We woke up extra early on Wednesday and were at breakfast at 6:30 AM. My breakfast was so good — freshly scrambled eggs (from the omelet station), fresh fruit and fresh mini waffles topped with fresh coconut, macadamia nuts and blueberry sauce. I think I may need a mini waffle maker — the tiny waffles are so cute!
It was raining while we ate, which was a bummer, but we were treated to our first rainbow!
We hit the road with the intent of doing some exploring on the island. We made our way south and our first stop was the Wailua Falls. Breathtaking!
The view from the scenic overlook is somewhat obstructed, but still gorgeous. Thrill seekers can jump barricades to try to climb closer, but that wasn’t happening for us. Being 6 1/2 months pregnant was a slight deterrent.
Next, we turned to head back north to see the Opaeka’a Falls. While these falls are further from the road, they are still very beautiful. It started raining while we were on site so we made only a brief stop. I was also scared of a nearby band of wild chickens so I didn’t want to linger too long. Ha!
We kept on heading north (back towards Princeville /Hanalei) and made a stop at Mooloa’a Sunrise – an all natural roadside restaurant outside Kapa’a. Since it had been three hours since we ate breakfast, I was hungry! We opted for a juice (hers) and smoothie (his). I went with a green juice (cucumber, kale, parsley and celery) and added in pineapple. When one of the workers saw my belly she suggested I add ginger to the juice too — so thoughtful! It was delicious and made me miss my juicer at home.
We took our juices to-go and continued north. We stopped in Ki’lauea to see the famous lighthouse. A designated national historical landmark, the lighthouse boasts the largest “clamshell” lens in the world (although it is no longer in service).
The lighthouse is on a national refuge, so there are lots of birds and nature sights/sounds to see while visiting. If you visit during the winter months, this refuse is allegedly a great whale watching location.
After the lighthouse, we made our way back to Hanalei and made a stop at The Dolphin for lunch. Yes, this was our second visit during the trip. We both had burgers and were thoroughly impressed!
We did a bit of shopping afterwards and picked up some items for the baby and a beautiful glass bowl for Cliffwood. We always try to get an item for the house when we travel — supporting a local glass artist was an added bonus.
We continued our drive and explored some of the north shore beaches — Waipa, Kahalala, Lumaha’i, Kanaha and Makuna Beaches. All of them were gorgeous and somewhat secluded.
We drove until the road ended…then we turned around and headed back. We stopped at a scenic overlook on the way back. Can you see the waterfalls?
We spent the rest of the afternoon by the pool.
With breezy winds, it was a beautiful day for lounging. We had reservations at the hotel’s Kauai Grill (by John George ) restaurant, but we cancelled. Instead, we went back to Bar Acuda in Hanalei for a more casual dinner. We shared several small plates — the bruschetta, baked lentils and kale, tiger shrimp, Mesclun green salad, sea scallop and pizzetta. Everything was fantastic. Truly.
I think this place is a “must do” for anyone traveling to the area. In the end, a comfortable and casual dinner was the perfect way to end our day.