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Hawaiian orchid

Hawaiian orchid after the rain

I am beginning to think that April is not the best time to visit Kauai. It’s been raining on and off since we got here and I’m beginning to lose hope that the sun will show itself up within the next couple of days. Ironically, back in  California, the weather has been perfect.

So yesterday, we decided to drive all over the island since it’s still a bit too chilly to swim. My body hasn’t quite felt the warm Pacific ocean yet and my bathing suits are itching to be used. I’m hoping I will be able to do that before we leave.

Anyway, the fact that it wasn’t scorching made it a perfect day to drive around in a convertible. We drove to the western most part of the island up until where the military restricted zone starts. There is a remote beach beyond the paved road that is accessible only by a 4×4 vehicle, which we don’t have, so we headed back to the town of Waimea. We then drove up to the Waimea canyon towards the end of that winding road which has one of the best lookouts in Kauai, the Kalalau viewpoint. It’s supposed to have the Napali coast as the backdrop.

Napali coast hawaiiOn a clear day, it looks like this (above) but this time around, it looks like this (below)

Kalalau valley viewpoint kauai hawaii fogged up

All of the motion sickness tolerated on the way up and down the very winding road was just wasted for a view of the fog, the fog that I experience on a day-to-day basis in San Francisco. See how foggy it is below!

Waimea canyon drive foggy

I should have taken the motion sickness pill. What made it worse is the fact that the passenger seat of our muscle car is super low.  For some reason, this Mustang did not have any way to control the height of the passenger seat. It is so low I couldn’t see a thing besides the dashboard. It was making me really dizzy. We had to make do with the beach towels to boost my seat level. If I hadn’t seen the Napali coastline from the air and from the water, I would have been totally devastated!

Beachside lounging kauai hawaiiLuckily, by the time we were back at the eastern shore, the sun started to grace us with its presence so we were able to lounge by the beach. The water is still a bit chilly for my liking so the bathing suit I have been wearing all day long didn’t see any action once again. Despite the gloomy weather, I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. There were moments when we were driving around and there was literally nobody in sight. The feel of the fresh air in my face and the Hawaiian music in the background is so therapeutic it feels like nature is giving me a massage!

Alaskan king crab dolphins restaurant poipu kauai hawaiiFor dinner, we decided to try this seafood restaurant in Poipu called “Dolphin Restaurant”. I opted for the Alaskan king crab with steamed rice and my husband chose the local catch of the day, a fish called “Paka paka”. Holy crab!! This crab is to die for, truly succulent, sweet and fresh. Hands down, the best meal I’ve ever had in Kauai or Hawaii for that matter! The butter they are using as a dip is a perfect complement to the fresh meat and the virgin pina colada is something out of this world. I don’t know what the heck I was thinking after eating a pound of that meat and the thousand-calorie pina colada but I still ordered hot chocolate brownie for dessert. I was half asleep by the time I finished my meal and completely passed out on the way back to the hotel, a clear victim of crab coma!

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