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March 21, 2009

Tasting at Kauai Coffee Company

On our way back from Waimea Canyon, we stopped at the Kauai coffee company.  It overlooks the coffee plantation. There are dozens of free samples (including some decaf), and a small museum showing the process.  There is also a coffee counter selling regular sized coffees.  We bought a delicious peaberry […]

Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion – best restaurant we tried in Hawaii

A friend recommended that we check out Roy’s during our stay in Hawaii.  So, while in Kauai we made sure to get a reservation.  We wound up eating there twice – it was far and away our favorite restaurant we ate at during our 2 weeks in Hawaii.  The first […]

Delicious Chinese Food at Yum Cha Restaurant, Grand Hyatt, Kauai

This restaurant, about a 10 minute walk from the main hotel complex (with its own parking) overlooks the golf course and the mountains.  It is a big open room, nicely decorated, but not as spectacular as Tidepools. The cuisine is Asian fusion. We had some very tasty appetizers.  For our […]

Tidepools Restaurant, Grand Hyatt Poipu, Kauai

We went for dinner at the Grand Hyatt.  The Tidepools restaurant is very beautifully set among koi ponds and waterfalls. The restaurant is divided into many sections surrounded by the pond, giving it an intimate feeling.  Many of the tables are right next to French doors that open out on […]

February 6, 2009

Shells Restaurant at the Sheraton Kauai, and the worst breakfast buffet in the world

We ate at Shells Restaurant for New Year’s Eve dinner, as well as for their breakfast buffet. The New Years buffet was expensive ($90 pp), but had all-you-can-eat oysters, crab, shrimp, sushi, ahi, champagne, etc. Although there was a lot of choice, none of the main meal options were vegetarian. […]

February 3, 2009

Sheraton Kauai Resort on Poipu Beach – Great room, disappointing grounds

We spent one week at the Sheraton Kauai. It’s about a 25 minute drive from the airport to the Sheraton. At checkin, we were pleasantly surprised to find out that because of all the problems we’d had in Maui, we got a free upgrade from a partial oceanview (which as […]

February 1, 2009

China Bowl Chinese Restaurant Delivery, Kaanapali, Maui, HI

We ordered delivery from China Bowl Restaurant. Ian had a shrimp dish, and Wendy had tofu with mixed vegetables.   The veggies were done perfectly – not overdone.  The temperature was good.  Both meals were quite good, and delivery to the Sheraton took about 45 minutes. The bill came to about […]

Christmas dinner at the Pioneer Inn Grill and Bar, Lahaina

For Christmas dinner, we had a hard time finding a restaurant. A lot of restaurants were closed, others (like the Sheraton) were buffet only, which rarely works well for vegetarians. We ended up at Pioneer Inn, overlooking the harbour in Lahaina. The atmosphere was rather festive and casual, with some […]

Hula Grill, Kaanapali, Whalers Village

Just a short walk down the boardwalk from the Sheraton is Hulu Grill, part of the Whalers Village Shopping Center. The restaurant has a “on the sand” section (called the Barefoot Bar) , with simpler snacks and plates, and a fancier indoors section, which is where we ate. Ian had […]

January 30, 2009

Aloha Mixed Plate in Lahaina – cheap, great location, but forgettable food

We ate at Aloha Mixed Plate restaurant which was highly recommended by our guidebook, but we were not that impressed. The restaurant has two sections – one section closer to the water, with better views (including a nice sunset view), does not serve alchohol. The other section, on a deck […]

Sunrise Cafe – Tasty, cheap $7 breakfast in Lahaina

We ate a couple of times at the Sunrise Cafe. It’s a little hole-in-the-wall next to the harbour, serving delicious eggs, omelettes, french toast, etc. The second time we went, the service was very slow, but they did warn us this would be the case. It’s just off the main […]

January 29, 2009

Snorkeling trip to Molokini Crater Snorkel Trip and Turtle Arches with Pacific Whale Foundation

After our great experience with the Pacific Whale Foundation on the whaleatching trip, we decided to go with them on their 5 hour snorkeling trip. The trip started from Maalaea harbour, and checkin was at 6:15 AM – a rather ungodly hour, given that we were a good 40 minute […]

Whalewatching with Pacific Whale Foundation, amazing trip

The Pacific Whale Foundation is a non-profit research group that is also one of the primary boat tour operators on the island. They have several whalewatching trips a day, some leaving from Lahaina, and some leaving from Maalaea. Our morning trip was 2 hours long, and cost $35 each with […]

Maui Beach Hotel, good option very close to the airport

For our last night in Maui, we wanted to stay close to the airport, since we had an early flight out the next morning to Kauai. There isn’t much choice for hotels in the area immediately surrounding the airport (Kahului) but with Expedia we found the Maui Beach Hotel, at […]

Hana Ranch Restaurant – Basic and not very good food in a nice location

For dinner we headed to the Hana Ranch Restaurant. It’s one of the 2 restaurants open for dinner in Hana (the other is at Hotel Hana, and is apparently very high-end). They serve hamburgers and macaroni and cheese. There is a veggie burger, made from taro root. It’s pre-made and […]

January 28, 2009

Hana Kai Maui Resort, expensive but good condo resort in Hana

We decided to overnight in Hana, so we didn’t have to drive there and back in one day.  We had a hard time finding a moderately priced hotel room in Hana, and we ended up at Hana Kai Maui Resort, an oceanfront condo resort on Waikaloa Beach, which, at $250 […]

Kaanapali Beach and Black Rock, Maui

We stayed at the Sheraton, which is at the end of Kaanapali Beach.  It faces Black Rock, a popular spot for locals who want to try cliff diving. There are beach “cabanas” and loungers available to rent from the Sheraton.  Other hotels had the same rentals going on. The water […]

Sheraton Maui Kaanapali – The Resort

The Sheraton Maui is right on Kaanapali Beach, and has a prime spot next to Black Rock. The grounds are fairly large and there is a big pool with multiple sections and a small slide to connect 2 different levels. The pool is free-form and surrounded by “lava rock” and […]

Sheraton Maui Resort at Kaanapali – Mediocre room

Our first 5 nights on Maui were spent at the Sheraton Maui, on Kaanapali Beach. The property is very large, with hundreds of rooms of different types. We were booked into an oceanfront room. The hotel offers free valet parking for your first 24 hours, a very nice touch which […]

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