People’s Choice Awards

Best of Hawai’i 2013

Dessert First: Roy’s of Poipu Chocolate SouffleRoySouffle

Best Accommodations: Palms Cottage on Lava Lane ~ under $90 a night!
See my Yelp review at this link.cottage1cottageLanai DSC04971 copy cottageGarden cottageRoomDSC04459lava-lanai


Best (most comfortable) Bed: Prince Kuhio Condos #231PKfront

Best Lanai View: Royal Kona ResortDSC05261 copy

Best Snorkel: Fairwinds Snorkel Cruise and BBQ to Kealakekua BayCynProfile

Best Breakfast: Basik AcaibasikAcaiBowls

Best Prepared Fish: Huggo’s for Grilled Hawaiian Caught Mahi Mahi~ Kabocha Pumpkin Risotto, Local Garden Beans, Herb Sauce with Balsamic “Caviar.”mahi

Best Dinner Experience: Roy’s Poipu Bar & Grill

Roy's Canoe for Two Pupu Platter

Roy’s Canoe for Two Pupu Platter: Left to Right: Mongolian Ribs, Ocean Moon Ravioli, Wild Boar Lumpia, Korean Kalbi Beef Gyoza, Seared Shrimp Sticks

Best BBQ: Roy’s Poipu Bar & Grill for Roy’s Charred Szechwan Style Mongolian Pork Ribs

Da Best Shave Ice in Paradise: Scandanavian Shave Iceshave ice

Best Coastline: Na’PaliDSC05927 copy

Best Affordable Dining: Koloa Fish Market Plate Lunch

Best Luau Food: Koloa Fish Market

Best Variety of Poke: Koloa Fish Market

Best Poke: Hilo Bay Cafe

Best Salad: Roy’s Poipu Bar & Grill for Grilled Local Baby Romaine Salad: Blue Crab, Wasabi Parmesan Dressing, Tobiko, Cherry Tomatoes

Roy's Grilled Baby Romaine Salad

Roy’s Grilled Baby Romaine Salad with Blue Crab and Tobiko

Best Raw Fish: Hamachi sashimi with ginger and Chicken Katsu at Taste of Hawaii 2013 from Nanea Restaurant and Bar at the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas

Most Aloha: Big Island

Place visited most likely to live: Puna CoastPuna4525 copy


I belong here in Kauai with the chickens…


Chicken of The Sea

Well, we found the biggest chicken on Kauai.  Here she is.

APPARENTLY I only love snorkeling when the fish keep their distance.  In Kona we snorkeled in a bay and in the surf and I loved it both times.  Here in Kauai we snorkeled several times at Lawai Beach and it is AWESOME and we snorkeled at Tunnels Beach and I was A-OK.

Po’ipu Beach has a LOT more fish.  A LOT.  Schools and schools and schools of them all swimming at me and it’s real shallow so I can’t escape the schools.  I hated it – freaked me out entirely.  Death holds no fear for me, but apparently thousands of fish are REALLY scary!  You will see photos of all the scary fish in a post by Jeremy later.  He got some great shots underwater at Po’ipu Beach!

I adore the ocean.  I love the surf.  I love to watch fish.  But it is obvious to me now that I appreciate them much more from land.  See – you can shoot turtles from above the waves!



Yes! That is a turtle in the surf.

There were a lot of turtles at Poipu Beach including nice cooperative ones that came onto the sand to visit with me.  It is a GORGEOUS beach!


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The Scary Fishes of Po’ipu Beach

PiopuBeachLagoon_wThe gallery below captures the schools of fish around the protected areas of the beach.  Showing the slideshow will pop up a small in-place slideshow that cycles through them. It’s probably good for smartphones, but I can’t check because mine is at 300 feet off the Na Pali Coast. 😉

If you click on any picture in the gallery, it will take you to a  full-size version, with buttons at the bottom corners so you can cycle through them.  Press your <ESC> key to exit the viewer.

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