This one I can't tell you from experience but my family loved it. Due to my slight aversion to heights, I decided to sit this one out while the rest of the family did the zipline through BackCountry Kauai Adventures. They have the longest zipline on Kauai and they went over some beautiful scenery. I have a couple videos uploaded in the Kauai Videos section for you to get a taste of what you'll be in for. Below is a picture of my crew ready to start the adventure.
Spouting Horn Video Is Uploaded
The Spouting Horn video is now uploaded. Push the "More" button at the top of the page and go to "Kauai Videos".
One sight you'll have to see while on Kauai is Spouting Horn. It's a lava tube that spouts the sea water in the air as the waves come in. It makes a moaning type noise as it fills up and shoots out the water. It's an easy 45 minute drive from Pono Kai (with good traffic). Kauai is famous or infamous for it's rush hour traffic starting around 4PM. There's really one main road around the island so leave yourself extra time when your going somewhere around that time.
There is a nice lookout so plenty of people can watch at once and the more the waves crash in the higher it will spit the water. I'll be posting a video later. Come back and check it out.
Ono Hawaiian Shave Ice
No, it's not just a snow cone.It's Hawaiian Shave Ice!! Ono's has sooo many flavors you'll have to let others go ahead of you so you have enough time to decide. They let you choose up to 4 flavors for $3.00, and as you can see they are huge. We always spring for a scoop of Macadamia nut ice cream buried in the shave ice. It's a dollar more but well worth it. To top it off, ask for the snow cap. It's vanilla cream drizzled over the top. They also have a coconut snow cap. This is must while your on Kauai. It's one thing the whole family agreed on everyday we were there. The best part is that it's right next door to The Pono Kai resort. We walked there everyday. My favorite was the Island Cooler.
Another great place to grab some local food and it's only a block from The Pono Kai is The Pono Market. It's a great family owned business. The have great prices on the traditional Hawaiian staple, The Plate Lunch. They get busy and sell out on some things early. It's best to call or stop in the day before and tell them what you want. Tell them the time you want to pick it up and it will be ready for you. They put the order in a take out box and you can eat it there or go back to the resort or you can take it and enjoy it on the beach two blocks away. The photos below are of your typical Hawaiian Plate lunch.
They also have made fresh daily Poke but you have to get there early because they always sell out. They have a wide variety of sides to choose from but the standard is rice and a macaroni salad. The side with the chicken plate below is the Kim Chee.
Pono Kai Grounds And Layout
Here's a diagram of the resort. As you can see buildings A, B, C and D are direct ocean front. Most units in E, F and G have ocean views. Just to put it in scale, the B building is about 30 yards from the ocean and the F building is about 75 yards from the ocean. All the buildings are close to parking and BBQ's. There are lighted walking paths between all the buildings and the BBQ's have flood lights on them.
The D and G buildings are a half a block from Ono Family Restaurant and Ono Shave ice. Housekeeping is in the K building by the tennis courts. The workout room is a few units from House Keeping .
I have many current pictures of the resort, island and the island activities.If you would like to see any thing specific, just click the "Add Comment", use the contact us or email me and I can respond in the blog. If I have a picture of what you're interested in, I'll be happy to post it here.
This is a picture of myself with my daughter and son outside of The Ono Family restaurant. It's across a side street from the Pono Kai.
They have great macadamia nut pancakes with coconut syrup. Show them your Pono Kai key card and you get 10% off your bill.
The picture is the view from the lanai of unit B305. We were in this unit February 14th to February 29th this year. When you go to Kauai
in December to March you have a really good chance to see humpback whales. January and February are usually the best months. We saw them blowing their spouts in the air and breaching right from the lanai. There are several boat trips that will take you out for a closer look. If your lucky enough to go during this time, it will be something you won't want to miss.
For those of you who haven't made it to Kauai yet, one of the most unique things about the island are the chickens. They roam free around the whole island and they can crow at any time of the day. This does bother some people but it's something we have gotten used to. So much so, that it wouldn't be Kauai without them. You will often see them, just like in the picture, running around on the grounds at Pono Kai.
Jeff & Kim Silvers