Dave's Kauai 2012 Trip

August 30 - September 3, 2012

After not being in Hawaii for 5yrs since 2007, what am I doing back here for the second time within a year?
Well, I got an invite to my good friend Chris' (third) wedding, and with a new job/limited vacation time and a trip abroad already planned for right after this time period I was pretty sure I couldn't go. Then there was some work training scheduled in Northern California up to the Thursday right before this date- so hey, easy flight from there to Hawaii! And I did want to support CHris here.
So I booked my flight...then found out the training date had been moved up a week. Oh well, I am in at this point. SO had to switch flights to do Austin round trip, will be a crazy several weeks of travel.

Friday 31st

Elese arrives AA#265 at 11:45am

US Air $853
#2701 AUS 8:30 AM to Phoenix 9:08am
#146 PHX 10:15am to LIH 1:57 PM

Avis rental car $244

Hanalei Inn $170

I knew we would be having a rare blue moon for the occassion tonight.

Finally make it back to town after getting somewhat lost in the neighborhoods. Since almsot everything on the island closes at 9pm I figured I better get something to eat from now, so here is some spam,egg, and mac salad at the L&L Drive Inn.

Still a decent walk back to my room.

Quick shower then a drive over to the Princeville to catch the end of dinner.
Of course I was the life of the party, where Chris' dad would say the next day that I was "on fire." It was good to be social and see everyone, instead of just going to bed by myself.

Saturday 1st

Visit Ke'e Beach
Dangerous currents. By far the most beautiful is first thing in the morning. Arrive by 8 a.m. and you may be one of only a few people strolling the beach. If you have time try and hike at least a mile or so along the Kalalau Trail. The entrance is opposite the main parking area. At a certain point you will get an magnificent view of Ke'e beach and the first true glimpse of the Na Pali coastline.

Stay at St. Regis Princeville $325 plus taxes

"The St. Regis Princeville Resort is pleased to announce that the resort has been named to Condé Nast Traveler’s 2011 Gold List. The much-anticipated annual list represents the world’s finest properties, the best places to stay, and acts as the ultimate annotated guide for travelers. Elected by Condé Nast Traveler’s affluent readers, the St. Regis Princeville Resort was rated with an incredible overall score of 90.8, receiving especially high marks for the properties’ exceptional rooms, location, service and design.

Perched on the cliffs of Kauai’s North Shore, The St. Regis Princeville Resort opened last year after a multi-million dollar renovation and reflects Hawaii’s natural surroundings of the sea, sky and earth. Paying homage to the island’s beautiful land and vibrant culture, the hotel’s transformation was guided by the Hawaiian concept of the Ahupua‘a, a philosophy of living in balance with nature. A masterpiece of style and refinement, the resort boasts stunning views of Hanalei Bay and Makana Mountain and offers luxurious suites and rooms, Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Kauai Grill, the 11,000 square foot Halele‘a Spa, the Makai championship golf course, a spectacular infinity pool, as well as St. Regis’ signature Butler service. As the legendary brand’s first resort in Hawaii, the St. Regis Princeville Resort introduced an unparalleled level of sophistication and serene luxury to one of the most remarkable destinations in the world."

Wedding at 4pm

Sunday 2nd

Went for a quick snorkel with Gary. Didn't see too much apart from this school of barracuda.

Wanted a pic of me in my new "Magnum P.I. Hawaiian shirt that I had finally given in and bought on this trip.

Poipu Beach

Sheraton Kauai Resort


"The Travel Channel calls Poipu Beach "America's best beach" because of its golden sand, ideal conditions for swimming, exciting snorkeling spots and perfect boogie boarding waves. You can often escape Kauai's typical rainfall at Poipu Beach thanks to the nearby Haupu Mountain Range. The peaks block most of the prevailing showers and provide ideal beach weather all year round. Poipu is neighbor to several other beaches that offer variety and fun including Brennecke Beach and Shipwreck Beach to the east; Kiahuna Beach, Baby Beach, and more to the west.

Poipu Beach is mostly protected from large wave action by a rock formation a few hundred feet offshore from the middle of the beach. A sand spit running out to these rocks forms two perfect back-to-back crescents of sandy beach. The opposite end of one of these crescents terminates in a shallow, semi-enclosed pool that is ideal for children. A manned lifeguard tower helps parents keep an eye on the little ones.

A large grassy park behind this lifeguard tower provides room for Frisbee throwing, more sunbathing, picnic tables, barbecues, restrooms, and fresh water showers. The park also includes playground equipment providing even more entertainment for children. The beach and park are collectively known as Poipu Beach Park.

A popular Kauai restaurant, Brennecke's Beach Broiler, is across the street along with a couple of shops and a convenience store with sunscreen, water, soft drinks and sandwich deli. Parking is available along the street and in a couple of parking lots next to the restaurants and shops."

US Air
#47 LIH 10:00PM to Phoenix 6:57am
#2846 Phoenix 8:54am to AUS Tuesday, September 04 1:17PM