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Hawaii, Oahu & Kauai.
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Day One: Oahu - After dropping your bags at your hotel let’s visit the Honolulu Museum of Art – Tu-Sa: 10-4:30, Su: 1-5, 900 S Beretania, Honolulu, Oahu, 808-532-8700
The museum’s permanent collection has grown from 500 works to more than 50,000 pieces spanning 5,000 years.
It has significant holdings in Asian art, American and European painting and decorative arts and 19th- and 20th-century art.
After this experience you can board the bus to Shangri-La – 808-734-1941, because you made a reservation to see Doris Duke’s Islamic Art Collection.
Doris Duke was an American heiress of an immensely wealthy tobacco tycoon. She was a horticulturalist, art collector and philanthropist.
Shangri La is a unique and memorable experience designed to introduce the visitor to the world of Islamic art and architecture.
Numbering approximately 2,500 objects, the collection includes works of art from Spain, Morocco, Egypt, Syria, Iran, Central Asia, India and parts of Southeast Asia. It was assembled over a period of nearly 60 years.
If the food were any fresher here you would have to harvest it. Lunch is at Monkey Pod Kitchen – L & D: Daily, 10 Wailea Ike Dr #201, Kihei, Oahu
Start with the wood roasted chicken wings with Tzetziihi sauce or the pumpkin patch ravioli with chevre, spinach and a toasted walnut sage pesto.
There are lots of topping choices for their wood-fired pizzas. Another good choice is the fish and chips or the fish tacos.
The ’07 Chenin Blanc, Domaine Huet ‘Le Haut Lieu’ will be a good match. And for dessert it’s the banana crème pie.
Of course you want to visit Pearl Harbor on Oahu – Open Daily, check out this site for ticket info (pearlharborhistoricsites.org/pearl-harbor/)
Called Pu’uloa, meaning “long hill,” or Wai Momi, literally, “water of pearl,” by early Hawaiians, Pearl Harbor, so named because of the abundance of pearls once found within its protected waters.
It is the largest natural harbor in the State of Hawaii and the number one visitor destination on Oahu. There’s an incredible amount to see and do.
Dinner is at Le Bistro – D: W-M, 5730 Kalanianaole Hwy, Honolulu, Oahu, 808-373-7990
Start with the poached lobster claw salad or the fricassee of mussels and clams.
Then we suggest the veal chop with pearl onions, mushrooms, salsify and horseradish or the glazed barbequed lamb chops with dauphinoise potatoes. They also have an excellent slow cooked short rib dish with red wine.
Go with the ’11 Molly Dooker Shiraz. Dessert should be the pear tart.
Day Two: Hawaii – Breakfast is big at the Hawaiian Style Café – B & L: Daily, 65-1290 Kawaihae Rd, Kamuela, Hawaii, 808-885-4295
Bring your appetite for the best breakfast value on the island.
Kalua hash and eggs, pulled pork with mashed potatoes, big pancakes, French toast, omelettes and don’t forget the Loco Moco.
To start your day visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – Daily: 7:45-5, The Kīlauea Visitor Center is located on Crater Rim Drive off of Highway 11 between the 28 and 29 mile marker south of Hilo, Hawaii.
You can explore the summit of Kīlauea volcano via Crater Rim Drive, an 11-mile road that encircles the summit caldera, passes through desert, lush tropical rain forest, traverses the caldera floor, and provides access to well-marked scenic stops and short walks.
Lunch is at Holuakoa Garden & Café – L & D: Daily, 76-5900 Old Government Rd.Holualoa, Hawaii, 808-322-2233
The chick pea hummus and grilled ciabata or the plate of mixed olives is excellent.
Then the grilled ono salad with potatoes, snap peas, tomatoes and a balsamic dressing or the lasagna with grilled vegetables, ricotta, mozzarella, marinara and parmesan.
The ’11 Forefront Pinot Noir is a good match.
The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden – Daily: 9-5, 27-717 Old Mamalahoa Highway, Papaikou, Hawaii, 808-964-5233
The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is a museum of living plants that attracts photographers, gardeners, botanists, scientists and nature lovers from around the world.
The Garden’s collection of tropical plants is international in scope. Over 2,000 species, representing more than 125 families and 750 genera, are found in this one-of-a-kind garden.
Dinner tonight is at Kaleo’s Bar & Grill – L & D: Daily, 15-2969 Pahoa Village Road, Pahoa, Hawaii, 808-965-5600
Go with the house favorites and start with the Kalua pork wontons or the tempura ahi rolls with spicy lilikoi sauce.
Next is the coconut crusted mahimahi or the char grilled spicy Korean beef short ribs.
The ’11 Toscolo Chianti Classico is a good fit. And then let’s have the chocolate decadence cake.
Day Three: Kauai - Our cousins Pam and Powell have provided us with their favorite places visit on Kauai starting with breakfast at the Kalaheo Coffee Company – B & L: Daily, D: Tu-Sa, 2-2560 Kaumualii Hwy, Kalaheo, 808-332-5858
Pam says the Cinnamon Knuckles are to die for, and they have super coffee.
Then it’s on to The Waimea Canyon - Waimea Canyon Dr, Kauai, 808-274-3444 where you are going to see views like no other place.
The Waimea Canyon known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific is a large canyon approximately ten miles long and up to 3,000 feet deep located on the western side of Kauai.
Along the way you will be tempted to stop, but save your appetite for lunch at Island Taco on the way backdown – L: Daily, 9643 Kaumualii Hwy, Waimea, 808-338-9895
Here you will have familiar island choices such as: burritos, tacos, quesadillas, chips and salsas and refried beans.
Our cousins Pam and Powell have so many suggestions on things to do on Kauai that we think it’s a good idea to let you sort it out. Following are some of their favorites:
Pam highly recommends The Hawaii Movie Tour – Kauai – (robertshawaii.com), 800-831-5541
This is a six-hour narrated tour aboard an air-conditioned mini bus that stops at Kauai’s movie locations.
You’ll view film clips of the movies in transit and have lunch at Tahiti Nui. The operator is Roberts Hawaii, a transportation company.
Another quicker tour option is a Kauai Helicopter Tour –
Check out Blue Hawaiian Helicopters (bluehawaiian.com/kauai/tours/), 800-745-2583
Other fun adventures are horse back riding on the beach
provided by CJM Stables – (cjmstables.com), 800-742-6096 and the Kipu Kai Ranch ATV Tours – (kiputours.com)
They have several options and times where you’ll see spectacular views, wildlife and movie sets.
Another possibility is kayaking on the Wailua River
A popular operator in Poipu is Outfitters Kauai – (outfitterskauai.com), 888-742-9887. They also offer other adventures such as a Zipline Safari.
You’re in Hawaii so you must go to surf school.
The best place for study is Kauai Surf School (kauaisurfschool.com/), 800-651-6032
Along the way Pam strongly suggests a stop at Tahiti Nui – L & D: Daily, 5-5134 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, 808-826-6277
Cousin Pam says this is the place for a good Mai Tai and pizza. Tahiti Nui was featured in the movie “The Descendants” starring George Clooney.
They have local entertainment and lots of good dishes in addition to the pizza.
Our cousin’s last but certainly not least recommendation is visiting the National Tropical Botanical Gardens/McBryde Gardens
Situated on the south shore of the Hawaiian island of Kaua`i, the site of the first garden of the NTBG, the Lāwa`i Valley was chosen for its diversity of climate, soils and topography.
The area affords distinct micro-environments which are cool, hot, wet, dry, lake, cliff or meadow.
McBryde Garden is home to the largest ex situ collection of native Hawaiian flora. Extensive plantings of palms, flowering trees, Rubiaceae, heliconias, orchids and many other plants have been wild-collected from the tropical regions of the world.
NTBG’s Conservation Program is based at this site and the Garden contains a state-of-the-art horticulture and micropropagation facility.
Today’s meal is at Merriman’s – L & D: Daily, 2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka Rd, Poipu, 808-742-8385
At Merriman’s we will enjoy an extensive menu of “just caught” day boat fish such as sesame crusted opah, pan roasted diver sea scallops and butter poached Keahole lobster.
Merriman’s Kauai has an eclectic combination of classic wines, international selections and boutique finds featuring over twenty five grape varietals from more than a dozen countries.
The crunchy Hawaiian molten chocolate purse is a must for dessert.
Until next time, best wishes and happy travels,
Dick & Dee Welge
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