The Olympic Cafe is another great local place in Kapaa to grab some lunch or to have a nice dinner. It's within walking distance to the Pono Kai. We usually walk the bike path along the ocean and go in the back entrance. It's a nice open air place. It's nice to get a seat overlooking the busy street in Kapaa. Prices are midrange and the food is above average. The do get busy and stay busy up until closing time.
If your going to land on Kauai during daylight make sure you have a window seat. There's nothing like seeing the island come into view after a long flight. The views of the coastline are beautiful. The Lihue airport is small so it is easy to get around. There are only two luggage carrousels so once you grab your luggage, you'll head to the exit shown in the picture above, welcoming you to Kauai. As you can see in the photo, just follow the signs to the taxi's, shuttles or rental cars. The Pono Kai is only 8 miles from the airport so you should be checking in, in about ten to fifteen minutes after you pick up your car.
We took a kayak tour that was highlighted with a hike to Secret Falls. I'll have another post with more information about the kayak tour later. The hike takes you up a hill and when you reach the top, you get your first sight of the falls. It's really rocky so you have to be careful on your way down to the pool at the bottom of the falls. The water is really cold. The tour guides will say it's "Refreshing". You get used to it pretty quick though. The whole family loved this part of the trip. It was really special. How often do you get to kiss your wife under a waterfall.
Jeff & Kim Silvers