Kokee LodgePub in Waimea, Hawaii
All home made❤️
As most of you know, I don't think about posting to Facebook very often. Most of what gets posted here is actually an accident - Instagram seems to like to def...ault to mosting to my personal page every time it updates, and since I'm not on Facebook much, I tend not to notice. lol
With that said, I do enjoy sharing my travels. As some of you know, I'm currently on Kauai with my folks. It's my first true vacation in 6 years - yes, there have been some mini-vacations (3 or 4 days), but nothing where I just get to get away from it all. While it's a great time of the year to be from Seattle, weather wise, it's on of the peak times in the garden, and I'm a little sorry to miss it.
Kauai what the first Hawaiian island I was ever on, some 38 years ago. The house we stayed at was obliterated in the '82 hurricane. We then discovered the Kona side of the Big Island and went there probably a dozen times when I was growing up. I quit going in my early 20's, and didn't got again until perhaps 2000. My folks kept going, off and on. About a dozen years ago, my mom jointed up with a bunch of friends who played the ukulele, the MotherPluckers. The group started doing vacations/lessons on the Big Island, but eventually switched to Kauai.
This year, I am tagging along as "support staff" for my folks, shirpa, driver, cook, etc. It's a tough job, but someone gets to do it - lol. Day 1 was dedicated to exploring our new location, Koloa Landing Resort, which we are loving btw, shopping, swimming, and just generally loving the warm, tropical air.
Since my folks have been here tons, and aren't as interesting in playing tourist, I'm planning on adventuring alone most days I'm here. Yesterday (day 2), I took an amazing drive on the west side of the Island. For me it was as much about getting on the road, opening the windows, turning up the music and just enjoying the open road as it was about the destination(s). First stop - Waimea Canyon. Stops two and three (Kalalau Lookout, and Pu’u Kila Lookout) where both sort of fogged in, but it didn't matter - the drive was amazing. Among the zillions of tourists gawking at overlooks, there are lots of locals out and about, hiking, picnicking, and hunting.
On the back down from Pu’u Kila Lookout to Kokee Natural History Museum I got stuck in behind a slow moving vehicle at least 2 cars in front of me. They were going 15 in a 25, and cars were piling up behind me quickly. Suddenly, the car two in front of me vered right onto the shoulder, and the 4 guys in back of the pickup bed leapt out. The car in front of me jammed on it's breaks just in time to miss hitting a wild boar the was running up the road and vered into the bushes. It was chased by a half dozen guys, and a couple of hunting dogs.
Stopping for lunch at the Kokee Lodge turned out to be both a treat, and a delicious lunch. As I walked in I was greeted with that warm, comforting aroma of a room that has long been exposed to wood fires. At first I thought it was smoke from some delicious lunch dish - nope, there was a lovely fire burning in the fireplace. The lodge was "shabby" in the well-loved mountain retreat manor that makes it all the more comforting and inviting. The food was delicious, but the highlight was a young lady who was playing folk songs on the cello when I arrived. It turned out she also played the banjo and guitar. I sat there for almost an hour enjoying a pulled pork sandwich, a beer, and lots of great music.
The drive back was equally spectacular, and I stopped a number of times just to enjoy views.
Hale Puna, our favorite non profit on island, our sister organization and the farm where we get most of our produce is starting up their farmers market again today! Stop by Hale Puna 9567 Huakai Rd in Waimea 3:30-5, Tuesday and Thursday for mangos, pumpkins, sugarcane juice and more!
#tfw when the #chef and the #farmer are already friends! had a great visit with #kuamoofarm today learning about #aquaponics and where all the #greensnthings for #kokeelodge have come from this fall. So grateful for our #localfarmers and so stoked for things to come! #westkauai @pakahi_academy #paintingwithlettuce