What a fabulous day here. For those who have seen the movie "50 First Dates", you might remember The Hukilau Cafe!! It's the restaurant that Drew Barrymore ate breakfast at every morning, building her waffle houses!
Well, I've wanted to find this place ever since I knew I was coming to the island. Remember what it looked like in the movie? Brown wood place, roomy inside... outdoors was woodsy and open with the gravel road leading up to it?
LMAO!!! Want to see what the REAL Hukilau Cafe looks like?? I don't want to burst any bubbles... (coz believe me, MINE is burst)... But here you go:
And this is the Laie Cash and Carry shop that shares the same building with the Hukilau Cafe:
Nothing cute or quaint about THIS place!!!! What a bummer! I'd read online that their food was soooo good, so I ordered up the banana pancakes. They were just fine... nothing wildly wonderful. Served on paper plates, eaten with plastic utensils.
They had a big framed poster from 50 First Dates hanging in there, so we had to ask.... what the heck?! THIS isn't the place!! Turns out some of the movie employees would drive up to the Hukilau to eat and they really liked it. So the movie people paid the owner of the Hukilau "a LOT of money" to use the name in the movie.... but not the REAL place! All they did was purchase the right to use the name!
I wonder if the waitress heard the "pop!" of my bubble bursting?
On the drive home, we stopped leisurely for photo opportunities here and there. Waimea Bay was especially gorgeous and clear today:
That's the famous jumping rock right there in the foreground. You can see a few guys up there.
There were a couple of painters at Turtle Beach, and one of them had her canvas facing the street, so I thought this was a neat picture:
And lastly... if I'm not going to eat a good, healthy clean breakfast... why not chase it down with a fabulous Hawaiian shave ice?!? I don't see why not! So I went to Aoki's and got their Haleiwa Delight shave ice and a t-shirt.