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Hawaii Revisited-Kauai Day 2 & Home

More resorts, great food and Hawaiian Rum before heading home.

Day 2 of my stay on the island of Kauai started early with a ride to the Kauai Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach for breakfast as a tour of the property.
The Marriott is only 5 minutes away from Wailua Falls and close to 18 holes of Jack Nicklaus golf. The resort has 345guest rooms and suites and 5 open air restaurants. It also has the benefit of being close to the airport. By the time we arrived at the resort I was ready for a cup of coffee and some breakfast to start the day. We were shown along the outdoor walkways of the resort and I could not help but notice the high ceilings, beautiful gardens and ponds around the property.

Grounds of Marriott Kauai

Marriott Kauai

A nice breakfast buffet was set up on a quiet terrace for us with lots of delicious looking dishes. One dish in particular caught my attention. It appeared to be a small plate with a patty of ground beef sitting on a layer of white rice, topped with a fried egg and covered in brown gravy. Having never seen anything like it before, my curiosity got the better of me and I decided to try it. It was wonderful! I asked our host, the sales manager what the dish was called and she said it was called a "Loco Moco" , a type of Hawaiian soul food. Well, I was definitely hooked on it and I made sure before I left Hawaii that I got the recipe. I have made it several times at home since then.

A delicious and filling Hawaiian Moco Loco

After finishing breakfast we toured the resort and I got some great photos of this beautiful property. The Marriott resort has a magnificent pool and beach area and the guest rooms are large, comfortable and colorful. I could easily picture myself enjoying a great vacation there, with anything you could want being very close by.

Marriot pool view from a guest room balcony

Marriott guest room

Marriott Pool and Beach

After leaving the Marriott, we toured a smaller ocean front resort called the Kauai Beach Resort. This resort was very nice with an intimate family feel. I thought it would be a great resort for a young couple or a small group or family.

Kauai Beach Resort grounds

Buffet Restaurant at the Kauai Beach Resort

Around 11:00am we were transferred to the Kauai Plantation Railway were we would enjoy a fun ride around the plantation before having lunch at Gaylord's Restaurant. Following lunch we would do some rum tasting at the Koloa Rum Company before heading back to the Sheraton to have some time on our own before a Farwell dinner at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa. It sounded like an enjoyable afternoon and evening, and it was with only one hiccup along the way.

The Kauai Plantation Railway, runs through the grounds of the Kilohana estate and adjoining 70-acre tropical plantation. The attraction recreates the days when steam powered narrow gauge trains moved harvested sugar cane from field to mill, and raw sugar from mill to the wharf for shipment. The 2.5-mile rail line passes stands of original island crops, sugar cane and taro, the staple starch of ancient Hawaiians, through groves of mango, banana, papaya, coffee and pineapple. Train riders are given an informative narration during the trip of Kauai’s unique agricultural history in Hawaii. There is also a gift shop and Farmers Market located at the Depot.

Kauai Plantation Railway Train

A funny thing happened on our train trip. After an enjoyable 15 minute ride on the train, the steam engine suddenly stopped running and could not be restarted. It was finally determined that we would need to walk back to the depot because the old steam train would take a while to be repaired. While we certainly needed the exercise, we were all very happy to find out that the Depot was only a short trek through a pineapple field from the train. We laughed all the way back to the Depot and were more than ready for lunch when we arrived!

Leaving the train to walk back to the Depot

Gaylord’s Restaurant

The Gaylord Restaurant is located on the grounds of historic Kilohana Plantation. Named after Gaylord Parke Wilcox the restaurant was established in 1986 when the Wilcox home was restored to a historic site accessible to the public for the first time. The homes old kitchen and garage areas were adapted to a working commercial kitchen without destroying the historic feel and value of the location. I loved the look and feel of Gaylord’s right away. We were seated in a private dining area where we enjoyed a fabulous lunch with whatever we wanted to drink. Many of us chose to sample the local wines which turned out to be a wonderful choice. We spent the next hour eating, drinking and laughing over our misadventure on the train.


Finishing lunch we wandered over to the Koloa Rum Company were we sampled the local rum made at the Company. We had a great time tasking various types of rum and I purchased a couple of bottles to take home as a gift to my husband who I knew would appreciate it. Arriving back at the Sheraton after the rum tasting, I was more than ready for a nap, but I did all of my packing for home first because I knew we would have a very late evening at the Grand Hyatt Kauai.

Everyone chose to dress up for our farewell dinner at the Hyatt. After seeing this sprawling luxurious property, our attire was very appropriate. The Hyatt is an oceanfront oasis and seeing it at sunset before dinner was a real treat. I could not take enough photos as everywhere you looked you saw a perfect scene.

Grand Hyatt Lobby

Grand Hyatt Dining

Grand Hyatt Guest Room

Grand Hyatt Grounds

Grand Hyatt Beach

Dinner was an elegant and leisurely affair at one of the onsite restaurants. We ate wonderful food, drank great wine and talked among ourselves with the sound of a nearby waterfall in the background. Returning to the Sheraton late in the evening, I had no problem falling asleep in my comfy bed. It had been an awesome day.

The next morning we headed to the airport for our various flights home. I had experienced a fantastic stay on Maui and Kauai and I could not wait to return one day to see what I had missed on two of America's Islands of Paradise!

The End!

Gerrilyn Grant Gipson Esq.
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Posted by Gerriv 09:01

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Hey Gerri! You know, Kauai is the Hawaiian island I want to visit the most, and all you've done is provide more evidence that I need to get there quick, fast and in a hurry.

And here I was thinking that a Loco Moco was a drink. Are you sure the meat patty was ground beef or Spam? My understanding is that Hawaiians consider Spam a great delicacy.

As usual, fantastic work!

by Kiyra Holt

Hi Kiyra!
Yes, Spam is big in Hawaii but the Loco Moco is definitely made with ground beef. You can Google it to get the recipe.

by Gerriv

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