The Hawaiian island of Kauai is the northernmost and fourth largest of the eight main Hawaiian Islands. Kauai is fondly called The Garden Island for its wealth of verdant plant life.
On Kauai there is 111 miles of beautiful coastline. The island transforms from palm fringed golden sand beaches to high altitude swamp, tropical rain forestes and sand dune cliffs to near desert coastal plains, dramatic canyons and valleys covered with rare flora and fauna.
Kauai enjoys wonderful climate and landscapes, combined with two dozen small friendly communities with a warm, unhurried atmosphere. This is the perfect recipe for a relaxed getaway holiday to forget the hustle and bustle of home.
Things to do
Kauai is renowned for its impressive cliffs, canyons and rainforests. The beach is 50 miles of white powdery sand which give romantic, intimate atmosphere away from the crowds. Anini Beach Park is a quiet lagoon created by a reef which is perfect for snorkeler beginners.
Kauai is the oldest island in the Hawaiian chain, giving its people a strong appreciation for its history and culture. From Captain Cook’s arrival in Walmea to the first sugar plantation in Old Koloa Town, for a small island, it is quite significant in history.
There are interesting museums to visit in Kauai showing its past in its glory. The Waioli Mission House and Waioli Huiia Church give you a glimpse of missionary life in 1837. From lazy beaches to prominent signs of history, this island is no wallflower.
Kauai offers Shopping throughout the island, from small shops in small towns to retail malls. Stores offer a range of potential take home souvenirs with its range of ‘Made in Hawaii’ items. There’s aloha wear, Hawaiian jewelry and art. There are even ‘Kauai Made’ products which can be identified by the Kauai Made logo, sponsored by the County. The seal designates products made on island by Kauai based businesses or by individuals using Kauai materials.
On the Coconut Coast, Kapaa Town and the Kinipopo Shopping Village offer a variety of fun shops and eateries. Aloha shirts, vintage maps, fine art and jewelry are all available in the area. The Coconut Market place is home to more than 70 shops in when you’ll find precious Hawaiian mementos, fine artwork, antiques, jewelry and fashion. You’ll be hard pushed not to find the ideal souvenir.
After sunset, head towards the stand alone restaurants and bars around the island or at hotels and resorts for tropical drinks, pupu (appetizers) and live Hawaiian music with entertainment. You’ll find live music venues throughout Kauai in market places, restaurants, lounges and the resorts.
For an off the beaten path venue, visit the Hanalei Family Community Centre in Hanalei Town, home to regular slack key guitar and ukulele events! It might be worth checking out for the fun!
There are a range of eating establishments around Kauai. There are two locations of KCL on Kauai offering Western and Chinese barbeque favourites.
Keoki’s Paradise, Poipu features moderate prices with great casual ambiance with styling to resemble a dockside boathouse, cascading waterfalls, lush foliage and thatched roofs over the bar, to create an outdoor Polynesian atmosphere.
For cocktails or casual dining with superb panoramic views of Kauai’s southern coastline, The Point at Sheraton Kauai Resort is worth a visit. It is one of the island’s favourite hang outs spots and the resort’s nightly Torch Lighting Ceremony and Hawaiian Show are held on the terrace. It’s a perfect place to relax, enjoy the show and sip an exotic cocktail.