Many of our soon-to-arrive guests ask about the following items. Hopefully this note will answer some of your questions and help with the packing and planning.
We stock the basic beach gear of towels, mats, chairs, cooler and sand toys. If folks ask about snorkel gear or boogie boards we let them know that there may be some if a past guest left it — we never promise that there is that type of gear. We just don’t have much room for it nor can we vouch for its cleanliness or condition. Across from Poipu Beach is Nukumoi Surf shop and they rent gear by the day or week. Or there is Snorkel Bob’s on Poipu Rd headed to Koloa. Walmart and Costco in Lihue are also sources for purchasing items.
Our home provides drip coffee makers (filters provided), dishes, glassware, flatware, pots and pans, microwave, dishwasher, and a washer/dryer. Also, WiFi is provided free of charge. There is always a broom and dustpan, plus a hair dryer is located in each bathroom.
We provide starter amounts of toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, trash bags, bath, dish and laundry soaps, clear wrap and foil. Depending on your use and length of visit, most of these will last the full stay. There are some basic seasonings and salt & pepper.
There are many restaurants in Poipu. First things first: the local Starbucks is just down Poipu road a few blocks at the Poipu Village Shopping Center. Here are several of our favorite eateries: Casa di Amici and Brenneckes are across from Poipu Beach, both nice reasonably priced family restaurants with decent food. Dondero’s at the Hyatt, a real classy restaurant with the best meals around. There are many others that people have enjoyed, such as: Kalapaki Joe’s (Sports bar and restaurant), Keoki’s Paradise, Roy’s, Merrimans, Tortilla Republic, and Josselyn’s Tapas. Most of these you will reach traveling west on Poipu Road. The only event you would need to reserve in advance is perhaps one of the Luaus, either at Smith’s Tropical Paradise, or at the Kilohana Plantation.
There are a few grocery stores in Koloa/Poipu. In Koloa there is Big Save (6:00AM – 11:00PM) – a full grocery with bakery, deli and sushi; and also Seuoka’s Market – lots of variety and more local flavor. They are at opposite ends of Koloa’s main street (Koloa is the little town just a mile up the bypass road). They both have some natural food items but for more selection there is Kukui’ula Market in a little commercial strip with Outfitters Kauai and the Dive Shop near the roundabout on Poipu Rd. Also near the roundabout is Kukui’ula Shopping Village with many boutiques and restaurants.