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    Tasting Kauai Reference Guide

    by JulieJueletha Written Dec 6, 2013

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    Favorite thing: "Tasting Kauai Restaurants" is a handy guide to restaurants that make delicious food from scratch using local ingredients. It has an easy icon system that shows what types of meals a restaurant serves, price ranges and dress code; vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options; plus if they have free Wi-Fi, food trucks and when reservations are recommended.

    Fondest memory: An excellent reference, "Tasting Kauai Restaurants" sales proceeds benefit those who depend on the Hawaii Food Bank – Kauai Branch. Available on Amazon.com

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    Taste Kauai's Real Fresh Food!

    by JulieJueletha Written Dec 6, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Do you love to eat? When you travel do you crave a taste of local culture? I know I do.

    Designed to celebrate Kauai’s appetizing abundance, "Taste Kauai" connects you with the freshest food on Kauai and the people who grow and prepare it for you. Armed with this knowledge you can embark on your own culinary adventure.

    With two unique tours, an authentic taste of the Garden Isle is offered. Make connections with Kauai’s farmers and chefs, roam Kauai’s lush hillsides and sample what’s in season or learn about Native Hawaiian agriculture. Enjoy a four-course gourmet lunch and cooking demonstration at the Kauai Marriott Resort or a farm fresh meal served ohana (family) style at Hanalei Bay. You can also cap the day off with an island cocktail, or two, made with local spirits.

    Tasting Kauai
    P.O. Box 1191
    Kapaa, HI 96746
    1-808-635-0257

    Twitter @TastingKauai

    Fondest memory: For most trips, and certainly my trips to Hawaii, the food has been something I looked forward to and was very well satisfied. Whether it was the juiciness of a perfectly ripe papaya, rich and tender roast pork, the springy crumb cake dessert or the clean tastes of the ocean, Hawaii had it all. Hawaii also had poi. . . so some discretion is needed (smiles).

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    Hawaiian Monk Seals

    by Etoile2B Written Jan 22, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Hawaiian Monk Seals are one of only two species of animals endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. They are high on the endangered species list with only 1,300 left in the world. It is an amazing site to catch a glimpse of one of these incredible animals but if you are lucky enough to encounter one of them on your trip please be advised that since they are on the endangered species list it is illegal to kill, capture, harass or disturb them. This means keep your distance. You should not approach a monk seal and are required by law to stay at least 100 feet away. If you are caught harassing a monk seal you may be fined up to $25,000 US and / or face up to 5 years in prison. Kauai is a great place to sneak a peek at one of these mighty sea creatures, that average 6 to 8 feet in length, but it’s estimated that only 40 live on the island. Monk Seals are often spotted at the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, but you’re more likely to get a closer look at one of them on Poip’u Beach. There are a couple monk seals that come to nap on Poip’u Beach and volunteers are on hand to rope off the area surrounding the resting critter to ensure that visitors can view the seal from a regulated distance.

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    Sunsets

    by sswagner Written May 5, 2008

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    Favorite thing: The Hawaiian Islands are famous for the sunsets, and there are some nice places to view them on Kauai. Poipu Beach offered a good vantage point since it is on the southern side of the island. Here, there is a good chance of witnessing the sun slipping below the Pacific Ocean. It is likely that the south and west sides of the island will offer the best vantage points.

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    Green Sea Turtle

    by sswagner Written May 5, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Besides the Hawaiian Monk Seals, another animal that could possibly come ashore is the Green Sea Turtle. Similar to the seals, the sight of one does not disappoint. It is fairly common to encounter them in the water on diving or snorkelling trips. I was lucky to be at Poipu Beach near sunset as a turtle came ashore. It was roped off in similar fashion to the monk seals so that it would not be disturbed. Needless to say, Kauai is very rich and plant and animal life.

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    Hawaiian Monk Seal

    by sswagner Written May 5, 2008

    Favorite thing: Sealife is abundant at the Hawaiian Islands. One particularly special encounter possible is with the Hawaiian Monk Seal. They are a very endangered species, therefore it is illegal to disturb them or get too close to them. Occasionally, one will come ashore. When this happens, the area around the seal will be roped off by volunteers. It is easy to observe them beyond the barriers. I saw three on seperate occasions during a one week visit. Two sightings were at Poipu Beach, and one was just to the east of Poipu at a rocky area. It is nice to see conservation efforts in action.

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  • beautiful- scenic -relaxing

    by hawaii12 Written Apr 28, 2008

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    Favorite thing: We will be leaving tomorrow for our 12th trip to kauai.We always stay on the north shore as it so peaceful and uncrowded.We stay at either Alii Kai or
    sea lodge.Tunnels beach and Kee beach are both great.Kee beach is excellent for kids.We usually go in may the showers are usually short lived many times occouring in the evening time.
    We usually Go to Princeville hotel for sunday breakfast.We go down to poipu and the canyon and drive many places on the island including koloa town
    We enjoy Gaylords for a meal WE cant wait to return each time.

    aloha

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    North Shore & The Hanalei Valley Lookout

    by spitball Updated Jan 5, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Hanalei Valley Lookout offers one of the most famous views on Kauai. The valley is one mile wide and six miles long. Most of the taro grown in Hawaii is grown here. On the valley floor is a one-way truss bridge built in 1912. The bridge was damaged by a tsunami in 1957, and subsequently reinforced. Legend has it that the rainbow came to Hawaiian Islands from the bluffs just beyond the valley when a piece of brightly coloured kapa cloth was thrown into a pool below Namolokama Falls, and its colours arched up in the mist.

    Drive North on Rd 56, 28 miles through Kapa'a and Kilauea. Approximate time: 45 mins. Approximate miles: 28
    Hanalei Valley Lookout is located in the heart of Princeville, across the highway from the Princeville Shopping Center, on the left side of the road. Directions begin at the intersection of Rice St. and the 56 (Kaumuali'i Hwy)
    All distances are approximate.
    Expect big time traffic delays during the day through Lihue and Kapa'a

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    Thinking about my trip

    by malianrob Written Dec 20, 2007

    Favorite thing: Its been about two weeks since I have been back from my Kauai trip and I had alot of time to think. While I was in Kauai I was so bummed out because the weather was so bad and the vacation was turning out as great as I thought it would but no that I am back in Los Angeles and I have been working on my travel pages and going through my pictures I realized that I had a better time than I even thought. Yeah, it rained alot but I was still in paradise.
    I was also not at work. :)
    While I was there I wasnt sure I wanted to come back here again but the more I think about it, I think I will.

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    The Endangered Nene

    by AKtravelers Updated Nov 26, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The Hawaiian goose, known as a nene, is endangered, with less than 2000 believed to be in the wild. Though you'll see nene crossing signs on several roads, I never saw one until I visited Kilauea Lighthouse national wildlife refuge on Kaua'i.
    The nene is the descendent of Canadian geese that ran off course and ended in the Hawaiian islands 5,000 years ago. Since hockey hadn't been invented yet, they saw no reason to return to Canada and stayed, evolving separately from the remaining geese populations since then. Lacking land predators until recently, the nene rarely fly and, therefore, spend most of their time ground-bound. This has caused them to evolve stronger, more walking-friendly feet and smaller chests than their Canadian relatives.
    Once the mongoose and feral cat were introduced to the Hawaiian islands, the nene population crashed. At one point, only 50 were known to exist. Captive breeding programs have restocked nene populations on Hawai'i, Molokai and Kaua'i, but only the Kaua'i population is growing naturally, thanks to the absence of mongooses on the Garden Isle.

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    Kaua`i Veteran's Memorial Hospital

    by BlueCollar Updated Nov 17, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Not exactly a Must See, but if you're on the west side of Kaua'i and in need of medical care, Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waimea cannot be beat. We had the most pleasing experience here than at any other hospital we've ever been to. Here, you are respected as a person needing help....not just a number or a source of revenue.

    During our trip in Oct. 2001, my wife spent two days here with a kidney stone that decided to migrate south. Within about one hour of walking into the ER, she was seen by three doctors, sonogrammed, X-rayed and diagnosed. Everyone - from staff to nurses to doctors - was so nice and accommodating. It certainly refreshed a belief that personalized healthcare was possible and still being practiced.

    And to top it all off, upon our return to Florida, Dr. Paul took time from her busy schedule to personally call us and see that we made it home safely. That is a great doctor!

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    Go To Kauai

    by Etoile2B Updated Oct 11, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Kauai is by far my favorite of the Hawaiian Islands. The landscape is so luch and verdant and diverse. If you're into the outdoors there is plenty of hiking, kayaking and SCUBA diving. My favorite hike is up Wiamea Canyon to the Wettest Spot on Earth. The views up there are amazing. And, although tourists are always crawling all over the Islands, here you can find a little peace if you look in the right spot.

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    The Dying Sugar Economy

    by AKtravelers Updated Jan 1, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Kaua'i used to be an island dominated by sugar plantations and company towns for sugar mills. Unfortunately, globalization has resulted in Hawaiian sugar being priced out of the market due to high labor and other costs (Hawaii is an expensive place to do business). Therefore, only two of the nine sugar mills are still operating on Kaua'i, which means many of the small towns have had to come up with other sources of economic sustenance. Luckily, increased tourism has helped Waimea and Hanapepe, among others, continue to prosper, but the loss of agricultural jobs is one of the reason that thousands of Hawaii natives move to the mainland every year.

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    The Wild Fowl of Kaua'i

    by AKtravelers Written Jan 1, 2007

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    Favorite thing: You won't be on the ground long in Kaua'i before you notice an abundance of feral roosters, hens and chicks loitering on the roadsides and gathering in parks. If you happen to miss them because you arrived at night, rest assured you'll know there are lots of roosters on Kaua'i sometime before sunrise. They are everywhere!

    The locals seem to be of two minds as to why there are so many farm birds running wild on Kaua'i. The first theory has to do with hurricane Iniki, which ravaged the island in 1993 and set free lots of the local livestock. The other theory is that they have always been around, but that the local people gradually stopped making the effort to catch and eat them as prosperity increased in the late 20th century and it became much easier to get the headless, pre-plucked, meatier varieties in the local grocery store.
    What both these theories have in common is that Kaua'i is the only major Hawaiian island to which the mongoose was never introduced. So, the roosters and hens have to animal to check their population growth. And even thoughthe feral bird can be pests and environmental trouble, there are legions of locals who protect the birds from county efforts to reduce their numbers.

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    Coffee Grows Here!!

    by AKtravelers Written Sep 17, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. in which coffee grows (reason enough alone to move there) and there are several coffee plantations on Kauai. Most Hawaiian coffee is known as Kona, and it is a mild blend. If you like the strong body of European coffee or Starbuck's more bold blends, you might find Kona a bit light for your taste.

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