Livin’ La Vida Loca: Not Just Another Day in Paradise

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While in the paradise island of Kaua’i, I will never run out of reasons to get up before sunrise to get a glimpse of how the day will unfold right before my eyes. I can never convince myself that it is just another day in paradise and its sunrise just like the day before. If I did, I would have cheated myself of all its sublime beauty. Watching the sunrise is like opening a gift —- it unequivocally is the PRESENT.

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Greeting the new day ALOHA is the start of another day in paradise. The usual very relaxed morning repast with fresh brewed coffee then a short but stimulating walk along the beach are great for starters.

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On our second full day being a Sunday, we had planned to go to St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish in Kapa’a (pronounced ka pah ah) on the east side of the island of Kaua‘i, a few miles south from Anahola where we were staying, and then later on head to town to check out the shops and cafes. The service at St. Catherine was very representative of the culture of the Hawaiian people. Those visiting the church were given shell leis and all were welcomed warmly by the parishioners and pastor. The church is perched on top of a hill on Kawaihau Rd. overlooking the ocean.

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After church service, we set out to do the touristy stuff in Kapa’a. According to locals, the best way to explore Kapa’a is take a leisurely pace and explore the town’s offerings on foot. Old Town Kapa’a is brimming with island themed clothing stores, diverse and multi-cultural dives and diners, handcrafted souvenirs, music, fruit stands, cafes, art galleries, beachside watering holes and surf shops. By Kauai’s standard, Kapa’a is a big town. Located on the windward side, there are three beaches that are accessible year round for swimming, surfing and snorkeling. Bike rentals are readily available and one can enjoy the ride alongside the ocean on the 2.5 mile paved Ke Ala Hele Makalae or “the path that goes by the coast.”

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Kapa’a is blessed with many attractions: Falls, parks and hiking trails with ocean views. You can enjoy a self guided tour of the beautiful 300 acre Hindu Monastery, take a chocolate tour at Steelgrass Farms, kayak along the Wailua River or play golf.

We had our very first shave ice at Hee Fat General Store. My husband and I shared their famous Lava Flow made with pineapple, coconut, and strawberry over macadamia nut ice cream with snow cap (sweet cream).

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When we got home, the wedding vendors have begun setting up in the lawn area facing the ocean. What a site to behold! We were eagerly anticipating how the final set-up will look like. In the meantime, Yodi, the neighbor’s cat kept us entertained as we get ready for dinner that Maryann and Dave lovingly prepared. The beef stew was incredibly delectable and the carambola or star fruit we found in the farmer’s market beautifully adorned the salad. O…livin’ la vida loca!

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Another day in paradise.

Here’s to happily ever after,

Beth

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