LF1: Favorite Breakfast: Buttery Café in the heart of Old Kapa`a Town, is as charming as it is delicious. We followed a throng of devotees lining up down an alley on a first Saturday Kapa`a Art Walk. Rather than wait, we returned for breakfast a few days later. This French country eatery has a variety of pastries and savory creations, like the strata pictured here. It was a baked custardy-croissant filled with vegetables. Buttery is on at 4-1345 Kuhio Highway. For more information call (808) 639-3732.
LF2: Favorite Frozen Dessert: Papalani Gelato has two locations, one in Lihu`e, in Anchor Cove shopping center, and the other in Koloa. The young women scooping the goods are as sweet as their product. Great customer service can be hard to come by on Kaua`i. Their pistachio and vanilla bean flavors are two of my favorites, but there’s a caramel-salted gelato perfect for the ultra sweet tooth. For more information visit papalanigelato.com or call (808) 742-2663.
LF3: Favorite Park: Kukuiolono Park in Kalaheo is a hidden gem. Travel makai on Papalina Road, turn right on Puu Road and the entrance is immediately on the right. There’s a meditative Japanese garden and lovely wooded hiking trail for walkers and dogs. At the top of the property is a café and golf coarse with stunning ocean views. It’s quiet and peaceful; one of my all time favorite retreats on Kaua`i. Not many people frequent this place; quite often I have the garden all to myself. Visit Kauai.com/parks to learn more.
LF4: Favorite Gift Shop: Waimea Collectibles and Fine Junque. I drop in whenever I’m on the Westside. I’ve found vintage tins, ceramics and glassware for reasonable prices. It’s packed with stuff and the woman who owns and runs it is gracious and informative. It’s part museum, part gallery, part gift shop. Hours are limited so plan ahead: open 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For more information call, (808) 338-9855.