Kauai Things to Do

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Kauai Things to Do

  • Waimea Canyon

    Kauai Things to Do

    Decided on taking a trip up to Waimea Canyon while on the island of Kauai.This canyon,otherwise known as "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific" is over 10 miles long,1 mile wide and up to 3000 feet deep.The drive up is on a twisty mountainous road and took more than an hour from where our ship was docked.Once at the lookout point you are at the mercy of...

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  • Na Pali Coast

    Kauai Things to Do

    Na Pali coast at the northern tip of Kauai is very dramatic; some inspired heads have even gone out of their way to find an etymological relationship with Nepal. While it is not Nepal, Na Pali is impressive enough. Extra lure is its remoteness. There is no road traversing it and the only means of transport are boats, helicopters and “bare” feet....

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  • Dry Cave/Wet Cave

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    As you keep driving up north the 560 highway you will notice many locals relaxing at the noumerous big or small beaches along the way. We prefered to stop at Ha’ena Beach Park(pics 1-2) that has many facilities like bathroooms, picnic tables, huge parking area etc We enjoyed some shaved ice from the lunch wagon(pic 3) that also serves beverages,...

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  • Helicopters Tours

    Kauai Things to Do

    Helicopter rides are available throughout the archipelago and each one of them must be a thrill for the passengers. Allegedly though, the ones on Kauai are the most spectacular due to the size and scenery of the island. Another aspect to consider is whether the helicopter has its doors attached or they have been removed for an extra bit of thrill,...

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  • Spouting Horn

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    This natural feature is on the south coast of the island not far from Poipu. It appears very much like a geyser, however the ocean is the source of the water. As waves reach the shore, they send water to an underwater shelf leading to the spout. When enough water is present, the spout will "erupt" and make an interesting noise. This noise is due to...

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  • Kilauea Lighthouse

    Kauai Things to Do

    So, I wasn't too thrilled to see this but my boyfriend thought I should. There are several birds you can view but none so close that you can get a good look. I thought it smelled bad - like urine. Yes, you have some great views and that's why I'm posting this so I can show you the pictures.

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  • Kipu Falls

    Kauai Things to Do

    Kipu Falls is somewhat off the beaten tourist path, but a favorite for locals. While not a big or majestic as Waimea falls and some of the other better known ones, her you won't find crowds and can enjoy the pretty view and magnificent setting. If you're adventurous, there is a rope swing at the pool below the falls. You won't be able to find the...

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  • Poipu Beach

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    I'm not a great snorkeler, so on this particular day, the ocean was a bit rough and it scared me. My boyfriend was just fine. I tried it - the water was cloudy. I enjoyed the snorkeling on the north shore more. The beach was busier - more people. I liked how the grass went to the beach.

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  • Hindu Monastery

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    I am not Hindu, but once I arrived there I felt inspired to worship. They could tell I was a newbie and one lady there did help me by telling me what to do next. As far as going just as a tourist, it is worth seeing just for that too. Beautiful scenery, great place for people that love photography. They do have wraps once you walk in incase you are...

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  • Snorkling

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    We wanted to have a boat drop us off at the Napali coast to snorkel but it would cost over $100 for the two of us! And, that in itself would have been okay if it would be worthwhile and see spectacular coral, some eels, octopi, sea anemones, lobsters, etc. But since we snorkeled at Tunnels and in Ha'ena, no coral, no eels, no octopi, no sea...

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  • Wailua Falls

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    Waimea falls is an easy trip from Lihue. Armed with a rental vehicle one can reach it within 10 min and spend another half an hour or so ogling at it. The inconvenience is that the lookout point is only one and at the top of the falls so it becomes difficult to grasp the might of the water flow and bathing is rendered impossible. Even if there are...

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  • Opaeka‘a Falls

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    I have to say that I enjoyed the Opaeka’a waterfalls much more than Wailua waterfalls. The view point is much better here, just walk along the short path. The Opaeka’a waterfalls (pic 1) are 61meters high and you can see the twin cascades fall smoothly while the whole area is full in green. The pool area at the base supposed to have shrimps so no...

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  • Wailua River State Park

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    Wailua river (pic 1-2) was always important since the ancient Hawai’i. The kings chose this area as their capital, I guess because it was a garden of plenty because the river gave them the water and the ground was fertile. So they have everything they need, vegetables, bananas, coconut trees and fish from the ocean. Wailua river is 16km long and...

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  • Queen's Bath

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    If you havent been tired of hiking in Kauai (so many choices) there is a small one at the north side of Princeville! We drove at the end of Punahele Road (you will find it on the right hand after driving down 2 km on the main road). There’s no free parking area but hopefully we didnt get any fee and I noticed many other rental cars there too. Dont...

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  • Pools of Mokolea

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    This spot is not easy to find-you must turn right on a paved road before the Kilauea Lighthouse. We drove down a paved road that then turns into a extremely rutted dirt road. 4WD a must, if you don't have this-park and hike down. once you get to the end of the road you will come to a clearing of dirt. walk along to the left over black lava rockfor...

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  • Lydgate State Park

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    The playground here is huge and I took a lot of pictures of it due to all the detail in the design. Plus, it is a great beach for families to play at. There is also picnic tables and bathrooms, so you really could stay all day. You do need to bring food and drink.

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  • Hanalei Bay

    Kauai Things to Do

    Exiting the Princeville we stopped at the Hanalei Valley Overlook. Pic 1 shows a familiar image of Kauai because every book and postcard includes this one. It’s really beautiful to look down the gorgeous valley and the Hanalei river splitting the numerous green fields and mountains around it. The hawaian people have grown taro in the valley for...

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  • Fern Grotto

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    Take a boat tour along the Wailua River where the guides sing songs and tell stories about ancient Hawaii during the two mile journey to the Fern Grotto. In addition, you'll learn the hula during a lesson from the dancers. Fern Grotto has been closed due to severe rain storms last year. They hope to open it up by the fall. You can also enjoy the...

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  • Ke'e Beach

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    Ke’e Beach is the end of the road in this direction. It’s the gateway to the Na Pali coast. Bring your hiking shoes when you visit as adventure and breathtaking views await. The trailhead for the Na Pali coast hikes is clearly marked. But bring proper footwear because the trail quickly becomes steep and slippery. You won’t be disappointed if you...

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  • Guava Kai Plantation

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    Karen and I got a kick out of visiting this intriguing plantation known as the "Guava Capital of the World." It is the largest guava plantation in the United States, but then they don't grow much of this tropical fruit in North Dakota, or anywhere else on the mainland for that matter. Depending on the time of your visit you may watch grava being...

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  • Kauai Coffee

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    Okay, I know there is a lot written here on VT about this place. So, I will add - you can sample all their coffee but I was not impressed. The cost of the coffee is not cheap and they did not have any 100% Kona Coffee which is what I really wanted to buy. But for your information, they are open daily from 9 am to 5 pm, easy to find, the coffee...

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  • National Tropical Botanical Gardens

    Kauai Things to Do

    The National Tropical Botanical Gardens consists of three gardens on the island of Kauai. We toured the McBryde Garden on the south side of the island since small children are allowed there. Note: small children are not allowed in the Allerton Garden, which is the most popular garden among the three. The Visitor Center is across the road from the...

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  • Hanapepe Lookout

    Kauai Things to Do

    For an off the beaten path experience on Kauai, check out the interesting rock formations along the shore just east of the town of Hanapepe. The area is easy to reach, and while the approach isn't very pretty - it goes through the industrial area - the walking is pretty cool. You can park at the lot in front of Glass Beach and walk up the trail,...

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  • Secret Beach

    Kauai Things to Do

    This was quite the adventure on Kauai. We kayaked (for the first time) on the Wailua River. Then we hiked for several miles to Secret Falls. It was fun, but we were exhausted by the time we were finished. We wore water shoes because we knew that we would be walking through streams. Water shoes are super slippery on rocks when they are wet......

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  • Smith's Luau

    Kauai Things to Do

    Some might put this in a tourist trap, but I think a luau is a must when you go to Hawaii! We opted for the Smith Family luau, and boy are we glad we did. We read that being a family operated business, they were much more personal and caring when it came to their guests, as compared to the big hotel luaus. We had a blast there -- it was in a...

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  • Allerton Botanical Gardens

    Kauai Things to Do

    It is very expensive. Check into the website more if you are a Hawaii resident because there are certain days you can get in free or deeply discounted. It is gorgeous and you get to taste a lot of the plants there. It is an easy walk around the garden and there is an appropriate number of people on the tour. So, you get lots of opportunity to talk...

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  • Princeville

    Kauai Things to Do

    Betwen Anini beach and Hanalei bay you can visit the 11,000 acres of Princeville. First you will see the fountain (pic 1) and then you will start drive at the almost empty wide roads (pic 2) with trees on both sides. We started to wonder how much the residents of the houses (pic 3) pay here and then I’ve read that it’s a place for really rich...

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  • Hikinaakala Heiau

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    Kauai has some wonderful archaeological that are easy to visit and that give a glimpse into ancient culture of the islands. Several temples - called heiau - which are stone walled ruins, give testimony to the many generations that lived here before written history. The best collection of these sites is clustered near the mouth of the river near...

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  • Menehune Fish Pond

    Kauai Things to Do

    I have read about Menehune before we visited the Menehune fishpond. Actually, you can’t visit the fishpond because it’s private but you can see (and admire) it from the view point which is up the road. It is a huge dam that used to have three gaps. That was until 1800s when some Chinese farmers filled two of them so they could raise mullet in the...

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  • Kapaa

    Kauai Things to Do

    The first thing I remember from Kapaa town is the colorful front walls of the several stores. It used to be one of the previous century plantation towns (till 1960) but now is more focused on tourism. There are many stores to rent a surf board here or book other tours and even pubs for you that prefer to live during the night (but you’ll miss the...

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  • Japanese Cemeteries

    Kauai Things to Do

    Without looking for them or even intending to explore them, we came across two old cemeteries on Kauai. If you are one of those people who like visiting old cemeteries for the historical and cultural perspective they provide for a place, then I'd recommend you see these. The first one we saw is located just to the east of Glass Beach at Hanapepe....

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  • Salt Pond Park

    Kauai Things to Do

    Walk along the beaches to see if a Monk Seal has come up to rest. Please respect these animals because they are endangered. They will be roped off by wonderful dedicated volunteers on the island. The seals come up to sleep on the beach after they have eaten because they slow down so much that a shark could attack them. They sleep on the beach and...

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  • Kamukila Hawaiian Village

    Kauai Things to Do

    Kamukila Hawaiian Village is small theme village actually, in fact you can see how a Polynesian village looks like with thatched huts and some native craft making (you see demonstrations of them). There’s a small guided tour and it doesn’t take more than 30’. The entrance fee is only $5 ($3 for children) and they are open 9.00 to 16.30 Monday to...

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  • Okolehao Trail

    Kauai Things to Do

    Kauai has many great hikes that you can do either on your own, or with a friend or two. One such hike was up into the Hanalei 'Okolehao Trail. This is a good hike if you've got a little energy to spare. This trail is a puffer, and gains 1,250 feet in less than 2 miles. This means the grade is steep, tiring and unrelenting. It will seem much longer...

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  • Surfing

    Kauai Things to Do

    There are several companies and locations to try surfing on Kauai. We asked around a little and decided that the north shore, at Hanalei, would be the best place to try. The beach at Poipu on the other end of the island isn't as big and the surf area for beginners didn't look as good. Our recommendation was for an operation set up right by the...

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  • Horseback Riding

    Kauai Things to Do

    Just between Poipu and Koloa town there are magnificent old sugar cane field trails. You can go take a nice horse trail ride or an ATV tour through this area. Just some things to experience/see here are a wonderful old sugar mill, mountains, sugar cane fields, beaches a river and an old crater.

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  • Kukui Trail

    Kauai Things to Do

    This is a really beautiful trail that takes you up the side of a mountain to an amazing overlook into a valley between two other mountains. The trail itself isn't too hard. I was 5 months pregnant and made it up pretty easily. It's perfect for an afternoon hike with a picnic lunch. At the top the overlook is flat and grassy and there are several...

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  • Polihale State Park

    Kauai Things to Do

    On the east side of the island is Polihale State Park. Just past the Pacific Missile Range Facility gate on Highway 50 there is a about 4 mile long bumpy dirt road thats worth enduring. The park has a gorgeous 3mile long beach. Be careful because it can be dangerous, with a severe shore break and rip currents. You can camp here as long as you...

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  • Zip-Lines

    Kauai Things to Do

    Kauai is home to a variety of ziplining opportunities, each offering a unique aerial perspective of the island's landscapes. Ziplining is thrilling and fun. You are strapped securely into the harness but you do fly up to 34 miles per hour, pretty fast to zoom through the air! Princeville Ranch Adventures (North Shore) Princeville Ranch Adventures...

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  • Glass Beach

    Kauai Things to Do

    Far from being one of Kauai's prettiest beaches, Glass Beach is unique and popular with a lot of people. What makes it special is that mixed in with the sand is a lot of small pieces of water worn broken glass of different colors. These colorful pieces are here because the local dump was located nearby for many years, and as the broken bottles and...

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  • Anini Beach Park

    Kauai Things to Do

    I woke up early this morning w/ da hippie chick Prose.I decided to write of the sunrise w/ the colors of orange,red& tangerine all seen thru sky blue eyes & graying hair. How could I have consumed all of my indestructible youth? I slept all night in the bed of a pick up.I have added even more stains to Lennie Laroe's rent house mattress aided by...

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  • Kaua'i Museum

    Kauai Things to Do

    This very fine small museum reflects the heritage and achievements of the people of Kauai, both native and immigrant. It also portrays the geological history of the Hawaiian islands including the flora, fauna, marine life and volcanic origins. You will also learn more about the days of Captain Cook, the Hawaiian Monarchy, and the rich culture and...

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  • Smith’s Tropical Paradise

    Kauai Things to Do

    Smith’s Tropical Paradise is a nice theme garden where you can walk around the 1,5 km long pathway and enjoy the 30 acres of gardens and small or big lagoons. We loved some beautiful corners here, like some small bridges, some colorful flowers and the numerous birds. Of course, the most funny were the roosters that were running behind us all the...

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  • St Raphaels Church

    Kauai Things to Do

    St. Raphael’s church is the oldest catholic church in the island of Kauai. It was founded in 1841 by Robert Arsenius Walsh who did the first Mass on december 25 of the same year. Walsh established the parish two years after Catolics were granted religious freedom in Hawaii. of the first catholic missionaries that arrived in Hawai’i in 1827 but they...

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  • Nawiliwili Lighthouse

    Kauai Things to Do

    This one was a little more difficult to find, but the drive offers great views and a peaceful escape from tourists :-) We turned down like we were going to the Marriot Resort and drove as far as the road goes-you will eventually come to an abandoned shopping center area with some very nice views. Follow the road around to the other side of the...

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