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Kauai Trip Report Nov '14

JayDK | Nov 30, 201411:36 PM

Are the nicest people in the world from Kauai?

Just back from a week and wanted to update a few Don't Miss spots for local "Mom and the Aunties" places.

Ara's Sakana-Ya for Poke in Lihue.
Don't miss if you like poke 'what feels and tastes like homemade by Mom and the aunties.' Never got to try their lau lau darn it!
Don't let the urban location next to a laundrymat put you off.

Hamura Saimin in Lihue.
Don't miss for big bowl of noodle soup packed full of good stuff. And skewers of chicken or beef, manapua if you are lucky. Bet you've never had the lillikoi chiffon pie they are famous for.
The unique counter design is full of serious working folks very intent on their soup.
This one is real 'Mom and the aunties.' And the counter scene probably hasn't changed much since they opened, more than 60 years ago.

Kauai Coffee a half hour west of Lihue in Kaloa.
Don't miss if you are serious about coffee.
The mark of the obsessive is that one is entirely capable of rationalizing the effort and expense of pursuing the thing.
Purchased the AeroPress coffee maker ($39.53)at the gift shop and a few pounds of their coffee, the Rooster Alarm ($16 for 10 oz and the Blue Mountain $38 or 10 oz)
Without a doubt the best coffee 'experience' I've ever had on a vacation. OK it sounds like a lot of money but if you like a good cup or coffee without going out this is the real deal.
All you need is a way to boil the water and you've got what's gotta be the best cup of hot or iced coffee in the world!

Every Friday, Big Save Market in Kaloa and Waimea does a grilled steak and garlic shrimp thing in the parking lot for sale by the portion in the store.
These are the local shrimp that are big 'n meaty!
Cold beer, shrimp, steak strips, and just down to road from a quiet little beach park makes a great picnic. (Salt Pond Park).
Bonus, the Kaloa store has some very interesting people sitting around outside passing the time. It seems to be the hangout.

Konohiki Seafoods,
Hamura Saimin,
Big Save Market
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