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    Beautiful Wailua River

    by karenincalifornia Written Feb 2, 2004

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    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.

    Wailua River in Kauai
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    Free Maps and Ideas

    by BlueCollar Updated Mar 17, 2006

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    Favorite thing: 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.

    Return to my Kaua`i page.

    Return to my main Hawai`i page.

    For its price, it's a So you will not get lost on this one-road island. Close-ups of the cities More close-ups They list and detail 101 things to do.
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    I wahi kope nau? Will you have some coffee?

    by keida84 Written Jun 6, 2006

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    Favorite thing: 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.

    Poipu sunset
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  • People

    by Hawaii-5-0 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Fondest memory: 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.

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    Fields of dreams...............

    by Kodi01 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: 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.

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    Do something dirty!

    by beautifulsol Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: 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. :)

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    Kauai - the Garden Island

    by aloha088 Updated Sep 9, 2004

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    Favorite thing: 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

    Waimea Canyon, Kauai
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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

    Hanalei Valley Lookout Lihue/Airport to Hanalei Valley Lookout Hanalei Valley Taro Fields Hanalei Valley Information Hanalei Valley Irrigation
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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

    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).

    Kauai's Fresh Fruit
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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

    Tasting Kauai Restaurants Reference Guide
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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.

    A nene checks out the tourists
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    The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook

    by 2rs Updated Apr 16, 2006

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    Favorite thing: 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.

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    Na Pali Coast

    by furioso Written Dec 18, 2002

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    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.

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    Kalalau Trail / Na Pali Trail

    by furioso Written Feb 25, 2003

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    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.

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    Maniniholo Dry Cave

    by furioso Written Dec 18, 2002

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    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.

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