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Kauai - The Breezy North Shore

Tuesday

Breakfast. Mimosas. Stuffed.

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One only spot that we hadn't touched yet - the North Shore. Hanalei Bay. Princeville. Gorgeous landscape.

We were ready.

The drive was a little longer, so we headed out a little earlier too. Beach towels, bottled water and sunscreen in tow.

About two hours later we cruised into Hanalei. A sleepy, older surfer town.

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Quaint shops, colorful bars and boutique hotels lined the street. We had directions to the beach and parked in a grassy spot next to a taco truck. Did I say this place was colorful?

We staked out our stretch of beach, which was rather quiet. Most folks gather around Hanalei pier, but we would rather have some space to ourselves. Can't deny it - Hanalei Bay is remarkable. One of Hawaii's best beaches. The gentle slope of the mountains reaching down into the Pacific waters - it's amazing.

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And it's WINDY. Not sure if this is common or if we were there on a bad day, but sand was blowing everywhere. Into our eyes. Into our bags. That was the only problem. Oh - and no shade. No tropical palm trees on the beach here, so the sun was brutally beating down.

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So, more time in the water to cool off....

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After a few hours of fighting the sand we were ready for a cold drink, lunch and some shade. Even though the taco truck was reeeeaaaalllly inviting (and smelled amazing), I had a place in mind. A friend who was had lived in Hanalei said it was a hole-in-the-wall bar and grill and not to be missed.

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Tahiti Nui (I immediately loved the nostalgic feeling I got from the name - Tahiti will always have a place in my heart!)

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The indoor/outdoor bar is funky, relaxed and just what I expected. Mai tais coming right up!

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Menu was actually pretty large for a place that's mostly a bar. Mai tai was strong, and the food yummy

Kahlua pork sandwich

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Tomato, basil and parmesan bruschetta

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We people-watched while we sipped our frosty drinks, and then sadly got back on the road. Our Kauai trip was winding down, and we really had loved Hanalei. As fun and as beautiful as Poipu is, something about the sleepy and relaxed North Shore got to us.

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Back in Poipu we watched another glorious Kauai sunset and then soaked ourselves into a stupor in the jacuzzi. When we could finally drag our behinds to dinner, we picked Keoki's Paradise. Touristy, kitschy with all things "tiki" themed - and exactly what I wanted ;)

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After a supper of parmesan fish and salads...the piece de resistance .... HULA PIE.

Not just hula pie. MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP HULA PIE.

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A fitting end to our last night in Kauai....overindulged and satisfied.

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