What an interesting labor of love that Simon has built here in Hanalei. The previous reviews talk about what the Surfboard House is, so I won't go into great detail. Suffice it to say that the Love Shack is certainly one of the coolest places we have hung our hats and we've been to 50 countries and 50 states. It's our last day of eight and we are sitting in the LS listening to Nat King Cole on the excellent surround sound and watching the rain. It's a lovely interlude before heading back to the mainland tonight.
When you come here, it takes a while for your mind to settle into the pace of life on Kauai, but it will. Take at least a week and you will love Hanalei; any less and you may just be wondering what all the fuss is about. Be ready: traffic on the is crazy all over the island. Hanalei gets overrun by the tourist locust horde (of which we are one, so what can I say?) Here are some helpful hints:
1. Use the outdoor shower as often as possible. It is so liberating to take bathe in the sunlight! And at night after coming back from the beach.
2. Eat at the food trucks in Hanalei, especially Fresh Bite and Turmeric. They are great.
3. Bar Acuda is a delicious, if expensive, choice for a special dinner. (reservations essential)
4. Piazza up in Princeville is great for Italian standards and pizza. (reservations essential)
5. Eat the chicken at Chicken in a Barrel (bring it back to your room and have with the wine you wisely purchased at your first stop on the island: Costco in Lihue)
6. Go to Waimea Canyon; make sure you go to the end of the road! If the weather is bad, forget it and go to Barking Sands Beach.
7. Spend an afternoon at Ke-e Beach. Parking is awful, but because of that the place is uncrowded and gorgeous. I mean like, out of a movie gorgeous.
8. Buy the coffee from Hanalei Bread company. Simon supplies a 12 ounce bag for starters and it is divine. It's expensive, but so is everything else here e.g. the place for sale across the street is listed at $45 Million (!)
9. Take the time to appreciate the room; the details of Simon's labors are amazing.
10. Take the short drive to the Lighthouse. It's beautiful.
11. Of course, get a copy of Kauai Revealed. It's essential and helpful for getting around.
12. See if you can expand the length of the crack in the mirror through vigorous rutting (kidding Simon.)
13. Get a Sugarloaf Pineapple at the Organic market; it is the best piece of fruit you will ever eat.
I suppose that is enough. Parting is such sweet sorrow, but we know we will be back and that the Hanalei Surfboard House and Simon will be waiting.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in one of the most sought after destinations on Kauai’s spectacular North Shore, our suites are just a few minutes from charming Hanalei town. On a beachfront road lined with stately homes and plantation cottages, we provide some of the only one bedroom appt-rentals in Hanalei. Hanalei Bay, the playground of surfing’s World Champions, is right across the street. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hanalei Surfboard House Hotel Hanalei