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  • Hawaiian Monk Seal on Poipu Beach
    Hawaiian Monk Seal on Poipu Beach
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  • Hawaiian Monk Seal on Poipu Beach
    Hawaiian Monk Seal on Poipu Beach
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    Hawaiian monk seal
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  • Waimea Canyon

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    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...

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  • Guide Books on Kauai

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    "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...

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  • Hawaiian Sea Life

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    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...

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  • Wailua Falls

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    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.

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  • Hanalei Valley Lookout

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    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...

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  • Hyatt Regency Kauai versus Princeville...

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    Funny thing is everyone (okay not E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E) but alot of travelers who are planning a trip to Kauai debate whether they should stay in the Southern part of Kauai at Hyatt Regency or Northern part of Kauai at Princeville. Its amazing how many people I have come across, who have been in this predicament! You can tell that I stayed/choose Hyatt...

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  • Kilauea Lighthouse National wildlife...

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    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...

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  • Hotel Concierge

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    As soon as you get settled stop by the concierge to reserve snorkeling/scuba excursions and many more. On the morning of your excursion, stop by sundry store and buy yourself a water bottle. You need to keep hydrated as the heat is intense. They give you soda but not till the crew is ready.

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  • Wild Fowl

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    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...

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  • Kauai Coffee Plantation

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    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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  • Sunsets

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    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...

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  • Polihale State Park

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    The beauty of nature is my favorite thing about this paradise. Rent a car and drive one end to the other taking all of the side roads and passages you can find - one twist in the road and you are looking at a picturesque beach and a twist to the other side and majestic mountains. I had the pleasure and opportunity to attend the most beautiful...

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  • Kaua`i Veteran's Memorial Hospital

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    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...

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  • Helocopters

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    This is my field of dreams... 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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  • TastingKauai

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    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...

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  • Maniniholo Dry Cave

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    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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  • Spouting Horn

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    Water, forced into a lava tube by the surf, gushes into the air making an eerie hissing noise. The ancient Hawaiians believed that Kaikapu, a lizard goddess, was trapped by a clever fisherman in the lava tube and the hissing is the sound of her angry roar.

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  • Sugar Plantation

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    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...

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  • Na Pali Coast

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    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...

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  • Waialeale

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    Waialeale ("Rippling Water"), with a height of 5,148 feet (1,569 m), is a dissected (eroded) dome that is part of a central mountain mass which includes Kawaikini (5,243 feet [1,598 m]), the island's highest peak, immediately south. Waialeale is located at the southeastern edge of an extinct caldera that is now a plateau called Alakai Swamp....

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  • Tasting Kauai Reference Guide

    "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...

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  • Taste Kauai's Real Fresh Food!

    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...

    more
  • Hawaiian Monk Seals

    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...

    more
  • Sunsets

    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...

    more
  • Green Sea Turtle

    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...

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  • Hawaiian Monk Seal

    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...

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  • beautiful- scenic -relaxing

    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 orsea 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...

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  • North Shore & The Hanalei Valley Lookout

    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...

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  • Thinking about my trip

    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...

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  • The Endangered Nene

    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...

    more
  • Kaua`i Veteran's Memorial Hospital

    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...

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  • Go To Kauai

    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,...

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  • The Dying Sugar Economy

    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...

    more
  • The Wild Fowl of Kaua'i

    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...

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  • Check out the "locals"

    Kaua'i is home to all kinds of exotic species. These are some shots of parrots that were residents at the Grand Hyatt

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  • Coffee Grows Here!!

    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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  • I wahi kope nau? Will you have some...

    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 ....

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  • The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook

    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...

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  • Free Maps and Ideas

    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...

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  • Polihale State Park

    The beauty of nature is my favorite thing about this paradise. Rent a car and drive one end to the other taking all of the side roads and passages you can find - one twist in the road and you are looking at a picturesque beach and a twist to the other side and majestic mountains. I had the pleasure and opportunity to attend the most beautiful...

    more
  • Bail Bonds

    Yes... even on vacation, you folks tend to land yourselves in jail for one reason or another. Hey, Look on the bright side: You've got a GREAT story to go home and share with your friends.God forbid, should you find yourself in such a predicament.... look me up. Kauai has been my home for nearly 20 years - My fondest memories are created every day...

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  • Kauai - the Garden Island

    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 Coaston the east coast of Kauai you can find beautiful watherfalls

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  • Hyatt Regency Kauai versus Princeville...

    Funny thing is everyone (okay not E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E) but alot of travelers who are planning a trip to Kauai debate whether they should stay in the Southern part of Kauai at Hyatt Regency or Northern part of Kauai at Princeville. Its amazing how many people I have come across, who have been in this predicament! You can tell that I stayed/choose Hyatt...

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  • Kauai Beach & Activity Guide

    Its so helpful to pick up all the guides at the Lihue Airport, you can check all the local current activites. Its mostly advertisements, but you may come across an ad that interests you.

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  • Stop by Concierge-Right Away

    As soon as you get settled stop by the concierge to reserve snorkeling/scuba excursions and many more.On the morning of your excursion, stop by sundry store and buy yourself a water bottle. You need to keep hydrated as the heat is intense. They give you soda but not till the crew is ready.

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