Kauai: Day 3
Another beautiful morning in Princeville! Today we woke to the sight of a rainbow right outside our window.
Today we picked up our car and headed south and around to the other side of the island with our end destination being Waimea Canyon. Heading west would actually be a quicker route to the canyon, but the island doesn’t have a road that goes all he way around-so that means we pretty much drove the entire length of the main island road in a day-kind of crazy, but we stopped and got to check out a lot of cool things along the way!
To fuel up before our big day of sightseeing we stopped for breakfast at Kilauea Bakery and it was awesome! So cute and tiny with great bagels, sweets, and other breakfast goodies-we will definitely be making a return trip or two here!
After breakfast we made our first sightseeing stop of the day at the Kilauea Lighthouse. You could only look from afar, but it was definitely a postcard worthy view.
One thing we learned as soon as we got off the plane was that there are chickens and roosters EVERYWHERE on the island. Apparently a while back the chickens were all in one place on the island, a big cock fighting operation. A hurricane hit and all the chickens and roosters got loose and are now all over the island.
Once we got a few waterfalls in we were on a mission to get to Waimea canyon-the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, and once we got there it was awesome. The windy roads up to the top made us a little nauseous but the views once we got there were well worth it!
After our stop at the canyon, we continued on the windy road and made it to the top for the most amazing view of the Kalalau valley. The bright green on the mountains and the beautiful blue of the ocean were overwhelming to take in. It really felt surreal to be seeing this stuff in real life, I’m looking forward to looking back at these pictures time and time again to remind myself that I was ACTUALLY there!
After finally making it to the top, we wound down the mountain and headed back towards Princeville. Along the way we made a stop at the Kauai Coffee Co and, for lunch, Puka Dog. Puka Dog makes hot dogs like you’ve never seen before. The bun is hollowed out in the middle and they offer a bunch of tropical relishes to put in there. It was delicious and I only wish we were staying closer so we could have another!
After enjoying our Puka Dogs in Poipu, we made our way (through ridiculous traffic) back to the St. Regis to clean up and head out to dinner. Since we had such a long day we opted to stay close by, so I chose The Tavern at the Prince Golf Course. The Tavern at Princeville is actually owned by Roy Yamaguchi of Roy’s and Top Chef Masters fame…if you’ve ever eaten at Roy’s, The Tavern is pretty much the polar opposite! The Tavern specializes in comfort food-and comforted we were! After this meal we were more than ready to get back to our hotel and pass out from the food comas we were in.