Turtle Bay Resort has a special place in our hearts.
As locals, we love it for stay-cations and have memories from childhood.
It's a wonderful getaway from the main part of the city where you can actually slow down and relax
while looking out at their spectacular views.
Overview of Turtle Bay (Video)
Standing at this spot makes you feel very alive
(water splashing behind you along with the strong winds
shaking the ground every few seconds).
You can re-create your own flying scene from Titanic--
just don't fall in the water ok? There's no lifeguard on duty.
If you're not staying at the hotel
(or don't want to pay their resort fee; which I won't judge you),
the Resort has a free parking lot area for the public.
Just tell the security guards when driving in that you're here for the beach access and look for the marked stalls.
(since the original site is now protected by the government).
It honors the first time US military used radar technology in a war which helped to
spot incoming Japanese fighter planes before the attack of Pearl Harbor (World World II) .
The original radar site
(no public access, obviously)
Current view from Turtle Bay
Though I could only imagine what a sight it was to
see incoming planes as a war was starting.
We came to Turtle Bay this time specifically to eat at the Kula Grille
as we had an early start to the day by watching sunrise at Halona blowhole (please see our video).
Kula Grille Buffet Breakfast
$30.95 (as of March 2017)
Coffee, Tea, & Juices included.
If you're not a buffet person, you can order directly off their menu.
If you are already on the resort property or nearby, it can be a good option.
But I would advise not going out of your way to drive and come here (as we did).
Even though we were starving, we found the selection and taste for breakfast to be average.
Service was also a bit slow (though our server was really nice).
But who can argue with their stunning views?
We sat right by the window looking outside, though you could sit in their outside patio as well.
The best thing about the breakfast buffet was the omelette station and their juicy prime rib.
For the price, I think we were expecting a bit more
(then again we are used to eating buffets where you get more variety for ~$31 usd).
If you are really hungry then opt for their buffet, if not, order off their menu.
Majority of their full breakfast plates are around ~$19-$21.
I do remember fondly eating dinner here before when it was the older restaurant (Palm Terrace)
that was really good, but that was years ago.
North Shore Kula Grille at
The Turtle Bay Resort
57-091 Kamehameha Highway
Kahuku, Hawaii 96731
Reservations though OpenTable
(Though menu pricing seems to be outdated).