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Thanksgiving Day began with a storm bringing 12 hours of rain to Princeville. With the bridge into Hanalei closed for many hours due to flash flood danger, there was not much to do but hang out close to home.

Hideaways Beach, Kauai

Hideaways Beach, Kauai

I went down to Hideaways Beach located below the rental condo at Pali Ke Kua. It is a a very small beach and very few people come here so it was very peaceful. On the east end, near the black lava rocks, I discovered several small red and pink Ni’ihau shells. Small fish swam in the tide pools created by the lava rocks. On the bluff above, pairs of Nene geese foraged on the grassy grounds of the condo complex.

Nene geese on Pali Ke Kua grounds in Princeville, Kauai

Nene geese graze on Pali Ke Kua grounds in Princeville, Kauai

After a busy stretch when I was unable to blog, I went to Kaua’i for vacation in late September. The video below shows the Waipa Farmers Market held in a field just outside the village of Hanalei on the Northshore of Kaua’i.

The nearby Foodland supermarket in Princeville is convenient but like most supermarkets, the fruit is harvested long before it is ripe. A mango bought at Foodland took one week to ripen before it was ready to eat!

At the Waipa Farmers market, the fruit and vegetable are plucked at their peak, ready for consumption soon after purchase. Some of the produce is expensive as costs are high on this remote island but items abundant in season are usually cheap. This September I discovered the bland but crispy rose apple, and the luscious heart-shaped egg fruit. The mild hard-boiled egg yolk flavor and texture made me wonder if it could be made into a vegan substitute for the Spanish candy, yemas de Santa Teresa.

One stand sold a Mayan-style spiced chocolate drink made from local cacao. It is a concoction that reminds me of chai and expresso, and which will perk anyone up on a hot, lazy afternoon!

When you need a restful day by the seashore, Kauapea Beach, better known as Secret Beach, on Kaua’i fits the bill.

As access to the beach is not easy, it is relatively unpopulated compared to other local beaches. Between Kilauea and Princeville, this beach is reached from the dead-end of a dirt road with a very small parking lot. The trail down the cliff to the beach can be slippery after rain. And when does it not rain in Kaua’i? Hikers are rewarded with a long stretch of beautiful soft sand punctuated by a few outcroppings of black lava rock. Kilauea lighthouse can be seen in the distance on the right (east) and the condos of Princeville, on the left (west).

Secret Beach also known as Kauapea Beach

Secret Beach also known as Kauapea Beach

Grand vacation homes line the cliff edge along the beach. Thankfully, most of these are hidden behind the luxuriant screen of trees and shrubs growing on the steep hillside.

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