Monday was a transition day for us. We were checking out of the Hilton Kauai Beach Resort and moving over to the Kapa’a Shores Condo for the time with the rest of the family. Hubby and I leisurely slept in late and spent time around the hotel.
More views of the pools from our lanai.
And the view of the ocean … you could see more than the picture shows and we were plenty close to hear the sounds of the waves. Gorgeous!After packing up our bags we met up with my parents and picked up one of my cousins. Then we headed over to the condo and dropped off our stuff in the first room that was ready.
By that time we were starving so we went to MEMA in Kapa’a for lunch and had a great meal.The restaurant doesn’t have an open air seating area so we were pretty hot and there were flies that were a bother. But the food was awesome. This would be a great place to order food to go and take it to a picnic or enjoy on the beach. We ordered several dishes and liked them all.
Here’s a picture of the spread we ordered; pad thai, curry chicken, orange chicken, and some tofu and zucchini dishes.
After we enjoyed lunch we headed out to Costco for the first of many Costco runs. We stopped for a quick shave ice opportunity at the Kalapaki Beach Hut.
They had good syrup flavors but were a bit pricey for island standards. My mom and I are Costco addicts and with a total of 14 people in our group it was great to be able to stock up on food for the grill as well as snacks and drinks to pack up for our day trips. Costco also has a decent selection of food gifts to take back home. We even discovered macadamia nut Hershey kisses which I had never seen before. Not sure if this was something new but it was a nice break from the traditional chocolate covered macadamia nuts (which you could also buy in bulk at Costco).
We picked up floral leis in the flower section which they had in a two pack for $9.00. We would have bought leis from the Hula school but our timing didn’t work out. We needed the leis for early Tuesday morning and the performances at the Coconut Marketplace and area hotels were on other days. Costco was a great alternative for us.
We met up with my oldest sister and her boyfriend in Costco (planned to meet there) and found them in mid selection of Hawaiian shirts. Costco is a great place to pick up Hawaiian shirts to add to your wardrobe if you’re lacking any and would be there anyway.
After our tour of Costco and loading up the cars we split in different directions and hubby and I headed out to Koloa town to kill some time before picking up my sister and her fiancé from the airport.
We managed to get down to Spouting Horn and had a nice time enjoying the views, walking the shops and snapping pictures of the roosters.
There’s also a shave ice stand in Koloa that we didn’t have on our list but enjoyed all the same. Actually it worked out that we ate at more shave ice places we didn’t already know about than those we had on our list (more on that later).
Koloa is a nice little area to spend an hour or more walking. They have a museum presentation we didn’t go into but it looked interesting if you’d like to learn more about the history of the town. The monkey pod tree in the middle of town is fun to take in too. By this time it was time to head back to the airport to shuttle sister and fiancé to the condo. They had spent a few days on the big island scuba diving and were excited with stories of all the adventures they’d already had.
We drove back to the condo, pulled together dinner from our Costco excursion and spent the rest of the night hanging out, talking and having a good time.