Great Place for our 15th Anniversary
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Waimea at Tom and Debbie's place. They really helped make our stay special in a way that wouldn't have been possible otherwise. They greeted us personally when we arrived. Then, Tom took us on a tour of their fabulous orchard full of banana, citrus, mango, star fruit and coconut trees. They're some of the most hospitable people I've ever met.
The room was small, adequate size for two plus a kid or two, and absolutely spotless. There's a papaya orchard right next to it, a river in the back, and a sheer cliff wall on the other side of the road. You only have neighbors on one side. We came back early from Waimea Canyon, just a short drive from here, and spent the rest of the day drinking fresh squeezed juice in the orchard instead of going anywhere. Tom and Debbie encouraged us to take as much from the orchard as we wanted, so I started everyday by picking fresh fruit which really cut down on food expenses.
It's tucked away off the main road which is good since the beaches in this area aren't the greatest, and the cities are less tourist friendly. Tom also took us to a secluded beach area which we really enjoyed, despite getting soaked by a surprise wave. Don't count on him being able to do the same. I think it just fit in his schedule and we were fortunate enough to also be available.
You'll hear roosters crow every morning and throughout the day, but we also stayed in the North and went to several other spots and got the same. It's part of the Kauai experience.
The drive up to the place may feel a little intimidating for the more timid of travelers, but the road is paved the whole way to their house. Try to arrive in daylight and drive the road a couple times in Google street view before you go so you're familiar with your surroundings. We left the airport in Lihue about 4:30 pm and arrived there just before sunset without any problems. You'll pass the foot bridge on the way. Just keep heading down the narrow road and look for their place on the right side of the road.
This is a fantastic home base for exploring Waimea Canyon and Polihale Beach. I think it was underpriced for what they're offering. Getting to know Tom and Debbie was the best part. If we ever return to Kauai I don't need to do any looking around for where to stay.
Families with Teenagers,
Owner's Response: David and Oksana we were so honored to be a part of your 15th anniversary "honeymoon". From the moment you arrived at our property, there was such a wonderful connection, so it was our pleasure to spend time with you and to help make your memories lasting ones. You were such good sports and able to have a good laugh when the wave caught you on the beach. Thank you for choosing to spend your special time with us. We were truly blessed by your presence along with your love and passion for life.
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