scenery — that ombre blue ocean! My mom and I walked the length of the beach while the stubborn boys stuck their butts in the sand.
Back in the town of Kapa’a, we decided to grab a quick bite to eat at Mermaids Cafe (another recommendation).
Get this! A girl I went to middle school with recognized me at the cafe! She moved to Kauai a year ago. How wild is that!? What a small world!
Then it was back to the house to get ready for the beach front luau. The feast wasn’t my favorite (the pork eaters might say otherwise), but the dancing and music was outstanding. The two male hula dancers caught my attention the most, as did the jaw-droppping fire acrobat.
Might I mention that my brother and I hula’d on stage in front of the 200+ guests. I was laughing the entire time – when in Hawaii!