Hey everyone! So I've been in Kauai these past couple of days, but due to some technical difficulties with the blog, I've only had the opportunity to post now.
My family arrived on the island after a very brief flight over from Honolulu. From Lihue Airport, the five of us piled into a rental car and began our journey through the Garden Isle. This first day was mainly spent sightseeing and driving through history as my Grandpa Harry, Kauai born and raised, showed the family where he grew up as a boy.
Tip Top Motel & Cafe
When my grandpa was a teenager, he delivered farm produce from his father's farm, making the drive from Kalihikai to Waimea.
"Especially watermelon!" my grandpa declares. "My father's watermelon was famous on the island of Kauai."
A regular stop on his delivery runs was Tip Top Motel & Cafe, owned by a close family friend. According to my Grandpa Harry, the place had a big patio and good food. He often spent the night there and always made sure to fill up on the ono grinds.
"Eat, drink, be happy, sleep," grandpa tells me.
|I ordered a Hawaii favorite: The Loco Moco (a bed of rice, a juicy hamburger patty, two eggs, and warm gravy to top it all off).|
|Driving . . . the main scenery? Greenery.|
After our bellies were warm and content, we piled back into the car to visit my grandma's cousin, Uncle Bobby.
We conversed briefly as we exchanged gifts, smiles, and memories. Uncle Bobby, a kindly, generous man, also shared some of his original art pieces with us. A former golfer, Uncle Bobby explains he decided to put down the golf club and instead pick up a paintbrush with his old age.
"How often do you go to art class?" my mom asks.
"I don't go to art class," Uncle Bobby smiles. "I'm self taught."
We were all rather impressed.
|The ladies, (grandma, mom, and me), decided to go for a bit of shopping. The boys? They decided to take a nap in the car.|
|On the way to Anini Beach|
My grandfather lived just down the street from the beach. On the way to school, he would take a shortcut by jumping into the water and swimming.
"I would jump in just over there by that rock," grandpa tells us. He chuckles to himself as he remembers arriving to class with wet clothes and dripping hair.
Aloha Juice Bar
One of the highlights of the day was stopping by the Aloha Juice Bar.
It was such a cute little stand. I couldn't refrain from taking my share of photographs.
My brother ordered a strawberry milkshake. I ordered a chocolate banana milkshake.
Both were delicious and refreshing.
On the way to our hotel, we stopped on the side of the road to quickly check out this cave.
Impressive? Scary? Yeah, both.
|The hotel's tree-lined driveway|
So . . . yeah. That was our day in a nutshell.
It was a great first day on Kauai.
Thanks for showing us around, Grandpa.