Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by horton, Jul 17, 2006.
Either for fun or shopping or whatever.
It's been over 10 years since my last visit.
there's not too much shopping on kaua'i. anyway you can drive the whole island in a couple hours, so it doesn't take long to figure out if there's anything new. the best stuff there is the stuff that doesn't change - wailea canyon, boat tours on the napali coast, snorkeling, hiking, etc.
although it's been about 5 years since i've been there, myself. so what do i know.
i preferred the north coast (hanalei bay) to the south. it's more lush up there.
Check out Leather SOUL.
Get the 'Kauai Revealed' book (they probably make one for Oahu as well). It was immensely helpful on my honeymoon last fall.
Quick report: Kaui was like a tropical cape cod -- if that makes sense. I'd highly recommend for the active types and for those who have no problem entertaining themselves (not many clubs or restaurants of note).
Oahu was more of an enigma and I woulnd't recommend it over the other islands. Kailua beach was nice, as was a beach that is known locally as turtle beach (near Sunset Beach) but which apparently has no official name. Tons of turtles all around you. You aren't supposed to touch them but they don't hesitate in bumping into you as they go after seaweed bits etc.
Stopped in Leather Soul in Waikiki. It was ridiculously hard to find, and extremely small. They had a large selection of Aldens (which seemed favored by the Japanese customer) and a small selection of EG.
The Kaui book and it's parallel book for Oahu were very useful to us.
Well, this goes WAAAAYYYYYY back, but I did love a restaurant in Honolulu, called THE THIRD FLOOR. It was at the Hawaiian Regent, Hotel. Have no idea if it's still there, but WHAT an eatery! Another one I loved, was the Maile Room, at the Kahala Hilton. Zsa Zsa Gabor was there, that night . . . she could really, eat.
Kahala Hilton has since changed hands once or twice, to the Mandarin and then to some more generic name which I forget (and it's not clear to me whether it's owned by the Mandarin chain but they now find it not up to snuff to carry the Mandarin tag)
Wwweeellll, I'm almost fifty-one. I was in Hawaii, when I was 21, so I'm surprised if Diamond Head, is there at this point. Thanks, for the update!
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