Kona coffee beans are generally held up as a gold standard; Kauai beans are much lesser known. And this is likely ironic. Kauai will smile knowingly and then proudly educate its coffee-drinking-public with a few important details: like Kauai is a much MUCH older island than Hawaii. And has all that beautiful red dirt that is way less acidic. And thus, Kauai beans are just that much smoother and less bitter and less acidic than their sister island’s beans. And we Kellers happen to agree that Kauai beans are The Bomb.
We enjoyed sampling a few new varieties. We liked Sunrise and Peaberry-Medium so well that we brought a few bags home with us. (why, yes, Middle Dude was sporting bed head hair our whole vacation!)
After Kauai Coffee Company, we headed over to gentle (no big waves) Lydgate Beach to hang out a bit. I picked a warm spot on the sand and read further in one of my vacay books, All the Light We Cannot See (review here). The dudes headed over to an adjoining park to play Ultimate Frisbee.
One of the top want-to-do items on the dudes’ list was showing up to play for this pick-up Ultimate Frisbee game (here at home they play weekly on Sunday afternoons, so this was a serendipitous Kauai find). It’s a Kauai East Side every Sunday 3:30 thing. So we planned our day’s island schedule around a 3:30 arrival. Silly haoles we were. We forgot about Aloha Time. Nobody but we visitors showed up at 3:30. Game didn’t actually begin til 4:30ish. Big Dude was tremendously bummed to be merely watching from the sidelines; a compromised shoulder kept him from playing this time. I guess we need to go back.
Methinks the Dudes enjoyed a new experience with this lively, friendly group of fellow frisbee afficionados. Certainly the backdrop was jaw-droppingly eye-arresting. Little Dude did remark at the end that it was a decidedly R-rated frisbee game. Yes, Little Dude. Yes, it was [grin].