Favorite thing: The Wailua River meanders through a beautiful rain forest on the east side of the island. The river is a popular kayak trip. You can also take a barge trip to Fern Grotto. Hard to see, but you just might be able to make out the barge about to go round the bend in the river.
You can find this magazine in bins located throughout the Lihu`e Airport. They're free so be sure to get one. It provides good maps of the island's cities as well as good ideas to keep you busy during your stay.
Admittedly, some of the things listed seem a little hokey, but overall, it's a good item to have on-hand.
If you want to get one before you arrive, you can order them from their website. This will cost you a few dollars, however.
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My favorite thing about Kaua'i is the coffee or "kope" that is grown there. Everytime we travel to the islands we always return with a boatload of coffee. Kaua'i coffee is "ono" which means delicious.
Koloa, Kaua'i is the largest coffee growing region in the United States, with over 4,000 acres of rich volcanic soil that once grew sugar cane . Coffee has been grown on Kaua'i since 1836 which makes it the oldest growing region of the Hawai'ian Islands. With the perfect growing conditions of soil, rainfall and sunshine it is no wonder that Kaua'i grows some of the best coffee in the world.
Kaua'i Kope (coffee) is the best as far as my taste buds are concerned so relax and don't "wiki wiki" hurry grab a cup of hot or iced coffee and watch the world go by.
Meet very nice and wonderful people along the trail from Germany, Russia, Canada, France, United States and the Phillipines.
In the evenings we shared the maginificent sunsets together. After the sun set, we shared our food, travel experiences and jokes around a big
camp fire at night.
This is my field of dreams...
Fondest memory: The best memory was the ride and stories we got from the helicopter pilot.
He said the number one revenue for Hawaii is what? (he posed the question)
We all thought it would be tourism...
So, as we flew above the fields below, he said, "No, it is marijuana" These are the fields below us.
He obviously was joking.
There is so much to do, but the one thing I had the most fun doing was the ATV drive. Their motto is "Do something dirty." It was just what we wanted! We drove for miles on private property with many waterfalls on the drive. You race through the mud and love it!. They also provided all the clothing so you could return home clean, but who wants that??? :)
Fondest memory: The vegetation is amazing! The vast green is something I wish I could have everywhere. The people of Kauai were the kindest and most welcoming. I guess I just miss everything. :)
Kauai is the oldest island of the hawaiian archipel. This is the perfect island for hikkers and people who like the nature.
Did you know that the wettest point on earth is in Kauai?
Visit the Waimea Canyon (Gran Canyon of the Pacific) or go hiking on the Na'pali Coast
on the east coast of Kauai you can find beautiful watherfalls
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
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.
You may have seen other people recomending The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook from Wizard Publishing, and I must join the gang of satsified owners of this book.
It gives lots of good tips on what to see and do as well as history and details of places.
Their maps are really good and usefull.
The only thing i kind of dislike is their accomodation listings as I think it focuses to much on condos and resorts, but that's really not why you need a guidebook.
Don't leave your room without it.
Favorite thing: Cliffs rising as high as 4,000 feet are accessible along the beautiful Kalalau Trail on the Na Pali Coast. Hiking, helicopter or rafting trips offer spectacular views of the region where many believe that the Na Pali spirits can play tricks on hikers and campers alike. Some historians claim that the Na Pali region was the first part of Kauai to be settled.
Favorite thing: The Kalalau Trail provides the only land access to this part of the rugged coast. The trail traverses 5 valleys before ending at Kalalau Beach where it is blocked by sheer, fluted pali. The 11-mile trail is graded but almost never level as it crosses above towering sea cliffs and through lush valleys. The trail drops to sea level at the beaches of Hanakapi'ai and Kalalau.
Favorite thing: Maniniholo Dry Cave (Maniniholo means "swimming Manini fish") is about 300 yards deep, and reaches to a small exit hole on the side of the mountain. The cave interior used to be larger than now, before a 1957 tsunami half-filled it with sand. To get there, go to Ha'ena Beach Park on Route 560.
Favorite thing: Waimea Canyon - predictably dubbed the 'Grand Canyon of the Pacific' - is smaller and a mere 200 million years younger than its Arizona cousin, but otherwise not at all dissimilar. The canyon's colorful river-cut gorge is 2785 ft (835m) deep and it seems incredible that such an immense canyon could be tucked away in such a small island.
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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