On Thursday, we visited local sites near our northshore condo in Princeville. On Friday, we headed south, going as far as Po’ipu Beach on the south end of the island. Along the way we stopped to visit a market in Kapa’a, laid on the beach at Lydgate Park, visited the oldest Lutheran church in the islands in Lihu’e, then walked on the crowded beach in Po’ipu. The picture above is of a tour boat on the Wailua River. Just ahead of the boat, on the right side of the river, is a Hawaiian village that dates back to the 1700’s which gave an interesting look into the lives of the native people.
From there, we went to the beach where we ate a picnic lunch and got a little sun. I took a walk on the beach and I’m feeling it in my calves today.
We visited the 80-foot high Wailua Falls…
The Lutheran Church in Lihu’e is the oldest in the islands, dating back to the 1800’s.
Po’ipu Beach is a resort area with several nice hotels. The beaches here are much more crowded than those on the north end of the island. The sand is nice but there were lots of bodies on the beach…and lots of children. We saw our first surfer here, and saw a seal and a turtle lying in the sun. We visited some nice shops in the area and then went to a restaurant that was recommended by one of the shopkeepers, Keoki’s Paradise. We have yet to try the elusive Opakapaka but our quest to try as many different fish as possible has included Hepi, Opah, Monchong and MahiMahi. I had monchong last night. It was described as the closest thing to opakapaka….and it was very good! Larry had Mahimahi. His meal also included some fabulous Mu Shu Pork and Lychee sorbet. I had a taste of each….I wish that I could eat more….there are so many things that I want to try!
Our plan for today is to visit the Waimea Canyon area, west of Po’ipu Beach. I think that we’ll return to the fish market in Hanalei this morning, though, and get some fish for dinner. We had lunch at the Hanalei Dolphin on Thursday and bought fish and chowder in their fish market for dinner that night. Larry cooked the fish (Opah) on the grill back at the condo. The seafood chowder, which included shrimp, clams, fish and scallops, was fantastic. We added salad from a farmer’s market in Kilauea.
Breakfast has included fresh fruit from the farmer’s market, too: pineapple, bananas, mango and rambutan. I’ve heard about rambutan for years….when David and Lesley call with their “fresh fruit report” from Australia…but this is the first chance that I’ve had to try it…..and I LOVE it. It’s like a big lychee…..in a bigger, red, furry package!