Manny Goes to Grove Cafe in Kauai, HI

Aunt Cindy and Vince go on ahead while Manny explores the lay of the land.
Aunt Cindy and Vince go on ahead while Manny explores the lay of the land.

We, V, C, M and I,  just got back from a wonderful vacation in Kauai, HI.  Manny’s favorite place in all of Kauai was a famous restaurant in the little town of Waimea called The Grove Cafe.  Yelp gave The Gove Cafe three star rating, and told us how to get there, but Manny gave it 6 stars and a few planets.  You know when you see tour busses, that it must be a good place to eat.

"Whew, they're just leaving!"  Manny breathed a sigh of relief.  :)
“Whew, they’re just leaving!” Manny breathed a sigh of relief. 🙂

Manny loved The Grove Cafe for many reasons.

  • First of all everyone was very friendly and helpful and Manny got to drive a cart.
  • He got to explore an outdoor brick oven.
  • He got to order from the menu like a grown-up bear.
  • The waitress smiled at him a lot, and told us that he cold play outside when we finished eating.
  • It had a big room for dancing with Ute, only she wasn’t there.
  • The food was amazing.  Vince had a shrimp appetizer.  Cindy had minestrone soup and salad, and Marsha and Vince shared catch of the day with sweet potato fries.
  • There were no windows, just ledges so the ocean breezes ruffled his fur.
  • It was so fun to play outside after we all ate.
  • There was a huge banyan tree in the back yard.

You can play this song as you watch Manny in this slide show.

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The weather in the Garden Isle of Kauai at the end of May couldn’t have been better. A few sprinkles were all that fell on us the entire week.

BTW We are going to have a week or two that we will rent at either Maui or Kauai.  If you are interested in taking a trip to Hawaii, and are interested in renting our timeshare, please contact me by email:

Author: Marsha

Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. For thirty-five years, I lived in the most beautiful area in Central Valley of California in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains minutes from the Sequoia National Park. As a child I moved from Indiana to Oregon. With my first husband I moved from Oregon to Colorado to California. Every time we moved, it hurt so much to leave friends. I never wanted to move again. After Mark passed, I married again. I told Vince that I could never budge from my roots in California. He said he loved the high desert. I don't think he ever thought he would realize his dream. In November, 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

26 thoughts on “Manny Goes to Grove Cafe in Kauai, HI”

  1. How exciting – a trip to Hawaii! I’m green with envy. I see Manny had a blast. I am an obedient blogger, and I played your recommended song while I looked at all of his pictures. Letting him get into that banyan tree was pretty funny. Fun post, Marsha!


    1. You would really love it. We had a great time – especially Manny, as you can see by his expression! He loved being the star of the show! Cindy and Vince – not so much. They kept saying, “Don’t take my picture!” I said the same thing to Vince. The difference is that I get to choose which pictures go into the blog! 🙂 Such control! 🙂


  2. Kauai “The Garden Isle”,If I remember correctly it is the only island with a navigable river. IT is a pretty island. I bet things changed a lot since I was there. Didn’t a hurricane destroy part of the island. You can’t go wrong taking a vacation on the islands. Hope y’all had a good time


    1. We had a great time, Jim. Yes, a hurricane destroyed part of it in the 70s. Last year they had to start major renovations because of water damage from that hurricane so many years ago.


  3. I went to Hawaii on my first honeymoon – Waikiki. I loved it except for how expensive it was. We went late September, early October & although there was rain every day, it was just a quick shower most of the time & lots of rainbows.


  4. How I wished I had been there with you Manny, I always wanted to go to Kauai! ( my sister was there once, for me it is a dream!) Manny is so fortunate to see such wonderful places. It looks so beautiful, such wonderful vegetation and huge trees. I guess I would have got stuck in a crack too… in a bigger one though… 🙂
    So Manny watch out for one of my next posts, I have news for you, I hope you will like it! …just arrived today .. so I need a bit of time… I won’t say more for now! ♥


      1. I’d love him to be my passenger! Need a warm day again for it, you know we don’t want Manny to catch a cold…..! 🙂
        A very ecxitable bear! Love him! ♥


  5. Hi Manny,
    I hope you thanked Mom for taking you on holiday where you had a wonderful adventure. Did you also thank her for the hours she took preparing the wonderful slideshow so that people from all over the world can see you in action. You were very brave climbing all the way to the top of that drift wood. I could never do that. Welcome home Manny. Love Uncle Ralph …. big kiss ❤


    1. Sorry, Ralph. He’s moved on. Now he wants to go for a ride with Ute in her convertible. He’s such a spoiled little boy! He’s watching over my shoulder as I type this, and he’s giving me the eye. His dad thinks he should have his own website, but you know how much work it is to keep up two sites! 🙂 xoxox


      1. I can understand how Manny feels. I want to go for a ride in Ute’s convertible as well 😀

        Manny’s blog. A unique idea. You will just have to “bear” with it 😉 xox


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