Because of the three hour time difference in Hawaii versus San Diego, we were up between 5-6am at the beginning of our trip. M, J and I got ourselves ready to explore Hanalei by foot to search for a breakfast spot the second day after we arrived. We walked down the main road (Kuhio Highway) towards Hanalei Coffee Roasters, for a cup of Kona coffee and waffles with coconut syrup (mmmmm), but the wait and line was WAY too long. By then, we were starving.
Across the street and right next door to the house we were staying at, was the Hanalei Wake Up Cafe. The restaurant is very tiny and the dining room opens up to the outside patio to let in the fresh, Hawaiian air. We were luckily sat on the patio. It was such a beautiful day in Kauai, as the sun was shining and the weather was slightly warm.
This is the view from our table. I absolutely love the greenery of the island.
For J, I ordered the simple goodness that is french toast ($7.00). It was dusted with a little confectioner sugar and the slices were perfect for him. He loved it.
M opted for a healthier and lighter breakfast -- The Hanalei Bowl ($9.50), a half of a papaya and topped with creamy yogurt and homemade granola. I was impressed by the large chunks of nuts. He loved every bite. The papaya tasted so fresh.
I ordered a few items from their breakfast a la carte menu.... crispy hash browns ($3.50), two scrambled eggs ($4.00), and whole wheat toast ($2.00). I know, pretty boring, but hey, it was done right and it was really good. But, wait until you see what special item we shared....
THIS. This is one of the many favorite flavors we had in Kauai..... the Mac Nut Cinnamon Roll ($4.00). It was sinful and decadent. We devoured every bite. Think of a regular cinnamon roll -- butter, cinnamon, inside. But, on the outside, there was a gooey concoction of chopped, fresh macadamia nuts and butter. This macadamia nut cinnamon roll tops all cinnamon rolls out there!
Overall, this little cafe was a quaint place to have breakfast in Hanalei. We are glad we found it and we were extra glad that it was just steps away from us. Oh yeah, by the way, they take cash only (and traveler's checks).
Hanalei Wake Up Cafe
51-5144 Kuhio Highway
Hanalei, HI 96714