We’ve completed our second day in Kauai with another wonderful dinner.
We landed in Lihue around 2pm on Saturday, July 11th. We transferred to the budget car rental branch and had a smooth checkout. After picking up our car we headed to the Hilton Kauai Beach Resort which was a quick 5 minute drive where we’d stay for two nights with my folks before meeting up with the rest of our family coming in for our reunion.
We dropped our stuff in the room and made a quick visit to the beach just past the Hilton’s boundary. . . Gorgeous! This picture was taken around 3pm.
The beach isn’t swimable but perfect for getting your toes in the sand and watching the waves. The Hilton has beds that rival the Westin’s heavenly beds, good open room with a little lanai to enjoy views of the pool. Rooms on the end of the building have views looking directly at the ocean, while rooms on the outside have glorious views of the parking lots and dumpsters. Our room is 3212 on the second floor and has a panoramic view from the three pools to the ocean.
Our first meal was dinner at the Hukilau Lanai . My dad was interested in the tasting menu with wine parings and so three of the four people in our group went with that. I’m not as adventurous with my food so I ordered an ono fish dish with garlic mashed potatoes. The food was definitively ono (delicious). So far we’ve stuck with the recommendations of the blue Ultimate Kauai Guidebooks and we have not been lead astray.
After dinner we explored the area by car a bit and ended up at a local community church and their bon dance celebration. They were selling treats and flowers for fundraising and a lot of locals were out in support of their church. We bought some flowers for our hotel room and shared a shave ice. It was more of a snow cone since their blades seemed to be dull but it was supporting a good cause and tastey nonetheless.