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Duke’s Kauai

November 3rd, 2012 · No Comments


Kalapaki Beach


Kalapaki Beach


La Pina: Taste the real Hawaii. Sip out of a locally grown pineapple and enjoy a refreshing blend of fresh pineapple, coconut cream, and Hana Bay Gold Rum with a dark rum float.


Ahi sashimi. Jordan said he was “sashimied out” but we were not!


Liz drinking a pina colada.


Fire-Grilled Shrimp Salad: Arugula, goat cheese, roasted beets, pickled red onion, macadamia nut brittle


Wrong Island Iced Tea: Hawaiian tea! White liquors, pineapple juice, and a splash of passion fruit.

Dallas’s parents and Caroline and Jose were all leaving Kauai a little before us so we said our goodbyes. We had to be out of our rental house hours before our flight, so we went and hung out at the place where Jordan and Liz were staying. They were staying on Kauai for several more days, so they had no time crunch. After a bit we decided to have lunch at Duke’s. This was our last activity on Kauai before heading to Oahu.

I’ve been to Duke’s in Waikiki several times, but I had never been to the one at Kalapaka Beach on Kauai. I thought it was really great. I loved the atmosphere. We sat outside by the bar, but faced the ocean. The food we had was also excellent and so were the drinks! I had to get La Pina, since Paul Baker had talked it up so much. It’s basically a pina colada, but is served in a locally-grown pineapple! You’ll remember that the resort where Paul and Kate stay is on Kalapaki Beach, so they have been to Duke’s on Kauai a lot. This was just my second time to Kalapaki Beach ever. It’s so pretty! I was sad to be leaving Kauai, but a couple of pina coladas and a wrong island iced tea helped me power through.

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The Sugar Monument in Koloa, the Birthplace of the Hawaiian Sugar Industry

November 2nd, 2012 · No Comments


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I’ve been to Koloa town a bunch of times and I never noticed across the street from all of the shops there is a white circular sculpture. Maybe I saw this before and it never registered. It looks like nothing. But as I was looking at the food truck, I noticed the interior of this circle is a bronze sculpture. Looking online I found out it is The Sugar Monument and is the work of Jan Gordan Fischer, who also did the famous Duke statue in Waikiki. The sculpture pays tribute to Hawaii’s sugar mill workers, who were from all over the world. Depicted in bronze are workers from Hawaii, Puerto Rico, China, Korea, Japan, Portugal and the Philippines.

The Sugar Monument is located on the ruins of the Ladd & Company sugar mill and was built in 1985 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Hawaiian sugar industry. The first Hawaiian sugar plantation was in Koloa.

One other thing about this area? It’s so overrun with chickens! I swear they were stalking me!! But anyway, very cool monument. So much more information on The Sugar Monument here.

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Kauai Food Truck, You’re Doing It Wrong!

November 2nd, 2012 · No Comments

While in Koloa, I noticed a food truck parked across the street from all of the stores, so I wandered over. The thing is…. .this truck is parked here 24/7 and has a permanent sign! Kauai Food Truck, you’re doing it wrong!

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