Pictures and stories from our trip to Kauai
Thanksgiving week 2006.

Slideshow of all the pictures available here

Link to "Kapish's Kauai Kronicles"

During Thanksgiving week of 2006 we stayed at the Pono Kai resort in Kauai taking in the beauty of one of the most tropical of the Hawaiian islands.

On Friday night we checked in at the WorldMark Kapa'a Shore resort for one night before going to the Pono Kai. We arrived late night and slept to the sounds of the waves. The resort sits right on the ocean and it is very nice and laid back. (The resort is an old apartment, so it has its drawbacks... but the location is SO cool! ). Since we were in California time we walked a few steps to the beach and watched the sunrise.

On Saturday morning we checked out of Worlmark's Kapaa Shores resort and drove less than 1 mile to the Pono Kai resort and walked around thr grounds of this beautifully maintained resort. Left some of our perishable food items in the hospitality room. They have 2 couches, 2 dressers, 2 refrigerators and a TV in this unit. We met 2 couples who are also from California, in the process of checking in, and enjoying the 'game of the week' in the hospitality room.

Koi Pond at the Pono Kai resortWe particularly enjoyed the Koi pond at the resort as well as the beach adjacent to the resort. The long stretch of the beach leads to a beach park at the North end.

After leaving the resort at mid morning we drove to Princeville. There was very little traffic and we were able to drvie leisurely through various towns into Princeville and then Hanelei. On our way upto Princeville we noted all the cool places we should wait on our way back.

As Shiva insisted on visiting the Guava Plantation in Kileua, we have used as the central attraction of this trip. We ate lunch at the Princeville Shopping Center although there are more variety available in Hanalei. I would suggest you get a "to go" lunch from one of these places and follow the road a couple of miles to the beach in Hanalei and have a picnic lunch on the beach!

On our way back from Princeville we found "Banana John's Fruit stand" (2.9*) and the turn off to the Kilauea light house (3*). We found a number of self serve fruit stands around Kauai. One of those is on this road. Shortly after taking the turn-off to the light house, the directions require taking a left on to the lighthouse road. At this intersection there is a house with a fruit stand in the front. We found pineapples, sweet bananas, star fruit, coconuts, taro, sweet potatoes and other fruits. They all had prices taped on them and we just had to put the amount in a jar provided. I liked the honor system.
Less than a 1 mile from the Kilauea light house turn off, the entrance to the Guava Plantation can be seen on the right. We also stopped at the fruit stand  where we bought avocados, onions, small sweet bananas, pineapple etc.
Across the street from the Pono Kai, there is plenty of shopping including fast food restaurants. Just a few minutes South of the resort is the Safeway shopping center that also had a number of restaurants.

On Sunday morning we walked on the beach in the hopes of seeing the sunrise, but it was overcast and we even got wet as there was a sudden rain. The it rained lightly a few times this morning and had been a clear and Sunny day shortly after that.

Pono Kai had an 'orientation' where tour companies from around the area had come to present their attractions. Companies offering scuba programs, windsurfing lessons, surfing lessons, ziplining, boat tours, helicopter tours, ATV rides etc. were represented at this orientation. Continental breakfast was provided as well as a chance to sign up for timeshare presentations (to get discounts on shows) Smile The majority of the people staying at the Pono Kai seem to be seniors and families with young children. The grounds are overseen by roosters and chicken who make sure to wake you up in the morning so you can get a head start! Very Happy
We visited the Hindu monastery at Kapa'a. What a wonderful place! the gardens with banyan trees etc. are soooo peaceful! We attended the morning prayers and now getting ready to go back there for a tour of the temple grounds.




Also, on our way back to Kapa'a we saw this incredible BRIGHT rainbow! Couldn't get a picture as I was driving... but managed to get a partial shot after getting to the resort.

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