Our previous trips to the beach left me convinced that since our condo came equipped with a cooler, we needed to make use of it by buying snacks and lunch and bringing them with us to the beach. Rather than load up at the Foodland the night before we decided to hit up the Hanalei Farmer's Market - the place to be on Saturday mornings. Unfortunately we didn't find much food that was good for beach eats but we did see some gorgeous flowers and interesting locally made jewelry. We ended up running into the most podunk looking grocery store to buy the fixings for ham & cheese sandwiches, spending $7 on what has to have been the driest "sourdough" bread I've ever eaten. Still, it was nice to have lunch available to us when we wanted to eat, rather than having to work our beach time around our stomachs.
It's seeing flowers like these that 8+ years after our wedding in Maui make me wish I'd decided against the traditional pink rose nosegay and instead gone with a profusion of local, bright tropical blooms. Well, that and the fact that my rose nosegay was moldy and dying.
Our first beach stop of the day was Ke'e Beach, my favorite stop when we visited in 2008. Unfortunately that day was calm with crystal blue waters and great snorkeling. This time we had giant waves crashing into the reef, a current and lots of wind. I didn't spend much time in the water but sitting on the beach reading, listening to the surf pounding was a great way to spend an afternoon. Ke'e Beach has a ton of chickens which the other guests seemed to hate but I love those damn birds as they crack me up.
We ended our afternoon at Hanalei Bay for an hour or so before heading back to the condo for dinner. This beach is quickly becoming one of my favorite beaches in all of the islands (the only thing it could have to make it better is some sort of shade source). I could describe the backdrop - towering cliffs jutting up in the distance, framing a perfect horsehoe bay - but I'll let the pictures do the talking.
Once again on the way home we stopped off at Crazy Lady Shave Ice in Hanalei, this time for a li hing mui topped with what she called Hanalei Sweetie - sweetened condensed milk and coconut, basically a macaroon on top of the most delicious shave ice. It was so ridiculously decadent and without purpose, but it is a thing of beauty. Everyday should end with this tasty treat.