Joined: Feb 01, 2005
|Posted: 2006-06-20 1:13 pm  Permalink|
Name:Sandgroper Bar and Restaurant
Street:5-7130 Kuhio Hwy
Almost no real information exists about this location other than the fact that it shares a parking lot with the Hanalei Colony Resort (which is the street address above).
Brian Hoffman, the kitchen manager at Scotty's Beachside BBQ on Kauai (4-1546 Kuhio Hwy, Kapa'a) used to work at the Sandgroper something like 20 years ago. He might be a good source for extra information.
As far as I can tell, no pictures exist online from the place, but I did find one review of it-- the diner having been there as recently as the early 80's. Apparently an Australian fellow owned the place-- hence the name. A sandgroper is a type of burrowing insect that lives in Western Australia, but it's also a term for a beachcomber.
After the Sandgroper closed down, it was turned into a restuarant called Charo's owned by....Charo (the singer).
Rumor has it that the facility most recently has been purchased by the HCR, and will be used as meeting/convention space.