Unfortunately, our Kauai trip was on its last day. We were sad to be leaving the beautiful island, but we had a little more adventuring to do before saying good-bye.
We drove north on Route 56/560 as far as you can go… Ke’e Beach. Along the way we made several stops. First was the Kilauea Lighthouse and Wildlife Refuge. The admission is $5 per person to walk over to the lighthouse and around the grounds. It includes a tour of the lighthouse, but we did not do that due to our time restriction. You get great views of the coast of Kauai and the ocean. This would be a great spot to see the Humpback Whales.
Our next stop was a quick, roadside stop at Hanalei Valley Lookout. It shows a pretty view of the farmlands in the valley. The turn-off is right along the road and has signs, so you will know when you are approaching it.
We then drove the rest of the way north on 560, which ends at the parking lot at Ke’e Beach. The drive goes through several small towns, along beaches, and through the forest. As you approach the last few miles, you come across several one-lane bridges. Unfortunately, Ke’e Beach was packed, so we were unable to park and see the beach, so we turned around and went to look at a cave we unexpectedly saw while driving. There are two caves right along the very end of Route 560. The last one we did not look at because there was nowhere to park since it was so close to the beach. The second one, we did get to walk in. It didn’t go in very far,but it was kind of eerie as you got towards the back. I really love small town Hawaii!
Lunch was next! We stopped at Bouchons Grill & Sushi Bar in Hanalei. They had a huge menu. The ambiance with the brick walls and opened windows was very nice. I had the beer-battered Ono and fries. It was so delicious and was a huge portion! Hawaii is going to spoil me with great seafood meals! I wanted dessert after the meal, so we went to JoJo’s Shaved Ice right beside Bouchons, and I got a HUGE cone vanilla ice cream waffle cone. Bouchons and JoJo’s were in Ching Young Village Shopping Center in Hanalei. I didn’t get a chance to walk around the shops, but while sitting outside JoJo’s, eating my massive cone, I could just feel the great vibe the area gave off.
That brought our beautiful Kauai trip to a close. 😦 We drove back down the coast to Lihue Airport for our 5:20 flight back to Honolulu then our flights back to Pittsburgh. I will write a detailed hotel write-up tomorrow. 🙂