By the time we got our rental car, dropped our stuff off in our condo, changed into some warm weather clothes, etc, it was well past lunch time but we hadn’t had a proper meal since breakfast LA time which would have been around 5 am local time. So our first mission was to find some grub. Since we’re staying in Poipu we went to a nearby shopping center and ate at Poipu Tropical Burgers. Hayden was in a bad mood because he’d seen a Starbucks and wanted to eat there, so we tried desperately to sympathize with his empty belly/tired eyes and not let him spoil our first outing. The food was ok – lots to choose from and tasted fine. They had an aquarium which was fun for Layla, and we were just happy to be eating outside after the bitterly cold, long winter we’ve endured.
After lunch we back to the condo to get ready for our first beach trip of the holiday. We were thrilled to find lots of beach paraphernalia in a closet so we didn’t have to worry about buying sand toys and boogie boards. We went to Poipu beach and were so excited to find a giant turtle resting on shore! They had him roped off with signs asking not to disturb him which I was glad about (equally glad everyone was respecting the signs). After we were there a while and they tide started coming in he headed back out to sea.
The kids had a great time swimming (mostly with Daddy – he’s much less of a chicken about being in water that’s not the exact right temperature than me!) and playing in the sand. The water was just gorgeous, and there was a rock barrier which kept it pretty calm where we were.
After the beach we hit the grocery store (Big Save, in Old Koloa) to stock up on breakfast and lunch stuff. We’d heard everything is so expensive in Hawai’i, so we were prepared that prices would be higher and maybe that’s why I didn’t find them totally outrageous compared to what I was afraid of. We came back to the hotel for a quick dinner which Hayden didn’t really even finish due to his exhaustion.