Category Archives: Kauai

Hanalei Valley Lookout Kauai Hawaii


Complete Paradise awaits in Kauai!

Hanalei Valley lookout

This island is my favorite in the Hawaii chain!

Are you Curious?


“Blessed are the curious for they shall have Adventure” – L. Drachman

Adventures in paradise!


Where ELSE Does The Money Go?!


Happy faces eating Gelato in Poipu!

These costs are based on a family of 5 eating for a week. This is where we spent the most money, even though we tried being good about it! We did have friends host us for dinner at their timeshare on one night & we returned the favor & hosted for them also.

*Safeway food $38.47 Breakfast items
*Safeway food for pool/hotel day $39.36
*Safeway food to go for Kayak Day $35.74
*Safeway, groceries for dinner + 3 guests $79.97
* Dinner $33.33 (w/plenty of leftovers for lunch the next day!), Panda Express
* Dinner $85.00, Poipu Tropical Burger in Poipu
* Dinner in Hanalei, Bubba Burgers $25
* Dinner in Kapa’a $147.00, Coconut Island Grill

Jordan’s Salmon Meal at Coconut Island Grill in Kapa’a

*Dinner at Tahitian Bar & Grill, at our resort, $70
* Lunch $76.00 (& not very good!) Kalapaki Joes
*Lunch $60 (Excellent!), The Lodge at Kokee
*Lunch inside Coconut Market place, the pizza stand, $27 for one lg. pizza & water bottles
*Lunch at Tahitian bar & Grill, 2 tapas plates & 2 drinks $35
*Lunch at Sueoka Snack shop in Koloa Town, YUMMY! $23
*Lunch at Harvey’s inside Coconut Market Place, very inexpensive chicken skewers! $1.50 each!
*Dessert at Lapperts in Koloa Town, $20 (I had the Island Sensation & was not disappointed!
*Dessert at Papalani Gelato in Poipu, $18
*Bar Tab at our hotel was $70 (& we even brought our own stuff from home!)
*Airport food on the way home, $38.06
*Drive thru on the way home from the airport at 11:00pm was $22.75 but it was In-and Out so it was PRICELESS!!

Spiders in Kauai?! Now this is where I have to share a funny story!

Our eldest daughter is very frightened of spiders and freaks when she even sees a web! Walking thru our resort, we noticed a web above our heads leading into our building. The web was huge but we never saw the spider who owned it. She walked the long way around it each day! In our parking lot, we noticed a similar web in some of the flower bushes. Upon closer inspection, we saw a very large ugly spider sitting right In the middle of it. The spider was unique in that it seemed to spin a “zig-zag” stitch about 1-2 inches on either side of it’s resting spot within the web. The spider itself was about 3-4 inches from leg to leg, brown and white with a large fuzzy body that looked like it could be the center of a flower, with bits of yellow on it. I zoomed in & took my “Nat-geo” pic!

A few days later, while kayaking on Hanalei River, our friend noted that she enjoyed hiking on Kauai so much because it lacked snakes & she never saw spiders. It was at this time that we had pulled our kayaks into the shade of the banks near the Hanalei Bridge. My husband had asked me to gently tie our rope to a twig so we wouldn’t drift off. I did that as we were having this conversation & I told her I had a very good picture of a spider that she would never want to see up close anywhere! I pulled out the camera and began to search for the shot. In the meantime, I hadn’t noticed that my kayak had become untied & we were drifting ever so slowly closer to the banks & the hanging plants. For some reason, I happened to look up & found myself literally inches away, eye level from one of those huge, ugly spiders!!!

What was the spider from Hell doing in Kauai anyway??

The Kayak was leading me right to it! You have never seen a full grown person flatten themselves down so quickly, all while I was screaming my head off, spoiling the peace & quiet for any other kayakers nearby. The rest of my group was laughing hysterically while my husband tried in vain to pull us away from the shore as I had become helpless & thrown my paddle into the water and was literally trying to slither my flattened body off of our kayak & onto my children’s kayak! After that, I insisted we stay in the center of the river, no more shade stops for us! I only wish someone had their video camera going because I know it would have made the cut on America’s funniest videos! Aww. vacation memories, gotta love them, even if the laugh is on you!