Hawaii Travelogue 4 – off to Kauai

I now have a new least-favorite airline:  Go! Airlines, or as I think of them, No Go Airlines.   We chose a flight to Kauai on Go! to arrive at the same time as Tom and Becky got in from CA.  A week or so before our trip, Go! changed the time of our flight to Kauai by 2 hours, which meant that instead of a nice leisurely breakfast enjoying the sunrise in Oahu, we would instead be twiddling our thumbs for 2 hours in the Lihue Airport in Kauai.  Lame.  Their planes have virtually no space in the overhead bins and they don’t gate check stuff – you are forced to pay for all your bags.  Again, lame.  And our return flight to Oahu was so delayed (zero explanation given) that we missed our prepaid shuttle to the Hilton Hawaiian Village.  Totally lame.  So, a negative experience all around, and I have to think there are much better options for inter island travel.  Like a dugout canoe or a makeshift raft.

Anyway, after meeting an adorable toddler at the airport Starbucks (he came over to me with outstretched arms – I thought he wanted to make friends, but it turns out he just wanted a bite of my scone!  He was hilarious.  His parents were mortified) we met up with Tom and Becky and checked into the lovely Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation in Poipu Beach, where T & B honeymooned 24 (?) years ago!  The property is all condos, mostly individually owned, and thus all a little different.  Ours (#82 in Bldg 15) was very nice.

The view from our room at the Kiahuna Plantation

The view from our room at the Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation

After unpacking we headed back into Koloa for a quick lunch and a run to the supermarket.  Koloa is the site of the first sugar mill in Hawaii, and our lunch spot, the delightful Kauai Food Truck, was on the ruins of the old sugar mill.  While we were happily chatting and waiting for our lunch, we had our first taste of Kauai’s special brand of rain.  It was sunny and breezy, and then wham, out of nowhere – a soaking, horizontal rain that lasted for all of 5 minutes.  Yikes!

The Kauai Food Truck - try the fish tacos and the Brudda Burger

The creatively named Kauai Food Truck at the ruins of the Koloa Sugar Mill – try the fish tacos and the ample Brudda Burger

Old Koloa Town - the old sugar town is now home to lots of cute shops and restaurants.

Old Koloa Town – the old sugar town is now home to lots of cute shops and restaurants.

the Old Koloa Church.  I just loved the old-style missionary churches that we saw all over Oahu and Kauai.

the Old Koloa Church. I just loved the old-style missionary churches that we saw all over Oahu and Kauai.

We spent the rest of the day on the lovely beach at our resort, catching up and planning our days on Kauai.

Poipu Beach

Poipu Beach

In the evening we went shopping in Old Koloa Town and enjoyed a fairly decent pizza at Pizzetta.  Unlike Oahu, food options aren’t plentiful in Kauai, and Trip Advisor and Yelp weren’t as much help as they usually are for us.  You need to remember that when reviews say “best whatever in town” it may be because it is the ONLY whatever in a 20 minute radius.

Kauai is known as the Garden Island and here are a few pix of some of the lovely flowers we saw on our visit.

African Tulip Tree - the most beautiful tree on the island

African Tulip Tree – the most beautiful tree on the island

A Bird of Paradise, right outside our condo door

A Bird of Paradise, right outside our condo door

Plumeria were everywhere.  I resisted the urge to pick them off the trees, but fortunately the wind knocked plenty of them down for me to put in my hair.  What a heavenly fragrance!

Plumeria were everywhere. I resisted the urge to pick them off the trees, but fortunately the wind knocked plenty of them down for me to put in my hair. What a heavenly fragrance!

Next we’re off to explore the eastern and northern sides of Kauai.  Aloha!

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