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    Quote Originally Posted by Danno View Post
    Definitely interested in more recommendations of food, hikes, beaches, adventures, etc.
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    hit up the northside grill for sushi in Hanalei. incredible. Affordable.
    https://northsidegrillhanalei.com/

    lunch try Kalypso (best fish/chips up north). big beers.
    http://www.kalypsokauai.com/

    down south hit the breweries and brenneckies
    https://www.brenneckes.com/

    second the notion of hideaways beach for snorkeling. swells nearby if you want.

    Some fun hikes and cooler weather in Waimea. Nepali coast hike is great if it's not too rainy.
    We kayaked up river into the nature preserve up north, was very cool and non-committal.

    Tour of the cocoa / chocolate farm is pretty sweet.

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    Try Maha'ulepu beach, it's past the Hyatt and down a bumpy ass road but it has uncrowded beaches if you go all the way to the end of the road( it was about 10 years ago).

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    ^^*those beaches would be pretty sweet in November. They were a little rough in July. Gorgeous, no hotels or buildings and just a few minutes from Poipu. Good call.

    The cave over that way is worth visiting. And you can also hike in along the cliffs from the Hyatt and shipwrecks for an easier kid hike.

    The taco shack in Hanapepe is perfectly fine and not too expensive. We stopped there one day returning from hiking in Kokee. Easy stop for her you are hungry and have no dinner plans.

    Also, the lodge and museum in Kokee are worth a visit. They have hot cocoa and homemade pie. It can be oddly cool up there, and wet, so that hot beverage might be welcomed.

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    Itís been some time but we loved the hike to Hanakapiai Falls. I see folks noting itís challenging but I donít remember it that way.

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    ^^^^depends on who the hikers are. The first two miles climbs over 500í and drops back to sea level. If there has been rain, the red clay becomes very slippery and the multiple creek crossing s on the next two miles up to the Falls can become very challenging. Round trip it is 8.6 (was 8, but parking lot is now .3 down the road since the floods), so a decent length and challenge for an 8 year old. But it depends on the hiker for sure.

    Awesome Falls. The entire Kalalua Trail is amazing. But it is all solid hiking, even if just headed to the first beach. Letís put it this way. People die on that trail almost every year. Most past Hanakapia, but still it is not for those looking for an easy or even moderate hike.

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    8.6 miles is probably too much for the kiddo. I'd probably set her limit at 5 miles or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peruvian View Post
    Itís been some time but we loved the hike to Hanakapiai Falls. I see folks noting itís challenging but I donít remember it that way.
    I've done that hike three times now. Twice dry, once it rained on the way back. That clay, once wet gets real dangerous and slippery and some slopes are fairly steep with consequences. Even worse on the section from Ke'e to the beach with more tourist traffic.

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    Skip the whole dining out if possible and blow the whole budget on Hawaiian ice all over the island. If you have a kitchen and grill just find a local fish market and go at it. If you want a local experience you might consider Hamura Saimin in Lihue, long time island institution. I'm not a huge fan but people swear by it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatnslow View Post
    Skip the whole dining out if possible and blow the whole budget on Hawaiian ice all over the island. If you have a kitchen and grill just find a local fish market and go at it. If you want a local experience you might consider Hamura Saimin in Lihue, long time island institution. I'm not a huge fan but people swear by it.
    We have a condo with full kitchen; access to a grill maybe a hundred yards away. Our plan is definitely to save money on food by cooking. We will probably grab lunch while out on adventures, because we don't want to miss out on things like poke, but may mostly stick to deli counters and food trucks and the like.

    So recommendations for which markets/locations have that are welcome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatnslow View Post
    Skip the whole dining out if possible and blow the whole budget on Hawaiian ice all over the island. If you have a kitchen and grill just find a local fish market and go at it. If you want a local experience you might consider Hamura Saimin in Lihue, long time island institution. I'm not a huge fan but people swear by it.
    They call is Shave Ice. And fuck that shit. Most of it is gross. Some use fresh made syrups that are okay, but mostly no.

    Hamura is decent saimon noodle.

    Danno - we brought a back pack cooler and a few ziplock bags. Our rental had a lot of Tupperware. We usually made sandwiches, cut veggies, and brought fruit and snacks with us. Worked out way better than buying lunch. You are not always in a place that has lunch offerings and the kid never went hungry. Out rental also had a cooler which we mostly kept in the car with cold beer and more food.

    Go to Koloa Fish Market for your poke. All their fish is island caught. Oddly enough, most fish on the island comes from off island and most of the local fish goes to Japan and Las Vegas. Support businesses that keep local fish local.

    Other PSA - get reef friendly sunblock. Non-nano zinc is a good option. Most sunblocks kill the reefs, so do your research and get the right stuff. Let me know if you need a brand suggestion. We used one that we liked and I surfed with it. So it stays on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ottime View Post
    They call is Shave Ice. And fuck that shit. Most of it is gross. Some use fresh made syrups that are okay, but mostly no.

    Hamura is decent saimon noodle.

    Danno - we brought a back pack cooler and a few ziplock bags. Our rental had a lot of Tupperware. We usually made sandwiches, cut veggies, and brought fruit and snacks with us. Worked out way better than buying lunch. You are not always in a place that has lunch offerings and the kid never went hungry. Out rental also had a cooler which we mostly kept in the car with cold beer and more food.

    Go to Koloa Fish Market for your poke. All their fish is island caught. Oddly enough, most fish on the island comes from off island and most of the local fish goes to Japan and Las Vegas. Support businesses that keep local fish local.

    Other PSA - get reef friendly sunblock. Non-nano zinc is a good option. Most sunblocks kill the reefs, so do your research and get the right stuff. Let me know if you need a brand suggestion. We used one that we liked and I surfed with it. So it stays on.
    Second the pack your own lunch method. Lunch out gets pricey and not available on a hike or paddle.

    I usually bring a Camelbak bladder and/or buy bike water bottles and freeze some water/put ice in them. Keeps pack cold and you also have water handy as it melts during the day.

    Second Mahaulepu

    Also, pay attention to the shore breaks. Too many people get pounded. My cousin landed on his head and damn near got paralyzed.

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    Just IF the whole time

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    Kalalau is a good trail. It is surprisingly tiring but easily doable for backcountry schralping dentists. I asked my wife to marry me on that backpacking trip.

    Weíre heading over this October. As a photog and adventurer Iíve been looking at the weeping wall at Waiíaleíale. Most websites say it is a long day of boulder hopping and river crossing and I should hire a guide (bleep that).

    YouTube videos seem to show folks that I would, admittedly, have some judgemental thoughts about if I saw off trail in the Sierra.

    But, summitpost seems to echo some of the thoughts and cautions. And IG seems to have few posts of the zone.

    So Iím wondering if anyone here has done it and what their thoughts on the trek are.


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    Quote Originally Posted by splitter View Post
    . And IG seems to have few posts of the zone.
    The area must have a ban on selfie sticks....

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    Quote Originally Posted by bodywhomper View Post
    The area must have a ban on selfie sticks....
    Lulz. Iím wondering if it means the area is a true PITA. Iím just curious if itís a PITA level 4 or 10.


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    From what Iíve heard it is a PITA 8.5 to the weeping wall. My buddy did it several years ago. The easiest part is the mile through the tunnel in waist deep water. I think the suggestion of a guide is due to the last few miles which are not often used. The jungle can grow back in and close the trail. If no guide, machete and a really good sense of direction or GPS and coordinates would be helpful.

    Buddy said it is a great hike, leave early, bring plenty of water and food and a headlamp in case you are late coming out. I wanted to hit it, but not with the 8 year old.

    Danno - look into the Cliff Trail in Waimea. It was just under 4 miles from the outlook. Decent elevation loss/gain. Jungle and canyon views, with a swimming hole as the turn around point. And you can stand atop a 600í waterfall and peer over. It was scary watching my wife go out and take in the view. Best on days when canyon and ocean are not obscured by clouds.

    Oh and Brenneckes is a dangerous shore pound. Probably not in November, but that was the one spot in Poipu that have body whompers.

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