We spent these nights at the Moana Surfrider and you can see the story by clicking here: Honolulu!
Oh goodie, back in the Garden Isle with a plan to visit all the Farmers Markets we can find.
…but fun nonetheless.
Here’s a semi-truthteller? These nuts are marketed as locally made but come to find out upon close inquiry, they send the nuts ‘off island’ by boat and truck to New Mexico where a Kauai lady roasts and flavors them, and then sends them back to Kauai also by truck and boat.
How this is locally made and more economical than preparing the nuts ‘on island’ is a math I don’t know.
At the turn-off to Poipu and Brennecke’s we had a swing by the Ke Kahua O Kâneiolouma complex “a cultural site containing the remnants of an ancient Hawaiian village at Poʻipû, Kôloa, Kauaʻi. The 13 acre complex contains numerous habitation, cultivation, sporting, assembly, and religious structures dating to at least the mid-1400’s.”
Camas came by to drive us to the biggest Farmers Market on Kauai at the Kauai Community Market at Kauai Community College, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“Besides fruit and vegetables, this gourmet market features locally made goat and feta cheese, tropical flowers, local honey, coffee, kimchi, tropical pies and jams, and European-style breads. Meals include kalua pig and poi, authentic Thai, Puerto Rican style tacos and sandwiches made to order.”
All the parking at the community college was full of cars going to the Farmers Market. It was totally packed in the pouring rain.
Yay a Farmers Market, and a good one at that.
“Kauai Culinary Market at Kukuiula Shopping Village. This is a beautiful outdoor market, with vendors spread along the outdoor mall. Shoppers can buy local honey, coffee, gourmet salt blends, kim chee, tropical pies and jams, tropical flowers and produce. Live music, a beer and wine garden, and cooking demonstrations make it especially fun.”
From the room where I sleep you can see a little bit of the only bridge that crosses the Wailua River peeking through the palms.
The last two days have been all about rain and for us living on the river, about that bridge. Last night’s storm was something to remember with a few hours of constant blazing lightning, roaring thunder, and pounding record breaking rain.
It got down to only two arches open and then the heavy equipment showed up to clear away the rubble. The photo is hard to enjoy since it’s gotten pretty dark and the little camera doesn’t have the reach of my 20 pounder but I hope you can get the idea.
As of the night of the 15th all was well here but other parts of the island are still digging out.
I’ll add a few pro-pictures tonight especially of the other areas.
It’s raining here in the tunnel of trees as it continues to rain off and on around the whole island but the rescue teams are out in force as are all the relief services.
I think they are not going to try to fully assess the damage until it stops raining long enough for the flood waters to recede.
We went up to look at the Opaekaa Falls, full and muddy as they were, and here’s the turn in the river, left is to the sea and right is to Fern Grotto.
Never once before have I seen this view without a dozen kayakers, another dozen paddle-boarders, water skiers, and a tour boat from Smith’s. But today, nothing. The water is not safe They say and much to my surprise it seems people are taking Them seriously.
Waiting for our table at Dukes: “In his lifetime, Duke Kahanamoku traveled all over the world and introduced people to the Hawaiian lifestyle and the sport of surfing. Duke visited Kauai and enjoyed the beach and bay right out in front of what is now Duke’s Kauai. He was a friend and mentor to Kalapaki Beach’s own legendary Beach Boy, Percy Kinimaka. You are invited to enjoy this stunning beach setting with views out to the crystal blue waters of Nawiliwili Bay and the Hoary Head Mountains beyond.”
…most of this design – selling what you’ve got from out of the back of the truck.
Some people had, for example, limes and lime leaves no doubt from some lime trees in the yard, and they were selling them out of the trunk of their car.
It had a homey feel and a large selection of vegetables and a less large selection of fruit. We are thinking fruit is not fully in season yet.