Sipping Kauai Coffee and Brennecke’s Beach Broiler, Poi’pu Beach, Kauai, Hawaii, USA

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The Hawaiian Island of Kauai has a reputation for being the wettest island in the Hawaiian Island group. We experienced some of natures fury in some light rain which put us onto some non beach activities in order to navigate through our days. Today’s visit to Kauai Coffee Estate and to Brennecke’s Beach Broiler allowed us to experience some of the local attractions in Kauai while managing our weather challenges.


This post is one chapter on our trip on the United Island Hopper and to Oahu & Kauai, Hawaii, United States. This trip was redeemed through Alaska Mileage Plan, United Airlines Mileage Plus and Marriott Bonvoy. It was further enhanced through Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.

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Activity: Sipping Kauai Coffee and Brennecke’s Beach Broiler, Kauai, United States of America.


We started out the day on the beach at The Sheraton Kauai Resort at the hotel lounge chairs. We didn’t have great weather today. It was forecasted for sun and wind, but we kept getting misted out by the occasional splattering of rain which would grace us with her presence from 5 – 20 minutes at a time.

At about 1:30 PM, we gave up on the beach for the day thanks to the rain. We headed over to Island Grocery for a take away lunch. Island Grocery is the upscale arm of ABC Stores and is priced accordingly. A delicious Turkey and Swiss on Sourdough along with some Maui Potato Chips filled out the light continental breakfast.

Visiting the Kauai Coffee Plantation:

With the rain continuing to be in and out, we headed over to the Kauai Coffee Plantation for a little visit. Twenty minutes up the road in the rental car over rural and rustic roads and we were in the largest coffee estate in the United States.

The Kauai Coffee Company and the Kauai Coffee Estate is one of the only major coffee plantations in the United States. A free visit to the Kauai Coffee Estate is an almost perfect rainy day activity as you can enjoy some of the estate while mostly determining whether or not you want to be outside in order to enjoy it.

When the weather was looking dry, we were able to take a self guided tour of the coffee plantation. It was an interpretive trail of all things coffee.

On the trail, we were able to see coffee beans growing from the trees. This was something I hadn’t seen before and it was interesting to see them from inception to roasting.

We also sampled many of the Kauai Coffee varieties. Kauai Coffee had samplers available for almost all their products; some of which I had heard from and some I had not. I am usually able to find Kauai Coffee at Costco Wholesale in the states and very occasionally at home in Canada.

We had some great colours leaving the coffee plantation, with a rainbow making it’s presence known as we left.

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Brennecke’s Beach Broiler:

With the rain continuing, we headed over to Brennecke’s for Happy Hour. Brennecke’s Beach Broiler restaurant has been going for 30 years and sold their one millionth Mai Tai in the year 2016. The more I get around, the more I appreciate these odd ball old school restaurants that are still churning out product over many years.

Breennecke’s Beach Boiler is located at Poi’pu Beach. Today’s visit was under some grey skies.

The open air restaurant offered some distant water views, along with an colourful interior decor that represented thirty years of good times.

We had another snack; a small happy hour nachos but unfortunately we were rained out again for a sunset view of the local Poi’pu Beach.

We wandered back to the hotel for sunset. It was unfortunately, more wet from the hotel suite.

We ended up at The Sheraton Kauai Resort hotel restaurant RumFire for dinner. There weren’t many snack menu items in the lounge so we made do with a flat bread and salad for me.

My Thoughts on Kauai in the Rain:

I had heard that Kauai can tend to be a bit wetter than some of the other islands and today was no exception. The day was enjoyed doing some local sightseeing and activities around the island. With the wetter weather, it made the place a lot less busy than you’d expect.


If you have spent time on Kauai, did you experience some rain delays in your planned activities ?

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