(Ron Writing) Yesterday we spent most of the day packing our bags and getting Da Honu and Harecules ready for a month’s rest at an RV storage lot in Anaheim. We got them settled in their parking space late in the afternoon and then took Barbara and Archie out to celebrate their 48th anniversary.
We spent the night at Barbara & Archie’s house and then got up very early this morning for our 6:15 AM shuttle van pickup and ride to John Wayne Airport where we caught a flight to Honolulu and then a connecting flight to Kauai. We got to Kauai around 3 PM local time but that was after gaining three hours in-flight.
After picking up our rental car we drove to the Poipu area on the south side of the island and checked into the Lawai Beach Resort. We’ve stayed at this resort on couple visits and we really like this place. We have a very nice 1-bedroom condo, a full kitchen, and nice spacious living room. We’re on the 3rd floor with a lanai (balcony) that has a beautiful view of the ocean not much more than a stone’s throw away.
We had one checked suitcase and it somehow stayed behind in Honolulu so we had to drive back to the airport and fetch it early this evening. On the way back we stopped at Hamura Saimin – our favorite noodle shop in Hawaii. They make the best saimin and they should be good at it – Elena has fond memories of eating here when she was a youngster. As usual they were very busy. They can only seat about 35 customers and there are typically 5 to 15 people standing near the door waiting for a seat. And then there’s a separate line waiting for take-out food. If you’re ever on Kauai, don’t miss this eatery and for your first meal I’d suggest the “Saimin Special” with a stick of grilled teriyaki chicken on the side. Just ask the local person sitting next to you how to mix the hot mustard with the soy sauce to use for dipping. I didn’t take any photos but I did last time we were here. Just check our blog entry for Dec. 4, 2007 by clicking on “page 3” of the list of blog entries on the home page.