The Beautiful Coast of Kihoku
There were only about a few dozen houses in this area and the rest was untouched beautiful nature.
We followed signs for Kiora paddle, who we’ll be kayaking with today, and arrived at a small parking lot next to a traditional Japanese guesthouse and a trendy looking Hawaiian cafe”Douze Shokudo”. "Doze Shokudo" looked very trendy and even had an outdoor pizza oven! Needless to say, we’ll definitely be eating here afterwards.
Our kayak guide was an outgoing person who looked like he was in his mid 20s. After the initial introduction and simple paperwork, he led us over to a pebble beach where the kayak were ready to go.
Kayaking the Coast of Kihoku
And off we went to explore the coast of Kihoku.
It was raining all around Kihoku and we thought this activity would get cancelled. With no expectations, we drove about 10 minutes to the coast and there was nothing but sunshine.
There were mountains around this coast which protected us from the rain clouds.
Truly a good day.
The kayaks we were on today are more lightweight, faster, and easier to paddle. In exchange, it’s much harder to keep balanced, especially when there are more waves in the Kihoku coast.
To make things better, our guide took out some camping gear from his kayak and started a fire with some of the branches. He boiled some water and put a fist sized aluminum ball in the middle of the fire.
It turns out he was preparing the best midday snack for a remote island trip: coffee and a whole apple stuffed with cinnamon, butter, and sugar.
At this point, life couldn’t get any better.
On the 2 person kayak, I could bend over and look into the ocean underneath, but with this kayak, I had to hold myself back or else I’d tip over.
Nevertheless, this kayak was also fun and I had tons of fun on the way back!
The Trendy Hawaiian Cafe"Doze Shokudo"
There were a couple of indoor seats, but we decided to go with the outdoor seats since the weather was nice. Even though the seats were outside, we had to take our shoes off, which oddly felt really nice.
There were many options to choose from and although there was an outdoor brick oven for the pizza, I decided to go with the loco moco and shaved ice.
The Hawaiian cafe "Doze Shokudo"was an incredibly great decision.
Although we didn’t order pizza, the next customer did and the fresh baked pizza also looked incredibly delicious.
The Kihoku Observation Deck
Normally I’d be suspicious about going somewhere like this, but it doesn’t seem like an abandoned area and our kayak guide earlier confirmed that it’s a great place to get views of the whole area.
It turns out this tower is called the Takatsukayama Observation Deck and there was absolutely nobody here.
There’s beautiful coastal views, delicious food, and a ton of marine activities to enjoy. I hope that after reading this, you’ll also visit and enjoy this small hidden town of Kihoku!