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Kauai: Waimea Canyon and Fern Grotto Kauai
"TOUR DESCRIPTION: Explore some of Kauai’s most beautiful spots which will demonstrate why this island is known as “The Garden Isle.” During your all-day tour the lush vegetation covering all altitudes will surround you from towering Eucalyptus trees projecting from the 3500-foot cliffs to waterfalls crashing down deep valleys and fern-covered grottos. Many dramatic ocean views will also delight you as you explore almost the entire island.HIGHLIGHTS: Queen Victoria’s Profile Haupu Mountain range o 500 eucalyptus trees were planted to form where today they tower over 100 ft and make a spectacular entry way to Koloa. Koloa Town - Holds the rich history of Hawaii’s sugar plantation days. Spouting Horn - One of the most photographed was carved out by the Waimea River and the collapse of a volcano. Coco Palms Grove - Ancestral site of Kauai’s last reigning royalty and largest Coconut grove in the state where Elvis Presley filmed Blue Hawaii. Holo Holo Ku Heaiu - (sa
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Kauai: Waimea Canyon Tour
"HIGHLIGHTS: Spouting Horn* -  One of the most photographed spots on Kauai with ocean water spraying like a geyser up to 50 feet in the air. Waimea Canyon*  - Known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific was carved out by the Waimea River and the collapse of a volcano. The rich colors of the red soil and the lush greenery are a spectacular site to see. Hanapepe Valley Lookout*  - A picturesque view of the lush tropical valley that was once was home to the island’s last sugar plantation and today is the backyard to high tech companies and small businesses. Russian Fort Elizabeth - The last Russian Fort on the Hawaiian Islands. Koloa Town - From some of the oldest buildings discover how this main port of entry was a favorite amongst the whaling fleet. """"Discover the natural beauty and experience one of the best views of the western coast of Kauai. This tour takes you right up to the rim of one of the most awe-inspiring sites in Hawaii – the Waimea Canyon also known as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific”. Thousands of years of erosion have turned the canyon walls into a multi-hued canvas
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Oahu to Kauai Day Trip: Waimea Canyon and Fern Grotto
"Queen Victoria’s Profile Haupu Mountain range offers a profile of the British Queen Victoria Tunnel of Trees Over a century ago 500 eucalyptus trees were planted to form where today they tower over 100 ft and make a spectacular entry way to Koloa Koloa Town Holds the rich history of Hawaii’s sugar plantation days Spouting Horn* One of the most photographed spots The last Russian Fort on the Hawaiian Island Captain Cook’s Landing Where the first British discoverer Captain James cook first landed and discovered Hawaii Waimea Canyon* Known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific was carved out by the Waimea River and the collapse of a volcano Coco Palms Grove Ancestral site of Kauai’s last reigning royalty and largest Coconut grove in the state where Elvis Presley filmed Blue Hawaii Holo Holo Ku Heaiu* (sacred """Island hop from Oahu take a visit to some of Kauai’s most beautiful spots and discover why this island is Kauai is called “The Garden Isle.” On this full-day tour the lush vegetation and verdant tropical rainforest covering all altitudes will surround you. From the towering Eucalyptus trees projecting from the 3
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A Facinating Russian Fort -- Who Knew?

Just outside of Waimea on Kaua'i's south shore are the ruins of an old Russian fort. While this place doesn't attract many tourists and there's not really much to see except lots of lava rocks laid out in a star pattern, the grounds would have a fascinating story to tell if they could only talk.
In 1810, the king of Kaua'i, Kaumualii, consented to a treaty of fealty with Kamehameha I, technically uniting the Hawaiian Islands for the first time under one ruler. But Kaumualii chafed under this fuedal bond and really longed for de jure independence (though he was practically autonomous anyway). In 1815, a egomaniacal German working for the Russia America company, Georg Shaeffer, landed in Kaua'i and saw a chance to use his ties to the Russian government to and Kaumualii's desires to meet his ambitions of power. The needs of the two men coincided and Shaeffer (without real authority) promised the protection of the Russian Czar in exchange for power and influence. Eventually, Schaeffer was hoping for Russian annexation of Hawaii, which would (he hoped) put him in prime contention for ruling all the islands.
As part of this scheme, Shaeffer oversaw the construction of a large fort at Waimea Bay, but before he was finished rumors of a Russian-American war started by American traders caused him to flee to Honolulu where he was captured and shipped off to Alaska. The fort remained unfinished behind him, though its still-substantial walls were knocked down in 1864 to prevent further rebellions on Kaua'i. Russia, busy with European affairs andbarely able to hang on to Alaska, never seriously considered conquering Hawaii, despite Shaeffer's schemes.
Kaumuali was eventually kidnapped by Kamehameha's successor and forced to marry the regent, ending and his chances for a realm of his own.

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Dec 26, 2006

Get a great view of the "Forbidden Isle"

Here's a fantastic view from one of the newer lookout points in Waimea Canyon. This is a shot of Ni'ihau, also known as the "Forbidden Isle." You must be of 100% Hawaiian origin to live here. The other island on the right is Lahua. This was shot from about 3000 feet in elevation near sunset. What a view!!!

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GlobalMatt
Oct 03, 2006

Called "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific"

Waimea Canyon, 10 miles west of Poipu on Kauai, Hawaii, accessible in Waimea, is the beautiful canyon Mark Twain once called "the Grand Canyon of the Pacific." It has great views and spectacular hiking(and trail maps) from the summit at Kokee Park. On your hike, choose ocean views, canyon views, or jungle. They're all wonderful. A little rugged, but, depending on the hike, not too bad. Ask for advice at the General Store in Kokee.

There are two wonderful lookouts on the 30 minute drive up Waimea Canyon Road to Kokee.

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jeadon
Feb 19, 2004

The canyon is pretty awesome

The island is small and we went to the canyon several times during our trip. It took about 30 minutes drive from our resort to get there.

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Kauai's back country

Kauai is my favorite island.
You can find nearly erverything: deep Waimea Canyon, dramatic Na'pali Coast, fantastic waterfalls, rainforest, beautiful beaches, Taro fields and native villages

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Waimea Canyon State Park

The grand Canyon of the south pacific .. lovely canyon. The island is fairly small we drove over to the canyon every day at different times to take a peak. It's lovely. We didn't do any real hiking...
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Na Pali Coast

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...
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Helicopters Tours

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...
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Waimea Canyon

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...
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Spouting Horn

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...
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Dry Cave/Wet Cave

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...
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