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Kaua‘i locals are happy to give directions, but understanding them can be a different matter completely. Difficult-to-pronounce street names are almost impossible to remember, and words like mauka and makai are far more common than right or left. Fortunately, once you get the lingo down, these two Hawaiian words make giving and receiving directions a breeze. Mauka means “towards the mountain.” When someone tells you “turn mauka at the stop sign,” it simply means turn inland. Makai, on the other hand, means “towards the sea.” The beauty of these two words is that regardless of your direction of travel, north, south, east or west, mauka and makai remain the same.
The islands’ fruit offerings are immense and exotic, and sometimes trying something new can be a little intimidating. The Surinam cherry (Eugenia uniflora) is a morsel definitely worth sampling. These small red orbs are a deliciously tart twist on the common cherry. Originally native to Surinam, Guyana, French Guiana, southern Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay, the large shrub thrives here on the Island.
The fruits are tangy and sweet, and leave a resinous flavor on your palate unlike any other. Look for maroon to dark purple colored Surinam cherries for maximum sweetness and eat them immediately. Pop the whole cherry into your mouth and spit out the seed. Keep your eyes peeled for them at farmers markets, but they are best eaten right off the bush.
Discover Your Place In Paradise
Your island home awaits at Kauanoe o Kōloa in the highly soughtafter resort area of Po‘ipū. Here, on the sunny southern shore of Kaua‘i, remarkable residences, adventurous days, restorative moments, a rich culture, and unrivaled natural beauty come together to create a truly exceptional place to call home.
The ti (Cordyline fruticosa) plant grows wild in Hawai‘i, but was brought over by ancient Polynesian settlers in their canoes. The plant was considered sacred and planted around homes to ward off ghosts and evil spirits. Ti leaves were also used to thatch roofs, wrap and store food, and for some clothing items like hula skirts. Its emblem was once considered a symbol of high rank or divine power and necklaces of the leaves were fashioned for spiritual leaders during important ceremonies. Today, people still plant ti (kī in Hawaiian) around their homes for good luck and its leaves are still commonly used for lei. Don’t miss the delicious, traditional Hawaiian dish laulau, which uses the ti leaf as well. This lū‘au and plate lunch favorite is made with butterfish, pork, chicken or beef, wrapped in ti leaf, and then steamed to perfection.
Goatfish are an edible delight for local fisherman and are commonly found in inshore waters. There are 10 different species of the goatfish native to Hawai‘i, and all share distinct barbells that hang from below their jaws. These accessories give the fish a comical, goat-like appearance but provide invaluable sensory input for finding food. The predator probes sandy sea floors with its “whiskers” in search of worms, crustaceans, mollusks, brittle stars and urchins before it dives in with its snout to collect its meal.
Several goatfish species are highly esteemed in ancient Hawaiian culture; they were used as offerings to the gods, prized at feasts, atoned for sins, and celebrated in song. All goatfish species are popular as food, and eaten raw, broiled, cooked in ti leaves or salted for a couple of days then cooked. Snorkelers are sure to spot them in groups around vibrant island reefs. If you can catch your own, you are in for a delicious treat.
FAVORITE BEACH Tunnels beach. Tunnels Beach holds a special place in my heart — a haven of unparalleled beauty that leaves me in awe every time I visit. The water is pristine, and the mountains are lush. You’re able to sit on the sand and watch the waves or look behind you at a beautiful green mountain with a waterfall. It’s truly breathtaking.
FAVORITE FOOD Poke bowl. It’s a staple in Hawai‘i, and we have some of the freshest fish in the world! The poke bowl isn't just a dish. It's an embodiment of culture and a tribute to Hawai‘i’s bountiful oceans. It's a symphony of flavors that celebrates the union of land and sea, tradition and innovation. There are so many ways to enjoy poke. My favorite is spicy ahi! :)
FAVORITE PLACE TO SPLURGE Hawaiian Trading Post. This cherished establishment holds not only four decades of legacy but also the heartfelt stories of my family. My mom moved to Kaua‘i when she was a one year old from Japan and started the shop with my grandma. It’s a very special place to me!
FAVORITE PASTTIME/ACTIVITY Surfing!!!! It is what brings the most joy in my life and what really lights me up. I wouldn’t be who I am without it.
FAVORITE SNORKEL SPOT Prince Kūhiō Beach or Po‘ipū Beach. Both are amazing snorkeling spots! I have a lot of childhood memories snorkeling with my dad … from fishes, turtles to coral reefs. They’re perfect places to snorkel!
FAVORITE HIKE Awa‘awapuhi! Nestled within the embrace of Kōke‘e State Park, this trail offers an unparalleled vantage point that captures the very heartbeats of nature—the distant coastline, the endless expanse of the ocean and the majestic mountains.
FAVORITE CUSTOM/TRADITION Flower lei! I love how they symbolize significant moments! It’s a way of celebrating others and making them feel the aloha spirit.
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FAVORITE PLACE TO CATCH SUNRISE/SUNSET The cliff at Shipwreck Beach! It’s so beautiful. To be sitting on a cliff surrounded by nature, overlooking the water while watching the sunrise or sunset. There’s nothing like it.
FAVORITE DATE PLACE Stevenson’s Library! The view is beautiful. It overlooks Shipwreck Beach! The sushi and sunset is the perfect combo for a wonderful date night.
FAVORITE PLACE TO TAKE YOUR GUESTS Nāpali Coast on a boat! It’s the most surreal place and truly breathtaking. It’s hard to explain why it is my favorite because it truly leaves you speechless with all its raw beauty.
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Make a difference in the life of a keiki (child) or kūpuna (elder) by lending a hand and volunteering with Mālama Kaua‘i as they increase food access to marginalized groups. Founded in 2006, the nonprofit, community-based organization supports food production and access with its community programs, workforce leverage initiatives and strategic partnerships. Each week, the organization gathers volunteers to intake and prepare food for distribution that will end up in the hands of island residents. Shift work includes sorting, weighing and repackaging food to create boxes that volunteers deliver across the island. If you can’t attend a volunteer shift, there are still ways to support the organization and its mission. One way is by supporting local farmers by visiting their online store and purchasing a delivery of local produce. For visitors, this is a great way to sample fruits and vegetables grown by local farmers while supporting a great cause. Boxes are delivered right to your doorstep and come loaded with six to eight types of products. Another way to support Mālama Kaua‘i is by purchasing items from their wishlist that support their agricultural programs. Requested items include 3” and 4” nursery pots to germinate new plants, potting soil, fruit pickers and shears.
For more information on volunteering with Mālama Kaua‘i or their donation requests, visit their website at malamakauai.org.
Friends of Lydgate
For generations, visitors and locals have enjoyed the space of Lydgate Beach Park and Kamalani Playground. The two enclosed lagoons of Lydgate Beach were created in the 1960s to give keiki (children) a safe place to play in the ocean. For decades, families gathered at the beach and park, and in the 1990s, the community came together to construct Kamalani Playground. The maze-like structure has been used by thousands of island keiki who delight in the many nooks, crannies, slides and swings of the structure.
To mālama (care for and protect), the space that has given so many people joy, the Friends of Kamalani Playground & Lydgate Park brings the community together for a weekly day of laulima (many hands working together). Each Saturday, the group gathers near the lifeguard station on Lydgate Beach at 8:30 in the morning. For two hours, the group picks up ‘ōpala (litter and light rubbish) and works as a team to haul away larger items dumped at the beach. After beautifying the beach, the group gathers under the shade of one of the many covered park benches for a potluck snack before disbanding. For those wanting to volunteer during a weekly clean-up, it is recommended you bring a sun protection hat, reef-safe sunscreen and a reusable water bottle.
Learn more about Friends of Kamalani and Lydgate Park, their beach cleanups and other events at kamalanius.wordpress.com.
Valley of Refuge
Are you a long-term visitor to the island who loves being outdoors and spending time in the beauty of Kaua‘i? Consider teaming up with the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge and joining their fight to protect endangered plants and animals on the island. This oldest and largest refuge on Kaua‘i consists of wetlands that mimic the historic marshes of pre-contact times. Within the refuge are the habitats of five endangered water birds—the āe‘o (Hawaiian stilt), ‘alae kea (Hawaiian coot), ‘alae ‘ula (Hawaiian moorhen), koloa maoli (Hawaiian duck) and nēnē (Hawaiian goose) which is Hawai‘ i’s state bird. Destruction of these natural habitats, along with predation by other animals and the introduction of disease, has wiped out many of these birds. Throughout the week, teams of volunteers gather at the refuge to monitor birds and survey the area to ensure conditions remain favorable for these wetland birds to flourish. Volunteers to the Avian Botulism Survey Team search the perimeter of kalo (taro) fields, collect dead birds and report the status of ill birds.
Visit fws.gov/refuge/hanalei/get-involved to learn how you can help.
It is estimated that it can take up to 500 years to degrade one piece of plastic. Even then, many plastics do not entirely break down but rather convert to microplastics that eventually end up in our oceans and environment. By making small changes and mindful swaps, you can reduce your plastic use and lower your carbon footprint. One easy way to reduce the amount of plastic you use is by carrying a reusable water bottle with you wherever you go. By refilling your bottle throughout the day, you are saving both plastic and money. Another easy way to reduce plastic use is by passing on straws or carrying a reusable straw when you dine out or grabbing a drink. Many used plastic straws end up in the streams making their way to the seas and wreaking havoc on sea creatures. When you head to the store, you can also make mindful choices to reduce the amount of plastic you purchase. One example is by purchasing bars of soap versus bottled body wash. This simple swap can cut into the nearly 1 million plastic bottles of body wash used annually. And when visiting the store, organizations working to reduce the use of plastics also recommend bringing reusable shopping totes, declining the plastic produce bags and buying in bulk.
Its beauty is profound.
Kaua‘i is the oldest of the eight main Hawaiian Islands, which means it has had more than five million years to develop its uniquely gorgeous geologic features. The Garden Isle’s one-of-a-kind, rich topography fluctuates from vast, emerald mountains and deep red dirt-laced valleys to windswept, craggy coastlines and flora-filled forests. >>>
LAY OF THE ISLAND
Varied vistas aren’t the only reason this island stands apart; there are anthropological reasons as well. Polynesian settlers of the Garden Isle were resilient warriors when it came to protecting their sovereignty and ‘āina (land), so Kaua‘i was never taken by force, despite the many attempts of powerful rulers from other Hawaiian Islands. Even though Kaumuali‘i, the last reigning king of Kaua‘i, finally reached an amicable resolution with Kamehameha in 1810, the noble warrior spirit remains a significant part of the unconquered island’s legacy. Inaccessible regions still abound and nature is more commonplace than buildings, which, by the way, aren’t allowed to be taller than a coconut tree. Laid-back sleepy towns like Waimea and Hā‘ena abound and kama‘āina (residents) are often more inspired by the day’s surf than the daily grind.
The island is roughly the same size as O‘ahu, but its population is only some 70,000. Kaua‘i has one highway that circles its periphery from Kē‘ē Beach to Polihale State Park. The verdant valleys and dramatic emerald cliffs of the Nāpali Coast, however, remain disconnected from the
rest of the island and exclusively viewed by foot, boat or air. A rural atmosphere makes Kaua‘i the Shangri-La of outdoor adventures. Hike through misty rainforests of Kōke‘e State Park, into the dusty red gorge of Waimea Canyon or along the ragged coastline of Māhā’ulepū. Rent a kayak or stand up paddleboard and coast along the Hanalei or Wailua rivers that are fed by Mount Wai‘ale‘ale, one of the wettest spots on earth that averages more than 400 inches of rain each year. Swim at celebrated beaches, such as Hanalei Bay, set against the mighty Namolokama Mountain, or the perpetually sunny South Shore’s familyfriendly, Po‘ipū Beach.
Kaua‘i’s quiet characteristics are also ideal for relaxation. Full service resorts around the island provide so many amenities and comforts that guests don’t have to leave in order to enjoy the island’s rehabilitating attributes. While weather is ideal year-round, keep in mind that rain is more consistent during the winter season when tides also pick up on the North Shore, whereas the summer is hotter and surf kicks into higher gear on the South Shore.
The Garden Isle’s fascinating history and unforgettable geographic splendor are reasons why it remains exclusive from other islands in the Hawaiian Archipelago—and throughout the world.
Under the watchful eye of Chucky Boy Chock, history continues to return at Kaua‘i Museumstory MARY TROY JOHNSTON images KEITH KETCHUM
Language is basic to preserving history, and the near loss of the ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i (Hawaiian language) almost coincided with the islands’ history being forgotten. As of 1896, three years after the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i and two years before the United States annexed Hawai‘i in 1898, the Hawaiian language was banned in the public domain, effectively meaning students did not speak or learn in their native language in school. The language was relegated to being spoken at home. Hawaiian was always primarily an oral language that flourished in “talk story” and older generations teaching chants to younger generations. Kumulipo, the Hawaiian creation story which details genealogies and cultural origins, survived through its oral transmission until Westerners recorded it in the 18th century. During the forbidden decades of the language, hula dancers kept it alive as chanting moved to a more central place in the overall staging of the ancient ritual. Dr. Taupōuri Tangarō, a kumu hula (dance teacher) and keeper of the culture, speaks of “dancing the language.” Cultural suppression lasted for many decades before the cultural awakening in the 1970s. The history was also affected—nearly stamped out—along with the desire to know and tell the origins of the people of Hawai‘i.
As I entered the Kaua‘i Museum for my tour and “talk story” with museum director Chucky Boy Chock, I reminded myself that this building not only housed invaluable objects but a history that had to be recollected from the depths of loss. As Chucky Boy told mesmerizing stories, the theme that struck me repeatedly was, “gone and almost gone.” A painting had faded. A ship had sunk, and its objects recovered decades later. Species in the painting were extinct. A Hawaiian elder had commented on how much the Hawaiian language has grown when spoken by the youth, who now relish speaking it.
PRINCESS VICTORIA KINOIKI KEKAULIKE I KAMEHAMEHA THE GREAT
QUEEN KAPI‘OLANI FEATHERED CLOAK
Upon entry to the museum, Chucky Boy begins to describe a large panorama painted by Evelyn Ritter to symbolize the new era of the museum that began in 2015 as its focus moved to a concentration on Hawaiian cultural history and the interior was redesigned. The docents who had given their tours for years were confused by the changes. Artist Evelyn Ritter appeared as if by magic and offered to help. She noticed the painting of the monarch King Kamehameha The Great. The plaque beneath the portrait reads, “Charismatic, strong and attentive to the world around him, he would preserve the ways of old until his death in 1819.” Evelyn noticed the king’s faded feather yellow cape, and she told the director, “If you give me a few minutes, I will bring it back.” She took her yellow paint and retrieved what was almost gone. Then, she asked, and, eventually, she would ask again, “So, what’s next?”
A large blank wall presented itself to both, seeming to beg for a painting. Organically, the painting evolved into a panorama that Evelyn executed representing the various forms of life sacred to Hawaiians. The painting could also serve as inspiration to the docents, helping them to pick and choose which stories to tell. Birds of Hawai‘i figure largely in the painting, inspiring Chucky Boy to tell a story on the spot. “We are a culture of feathers, plant life, the ocean, rivers, the universe, people of nature … totally respectful. Our laws were totally beyond respect.”
He went on to explain the kuleana (responsibility) of the bird catchers and cape makers. The catcher “was lucky to get two to four feathers” from the Hawai’i ‘ō‘ō bird and was only permitted to gather them during molting season.”
He shares the story of the feathered cloak of King Kamehameha the Great begun eight decades before the future king was born. The seers determined “we will now make a cape for the future king.” It was finished nearly 80 years later just in time for the king to wear it.
The tale of the Hawai’i ‘ō‘ō ends in tragedy. Although the ‘ō‘ō was thought to be extinct, ornithologist David Boynton searched long and hard for a sighting, mimicking its call, “‘o‘o, ‘o‘o.” Chucky Boy recounts that the bird was “very shy.” Ultimately, the ornithologist got an answer to his call, “‘o’o”, and was able to record the last of the sound. Sadly, no mate for the ‘ō‘ō was left to hear the call and answer it. Evelyn’s painting depicts the yellow and black ‘ō‘ō, now forever gone. Ironically, the artist perches the bird on the sacred ‘ōhia tree, now endangered by a ravaging fungal disease.
As we move on, Chucky Boy is gleeful that the Smithsonian selected the Kaua‘i Museum to be the repository for the artifacts recovered from the sunken yacht belonging to King Kamehameha II in Hanalei Bay. He noted the Smithsonian located the ship and retrieved the items, and with a bit of irony added that people on Kaua‘i always knew the location of the ship! This was an instance of retrieval instead of extinction. However, a darker story predates the “discovery.”
Cleopatra’s Barge, launched October 1816, was the first private yacht manufactured in the United States and later sold to King Kamehameha II, better known as Liholiho Ha‘aheo O Hawai‘i (the ship’s Hawaiian name meaning “pride of Hawai‘i”) had the notorious distinction of having kidnapped the ruling chief of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau, Kaumuali‘i. He boarded the ship under pretense.
Instead of being hosted, he was sailed to exile on O‘ahu, where he eventually died. It was a plot by Liholiho to consolidate his control over the islands, as Kaua‘i had always been fiercely independent and opposed outside rule. The king’s yacht met its fate in April 1824, sinking in Hanalei Bay. For some loyalists of Kaumuali‘i, the fate likely seemed deserved. The details of the sinking range from drunkenness on board to gale force winds. However, a valiant effort was made to no avail to pull the ship upright before it ended up at the bottom of the bay, and the king’s belongings covered deep in sand, awaiting the Smithsonian’s recovery. In July 1824, Liholiho and his wife Queen Kamāmalu died in London, where they had been invited to see the opera, and fatally contracted measles, ending a reign of just five years. At long last, the remnants of Liholiho’s reign (18191824) are on display at the Kaua‘i Museum.
Evelyn continued to do “what was next” and accomplished a remarkable gallery of portraits of Hawaian ali‘i (royalty). My favorite part learning about the portraits was Chucky Boy’s reference to manawahine (women of power). Evelyn certainly rendered them with an aura of power and appears to have a lot in common with them, considering her powerful role in resurrecting the history at the museum. Queen Kapi‘olani (1834-1899), married to King Kalākaua, was such a woman, prefigured by her Hawaiian name, meaning the “arch of heaven”. She is warmly celebrated for her visit to Kalaupapa in 1884, where victims of Hanson’s Disease (leprosy) were cruelly isolated. In her compassion, she founded
the Kapi‘olani Maternity Home in 1890 on O‘ahu which delivers outstanding medical attention to women and children today. She engaged in cultural diplomacy abroad representing Hawai‘i in 1887 at Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. After her husband died, with no heirs of her own, she ceded the throne to the last monarch of Hawai‘i, Queen Lili‘uokalani. Her monarchy did not last long as she ascended to the throne in 1891 and was forcibly removed in 1893 in a coup orchestrated by U.S. military and U.S. businessmen. The deposed monarch lived out her life in peace at ‘Iolani Palace, earning great respect for her calm demeanor amidst tumult.
It is more than fitting that an article of her history returned to the Kaua‘i Museum. This story told by Chucky Boy is a full circle story that could not have been a more appropriate ending to a tour of retrieval. He describes an auction that took place of the “heirlooms and antiquities belonging to Queen Lili‘uokalani, the most beloved “Queen of Hawai‘i nei” and relates that the Bishop Museum confirmed that the queen’s necklace, brooch and earring set, made of ivory, were purchased by the M/M Hausten family who, then, auctioned it off to Mr. Horikawa. A trade was effected with Mrs. Karen Thompson, who gained possession of the jewels. Mrs. Thompson toured the Kaua‘i Museum to familiarize herself with the future home of the Queen’s jewels as it became her wish that they be donated to the museum, where they are now on display. The story is one of precious jewels and an even more precious return.
How local non-profit Mālama Nā ‘Apapa is working to restore Kaua‘i’s coral reefsstory MARY TROY JOHNSTON
Many people find it overwhelming to wrap their arms around the problems plaguing coral reefs. The complex nature of the issue can be obscure to those who have not studied marine science. Most of us are not scuba divers or regular snorkelers, so the interaction with the habitats of coral reefs tends to be limited and mostly unfamiliar. Considering how much environmental degradation is taking place across nature, coral reefs can get lost in a long list of natural emergencies, including melting ice caps, trash piling up in the middle of the ocean, the rapid disappearance and endangerment of numerous species and the rise in the destructiveness and occurrence of natural hazards, among other mounting concerns.
For people on Kaua‘i engaged with saving coral reefs, the subject of their survival could not be more pressing. Mālama Nā ‘Apapa (“MNA”), meaning to “Take Care of the Coral Reefs” in Hawaiian, is a non-profit whose team of scientists and divers made time to inform this article. Adriana Santacruz-Castro has her Ph.D. in marine biodiversity and works along with the team at MNA. She delivers straight talk as she describes the state of the reefs on the island, calling it “depressing.” Adriana continues, “I would not call them coral reefs any longer; they are patches of coral and silt” whereas they used to be hard and healthy coral colonies. The hopes of resurrecting them are concerning as she points out that the coral in Hawai‘i are the “slowest growers.” “They expend a lot of time thickening their tissues instead of growing in size.” I asked Adriana what dying coral feels like. She responded that the surface of the coral turns into silt and becomes “blackish” with a gelatinous and slimy surface.
A huge threat is the warming of the temperature of the ocean, even by one degree, which potentially causes bleaching events. Conservation marine scientist Jenna Budke talks about what happens to coral in reference to the 2014 and 2015 bleaching events on Kaua‘i. Symbiodinium ( symbiotic algae) provides nutrients for corals as well as its color. When the water heats up, Jenna describes how it “overworks” in the coral tissue. Food production becomes “too much.” Consequently, the coral reacts by spitting it out, losing its food source and its color.
Jenna refers to a study that specifies coral loss in Hawai‘i because of bleaching. “Across Hawai‘i, almost 50% of coral reefs bleached, with places across the state experiencing a
90% loss of some species.” (*Kramer et al., 2016) Jenna expands on the bleak outlook, “In our lifetime we will never see how the coral reefs were before the 2014 bleaching event without doing something about it.”
The plight of coral is not mono-causal. Corals are extremely sensitive to sediment, run-off and pollution, all of which are constant challenges on Kaua‘i. For example, sediment on the North shore of the island has migrated to the West side. The dramatic wave action of the Pacific is constantly shifting sediments around. More human traffic on the island and other activities have seen an increase in pollution, especially plastics, which spell harm for the reefs.
It is certainly sad to lose anything in nature, but what is often missing from our awareness about coral are the extensive losses and long term effects caused by the disappearance of reefs. What about the beaches when coral reefs no longer block the huge and pounding waves that surround the island of Kaua‘i?
I interviewed Adriana while sitting at a picnic table at one of the island’s best loved beach parks, Lydgate beach, watching people swim in the rock-walled ponds and enjoy recreation with the ocean in view. The marine scientist brought into my consciousness that we would no longer be able to be where we were sitting if not for the coral reef barrier. The fishermen will no longer be able to catch fish. Adriana, who has done extensive reef research in Asia mentioned that in Okinawa the fishermen felt their livelihoods were so much at stake that they took the lead in efforts to save the coral. Okinawa is a Japanese prefecture consisting of some 150 islands and bounded by extensive coral reefs. The region is known for the healthy longevity of its inhabitants who rely on a life-extending diet of seafood, an attribute making it a desirable blue zone. Once the fish drops off, which has been the current trend, it is not easy to replace. Adriana mentions that some species, such as groupers, are slow breeders. The picture became clear as I spoke to her. Coastal life would be changed beyond recognition if we were not successful in saving the reefs as land close to shore would become uninhabitable without the oceantaming reefs.
The Hawaiian cultural awakening on Kaua‘i supports mālama ‘āina ‘Āina translates to that which
feeds us. Mālama ‘aina is the ancient wisdom of taking care of the land because it takes care of us. Many dedicated efforts are underway to do just that. For the past four years the team of marine scientists and divers at MNA has been assessing and monitoring the reef at Nu‘alolo Kai. They are collaborating with the Nā Pali Coast ‘Ohana, a non-profit voluntarily formed by concerned citizens interested in preserving the sacred site. Nu‘alolo Kai is an area at the western end of the Nā Pali Coast that is only accessible by boat. It is a site of an ancient Hawaiian village that has yielded significant archaeological finds. The structure of the reef has created a calm water channel allowing access to the beach.
The efforts so far have consisted of assessing the state of the reef so that it can be monitored over time with the goal of regrowing it. Peter King is a teacher at Island School (Kaua‘i) whose skills combine geographic information science (GIS) with that of scientific diving. He is part of the team at MNA and described to me the kind of mapping involved in the reef recovery project. The team works together to lay on the ocean bottom a transect line whereby multiple data survey techniques are employed. Scott Bacon, director of MNA and scuba diving professional, swims along the transect tape and counts fish. Jenna Budke, a marine conservation scientist, does an initial coral survey, visually assessing the top three coral species present within a five-meter diameter circle. She also estimates the amount of coral bleaching present before swimming along the transect to collect pictures at each meter interval. These pictures are then fed into a coral/algae/invertebrate assessment program that will quantify the diverse sea animals that make up the rich habitat of the reef. Meanwhile Peter King swims tight, measured circles (known as a tethered circle swim) collecting images using two GoPro cameras mounted on a pvc scaffold approximately 34 inches apart at half -second intervals; these images serve as the raw data for a photogrammetry survey that virtually models the underwater habitat. All the methods utilize standardized practices used to collect marine data by institutions in Hawai‘i such as Bringham Young University—Hawai‘i and the Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR).
Hawai‘i coral reefs are especially rich as “over 1,000 marine species in Hawai‘i are endemic,” making them unique to that specific region, according to MNA’s website. The technology of photogrammetry utilizes artificial intelligence to “stitch together” upwards of a thousand photos to create a locational model of the habitat that can be compared over time. Eventually the team hopes to perform a statistical analysis that will ascertain whether a reef is degraded and if it would benefit from active restoration. In summary, Peter says that photogrammetry makes it possible to “create a virtual three-dimensional model where individual coral colonies can be identified, measured and compared” serving as a demonstration project for coral reef restoration.
Education means everything to the overall success of efforts wherever they occur. Projects around the world have shown that scientists are only part of the process. Overall, they lack manpower, money, the ability to take immediate action because of the bureaucratic requirements of their field and roots in the community that are so important to trust-building, especially when they are dealing with sacred and vital resources, as is the case on Kaua‘i. Scientists are the first to admit that much of the work required to save and regenerate the reefs do not require specialized skills. The tasks can easily be learned and require more than anything a respect for what is at stake and a dedication to return to the task, whether it be cleaning the reef or outplanting of coral.
MNA is collaborating with the science department at Island School to establish a land-based coral nursery and teach students how to become coral gardeners. The nursery will grow corals selected by scientists, identified as resilient in the face of higher-thannormal water temperatures, ocean acidification, diseases and pollution. Scott, who is overseeing the educational program for MNA, hopes students will advance their knowledge as well as their preparedness for careers. Ideally, they will gain lessons studying, growing and outplanting coral they can apply in diverse fields from conservation and marine science to aquaculture, and even photojournalism and education. Scott notes, they “will document and share photos and videos to promote the project and seek out donors to support the program.” Fundamentally, students will be educated to become citizen scientists equipped with knowledge and skills to protect and regrow the vital reefs on Kaua‘i—they will learn how the health of ‘āina and kai (land and ocean) essentially depend on one another, Mālama Nā ‘Apapa and Mālama ‘Āina. As Scott points out, “What we do on land impacts the health of the coral reef ecosystems as the runoff from land ends up on the reef.”
*Kramer KL, Cotton SP, Lamson MR, Walsh WJ (2016) Bleaching and catastrophic mortality of reef-building corals along west Hawai‘i Island: findings and future directions. Proceedings of the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium, Honolulu: 219-230.
WAYS TO HELP CORAL REEFS WHILE ON VACATION IN KAUA‘Iby Jenna Budke, a conservation marine scientist
• Volunteer while vacationing (MNA, Surfrider, etc.). Find coral restoration sites with volunteering programs near you. Visit coralrestorationprojects.com.
• Choose tourism companies that are environmentally conscious.
• Respect native species and coral reefs by keeping your hands and fins to yourself.
• Stop buying single-use plastic bottles and bring your reusable water bottles on vacation.
• Engage with locals and lifeguards before diving or snorkeling to learn about the reef before exploring.
• Use reef safe sunscreen. The two active ingredients to look for are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Don't be fooled by the label and do your own research. Sunscreen labeled “reef safe” isn't always safe.
"What we do on land impacts the health of the coral reef ecosystems."
From splendid waterfalls to bamboo forests, hit the trails to discover the true beauty of Kaua‘i
In decades past, most visitors to Hawai‘i sought a dreamlike getaway vacation—idyllic beaches, balmy weather with tropical libation in hand beneath gentle swaying palm trees. While relaxing oceanfront at a beautiful resort is still as popular as ever, vacationers are now turning their gaze away from the sea and toward Kaua‘i’s lush forests. As the oldest island in the Hawaiian chain, Kaua‘i has some of the most beautiful and adventurous terrain, perfect for getting up close and personal with the island’s natural environment. The best way to experience it all is to put on a pair of hiking shoes and get down and dirty with this versatile paradise. If planning to add a little activity to your vacation, here are a few suggested hiking spots fit for adventurers of all experience levels. Whether you’re the intrepid explorer, seeking an exhilarating challenge or the casual and easygoing stroller, Kaua‘i has everything to offer with immense natural beauty for all to enjoy.
The Canyon Trail (to Waipo‘o Falls) takes you to the head of the famous Waimea Canyon where the vast chasm simply drops away at your feet while beautiful red striations paint a path toward the distant sea. While this trail is rated moderate, it contains some steep and tricky terrain to negotiate. The Waimea Canyon Trail is for the more experienced and prepared hikers and a hiking stick is recommended. If deciding to take on the challenge, the scenery is worth every sweat and effort.
To reach the Canyon Trail, take Waimea Canyon Drive to Halemanu Road between the 14- and 15-mile markers. Halemanu Road is extremely steep, so you’ll have to leave your car at the top and travel by foot on the paved road to where the footpath begins. From the very start of the trail, the elevation drops as hikers will navigate through thick and dense forests. The trail emerges onto the barren, eroded edge of the canyon where hikers can stand in awe. Continuing on, the path leads to what is known as Upper Waipo‘o Falls. Here, a fresh water pool sits at the base of a small and beautiful waterfall, collecting the cool mountain water. The water is very cold, perfect for hikers seeking a refreshing dip. After absorbing the gorgeous Upper Falls, hikers can continue to the Lower Waipo‘o Falls, though be forewarned that this trail is far more difficult. Much of the path is all natural—rocky, narrow and unmaintained. After a lot of hiking and climbing, the trail leads to the Lower Falls where you will find that you are actually on top of an 800-foot plummeting waterfall! The view is absolutely magnificent with fluming water and bizarre rock formations on the cliff’s edge. It’s well worth the effort, though we do stress being very careful if choosing this hike.
KUILAU RIDGE TRAIL
No trail on Kaua‘i gives so much and asks for so little. This trail, averaging a total of 4.5 miles (2.25 miles each way) takes you up 760 feet on a gently sloping stroll along the Kuilau Ridge. The hike overlooks the glorious Makaleha Mountains to the north and provides breathtaking views of Kawaikini and Mt. Wai‘ale‘ale, one of the wettest places on Earth, to the west. Inexperienced hikers and small children should have little difficulty with this wide and well-maintained path, which is surrounded by an abundance of native and non-native plants.
After about a mile climb, the trail emerges onto a wide-open grassy field. Sights that were hidden by trees and the mountain ridgeline come into full view with picturesque splendor. Deep-forested canyons gape in the foreground while steep mountains rise toward the passing clouds. If it has been raining, waterfalls visibly cascade down the mountainsides, a vision that brings new meaning to the word “green.”
For those packing a lunch, picnic tables and rest areas are available for taking a break before pressing on. Further down the Kuilau Trail proves rewarding as hikers come to a wooden footbridge, which crosses the ‘Ōpaeka‘a Stream. Here, it is like entering a garden-like world with plush eucalyptuses and ferns in wild abundance. Just ahead, take the left fork to reach the final destination ahead—the beautiful view of Kapehua‘ala, the highest peak of the Makaleha Mountains.
To reach the Kuilau Ridge Trail, take Hwy 56 from Līhu‘e and take an immediate left onto Kuamo‘o Road (Hwy 580) and drive eight miles as it winds toward the Keāhua Forestry Arboretum. The pavement ends at a stream crossing where there will be a visible sign. Located on the right side are two parking lots, as well as the trailhead.
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Hanakāpī‘ai Falls is without a doubt the best day hike on Kaua‘i. It offers both challenges and rewards to satisfy any explorer's dream of an authentic Hawaiian adventure. This hike averages 4-miles round trip if starting at Hanakāpī‘ai Beach and 8-miles round trip from Kē‘ē Beach. This adventure is just the first leg of the world famous Kalalau Trail, which twists and turns along the mountainous Nāpali Coast. Check weather conditions before attempting this hike and always keep safety first.
The fun all begins after journeying the first two challenging miles of the Kalalau Trailhead and coming to the Hanakāpī‘ai Valley on the Nāpali Coast. From here, the path becomes a strenuous journey inland, fit for serious hikers. Beginning three-quarters of a mile in, the trail passes through flowing streams. Hikers should be warned to never attempt the trail in the rain as the streams are prone to flash floods. The Hanakāpī‘ai Trail has recently benefited from major improvements and is much safer than it used to be. However, don’t underestimate this steep, rocky and muddy course.
But there is more to this adventure than a physical challenge—the views toward scenic Kē‘ē Beach and down the misty Nāpali Coast are unforgettable snapshots you can only find here on Kaua‘i, visible only by foot. Closer to the trail’s final destination, the path turns up a narrow canyon heading toward the Hanakāpī‘ai Falls. This part of the trail is less maintained but still easy to find. The scenery feels like a real jungle adventure with 40-ft bamboo creeks and towering mango trees that shade ancient Hawaiian terraces. All efforts are rewarded as the sight of the Hanakāpī‘ai waterfall graces the path before you as water crashes to a pool below, falling an amazing 300ft from pure, green cliffs. It’s Kaua‘i’s most renowned natural amphitheater. Hikers can shed their hiking gear and enjoy a dip in the deep pool under the falls to make the long hike worthwhile, but keep in mind that leptospirosis can be present and shouldn’t be attempted by anyone with an open cut. Absorbing the pristine Hanakāpī‘ai Falls is said to be an experience so surreal, it’s hard to accurately describe in words—a true testament to the natural beauty of Kaua‘i.
Difficulty: Very Strenuous
Nestled between a luxurious resort and renowned golf course, it may seem odd to find a hiking trail that is well known and well traveled by many adventure enthusiasts. However, the Māhā‘ulepū Trail near Po‘ipū is just that—a wild and scenic stretch of coastline on Kaua‘i’s South Shore encompassing sandy pathways and ironwood trees. This hike is a switch from the lush green mountainsides to ocean front views, sandy dunes and saltwater breezes that induce peace and serenity.
The trail spans from Shipwreck Beach to Māhā‘ulepū, climbing the Makawehi Bluff. Here, hikers can tiptoe to the edge of sand dunes and marvel over the aquamarine sea churning below. Locals have been known to cliff jump from these ledges; however, we do not recommend trying this as it is extremely dangerous.
Māhā‘ulepū was once the landing point of an invasion led by Kalaunuiohua, a Big Island ruler who attempted to conquer Kaua‘i in the14th century. A great battle ensued and the invaders were defeated. While the strange rock formations along this path may look like remnants of an ancient Hawaiian battle, keep in mind that these are just products of nature’s handiwork—the wreckage of the eternal battle between land and sea.
As hikers continue on the Māhā‘ulepū Trail, the destination will be Māhā‘ulepū Beach, one of the last unspoiled treasures on the South Shore. Māhā‘ulepū is consistently dry so on days when other parts of the island are pouring rain, this may be an excellent choice for hikers looking for sunshine. The Māhā‘ulepū Trail spans four miles roundtrip. It is mostly rocky with narrow, cliffside sections that lead to open beaches. With appropriate footwear, this is a nice path for casual hikers looking to experience this historical trail. The best way to experience the Māhā‘ulepū Trail is to park at Shipwreck Beach next to the Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa in Po‘ipū and walk down towards the cliffs.
Get your shopping fix on Kaua‘i at some of these chic boutiques and bespoke local brands you'll find around the island.
With prisms reflecting like sunbeams through a rainbow and elegant curves reminiscent of mountain slopes, RAEH’s collection of handmade jewelry exemplifies the understated beauty found in nature. The company’s roots go back to 2017 when an independent, self-taught jewelry artist became enamored with the treasures from the sea. One highlight from their current line includes the Petite Pearls, a seveninch strand of AA Grade Fresh Water Seed Pearls that can be worn as a delicate stand-alone bracelet or layered with other pieces to display how intricately beautiful nature is. Another stunning piece is their Wana (Tiger Sea Urchin Spines) on a gold-filled threader. This delicate treasure from the sea varies in color created in hues from maroon to burgundy and is a perfect earring to bring a bit of unexpected design to your outfit. With pieces so closely tied to the environment and nature, RAEH Collection strives to be eco-conscious in their packaging and support the ‘āina by donating a portion of its proceeds to the Waipā Foundation, a non-profit organization whose duty is to care for the ahupua‘a (Hawaiian land division system) of Waipā. There is no better way to commemorate your time on the island than by incorporating a piece from the RAEH Collection into your personal jewelry collection to serve as a memento of the beauty of Kaua‘i.-KRYSTAL KAKIMOTO
Available at boutiques on the island and online at raehcollection.com.
In 2014, KIKO co-owners Micki, Vicky and Natasha had an idea to open a store in the heart of historic Kapa‘a town with one stipulation—that the shelves were stocked with things they all loved. The trio got to work scrubbing down an old garage they rented and, the following year, KIKO was unveiled to the world. The bright, airy boutique has become a place known to be stocked with simple, well-made, unique goods sourced from around the world. The trio has expanded their philosophy to emphasize handmade over mass-produced, simple over glitzy, wood over plastic and fair trade over exploitation. From wellmade minimalist outfit pieces to handmade pottery and distinctive hostess gifts, KIKO’s eclectic collection will satisfy all your shopping needs while bringing a smile to your face with the charm of each item. Another huge draw for the store is its well-rounded book collection. Whether you are drawn to the keiki (children) books with fun tales and bold illustrations to Hawaiian-interest books, going through the selection of books at KIKO can occupy much of your visit. For a delightful day of shopping, browsing and hanging out, visit KIKO and take in their thoughtful collection of goods.
KIKO; 4-1316 Kūhiō Hwy., Kapa‘a, HI 96746; (808) 822-5096; kikokauai.com; Open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.PHOTO COURTESY: (THIS PAGE) KIKO; (OPP. RAEH COLLECTION)
With a former pro surfer and musician at the helm, The Barn 808 is a lifestyle store that radiates a vibe like no other on the island. The North Shore of Kaua‘i’s go-to boutique is the brainchild of Donavon Frankenreiter and his wife Petra, showcasing the eclectic items the Frankenreiters have found throughout their travels around the world. The store reflects their own funky sensibilities as much as it does the picturesque, laid-back luxe style of the town of Hanalei itself. Though the stock is ever-changing, you’re likely to find Nick Fouquet hats and Kaua‘ibased brand Sueño’s silk dresses and pillowcases alongside upcycled band tees, clean beauty brands and unique homewares. Recently, the creative couple fulfilled their dream of launching their own line of products, inspired by their wild and free ways of life as a family, as well as their time on the island traveling, surfing, making music and more. Expect upgraded basics like hooded sweatshirts, totes, trucker hats and the like. All of the Original Frankenreiter pieces are made in the U.S. and many use upcycled materials. Aprés surf, this chic shop is a must-stop.
The Barn 808; 5080 Kūhiō Hwy., Hanalei; (808) 320-3555; thebarn808.com; @thebarn808
The duo behind Monkey Palm Mercantile blends their love for interior design, world travel and music in their exclusive collection of goods. After hosting two TV shows in Tokyo, Stacy Rivett returned to the States to open her first home furnishings store in the funky NoHo district of Manhattan. Since then, she has grown her interior design consultancy business, both in Kaua‘i and the continental United States, and helped to open Monkey Palm Mercantile. Here, Stacy showcases her highly sought-after home design products that range from decorative vases made from 100% recycled glass to teak accent tables and even primitive wood stools. The second half of the duo behind the boutique is Mark Rivett, whose passion for music catapulted him to a successful career as a musician/composer/producer in Sydney, Australia. He brings his love for artisanal design, art and handcrafted goods to the store’s collection with their lifestyle and vintage pieces. The two invite guests to browse their bespoke collection and journey the world with them. From sustainable throws, hand-block printed sheet sets, imperial pocket knives, to Stetson hats, the products at Monkey Palm Mercantile will outfit every aspect of your life.
Monkey Palm Mercantile; 4-1354, Ste. #3, Kapa‘a; (808) 431-4033; monkeypalm.com; Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
BIG. BRIGHT. HAPPY.
The colorful work of mural artist David Floresstory MARY TROY JOHNSTON images KEITH KETCHUM
Is that a red-combed rooster with a wave-like, billowy tail surfboarding on a pizza slice? Or is that one of David Flores’s super large-scale murals, bursting with energy felt all over Kapa‘a? As David’s murals grow in popularity on the remote island of Kaua‘i, so do the businesses that showcase his bold, pop-color, action-led paintings. We know from the murals wrapping around the restaurant Island Craves Kauai that his roots are in signage, with the letter “C” in “Craves” shaped and colored like the tail of some mystical sea creature. David’s murals seem to “talk story” as the locals like to do. His art seems to say it is all fun for David; and he will be the first to tell you how much fun he has expressing himself with paint and making his art with friends.
His fun translates into so much more. An established mural artist eight years ago when he came to Kaua‘i, he made a footprint on an island without a community of muralists. The Garden Island is predominantly beautified by dramatic landscapes and seascapes, and art has tended to mirror that sense of beauty. Otherwise, it has tended
to take a folk turn with sentimental characters of beloved sea creatures, for example, dolphins and whales. Finding a place for his art turned out to be harder than he had anticipated. While able to make a living from his previous clientele on the continental United States, especially drawing on his fan base in Texas, he thought he might have to content himself with selling his art off-island. David makes a good point about his slow start on the island. He says, “It is already pretty here. People don’t need to look at art.” Nonetheless, they love to look at art, especially if it tells a story, which is where David excels.
Interestingly, he found his island groove painting coconuts which was a “small” departure from the large-scale art he had done in the past and the income it had produced. Consider, for example, his commission to paint and do restoration on the WWII aircraft carrier, the USS Lexington in Corpus Christie. This was no small task. From there he made the shift from ship to coconuts when he struck a deal with a friend at a novelty shop. He would do each coconut for twenty dollars if he got an order of ten at a time and no one told him what to paint.
To this day, he relishes freedom in what he paints. When he talks to clients about a project, he regularly finds that “nobody really knows what they want.” But he wants to learn from them — “what they don’t want” — adding that a client has never said he does not like the result. His long relationships with the people who have asked him to paint says it all. For example, he has been going back to the same bar for fifteen years to touch up work and do more painting. He continues to enjoy his work for Elephit SkateN-Surf shop after seven years where he is the mural and arts designer for concepts. He collaborates on skateboard designs with owner and graphic designer Sean McCrink, promotes the business through his murals on his travels and does signage and murals for the store located in Kapa‘a.
As he tried out different things on the island, his art began to find its niche. During the pandemic, he was a participant in an event called NirMana Fest (mana meaning spiritual power and energy to Hawaiians) in which five different murals were created to highlight the local talent, bring art to the community in a different way and boost the economy by bringing attention to local businesses. He reflects
on a woman who started crying when she saw his work. He asked her if something was wrong, and she replied, “No, I just had a really bad day; I really needed to see this today.” For the artist, “[Art] is about making somebody happy. Big. Bright. Happy.”
David became encouraged enough to open a gallery in Anahola (from 2018 to 2020) out of the desire to help create a community of muralists. The gallery was called the Public Zoo, and the creative space he wanted to share with other artists was called Native Lands. He supplied paints and paintable surfaces, scrounging up old surfboards from thrift stores. Part of the desire was to collaborate and share the fun with other artists; the other part was closer to home. David has a mixed ethnicity, both Hispanic and Native American heritage. Now, he feels he has added another ethnicity (although one that is borrowed) from living in Hawai‘i and studying the traditional culture. He used his “learning time” to tour other islands and steep himself in ancient traditions. Naming the shared creative space Native Lands was meant to send a coming-together message, “We are all Native people.”
One of his murals speaks directly to the brokenness that can stem from mixed ethnicities and his own personal efforts to return to wholeness after having experienced the breakage. He painted a young girl he named PNEUMA which means “the soul or creative force of a person.” She was depicted as young to show the innocence of the individual before society started to attach its labels. According to David, “Identity is what you are taught; it is not what you are.” After having been dissected by society, the girl is depicted as divided into segments. The symbols he includes suggest she is Hispanic, Hawaiian and Native American. When he was coping with his own divided identity, he concluded, “Dude, what does it matter?”
The muralist considers himself to be a “working man’s artist.” His body of work on Kaua‘i consists of food trucks, restaurants, a brewery, a skate shop … so far. And on the continental United States, his artwork resides at bars, institutes, gyms, and of course, the USS Lexington. He is always surprised to find the synergy between his art and the host businesses, both thriving together.
One of his most enthusiastic followers and closest friends is Stuart J. Fuller, former manager and
now art consultant for Aloha Images, a gallery in Kapa‘a owned by Ray Charron who started it to give a boost to emerging artists and provide customers with affordable art. Stuart’s career is mostly fine art, but he has a special appreciation for street art. He speaks knowingly about the force of David’s art, saying he paints with a “compulsion.” No wonder — the result is transformative. Kapa‘a with its historic feel and remnants of the demise of the sugar cane industry has clearly benefited from what Stuart refers to as David’s infusion of “local, native style with bright colors.” It is certainly true. No one can miss David’s visual beat, like the audio beat of electronic dance music. While David says he wants to leave a “thumbprint,” he seems to have given his art dancing shoes. He has not only helped to revitalize old and tired places but, post-pandemic, helped many rediscover the beat to really living.
David’s grandparents adopted him after he spent time in foster care as a child. The greatest influence on his life was his grandfather, an accordion tuner, who is in the Smithsonian and the Tejano Hall of Fame.
FOOD + FARM TOURSstory KRYSTAL KAKIMOTO
Rich, volcanic soils combined with heavy rainfall, year-round sunshine and a moderate climate make Kaua‘i an ideal location for farming. Throughout the island, farmers and producers have opened their doors to give visitors a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes action and insight into how their products are grown and made.
LYDGATE FARMS’ CHOCOLATE FARM TOUR
Nestled in the lush forests above Kapa‘a town is the sprawling 46 acres of fifth-generation owned and operated Lydgate Farms whose bio-diverse assortment of botanicals influence the flavors of their raw, unfiltered honey and single-estate chocolate The three-hour guided tour takes guests on a unique and educational branch-to-bar educational experience. There are multiple stops where guests can stroll the fields, take photos and sample their award-winning palm-blossom honey and fresh chocolate fruits. In addition to viewing the cacao trees and vanilla bean vines, Lydgate Farms also has a variety of tropical fruits throughout its grounds to view, dependent on the season. Advanced reservation is required for this tour which runs rain or shine. Guests ages seven and older can participate in the tour. For those ages six and younger, Lydgate Farms recommends their younger guests visit their gift shop for a fun chocolate-tasting experience geared toward keiki (children).
Lydgate Farms; 5730 Olohena Road, Kapa‘a; (808) 821-1857; lydgatefarms.com; Tours available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The store is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
RUM TASTING AT KŌLOA RUM
Located at Kilohana Estate in Līhu‘e, the 35-acre property once home to Gaylord Wilcox who operated Grove Farm Plantation, Kōloa Rum proudly shares the aloha spirit to the world with their premium, single-batch rum that is craft distilled on Kaua‘i. Established in 2009, their award-winning rum is created from pure cane sugar and pristine rainwater sourced from Mount Wai‘ale‘ale and twice distilled in vintage copper still pots that results in a smooth, rich and flavorful rum. Expanding on its premium Hawaiian rums, the company has incorporated ready-to-drink cocktails and drink mixes into its offerings to make cocktail preparation a breeze. Guests are invited to visit their tasting room, adjacent to the Kōloa Rum Store, where tastings are offered every hour. The tasting menu changes daily, so it is recommended you visit their website, koloarum.com, to see which drinks are being offered that day and to secure your reservation.
Kōloa Rum; 3-2087 Kaumuali‘i Hwy., Līhu‘e; (808) 246-8900; koloarum.com; Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tastings are available Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.LYDGATE FARMS KŌLOA RUM KŌLOA RUM PHOTO COURTESY: (TOP/OPPOSITE) LYDGATE FARMS; (MID/BOTTOM) KŌLOA RUM
KAUA‘I COFFEE COMPANY’S ESTATE FARM TOUR
Travel to Kaua‘i’s sunny south shore and explore the largest coffee farm in the United States. The warm Pacific sun, nutritious soil and abundant rainwater make the site of Kaua‘i Coffee Company perfect for growing some of the best coffee beans in the world. Known as a “true estate,” Kaua‘i Coffee Company grows, roasts and packs their coffee on-site utilizing environmentally friendly and sustainable farming practices. Visitors to the estate are welcome to learn about the grounds via their two tour options. Their Coffee on the Brain tour, available Sunday through Friday, delivers information about the journey of a Kaua‘i coffee bean, from seed to cup in a one-hour class. For those wanting a more immersive experience, the Kaua‘i Coffee Farm tour is offered Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m. During this one-hour tour, guests board an open-air truck for a chance to travel into the 3,100 acres of coffee fields. Guides share how coffee plants are germinated, grown and manufactured for an insider’s view of coffee production. The tour ends with mugs of fresh coffee produced right on the estate.
Kaua‘i Coffee Company; 870 Halewili Road, Kalaheo; (808) 335-0813; kauaicoffee.com; Open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
NANI MOON MEADERY & TASTING ROOM
Nani Moon Meadery’s humble beginnings date back to the year 2000 when owner, Stephanie Krieger, began making mead in her Kapahi garage. As the years passed, she perfected her recipe and opened the doors to Nani Moon Meadery, Hawai‘i’s only meadery. Each batch begins with a brew of local honey, water and yeast. To this, fruits, spices and grains are added resulting in an alcoholic beverage that is surprisingly complex and flavorful. Guests are welcome to visit their tasting room where you can enjoy a flight of their popular meads. Whether you wish to indulge in the Royal Flight which is a tasting of all six of their commercial varieties, a half-flight, à la carte pour or mead by the glass, the staff at Nani Moon Meadery are ready to open your eyes to the versatility of mead.
Nani Moon Meadery; 4-939 Kūhiō Hwy., Ste. D, Kapa‘a; (808) 651-2453. Visit their website to book a tasting: nanimoonmead.com. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
With an ethos of connecting change-makers and supporting the regenerative food movement on Kaua‘i, Common Ground is working to become a community food hub and incubator for local farmers and food entrepreneurs. While the 83-acre campus is still under construction, they welcome guests to experience their food tour that culminates in a locally-sourced dinner. Held Thursdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Common Ground food tour takes visitors through a collection of exotic plants brought to Hawai‘i and also local plants brought to the islands by Polynesian voyagers. The emphasis of the tour is harmony highlighted in their farm which requires no fertilizers or pesticides to keep balance. The tour concludes with a family-style meal with a hyper-local focus where all ingredients, from the cooking oil to the spices and everything in between, are from the islands. If you have extra time before the start of the tour, guests are welcome to arrive at 3 p.m. to enjoy a half-mile nature walk to view the historic stone dam on the property which dates back to the 1800s.
Common Ground; 4490 Kuawa Road, Kīlauea; (808) 828-6368; commongroundkauai.com; Tours available Thursdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Across the island, farmers and producers continue to innovate to better utilize the natural resources found on Kaua‘i. By opening their doors to visitors, they hope to share more about their unique stories and practices that are producing some of the best fruits, vegetables and products found in the state.
Born and raised on Kaua‘i’s West side, Chef Alex Amorin is a self-proclaimed “simple guy.” His quality-over-quantity mindset is reflected in his menu at Hualani’s at the Timbers Kaua‘i Ocean Club & Resort. On their innovative, farm-to-fork menu, the best of local ingredients are prepared without fuss to highlight the flavors and beauty of each ingredient.
In 2001, Chef Alex joined the team at Hualani’s as their sous chef. As he worked his way up to Chef de Cuisine, and now Executive Chef, he continues to incorporate his years of experience with his passion for local ingredients to honor the unique culinary heritage of the islands.
What are some of your fondest childhood memories surrounding food or cooking?
Chicken soup has a heartwarming feeling for me. I remember my grandma making chicken soup for me and she would make an Asian-style chicken soup with ginger, black pepper, fish sauce and chicken. She would add moringa leaves and sometimes even green papaya. That was probably one of my favorite meals growing up. We often made traditional sweets cooked over an open fire. We would make a coconut caramel by grating fresh coconut and squeezing it with coconut water to make coconut cream. At the time, we didn’t have cheese cloths so we would use old pantyhose to ring out the coconut cream. That was cooked with sugar until it became dark brown and the oil separated out. My grandma would make the fire and put the coconut caramel mixture in a wok. Then, my brother and I would stir glutinous rice into it until it got thick and sticky. It probably took 20 to 30 minutes. Then, my grandma would pour this in pans and smooth it out with coconut oil before baking. The cool thing was that we grew up in a plantation town and sugar was one of the cash crops. When we were about to make this treat, we would go to the sugar mill and get raw sugar. Then, we would gather dried coconuts off the ground. It was a whole day, sometimes two-day, experience.
How old were you when you realized that you wanted to be a chef?
You know, it was probably in middle school or early high school. I really enjoyed all these adventures with my grandma and seeing the joy it brought people to eat the food we made. I signed up for a Future Homemakers of America class in high school and everything we did in the class came naturally
for me – sorting vegetables and making cakes. The teacher of the class encouraged me to get into culinary arts. And after high school, I signed up for the Culinary Arts Program at Kaua‘i Community College.
When you first visited Timbers Kaua‘i, what stood out to you?
One of the things that really stood out for me was how the property supports the opportunity to be creative in the kitchen. The property is 450-acres, and there are so many different types of areas on the property. We have a coastline, a small farm and even an arid area with trees. There’s so much opportunity for sourcing ingredients. If you think about it, we could get fresh fish from the sea, honey from our apiary, wood from the forest to build a fire and fresh vegetables from our farm. It’s really all of that which was attractive to me, and all these opportunities are right at our fingertips.
Why is choosing local ingredients important for you?
Apart from the fact that local ingredients are super fresh, I think one of the things that really resonated with me was that Timbers had a slogan, “We want to be part of the community.” Having a property with that type of mindset struck me. Kaua‘i is relatively small, so a healthy community is an important thing. By supporting the businesses and people around, we can all flourish. We work with local fishermen and farmers to help their businesses. We tap into the talent of culinary students to showcase the amazing things done and created on the island. For me, it’s important for everyone to succeed and thrive.
How would you describe your Hualani’s menu to a new guest?
For me, simplicity comes to mind. Its locally sourced ingredients prepared simply. We don’t try to add too much to the dishes. We want to make sure the ingredients shine through. We try to source the best products we can, and we avoid cutting corners. When we buy tuna, it’s the best tuna; when we buy beef, it’s the best beef.
What are some of your favorite local ingredients to work with?
For me, it would have to be the local produce. The 365-day growing season allows us to get fresh produce daily. I love to see the changes in the seasons and how it is reflected in the produce. And I also love working with the local farmers who are happy to bring their first crop items to us. That type of produce really sets us apart from restaurants who ship in their produce.
What would a perfect day off look like for you?
I usually wake up early to get some peace before the
kids wake up. I would enjoy my coffee. Then, I’d play with the kids a bit, cook them breakfast and take them to the beach. I would come home and take a nap; I never get to take a nap anymore! My wife and I have a small farm so we would probably head out there to pick some produce. Then, we’d probably light a fire, open a bottle of wine, turn on the hot tub and have a great evening. To me, that’s all the success I need. When it comes down to it, I just want to spend time with the family and enjoy our little farm.
Chef Alex invites everyone to join him at Hualani’s to taste a sense of place through their hyper-local menu. With breathtaking views, outstanding service and unforgettable food, your evening at Hualani’s will be simply magnificent.
Hualani’s at Timbers Kaua‘i; 3770 Ala‘oli Way, Hōkūala, HI 96766; (808) 320-7399; timberskauai. com; Open daily for breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., happy hour from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
THE HOT SPOT
The Tasting Roomstory KRYSTAL KAKIMOTO
Whether visiting for pre-dinner drinks, sharing a meal with friends, or enjoying an evening nightcap, The Tasting Room has become the spot for people to gather, dine and appreciate fine wines. Combined with the hip vibes and fantastic food specifically prepared to pair well with wine, The Tasting Room will quickly become your favorite place to spend an evening. >>>
Built around a premise to expand wine knowledge in a friendly, unpretentious manner, The Tasting Room’s staff have a knack to welcome all guests with aloha—making them feel like they are revisiting a neighborhood wine bar—even if it is their first time joining them. Whether you are a versed wine enthusiast, or someone just starting their wine journey, The Tasting Room has options for all palates and preferences. Much of their wine menu is available in either 2 oz. pours, 5 oz. pours, or by the bottle, which allows guests to create custom flights and taste through the menu.
Along with their extensive wine list, craft beer offerings and unique spirits, the chefs here have created a menu of small and large bites to pair well with their beverage offerings. A great dish to share is their classic Charcuterie Board which features a selection of specialty cured meats, cheeses and other delectable bites. To match the depth of offerings on the Charcuterie Board, one standout wine from the Bubbles section of their wine list is the Calvet Crémant de Bordeaux Brut Rosé. The fine bubbles of this wine have a velvet-like touch to the tongue and the delicate aromatics of raspberries will brighten appetites for the courses to come. Other excellent starters include their Portuguese Sardine Filets
topped with freshly made chimichurri sauce and Olive Tapenade meant to be spread atop the toasted crostini that accompanies the dish.
The lighter bites section of their menu features smaller dishes meant to be shared by the table. One outstanding lighter bite is their Fresh Burrata which is served atop a thick slab of toasted French bread and decorated with refreshing tomato bruschetta, balsamic reduction and a basil purée. While a crisp white wine or glass of sparkling wine is a traditional pairing with burrata cheese, the “Pinks” section of their wine list offers many great choices like the elegant Leoube Rosé. This Provencal rosé’s soft mouthfeel and palate of wild strawberries will lighten the richness of the cheese cleansing the palate between bites.
Another great lighter bite to share is the Seared Prime Filet that begs to be enjoyed with a glass of red wine. The Black Angus prime beef tenderloin is gently seared and served both rare and chilled. Before being served, the dish is topped with crispy fried capers, peppery baby arugula, and a citrus vinaigrette. In addition to their other light bites to share, The Tasting Room also has fantastic salads that incorporate the best produce the island has to offer. One menu staple is their Caesar salad which
starts with tender leaves of Kaua‘i butter lettuce. This is tossed in their house-made roast garlic and black peppercorn Caesar dressing before being garnished with shaved red onions, parmesan cheese and toasted focaccia croutons.
On the larger bites side of the menu, one highlight is their Moroccan Spiced Lamb Rack drizzled with a red wine reduction and served alongside creamy hummus, warm naan bread and Mediterranean vegetables tossed in tzatziki yogurt sauce. The red wine list offers numerous potential pairings but one wine that stands out is the Domaine de la Solitude from Chateaneuf-du-Pape. With roots dating back to the 15th century, this refined wine has a floral nose rich with black fruits and spices that will harmonize with the bold flavors of the spiced lamb rack.
Another excellent larger bite is the Chicken Marbella which features roasted chicken braised in Spanish green olives and dried plum marinade served over wild rice and garlic green beans. This dish of Jewish-American origin can be difficult to pair because of the blend of briny, sweet and tangy flavors but a full-bodied glass of Merlot, like the Emmolo Merlot from Napa Valley can prove to be an excellent accompaniment. The rich and expansive red wine brings forward flavors of over-ripe cherries,
sun-ripened figs and haunting smoke that will ebb and flow beautifully with the brininess from the olives and the sweetness of the dried plums.
Whether you are closing your meal at The Tasting Room, or just stopping by for dessert after a night out, their Sweet Bites menu and accompanying dessert wine list will end your night on a high note. Whether indulging in the Panna Cotta of the Day, decadent Gluten Free Lava Cake with a pour of Kōloa Rum’s Cacao Rum, or comforting Apple Cobbler Cheesecake complete with a streusel crumble topping and caramel drizzle, each dessert option will satisfy your sweet craving.
Feel your worries evaporate as you walk through the doors of The Tasting Room and allow their friendly staff to be your guide along a gastronomical journey. From its delicious food to its internationally acclaimed wine list, The Tasting Room is a hot spot to taste, gather and experience the finest things in life— great food with great people.
The Tasting Room; 5476 Kōloa Rd., Kōloa; (808) 4314311; tastingroomkauai.com; Open Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
WHAT WE LOVE NOW
For a quick and delicious meal, pop into Fish Bar Deli whose imaginative and playful menu will delight the senses while abating your hunger. Located in the center of historic Kapa‘a town, Fish Bar Deli is affectionately known as a “Triple Threat” with its delicious restaurant offerings, gourmet market and a full-service bar. When you visit, let their friendly staff start your meal with a refreshing drink like their Soursop Colada—a riff on the popular piña colada—concocted with a blend of locally made Kōloa coconut rum and Kunana soursop juice. In addition to their handmade cocktails, they also have a great selection of beers, wines and non-alcoholic offerings like fresh fruit juice and seasonal sodas and housemade cold brew. When the time comes to place orders for pupus, a great item to share is their Mālama Deviled Eggs. The boiled eggs are halved and filled with a creamy yolk mixture and topped with dilly beans, housemade barbecue sauce and chicken skin crisps. Loaded sandwiches, refreshing salads and fresh seafood round out their menu which relies heavily on locally grown produce and products. In addition to their stellar restaurant and bar offerings, guests also stop by their gourmet market to stock up on picnic must-haves like colorful salads, tinned seafood and an assortment of jams, sauces and spreads.KRYSTAL KAKIMOTO
Fish Deli Bar; 4-1380 Kūhiō Hwy., Kapa‘a, HI 96746; (808) 378-2244; fishbardeli.com; Open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Happy hour specials from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
What started as a food truck on Kaua‘i’s east side is now one of the most beloved pizza spots on the island. Scorpacciata Restaurant & Bar, located in Harbor Mall in Līhuē, tempts diners with the intoxicating aromas of hand-tossed crusts and fresh ingredients cooking together in wood fire ovens. To start their meals, guests can choose from a selection of starters like their Casteveltrano olives topped with chili flakes, crushed garlic and fresh herbs or their Caprese Salad garnished with creamy burrata cheese, Kamuela tomatoes, freshly torn basil, Laudemio Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a drizzle of balsamic reduction. For their twelve-inch, hand-stretched pizzas, guests can choose from their classic crust or gluten-free option and have a variety of topping combinations to choose from. One popular pizza is their Cheesy Garlic which starts with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and fresh mozzarella. Mixed in is roasted garlic butter before being topped with Parmigiano Reggiano, parsley and basil. And for diners wanting a vegan option, Scorpacciata’s veganpizza starts with tomato sauce topped with kale pieces, sliced onions, red onions, sweet peppers and sun-dried tomatoes. The pizza is then finished with a sprinkling of Kalamata olives, a drizzle of balsamic reduction and truffle oil. Completing the experience, they also offer specialty cocktails, beers on tap and a great selection of desserts to end your meal on a sweet note.-KRYSTAL KAKIMOTO
Scorpacciata Restaurant & Bar; 3501 Rice Street, Līhuē, HI 96766; (808) 631-2017; scorpacciatakauai.com; Open Tuesday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
WHAT WE LOVE NOW
Nestled within Warehouse 3540’s assortment of unique boutiques is Kind Koffee Co., a locally owned and operated coffee truck serving some of the finest organic coffee on the island. Each decision at Kind Koffee Co. is made with the intention of serving the best product to their customers, which starts before the coffee is even brewed! Kind's owner, Taeru, sources locally grown, organic coffee beans with meticulous attention to detail paying attention to the cultivation, harvesting, and roasting of the coffee beans. In her vintage coffee truck, she creates masterful drinks that start with expertly drawn shots of espresso. One stunning specialty latte at Kind Koffee Co. is their Aloha Latte which starts with smooth shots of espresso. To this, creamy coconut milk and sweet macadamia nut syrup are added resulting in the perfect way to start a day in paradise. If you’re not in the mood for coffee or espresso, Kind Koffee Co. also offers a wide selection of specialty drinks and teas. A popular specialty drink is their Lavender Matcha which is made with housemade lavender syrup and milk of your choice. To accompany your beverages, you can also check out Kind Koffee Co.’s food menu. A must-try is their locally-made organic bagels that are served with your choice of cream cheese, avocado or hummus. And a perfect pick me up are their chocolate chip cookies, baked fresh every morning. -KRYSTAL KAKIMOTO
Kind Koffee. Co.; Located within Warehouse 3540 at 3540 Kōloa Rd, Kalāheo; (808) 639-6470; kindkoffee.com; Open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Enjoy fresh island seafood, superb steaks, and farm-to-table menus at Opakapaka Grill & Bar, the North Shore’s only oceanside restaurant. Open your meal with a handcrafted cocktail while you appreciate the pupus the chefs have to offer. One crowd favorite pupu on their dinner menu is the Poke Nachos that starts with fresh ‘ahi (Yellowfin tuna) poke served on a bed of won ton pi chips. The nachos are decorated with Siracha and unagi (eel) sauce, a sprinkle of furikake (Japanese seaweed seasoning), and served with their specially made dip of sour cream and Pico De Gallo. One great thing about the menu at Opakapaka Grill & Bar is that there is something for everyone. A great choice for vegan guests is their Taro Burgers which start with a locally-made, gluten-free taro patty. The burger is topped with pieces of crisp lettuce, juicy tomatoes, and served with a side of french fries. For guests wanting to taste some of the freshest seafood on the island, they can choose from their Fish Tacos, Catch of the Day, or tempura battered fish served with house-made tartar sauce, cabbage slaw, and french fries. And for those wanting to savor a satisfying steak, they can opt for their 12 oz. Ribeye Steak served with steamed rice, furikake, fresh vegetables, and a red wine demi sauce. Open daily for lunch and dinner, guests are treated to spectacular views, delicious food, and customer service that captures the true essence of aloha.
Opakapaka Grill & Bar; 5-7132 Kūhiō Hwy., Wainiha; (808) 378-4425; opakapakagrillandbar.com; Open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Be aware. Travel with care.
We hope that you enjoy this very special place. Help us preserve its beauty as you explore with a heightened level of awareness, intention, and respect. Mahalo nui loa.
SEE + DO
ULTIMATE KAUA‘I OFF ROAD RANCH TOUR off-road tour
WATERFALL TRIPLE TRAIL EXPEDITION off-road tour
NI‘IHAU + NĀPALI COAST SUPER TOUR boat tour
NĀPALI COAST SNORKEL SAIL boat tour
NĀPALI COAST SEA CAVES boat tour
NĀPALI COAST PRIVATE CHARTERS boat tour
JURASSIC PARK LANDING ADVENTURE air tour
GLIDE ABOVE KAUA‘I’S GRANDEUR air tour
LUXURY HELICOPTER EXPERIENCE air tour
DOORS-OFF HELICOPTER EXPERIENCE air tour
HISTORICAL TRAIN RIDE AT KILOHANA historical tour
RUM SAFARI tasting tour
LŪ‘AU KALAMAKU lū‘au
LŪ‘AU KA HIKINA lū‘au
KAUAI E-BIKES electric bike rental
TAHITI NUI LŪ‘AU lū‘au
KAUA‘I OCEAN DISCOVERY CENTER museum
GOLF CART TOUR sightseeing tour
WAIMEA CANYON & KOKE‘E ADVENTURE sightseeing tour
SECRET FALLS TOUR kayak & hiking tour
WAILUA FALLS sightseeing
KĪLAUEA LIGHTHOUSE sightseeing
NA ‘ĀINA KAI BOTANICAL GARDENS & SCULPTURE PARK garden tour
KALALAU VALLEY LOOKOUT sightseeing
CANYON STATE PARK sightseeing & hiking
Ultimate Kaua‘i Off-Road Ranch Tour
› EXPLORE DIVERSE LANDSCAPES
› LEARN ABOUT KIPU RANCH HISTORY
› FOR BEGINNERS OR SERIOUS RIDERS
Take a beautiful and breathtaking 3-hour Kauai off-road scenic tour through Kipu Ranch. With diverse landscape, abundant wildlife, and spectacular views, this signature tour makes Kipu Ranch one of the premier eco-tour locations in Hawai‘i. Ride through lush green pastures, venture down into tropical Hulē‘ia Valley, and ascend under the canopy of the rainforest, as it leads you to the breathtaking backdrop of Mt. Hā‘upu, Kaua‘i’s untouched paradise. Enjoy the historic landscape with photos of famous movie locations such as Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Descendants. From kama‘āina to visitors from around the world, this tour will leave you speechless!
Waterfall Triple Trail Expedition
Experienced guides will lead you through an expansive 3,000-acre trail system on a working cattle ranch, which is full of breathtaking scenery, blockbuster movie hits, cultural history, and Hawaiian legends. You will navigate your own vehicle throughout the different trails and obstacles to a private waterfall, bamboo jungles and much more! This tour holds nothing back. Here you’ll find well-maintained top of the line ultra-smooth suspension vehicles. A well thought out and crafted route is where great expeditions begin; and they have mapped out just that. Traverse the best open view, mountain and jungle sections of all three of their trail systems combined into one epic trip.
› TREK ACROSS ALL 3 TRAIL SYSTEMS
› VISIT POPULAR MOVIE SET LOCATIONS
› DRIVE RIGHT UP TO A PRIVATE WATERFALL
Kipu Ranch Adventures
(808) 246-9288 • KipuTours.com
235 Kipu Rd., Līhu‘e (Map H, PG 168)
Ni‘ihau + Nāpali Coast Super Tour
Say yes to adventure and create memories to last a lifetime. Snorkel one of the most remote and pristine tropical reefs off the “Forbidden Island” of Ni‘ihau and sightsee the historic Nāpali Coast in one amazing day. Holo Holo Charters is the only company to offer this amazing tour daily. The adventure begins with sightseeing along the world-famous Nāpali Coast. Capture some great memories with picture-perfect backdrops of cliffs, valleys, waterfalls and more. The adventure continues as we head to Ni‘ihau to explore the waters of Lehua Crater. Here you will have the opportunity to snorkel in cobalt blue waters, viewing endemic fish, endangered monk seals, underwater lava cathedrals and much more.
Holo Holo Charters
(808) 335-0815 • HoloHoloCharters.com
4353 Waialo Rd., #5A, Ele‘ele (Map D, PG 165)
Nāpali Coast Snorkel Sail
Say yes to adventure with this exclusive Nāpali snorkeling & sailing tour. Holo Holo Charters invites you to go cruising on their Kaua‘i-built catamaran for a day of fun, sightseeing, snorkeling and sailing. Voyage to Kaua‘i’s world-famous Nāpali Coast with the wind in your sails. Take in the breathtaking 4,000-foot cliffs from sea-level to really capture the scale and beauty of this enchanting place. Complete the trip with a snorkel stop along Kaua‘i’s coast to view tropical fish, turtles and other local marine life. Breakfast, lunch and drinks are all included in this memorable tour for the whole family.
› 50’ KAUA‘I-BUILT SAILING CATAMARAN
› ONBOARD WATERSLIDE TO THE NĀPALI
› SNORKELING EQUIPMENT & INSTRUCTION
Holo Holo Charters
(808) 335-0815 • HoloHoloCharters.com
4353 Waialo Rd., #5A, Ele‘ele (Map, D, PG 165)
Nāpali Coast Sea Caves
Join locally owned and operated Na Pali Experience on their Nāpali Coast boat tours for an unforgettable experience at one of the most spectacular attractions in the world. Often regarded as the most beautiful portion of Hawai‘i, the 17-mile stretch of coastline known as the Nāpali Coast is a must see. Experience the magic of sea caves and crystal-clear waters on a choice of two boats that handle the seas well and fit into all the caves along the coast. Each cave is unique and special in its own way but “Double Door” or Wai‘ahu‘akua in Hawaiian is a favorite. On one side you enter a giant amphitheater cave, but as you continue around the cave, it reveals a spectacular waterfall that cascades from several thousand feet. Their small-group adventures include whale watching in winter, snorkeling in summer at Nu‘alolo Kai— the best snorkel spot— and viewing the valleys, beaches, caves and waterfalls on the coast.
Nāpali Coast Private Charters
Private tours are without question the best way to enjoy a day of sightseeing, snorkeling or whale watching along the Nāpali Coast. If you are looking to experience a once-in-a-lifetime personalized trip with a small group, Na Pali Experience’s topof-the-line, six-person, power catamaran offers a unique and personal experience of the Nāpali Coast. Bring your family and friends for a relaxing day on the water where you’ll have the personal attention of the captain and crew. Instead of listening to narrations, knowledge is passed conversationally, and instead of being a face in the crowd, their private charters feel more like hanging out on a boat with friends. Their private and small-group explorations of Kauai’s beautiful coast will expose you to spectacular views, including secret beaches, sea cliff waterfalls, hanging valleys and gaping caves. If your party size is larger than six, their 35-ft deluxe power catamaran accommodates 18 guests comfortably.
Jurassic Falls Landing Adventure
In this tour offered only by Island Helicopters, you’ll land at the epic Manawaiopuna (Jurassic) Falls and learn the fascinating history of this remote area. Discover native plants, geologic formations, and explore the grounds of this breathtaking setting of Jurassic Park with your experienced guide. Island Helicopters’ exclusive landing access to the 400-foot falls makes this a one-ofa-kind, high-value experience for Jurassic fans and adventure-seekers alike. In addition to the landing adventure, you’ll see Kaua‘i’s other magnificent landmarks from the sky with the Grand Skies Island Tour included. Island Helicopters flies with custom, ceiling-to-floor windows for optimum viewing and comfort. This tour is 75-80 minutes total and is only offered five days a week.
Glide Above Kaua‘i’s Grandeur
Founded in 1980, Island Helicopters is Kaua‘i’s most experienced air tour company. With safety and comfort as a priority, all trips fly with doors on and welcome guests of all ages. A signature of Island Helicopters, the Grand Skies Island Tour, soars past Kaua‘i’s most stunning landmarks, like Waimea Canyon, the Nāpali Coast, and Manawaiopuna Falls (made famous in the blockbuster Jurassic Park). Island Helicopters flies closer to Kaua‘i’s spectacular landscapes and offers the most affordable rates on the island. All pilots are locals of Kaua‘i and possess thousands of hours of flight time. Legacy, safety and adventure combine to yield an unforgettable journey above this breathtaking island. This tour is 50-55 minutes total. Please contact Island Helicopters for more details.
› LOCALLY OWNED/OPERATED 40+ YEARS
› ISLAND HELICOPTERS' SIGNATURE TOUR
› BEST RATE FOR A KAUA‘I AIR TOUR
Island Helicopters Kauai
3788 Ahukini Rd, Līhu‘e (Map H, PG 168)
Luxury Helicopter Experience
› FLY IN STYLE IN A EUROCOPTER ASTAR
› CHOOSE A 60- OR 90-MINUTE TOUR
› SPACIOUS CABIN + PLUSH INTERIOR
Soar around Kaua‘i’s most awe-inspiring views in the comfort of a 6-passenger AStar, designed for providing a smooth and luxurious ride. From luscious valleys to rugged coastlines to dramatic canyons, bear witness to Kaua‘i’s unparalleled natural beauty. You will feel like a celebrity in the aircraft’s spacious cabin with floor-to-ceiling windows, air conditioning and Bose noise-canceling headsets. Gain a new perspective of the island on this tour, as over 70% of Kaua‘i is inaccessible by car. We can guarantee you will never forget gliding through the Wai‘ale‘ale Crater and its 3000' waterfalls or flying down the stunning 17-mile Nāpali coastline.
Jack Harter Helicopters
(808) 245-3774 • Helicopters-Kauai.com
4231 Ahukini Rd, Līhu‘e (Map H, PG 168)
Doors-Off Helicopter Experience
Feel the cool breeze on your face and smell the tropical rainforest as you fly in and out of lush valleys. Fully immerse yourself in the beauty of Kaua‘i on a thrilling doors-off helicopter tour. Experienced pilots will safely guide you throughout the 60-minute tour, offering interesting facts and history about the area. Witness the jaw-dropping Nāpali Coast, Waimea Canyon, Wai‘ale‘ale crater and many others from a bird’s-eye-view. There is nothing but your camera between you and the island’s most picturesque landscapes, making it the ideal tour for photographers. Not only seeing the grandeur of Kaua‘i but truly feeling it is what makes this tour an experience like no other.
› NO DOORS = A PHOTOGRAPHER'S DREAM!
› A 60-65 MINUTE TOUR WITH UP TO 4 PASSENGERS IN AN MD HUGHES 500
Jack Harter Helicopters
(808) 245-3774 • Helicopters-Kauai.com
4231 Ahukini Rd, Līhu‘e (Map H, PG 168)
Historical Train Ride at Kilohana
Climb aboard this 40-minute conductor-narrated tour of the 105-acre Kilohana Plantation in the same type of locomotive used in the sugarcane fields. Relax in the mahogany and ipe wood cars while you are entertained and educated by knowledgeable conductors. The 2.5-mile rail line passes stands of original island crops like sugarcane and taro, and you will pass groves of mango, banana, papaya, pineapple and native and exotic hardwoods from around the world. Learn about Kaua‘i’s agriculture and history. Well out into the heart of the plantation you will disembark to spend time feeding the pigs, goats, sheep and their friendly donkey, Steiny. For the total experience, enjoy a guided 3.5 hour tour, complete with train ride, lunch from The Plantation House by Gaylord's, history, and a 1.5-mile walk to explore the grounds and sample fruits from twelve acres of exotic tropical trees. There is something for everyone. It’s fun for all ages.
Kauai Plantation Railway at Kilohana (808) 245-7245 • KilohanaKauai.com
3-2087 Kaumuali‘i Hwy., Līhu‘e (Map H, PG 168)
Step into one-of-a-kind, open-air Safari Trucks to explore the beautiful 105-acre Kilohana Plantation. On tour you will enjoy a Koloa Rum tasting, sip on their signature Mai Tai, meet and interact with farm animals, and have a fresh cocktail made with fruits and herbs grown on the plantation. Stroll on a boardwalk through a tropical rainforest to taste the award-winning Koloa Rum at the Jungle Bungalow. Now it’s time for a little safari as you ride through an animal pasture to feed a herd of pigs. At their Loi Lanai, your mixologist will whip up a farm-to-glass cocktail that will knock your socks off. We are talking about a drink made entirely from fruits and herbs grown on the plantation.
(808) 652-4707 • KauaiSafaris.com
3-2087 Kaumuali‘i Hwy, Līhu‘e (Map H, PG 168)HISTORICAL TOUR in LĪHU‘E in LĪHU‘E
Lū‘au Kalamakū delivers an authentic Hawaiian experience and is a “mustsee” for all Kaua‘i visitors. The extravaganza held Tuesday and Friday evenings (Mondays during summer months) is performed “in-the-round,” offering great views from every seat. Before the main show, join a traditional imu ceremony. A craft fair featuring local artisans awaits on the lawn. Feast on a delicious buffet of local favorites and enjoy a mai tai from the open bar. The 45-minute main show shares the amazing story of the ancient Hawaiian legend of Kalamakū “child of the new land” and the epic voyage taken by islanders between Tahiti and Kaua‘i. Through laughter, fear and seduction a new legacy is born and culminates with a fantastic fire dream featuring fire poi balls and traditional fire knife dancing.
Lū‘au Ka Hikina
› SPECTACULAR OCEAN VIEWS
› AN AUTHENTIC CULTURAL EXPERIENCE
› MODERN TAKE ON A HAWAIIAN FEAST
You cannot leave Kaua‘i without an authentic lū‘au experience. Lū‘au Ka Hikina takes place in a newly built, open-air event pavilion, Halau Ho‘okipa, which boasts unparalleled views over the ocean. From the impressive torch lighting ceremony that kicks off the evening’s festivities along with mesmerizing hula kahiko (ancient hula) dances performed under the direction of Leilani Rivera Low, an awardwinning kumu hula (hula master). Lū‘au Ka Hikina invites you to experience a memorable evening celebrating Hawaiian and Polynesian culture—complete with a locally sourced, traditional Hawaiian feast with a modern point of view and live music.
Explore Kaua‘i by two wheels with Kaua‘i E-Bikes. Located off the beaten path at the all-new Kōloa Village in Old Kōloa Town, Kaua‘i E-Bikes offers a more personalized experience. Rent or purchase from a selection of top brands such as Addmotor, Aventon, Black Rock and Solé. They carry a wide range of models, from island cruisers and step-thru bikes to folding bikes — all perfect for exploring the island. Feel an electric boost with pedal assist to effortlessly climb hills or get that last blast of power to complete a long ride. If your jam is more casual, they have regular pedal bikes too. Whether you’re cruising around sightseeing Kōloa, heading to Pō‘ipu beach or need a quick fix at a coffee shop, Kaua‘i E-Bikes puts their hearts into helping you find the perfect e-bike/bike. Have fun being “Green” while exploring Kaua‘i! Open daily. Check them out on IG @kauai_ebikes or Facebook @Kauai-EBikes. Mention Savvy360 for a 10% discount.
Located in Kōloa Village
5460 Kōloa Rd., Ste. A101, Kōloa (Map C, PG 165)
› BICYCLE SAFETY TIPS & FITTING
› HANDLEBAR BAG,HELMET, LOCK & CHARGING UNIT INCLUDED WITH RENTAL
Tahiti Nui Lū‘au
› TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY EVENINGS
› 6PM CHECK-IN
› RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
The Tahiti Nui’s lū‘au experience captures the essence of Hanalei with their tribute to the legendary Aunty Louise. Located in the heart of Hanalei on the north shore of Kaua‘i, the Tahiti Nui Lū‘au has kept the pulse of Hawaiian music alive and thriving on Kaua‘i since 1963. Celebrate the “Best of Hanalei” lū‘au every Tuesday and Wednesday featuring the food, songs and dances that have made the Tahiti Nui a home away from home. Sit back and relax in an intimate setting as you experience a unique and authentic Polynesian cultural exploration that includes an imu ceremony, Mai Tai hour, an all-you-can eat traditional Hawaiian lū‘au buffet, an amazing show with dances from across the Pacific and even Samoan style fire dancing.
Kaua‘i Ocean Discovery Center
Affiliated with the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, the Kaua‘i Ocean Discovery at Kukui Grove Shopping Center in Līhu‘e shares the tradition and knowledge of our ocean connections and inspires stewardship. Learn about humpback whales (koholā), Hawaiian monk seals, sea turtles (honu), albatrosses, and more. Take a tour of the extensive Hawaiian archipelago, including Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, and Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Visit an underwater world through videos, interactive displays and hands-on activities. Hear the Hawaiian creation chant, Kumulipo, and see an original mural inspired by it. Nearby in the shopping center, a Keiki Corner provides ocean-themed fun for the little ones. Rotational exhibits feature community and student projects. The facility is free and open to the public.
Located in Kukui Grove Center (808) 246-2861
3-2600 Kaumualii Hwy #1618, Līhu‘e (Map H, PG 168)
› OPEN WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS 2-5PM
› OPEN SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS 11AM-2PM
› CALL FOR WEEKLY SPECIAL EVENTS
Sunset Golf Cart Tour
The Sunset Golf Cart Tour at Princeville Makai Golf Club is one of the most enjoyable, educational and truly stunning activities on the North Shore. The tour is a guided golf cart tour of the golf course, flora and fauna that make up the North Shore of Kaua‘i—intertwined with both cultural and geographical educational elements that will give you a greater understanding for the ‘aina (land) and the moana (ocean). Best of all, the final stop on the tour is truly one of the most stunning locations in the world to witness a sunset—the signature par-3, seventh hole on the Princeville Makai Course that makes for the perfect viewing spot and photographable moment.
Princeville Makai Golf Course
(808) 826-1912 • MakaiGolf.com/SunsetCartTour
4080 Lei O Papa Road, Princeville (Map I, PG 169)
Hōkūala Golf Adventures
Hōkūala Golf Adventures, hosted by PGA Professionals, transcends the destination golf school. Enrich your connection to the Aloha Spirit through golf and excursions. This trendsetting golf academy offers many on-course golf experiences and golfer development programs. Join weekly scrambles that will help scale your new skills and cultivate new friendships. Golf may be in the name, but these adventures are far more encompassing than a four-letter word—and a lot more fun. Uncover and deepen your appreciation for the island and culture. Awaken your Aloha Spirit with The Sunrise Hui Aloha tour. Enjoy a serene stroll to the farm, then enjoy its bounty of fresh island cuisine and signature cocktails. Begin your journey to a deeper enjoyment of golf and the Kaua‘i lifestyle.
› A NEW TAKE ON GOLF INSTRUCTION
› GAIN A NEW APPRECIATION FOR THE ISLAND
› FARM-FRESH CUISINE & LIBATIONS
Ocean Course at Hōkūala
(808) 241-6000 • GolfHokuala.com
3351 Ho'Olaulea Way, Līhu‘e (Map H, PG 168)
Waimea Canyon & Kōke‘e Adventure
Journey through the heart of Kaua‘i’s countryside and ascend a meandering road engulfed by trees to reveal what Mark Twain aptly described as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” Marvel at the immense cliffs and deep gorges of the Waimea Canyon. Watch ocean waves propel water through ancient lava rock at the Spouting Horn Blowhole. In a quaint town view Hanapēpē Valley from the lookout. Venture down a nature trail in Kōke‘e State Park for an easy trek amidst native Hawaiian flora and fauna. Listen for the lyrical chirping of the rare red ‘apapane or ‘i‘iwi bird species who sip nectar from the blossoms. Stroll the orchards at the Kauai Coffee Plantation along the coast while relaxing in the warm Hawaiian sun before returning to your hotel with memories that’ll last long after your vacation.
Paddle the majestic Wailua River, where original settlers paddled over 2,000 miles from the Marquesas Islands to Kaua‘i around 1,500 years ago. Hear the legends and learn about the flora and fauna of Kaua‘i's most sacred area. After paddling past numerous heiaus along the cliff lines of the Wailua, you will reach Kamokila Village, a replica of an ancient Hawaiian village and traditionally a sacred fishing and farming area. Soon you will come to the North Fork where you will paddle leisurely through the Garden Isle’s most beautiful jungle river until you come to the trail head for Secret Falls (Uluwehi Falls). Enjoy a moderate hike through Kaua‘i rainforest to an enchanting waterfall, which descends 120-ft into a natural pool surrounded by rocks and vegetation. A sandwich lunch is served with freshcut pineapple served Hawaiian style by some of the best tour guides on Kaua‘i.
Rainbow Kayak Tours
440 Aleka Place, Suite #2, Kapa‘a (Map E, PG 166)
Secret Falls Tour
› AN ACTIVE + HISTORIC ADVENTURE UP THE BEAUTIFUL WAILUA RIVER
› THE PAYOFF COMES AT SECRET FALLS
SIGHTSEEING in LĪHU‘E
SIGHTSEEING on NORTH SHORE
Nicknamed the Fantasy Island waterfalls for the prominent opening scene of the falls for the hit television show, this stunning 80-foot tiered waterfall is easy to view close to the roadside lookout. It’s best to view the falls in the morning when the sun adds to the beauty of the falls, and rainbows are common from the mist.The falls can sometimes appear much taller, as determined by the amount of rainfall farther up the stream. Please do not hike to the bottom of the falls (also advised against by the county and posted signs) as this is a very slippery and dangerous path. This is a simple and quick stop with a great photograph opportunity.
Known today as the Daniel K. Inouye Kīlauea Point Lighthouse, this impressive 52-foot structure is situated on a rocky peninsula 180-feet above the Pacific Ocean. A National Historic Landmark, this lighthouse had the largest clamshell lens of any lighthouse in the world and served as a beacon since it was built in 1913 to guide passing sea and air traffic. The light was replaced in the 1970s with a low-maintenance light beacon. You can walk into the lighthouse but not the lantern room. The Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge is open Thursday - Saturday from 10am - 4pm. Check for current tour availability and hours. Reservations are required for entry at recreation.gov.
Na ‘Āina Kai Botanical Gardens & Sculpture Park
Na ‘Āina Kai is a stunning botanical garden encompassing 240 acres featuring a hardwood plantation and bronze sculpture collection. Founders Ed and Joyce Doty opened the Gardens to the public in January 2000. A visit may include a walk through the Formal Gardens, a ride through the Horticultural Amusement Garden, or even an exploration of a Hawaiian Village. The monthly Splash & Play event features a wading pool, treehouse, train, slides and a gecko-shaped maze to delight the children. More than 200 bronze sculptures grace the estate and nesting Laysan albatross put on enchanting displays from November to June. Guided tours are offered on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Self-guided walking tours are on Thursday mornings. The Garden is also available for private events.
› TOURS BY RESERVATION TUE-FRI
› WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES & BRING WATER
› GIFT SHOP OPEN MON-FRI
Located just south of Kīlauea town (808) 828-0525 • NaAinaKai.org
4101 Wailapa Rd., Kīlauea (Map A, PG 163)
Kalalau Valley Lookout
The lookout provides panoramic views into the majestic valley—without breaking a sweat—from the 18-mile marker. It is one of the most spectacular views on earth with striking sea cliffs and the cobalt Pacific looks into the largest valley in Nāpali. Kalalau Valley is dramatic, with jagged emerald ridges, and is best viewed in the morning to avoid the clouds. Farther ahead is Pu‘u o Kila Lookout, which offers even more astonishing views of the valley and the deep blue ocean. Both lookouts are located at the end of the Kōke‘e Road.
Waimea Canyon State Park
The Grand Canyon of the Pacific is a breathtaking gaping gorge with dramatic ridges and deep ravines shaped by the steady process of erosion and collapse of the volcano that formed Kaua‘i. It is roughly 10 miles long and 3,600 feet deep. The canyon is spectacular and majestic with jewel-tone colors of reds and greens. Take the scenic but narrow drive on Waimea Canyon Drive (Rte 550) from Hwy 50, or turn up the steep Kōke‘e Road at Kekaha. The two roads merge into Kōke‘e Road after a few miles up. Waimea Canyon Lookout is between mile markers 10 and 11. Check out the spectacular vistas from scenic lookouts at Pu‘u Hinahina (3,336 feet elevation), where the private island of Ni‘ihau can be seen on clear days, and Pu‘u Ka Pele where the Waipo‘o Falls are visible after a heavy rainfall. Be prepared for cooler weather, and make sure you have some fuel in your car.
› SCENIC LOOKOUTS WITH SPECTACULAR VISTAS ON CLEAR DAYS
› ENTRANCE FEE FOR NON-RESIDENTS
Māhā‘ulepū Heritage Trail
Nestled between a luxurious resort and renowned golf course, it may seem odd to find a hiking trail, well known and well traveled by many adventure enthusiasts. However the Māhā’ulepū Trail near Po‘ipū is just that—a wild and scenic stretch of coastline on Kaua‘i’s South Shore, encompassing sandy pathways and ironwood trees. This hike is a switch from the lush green mountainsides to ocean front views, sandy dunes and saltwater breezes that induce peace and serenity. The trail spans from Shipwreck Beach to Māhā’ulepū, climbing the Makawehi Bluff. Here, hikers can tiptoe to the edge of sand dunes and marvel over the aquamarine sea churning below. As hikers continue on the Māhā’ulepū Trail, the destination will be Māhā’ulepū Beach, one of the last unspoiled treasures on the South Shore.
Please wear reef-safe sunscreen. Respect the ocean and sea life. Leave these beautiful places better than you found them.
Po‘ipū Beach Park
Named America's Best Beach by The Travel Channel, Po‘ipū Beach is popular because of the sunny weather and calm water that surrounds the chain of beautiful wide, white sandy beaches. Probably the most popular beach on Kaua‘i’s South Shore, Po‘ipū has something to offer for everyone: snorkeling, swimming, surfing or leisurely walks along the beach. An offshore reef causes the waves to break before they reach the shore making it a keiki-friendly beach. Swimming and snorkeling are great between the offshore reef and the coast while the breaking waves outside the calm waters create surfing and boogie boarding opportunities. Dangerous water conditions can occur during periods of high surf, usually in winter. Beginning surf lessons are available as well as a nearby playground. Lifeguards, showers, picnic tables, charcoal grill pits, pavilions and restrooms are also available.
Shipwreck (Keoneloa) Beach
Located on the South Shore in the Po‘ipū area in front of the Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i Resort & Spa, Shipwreck Beach is perfect for sunbathing, long walks and wading, but not a good swimming beach due to dangerous ocean conditions. But it’s a good beach for boogie boarding, surfing and windsurfing for the experienced. Named for an old and badly damaged small wooden boat on the water’s edge that has long disappeared, this beach has become very popular with brave thrill seekers jumping 40 feet into the sea from Makawehi Point’s cliffs, as did Harrison Ford and Anne Heche from Six Days, Seven Nights. There is no lifeguard on duty, so be cautious before entering the water. Showers and restrooms are available. Take the public access road between the Grand Hyatt and the Po‘ipū Bay Golf Course.
› NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY
› SHOWERS & FACILITIES AVAILABLE
› SURF CAN BE DANGEROUS, BE SMART
Kekaha Beach Park
BEACH on WEST SIDE
This beach park is located on the west side of Kaua‘i facing south / southwest and typically has the calmest ocean access and gorgeous views including distant views of Ni‘ihau and Lihoa islands. If you are looking for more seclusion and less hustle and bustle, this park is rarely crowded, and offers a refreshing change from the more popular beaches located near resorts. Beachcomb, stroll, or sunbathe on the beach while watching the fishermen and surfers. If you don’t mind a more crowded area of Kekaha Beach, make your way to the southern end to watch surfers riding a break at Davidson Point. There is a lifeguard on duty daily from 9am- 5pm, and basic amenities such as picnic tables and pavilions, restrooms, roadside parking and showers are available.
Polihale State Park
BEACH on WEST SIDE
The longest and widest stretch of beach in the Hawaiian Islands, this 7-mile white sandy beach is breathtaking and considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches on Kaua‘i. The usually sunny beach is framed by the majestic Nāpali Coast with sweeping sand dunes that can get up to 100 feet high and you can catch amazing sunsets with views of Ni‘ihau. This remote area is a great place to stargaze. The only safe place to swim is in the Queen’s Pond where the fringing reef offers protection from the extremely strong currents when the surf isn’t high; beware of sharp coral. Picnic tables, showers and restrooms are available, but there are no lifeguards. Camping is by permit only. Please note, because the road is not maintained, rental car companies may not allow use of their vehicles on this park access road.
Salt Pond Beach Park
The protected reef in this pretty crescent shaped beach with lots of palms is great for swimming, snorkeling and beachcombing. Snorkeling is a popular activity here, with an abundance of colorful reef fish, coral, sponges and you may even spot a honu (green sea turtle). Swimming is usually safe year-round in the large lagoon and the sunsets are spectacular. Salt ponds are nearby where generations past made salt by evaporating seawater in red earthen pans and still do today. Please do not enter the salt-making area. Respectfully observe from a distance. The beach is also great for windsurfing, boogie boarding and exploring the tidepools. There is a lifeguard on duty; and amenities include picnic tables, pavilions, grills, camping, restrooms and showers.
› A LARGE LAGOON & GREAT SNORKELING
› BE RESPECTFUL OF SALT PONDS
› CAMPING PERMIT REQUIRED
This is a beautiful, white sand, crescent-shaped beach with tranquil water and a great place to learn to surf on the offshore break with great views of Nawiliwili Bay and the Hoary Head Mountains. It’s a favorite place to swim when conditions are calm, which is most of the time, but beware of strong rip currents during high surf. There isn’t a posted lifeguard, so be aware of water and weather conditions before swimming. If you are looking for some water activities for the family, there are surf lessons and catamaran cruises, as well as water sports rentals nearby. Close to the airport, hotels and cruise port, Kalapaki is conveniently located off Rice St. west of Līhu‘e in front of the Royal Sonesta Kauai Resort. There are no set hours or entrance fees. Park in the public parking lot at the hotel.
Lydgate Beach Park
BEACH on EAST SIDE
Lydgate Beach is a scenic family beach that is very popular since it offers something for everyone including a park. Considered to be one of the safest places on the island for snorkeling, there are two large rock-enclosed pools great for children and offers safe swimming and snorkeling for beginners. There is a large lavarock wall that protects swimmers year-round, and the ironwood groves provide shade. Kamalani playground has a wooden volcano and jungle gym, and bright ceramic sea creatures adorn the playground. Amenities include picnic pavilions, grills, showers and restrooms, and there is a lifeguard on duty. If you are looking for land activity, stroll along the 2.5-mile paved coastal path.
Located on the North Shore of Kaua‘i and set between two rivers—Hanalei River to the east and Wai‘oli River to the west—Hanalei Bay is probably one of the most majestic places on earth. The sunsets are spectacular and the moonlight over Hanalei Bay is magical. There are four beaches included in the two-mile sandy crescent shaped bay, and all have lifeguards on duty except Waikoko Beach. Black Pot Park is located next to the Hanalei River mouth and is a local gathering place with a variety of water activities. The Hanalei Pavilion Beach Park is a popular spot for picnics. Wai‘oli Beach Park is near the center of the bay, set in an ironwood grove. Waikoko Beach is located on the westernmost section, and is protected by Waikoko Reef, so it’s popular with snorkelers and families. Picnic area, tables, pavilions, grills, showers and restrooms are available.
› ONE OF THE MOST PICTURESQUE, MAJESTIC PLACES ON EARTH
› GREAT BEACH FOR WATER ACTIVITIES
This beautiful, tranquil white sand beach has one of the largest coral reefs in Hawai‘i and has ideal safe water conditions for snorkeling, windsurfing, swimming and paddle boarding. Although there is no lifeguard posted on ‘Anini Beach, it is still considered one of the safer beaches on Kaua‘i’s North Shore due to the huge reef that offers protection even in large surf. Because this beach is a popular place for permitted camping and picnicking, there are plenty of picnic tables, grills, pavilions, and shade trees, as well as creature comforts such as restrooms and showers. ‘Anini Beach is usually less crowded than other North Shore beaches and easy to find.
Mākua (Tunnels) Beach
BEACH on NORTH SHORE
This is one of the best snorkeling beaches on the North Shore due to the wide-fringing coral reef (so large it can be seen from space) with a huge variety of fish swimming around in the shallow inner and outer reefs. The exceptional beach is surrounded by gently sloping sand and is well protected with incredible mountain scenery popular with swimmers, surfers, windsurfers and beachcombers. The best snorkeling is in the center by the crescent shaped reef. Scuba divers can explore the underwater caverns near the shore. Beware of sharp reefs, rip currents and dangerous water conditions. There are no facilities at this beach, but the facilities at Hā‘ena State Park are nearby, and there is a lifeguard on duty. Take one of two dirt roads off Kuhio Hwy / Route 560 north of Hanalei near the 8-mile marker.
Let’s set the record straight: You don’t have to be a great golfer to get custom fitted for clubs. In fact, beginners often have the most to gain from playing clubs that are properly fitted. PXG Fittings are immersive, data-driven, fully personalized and totally fun, focused on maximizing your performance, whether you are a novice or a scratch golfer. Once you are fitted by a Master Fitter for the right club heads, shafts, loft, lie and grips to suit your specs, these are the benefits can you expect from a PXG Fitting: Increased confidence on every shot from tee to green; longer distance and improved trajectory off the tee box; greater accuracy and consistency, even on mishits; improved short game on and around the green; and more enjoyment of the game!
Schedule your PXG club fitting now at PXG.com or by calling 844.PLAY.PXG.
(844) 752-9794 • PXG.com
Fittings at: Poipu Bay Golf Course (Map B, PG 164)
Princeville Makai Golf Club (Map I, PG 169)
Puakea Golf Course (Map H, PG 168)
Kiahuna Golf Course
Kiahuna Golf Club offers challenging resort golf within a fascinating area of ancient Polynesian archeology. Touted as the best greens on the island, enjoy your game surrounded by the lush, natural beauty of sunny Po‘ipū Beach. World renowned architect, Robert Trent Jones II, skillfully included many ancient remnants of an authentic Hawaiian village into his design, where you will experience the course’s beauty and a sense of the enduring history of Kaua‘i and the Hawaiian culture. The Kiahuna Golf Club is a sanctuary for many of Kaua‘i’s endangered species including the state bird of Hawaii, the nēnē, the rare Hawaiian Stilt and the very shy Moorhen. Take in the views of the golf course or watch daily sports while you dine at the onsite location for Paco’s Tacos Cantina. Pure Kaua‘i golf at half the price.
Poipu Bay Golf Course
Adjacent to the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa on the sunny south shore of Kaua‘i, this outstanding course is backed by lush emerald mountains and sculpted from a rolling plateau eight stories above the Pacific Ocean. Nestled among the gentle contours of Po‘ipū Bay you’ll discover the remains of Hawaiian heiau (places of worship) and ancient stone walls. If this weren’t challenge enough, Mother Nature presents you with one distraction after another. From rare Hawaiian monk seals, green sea turtles and humpback whales, you’ll have lots of wild excuses to back your scorecard. Plus, Po‘ipū Bay is home to nēnē (Hawaiian goose) which are endemic to Hawai‘i, and not encountered anywhere else in the world outside of their native environment. Here, even the most focused golfer will be challenged by the breathtaking views.
(808) 742-8711 • PoipuBayGolf.com
2250 Ainako St., Po‘ipū (Map B, PG 164)
Ocean Course at Hōkūala
› ONE SIGNATURE HOLE AFTER ANOTHER
› A COMPLETELY RENOVATED JACK NICKLAUS DESIGN
The Ocean Course at Hōkūala, a Timbers Kaua‘i Resort, is the only Signature Jack Nicklaus designed golf course on Kaua‘i. While boasting the longest continuous stretch of ocean front golf holes in Hawai‘i, Hōkūala’s true beauty lies in their signature Aloha Spirit shared throughout the property. Elevate your golf game while enjoying a great Hawai‘i experience with the Hōkūala Golf Adventures team. After one visit to the Ocean Course, each guest will leave with a memory that this is truly where aloha begins.
Princeville Makai Golf Club
As Mr. Robert Trent Jones Jr.'s first ever solo design, Princeville Makai Golf Course is truly one of the world's most stunning golf and resort locations. Since undergoing an extensive $6 million renovation, the Makai Course has soared to the top of almost all of golf's respected rankings imaginable—including being ranked amongst the Top 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses in America by Golf Digest, within the Top 3 Best Courses You Can Play in Hawai‘i by GolfWeek and being named to the list of America's "Top 5 Great Golf Settings" in the world by National Geographic Traveler. With immaculate course conditions and six oceanfront holes, it is impossible for any other golf course on the Hawaiian Islands to rival Princeville Makai's true Hawaiian golf adventure!
› A STUNNING RTJ, JR. DESIGN
› PRISTINE COURSE CONDITIONS
› SIX OF THE HOLES ARE OCEANFRONT
(808) 826-1912 • MakaiGolf.com
4080 Lei O Papa Road, Princeville (Map I, PG 169)
STEVENSON’S LIBRARY AT GRAND HYATT KAUAI
The place for scrumptious sushi and spirits, with ocean views, inventive cocktails, martinis, tropical drinks, aged whiskies, cognacs and ports.
Sushi rolled nightly 5:30-10:00pm. Bar open until 11:00pm.
Free valet parking for diners. For reservations book on OpenTable or call 808 240 6456.Hyatt® and Grand Hyatt® names, designs and related marks are trademarks of Hyatt Corporation. ©2021 Hyatt Corporation. All rights reserved.
EAT + DRINK
EATING HOUSE 1849 hawaiian & asian fusion cuisine
STEVENSON'S LIBRARY sushi & spirits
TIDEPOOLS regional cuisine
HAPA RAMEN & WHISKEY hawaiian & pan asian cuisine
THE CABANA BAR & GRILL american & asian fusion cuisine
TABLE AT POIPU hawaiian & pan asian cuisine
‘ĀINA KAUA‘I japanese cuisine
HUALANI'S farm to table cuisine
THE PLANTATION HOUSE BY GAYLORD'S regional cuisine
MOAMOA HAWAIIAN FISH HOUSE island-inspired cuisine
FIRE HEN chicken & hot wings
THE CROOKED SURF island-inspired ROB'S GOOD TIMES GRILL sports bar & grill
MARIACHI'S AUTHENTIC MEXICAN CUISINE mexican BANGKOK HAPPY BOWL THAI BISTRO & SUSHI BAR thai & sushi
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Eating House 1849 by Roy Yamaguchi
Embark on a culinary adventure at award-winning Chef Roy Yamaguchi’s creation, offering the perfect opportunity to savor the multicultural flavors of Hawai‘i. The celebrated chef famous for international cuisine honors the many different cultures that have made Hawai‘i the “melting pot” that it is, and incorporates Portuguese, Filipino and American seasonings, among others, in cravable spicy and savory dishes served in a plantation-style eatery. Paying homage to Hawai‘i’s vibrant culinary heritage, with a nod to restaurateurs like Peter Fernandez who, the story goes, opened one of the first restaurants in Hawai‘i—called the Eating House—back in the mid-1800s, using what was available from local farmers, ranchers, foragers and fishermen. It’s here that the easy ambiance and simple flavors of a plantation town meet the dynamic modernity of haute cuisine.
This unique Kaua‘i bar boasts the freshest and most delicious sushi and cocktails from sake to Scotch, draft beer to creative martinis and delectable tropical drinks. Savor the delectable flavor combinations, or simply enjoy a cocktail while taking in the sweeping views. The warm woods and intimate seating areas of this classic lounge create a welcoming atmosphere. Scrumptious sushi rolls are sure to please, with sushi served nightly from 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Bar closes at 11 p.m. Book on OpenTable. Free valet parking for diners.
Dine Hawaiian-style in what has been recognized as the island’s most romantic restaurant. For the ultimate ambiance and delectable food, Tidepools is the place. Feel the romance in thatched-roof bungalows that seemingly float above a koi filled lagoon at the base of a waterfall. Savor fresh island flavors in this extraordinary setting. You’ll relish the exceptional service and the fresh local fish and steak creations each prepared with bounty from the island. Tidepools will dazzle you with dishes like Grilled Hawaiian Catch, Macadamia Crusted Mahi or succulent steaks. Salads feature greens from their own garden and the desserts are luscious. Don’t miss this treat. Book on OpenTable or call for reservations. Free valet parking for diners.
1571 Po‘ipū Rd., Kōloa (Map B, PG 164)
› ISLAND-INSPIRED MENU
› TRANQUIL, ROMANTIC SETTING
› FRESH LOCAL INGREDIENTS
Hapa Kauai Ramen & Whiskey
Hawaiian Japanese fusion restaurant Hapa Kauai offers signature hapa style ramen with bold flavors, rare whiskey, saké and craft cocktails including the Hapa Classic Mai Tai featuring locally produced Kōloa Rum. Located in the open-air Shops at Kukui‘ula, Hapa Kauai’s menu includes traditional Japanese fare like donburi (rice bowls) and ramen bowls, and appetizers like a local favorite, ahi poke nachos, chicken karaage and slow-roasted pork belly. Dishes are prepared using locally sourced proteins and vegetables from small farms. Rich broths and perfectly al dente noodles are the stars in four varieties of ramen: the Hapa G-Special with rich pork belly and chicken broth, shoyu ramen made with slow cooked chicken and fish bone broth, their traditional tonkotsu pork bone broth and their equally tasty and rich veggie miso made with organic white miso/mushroom broth.
Located at The Shops at Kukui‘ula (503) 560-0523 • HapaKauai.com
2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka Suite F205, Kōloa (Map B, PG 164)
The Cabana Bar & Grill
Welcome to the Cabana Bar & Grill—the hidden gem on the sunny South Shore. The menu offers a fusion of local, colorful items like the 12-hour, slow roasted Kalua Pork, Local Braddha Dave's Vegetarian Taro Burger, beautiful Kaua‘i grown salads, wild caught ahi tacos and creative cocktails and mocktails. The Cabana is located inside the Poipu Beach Athletic Club and is OPEN to the public. Enjoy local live music under the covered lanai and happy hour every day from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Book your special events and experience true aloha from their amazing team. Walk-ins welcome or make reservations on Yelp. Order pick up on ChowNow and stay up to date by following them on Instagram @thecabanakauai.
Located at Poipu Beach Athletic Club (808) 320-3006 • TheCabanaKauai.com
2290 Po‘ipū Rd., Kōloa (Map B, PG 164)
Looking for the perfect spot for a dress-up dining experience? Chef and owner John-Paul Gordon, a multiple-award-winning chef over 24 years, shares some of his favorite recipes with a noteworthy assemblage of what he does best—keeping the menu fresh while serving up classics. Feast on the fruits of the sea with flavorpacked dishes like Kaua‘i Prawn Saffron Risotto and the Seafood Paella; or dig into traditional meat dishes like the Bone-in Pork Chop and 14 oz. Spiced Ribeye. There are even vegetarian options, and all dishes are cooked up with imagination. Chef John-Paul uses locally-sourced ingredients in partnership with Kaua‘i farmers and fishermen to cook up meals that are served simply and filled with warmth and aloha.
Table at Poipu
Located in the heart of Kapa‘a town, ‘Āina Kaua‘i features creative and delicious Japanese cuisine that highlights the flavors and bounty of Kaua‘i. The menu features fresh local ingredients harvested at peak freshness from local farms for use in refined Japanese cooking techniques that transform a meal into a transcendent dining journey. The open kitchen allows guests to observe the preparation of courses, while the choice “Chef’s Counter” features four exclusive seats where guests can interact with the chefs throughout their meal. Guests can select libations from their drink menu which includes premium sake, Japanese beer, red and white wine, and cocktails made from scratch with local fruits, spirits from Hanalei Spirits and Japanese whisky. Winner of “Gold Best” on Kaua‘i in Honolulu Magazine’s 2023 Hale ‘Aina awards. Visit their website for updated menu and reservation details.
Oceanfront dining at Hualani’s is influenced by the seasons. What’s fresh at The Farm at Hōkūala inspires the farm-to-table menu, while the bar serves up well-balanced craft cocktails that complement the seasonality of the kitchen. Experience one of the best views on Kaua‘i and savor the island lifestyle from an elegant yet relaxed setting at the beautiful Hōkūala resort, just minutes from the airport. In addition to repeated honors of OpenTable's Diners' Choice awards for Kaua‘i Best Overall, Best Food, Best Ambiance, Best Service, Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine, and more–Hualani's is also proud to partner with Surfrider Foundation as an Ocean Friendly Restaurant. Breakfast, lunch, and pau hana daily; dinner service Monday - Saturday with live music and entertainment.
3770 Ala‘oli Way, Līhu‘e (Map H, PG 168)
› RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED
› INNOVATIVE, HYPER-SEASONAL FARE
› COMPLIMENTARY VALET PARKING ONLY
The Plantation House by Gaylord's
› LOCALLY-SOURCED INGREDIENTS
› PLANTATION-LIKE SETTING AT KILOHANA
› PLENTY TO EXPERIENCE AFTER YOUR MEAL
Located in Kilohana’s original courtyard, The Plantation House by Gaylord's offers Kaua‘i’s most authentic dining experience with island-influenced dishes by Chef Johnny Saguid. An original working plantation homestead, Kilohana was home to Gaylord Wilcox who operated Grove Farm Plantation, a 23,000acre Sugar Plantation. Today, The Plantation House offers one of Kaua‘i's most beautiful settings for lunch and dinner. The kitchen uses only the freshest, seasonal ingredients supporting local farmers and fishermen, and their 67-acre sustainable farm provides much of the produce and herbs used in their dishes and cocktails. After your meal take a walk around the Kilohana grounds, shop in their assorted boutiques, visit the rum shop, take a ride on the plantation train or Safari van. Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner.
Moamoa Hawaiian Fish House
Open-air dining while in Hawai‘i is as essential as the tropical, pineapple wedgetopped cocktail at Saturday night’s meal—and it just so happens that Moamoa Hawaiian Fish House at the Sheraton Kaua‘i Coconut Beach Resort offers both. Along with the lovely sips and sites this beachfront restaurant has to offer, the inspired array of Hawaiian cuisine offers well-earned competition for your attention. Miles more curated than your run-of-the-mill resort eatery, Moamoa dreamed up a Tropical Panzanella equipped with Kaua‘i-grown heirloom tomatoes, buttery sweet bread and a pineapple vinaigrette. Other standouts include a Cioppino with mussels, clams, lobster tail, Pernod liquor and saffron, though don't forget to start things out with the Grilled Octopus or the Char Sui Pork Belly. Expect the Pelagic Fish Special to be cooked to perfection with locally farmed vegetables and burnt lemon, while the Tropical Panna Cotta rounds out a memorable meal.
Located at the Sheraton Kaua‘i Coconut Beach Resort
(808) 320-3653 • SheratonKapaa.com
650 Aleka Loop, Kapa‘a (Map E, PG 166)
› FRESH, SEAFOOD-INSPIRED MENU
› TRY THE DAILY CATCH
› OPEN-AIR DINING ON THE COAST
Fire Hen Arcade & Wings
Marinated for hours, tenderly breaded and crisped to golden brown in a warm vat of bubbly oil? Fried chicken is an icon of global cuisine with different cultures and cities welcomely taking the liberty to throw in their own innovative adaptations. On the eastern shore of Kaua‘i, Fire Hen is doing just that with an emphasis on the sauce. Many would argue that when it comes to French fries, fried chicken, or anything of the dippable sort, we place 10% of our eating desire on the food and 90% on the sauce—and while Fire Hen’s chicken delivers moist meat with a crackly exterior, it’s their selection of sauces and flavorings that gets you hooked. Guava Habanero, Pineapple Jerk and Mango Lime Habanero make for bold flavors crispy layers are eager to soak up. Also be sure to check out their selection of bowls with sauced-up tenders, rice and veggies. Arcade open to Fire Hen patrons and resort guests.
The Crooked Surf is a sophisticated Tiki Bar experience, inspired from indigenous Hawaiian architecture and features al fresco drinks and food with an understated surf club vibe. The bar overlooks the sweeping vistas of the ocean surrounding this beautiful resort. It features live entertainment in the evening on weekends and a fun, high-energy vibe that will keep your good times going into the night. The menu focuses on island-favorite pupus, Asian-fusion sandwiches and burgers and approachable local plates that are both refreshing and nourishing. Sip a Coconut Beach Mai Tai and indulge in a fresh catch poke bowl or a host of resort favorites and a rotation of specials that highlight the seasonality and culture of Kaua‘i. Enjoy happy hour and live local artists performing kanikapila (live music) daily.
The Crooked Surf
Located at the Sheraton Kaua‘i Coconut Beach Resort
(808) 320-3651 • SheratonKapaa.com
650 Aleka Loop, Kapa‘a (Map E, PG 166)
› OCEANFRONT, OPEN-AIR SETTING
› A TIKI BAR VIBE + LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
› LOCAL FAVORITES + ISLAND COCKTAILS
Rob's Good Times Grill
Located in downtown Līhu‘e for over thirty years, Rob's Good Times Grill is one of those places locals and visitors alike return to time and time again. With its lively sports pub ambiance, live music and locally-sourced ingredients that inspire their menu, it’s the perfect spot to wrap up your day after sightseeing or hanging out at the beach. Imbibe on handcrafted cocktails with freshly squeezed juices, wines and a large selection of craft and local beers at their full-service bar. Dine on creative casual comfort dishes, from sandwiches and burgers to bowls, salads and pupus. Whether you’re alone, with friends or family, they try hard to make you feel like family. Enjoy live music every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Open daily for lunch and dinner, with happy hour served daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Live music Wednesday-Saturday and open for breakfast during football season.
The art of pizza slinging is on fire at Scorpacciata Restaurant & Bar, an authentic wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizza eatery in Līhu‘e. Scorpacciata refers to seasonal indulgence which is exactly what drives the menu: seasonal, fresh products from local farmers and suppliers presented in one-of-a-kind pizzas that feature inventive flavors from traditional margherita to local flavors like The Hawaiian with smoked ham and sugarloaf pineapple or the mushroom pizza with kale, caramelized onions and Kaua‘i Kunana Dairy goat cheese. To kick the flavor up a notch on your pizzas, add a drizzle of balsamic vinegar or truffle oil. Not limited to pizza, other menu items include salads, a selection of appetizers, desserts and specials that include locally sourced ingredients of the day. For diners with dietary restrictions, glutenfree and vegan options are available. Don’t forget to pair your pie with a selection of libations, from creative craft cocktails, wines, local beers and kombucha.
› CALL-IN & ONLINE ORDERING AVAILABLE
› DAILY SPECIALS
› FRESH, LOCAL INGREDIENTS
Mariachi's Mexican Cuisine
Experience authentic Mexican cuisine from a simple menu of flavorful comfort food homemade with fresh ingredients inspired by family recipes from Mexico and the passion for cooking of owner Hector Portillo's grandmother. The combination of flavors and the traditional Mexican ambiance is what makes Mariachi’s a very special restaurant. If you’re hungry for non-Mexican dishes, their menu has plenty of American and local Hawaiian favorites, as well as vegetarian options. They offer a margarita bar, with an extensive selection of tropical cocktails, tequilas and beers, including local options. Whether it's your first time at Mariachi’s, or you're a regular, they always strive to provide the best, traditional Mexican cantina experience.
Bangkok Happy Bowl Thai Bistro & Sushi Bar
A cornerstone in the Po‘ipū community, this colorful, laid-back bistro serves up authentic Thai cuisine with a sophisticated, modern twist on classic dishes and has been recognized for its outstanding food, excellent service and friendly staff. Owned by award-winning chef and restaurateur Paula Rungsawang-Coult with husband Kirk Coult, this popular Po‘ipū establishment features flavorful dishes made with fresh ingredients—including classic Thai favorites such as curries, and noodle and rice bowls. Don't miss out on their sushi menu, which offers a variety of creative sushi rolls and fresh sashimi. Dine on their lānai and enjoy specialty cocktails from the full-service bar while enjoying the nightly live music. Stop in for their daily happy hour from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., with live music nightly from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Winner of the 2023 Kauai Diner’s Choice Award.
› TAKE OUT & CATERING
› HAPPY HOUR DAILY, FEATURING $2 OFF DRAFT BEERS & SELECT COCKTAILS
If you’re looking for fresh ‘onolicious food, live local music and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, Tahiti Nui in the heart of Hanalei will welcome you with open arms. Since opening in May 1963, Tahiti Nui has been a gathering place for people to relax, play music together and talk story, and continues to serve and entertain patrons with the same casual, romantic vibe found only in Hanalei. Tahiti Nui has some of the most unique and famous drinks on the island and is also home to the Tiki Man Pizza where the Huli Chicken and Kalua Pork pizzas rule. Thin crust is their specialty and brushed in a secret garlic butter. Other menu items include fresh, locally caught fish, specialty burgers and scrumptious salads. Sunday Brunch features local favorites like Loco Moco and Kale Mushroom Benedict. Make sure to catch one of the many impromptu performances by local musicians every night for dinner and afternoon happy hour.
SHOP + STYLE
The Shops at Grand Hyatt Kauai
› EXPERIENCE A CURATED MIX OF ISLAND STYLE AND PREMIER BRANDS
› SHOP, SPA & DINE AT THE GRAND HYATT
Everything Kaua‘i in one beautiful space. The Shops at Grand Hyatt Kauai features 12,000 square feet of retail shops, featuring Tori Richard aloha wear, Na Hoku fine jewelry, Shoe Envy, Anara Spa boutique, Waterwear, Sunglass Hut, Hawai‘i’s own Martin and MacArthur fine woodworking, fine art photography from aFeinberg Gallery, and gifts and sundries from Accents. Within walking distance of the resort, the Poipu Bay Golf Shop offers golf equipment, accessories and logo wear. Whether you are looking for the perfect gift or a keepsake to treasure, you will find it all at The Shops at Grand Hyatt Kauai.
The Shops at Kukui‘ula
› EXPANSIVE, OPEN-AIR SETTING
› SIGNATURE RESTAURANTS & QUICK BITES
› LOCAL SHOPS, GALLERIES & BOUTIQUES
On the sunny south shore of Kaua‘i, nestled in the renowned resort playground of Po‘ipu, The Shops at Kukui‘ula is the island's premier shopping, dining and fine art destination. Showcasing architecture that pays homage to Hawai‘i's plantation past, the center is home to dozens of unique shops and boutiques, award-winning restaurants and contemporary art galleries. Strolling through The Shops at Kukui‘ula stimulates the senses, especially on Friday evenings when live music carries on the breeze; and hosts to some of the South Shore’s most cherished weekly, monthly and annual events. Every Wednesday beginning at 3:30pm, The Shops come alive with the lively Kaua‘i Culinary Market, offering fresh fruits and vegetables as well as other specialties and local favorites that are all Kaua‘i grown and made, supporting local farmers, producers and vendors.
Live the aloha lifestyle in tropical resort wear from Blue Ginger. Perfect for any island occasion, Blue Ginger offers colorful, timeless resort wear sure to bring smiles and warm memories of the islands. Original batik prints inspired by the beauty of the Hawaiian Islands are available in comfortable clothing for all ages. A family run establishment, Blue Ginger has long been an island favorite with kama‘āina and visitors alike. With eight locations throughout the Hawaiian Islands, Blue Ginger has something for everyone, from the youngest keiki on up. Colorful sundresses, caftans, aloha shirts, accessories and more. Celebrating 39 years of living the aloha lifestyle, these exclusive prints and fashions continue to delight multiple generations.
Located in the Shops at Kukui‘ula
(808) 742-2633 • BlueGinger.com
2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka St., Suite G145, Kōloa (Map B, PG 164)
› LIVE THE ALOHA LIFESTYLE
› MATCHING FAMILY PRINTS
› TIMELESS RESORTWEAR
Maui Divers Jewelry
Maui Divers Jewelry was not always a jeweler. In fact, in 1958, they started as a small dive shop offering adventurous diving excursions off Maui. During one expedition, they made the incredible discovery of Hawaiian black coral, which later became Hawai‘i’s state gem. This moment changed their lives and sparked an exploration into jewelry making. A year later, Maui Divers Jewelry was founded. Every piece of jewelry is inspired by Hawai‘i, designed by teams of skilled local artists, and created by masterful jewelers in Honolulu. They welcome you, with Aloha, to join them on their journey and share in the adventure! Hawai‘i’s favorite and most trusted jeweler since 1959. Visit them on O‘ahu, Maui, Big Island, and Kaua‘i, or shop online at MauiDivers.com.
The essence of Hawaiian lifestyle and tradition has been captured in the Na Hoku collection of fine jewelry. Hawaiian for “stars,” Na Hoku also stands for incomparable quality and craftsmanship. At Na Hoku, you will find original pieces set with Tahitian pearls, diamonds and colored gemstones, as well as collections by renowned designers such as Kabana®, Le Vian® and Effy®. Every piece of Hawaiian and Island lifestyle jewelry is designed to accent the individuality, taste and style of the one who wears it, and will forever be a memento of a treasured time in the islands.
Pau Hana Farmers Market
Voted the #1 Kaua‘i farmers' market, the Monday Pau Hana Farmers Market is a partnership between Kaua‘i County Farm Bureau and Kukui Grove Center with the goal of supporting local agriculture. Held each Monday, rain or shine, from 3-5:30pm in the south parking lot, this outdoor market offers seasonal fruit, flowers and produce plus ready-to-eat items. Enjoy a fresh cracked coconut, savor a fresh made lumpia or Filipino delicacy, or sample Kaua‘i honey while shopping for what’s in season and meeting Kaua‘i farmers. More local choices are available at the Food Court restaurants, many of which shop from these same farmers.
Kukui Grove Center
Nestled on 50 acres in Li‘hūe, Kukui Grove Center and Marketplace is the island's largest open-air shopping center. A dynamic mix of more than 60 stores, restaurants, local specialty shops, services and activities amidst outdoor seating and lush tropical landscaping, Kukui Grove is known as “The Place to Be” for Hawai‘i residents and visitors seeking to explore authentic Kaua‘i eats and style. Stop by for breakfast or lunch at Kaua‘i’s top food court featuring the diverse flavors of the islands, or come on Aloha Friday entertainment from 11 a.m - 1 p.m. and 6:30 - 8 p.m. The Center is a community hub for seasonal and cultural programming for all ages, with popular weekend events and a Monday Pau Hana Farmers' Market starting at 3pm weekly. The Keiki Korner children’s play area and frequent kids’ activities make Kukui Grove a favorite stop for families.
Kaua‘i Culinary Market
Held each Wednesday from 3:30pm - 6pm, the Kaua‘i Culinary Market is an epicurean’s delight. Aromas of fresh food being cooked on the grill greet guests while live, local musicians perform in the background and crowds mingle at various booths to taste the offerings of local chefs. Along with a variety of tropical fruits ranging from lychee to starfruit and even the piercingly colored dragon fruit, this market has a variety of vendors offering their handmade pies, jams, fresh cheese and local coffee. While some choose to dance to the live music or mingle among the vendors, there is also a relaxing wine and beer garden awaiting those who want to sit back, enjoy their food and listen to the live music.
Poipu Shopping Village
Po‘ipū Shopping Village has everything you’re looking for. In the heart of Po‘ipū amid a lovely garden setting, this family-friendly outdoor mall has award-winning restaurants, unique and eclectic shops, gift stores, jewelry stores and boutiques. You will discover a colorful array of shops, services and eateries on Po‘ipū Road and Kiahuna Plantation Drive in one convenient location. It is the home of Keoki’s Paradise Restaurant, Bangkok Happy Bowl Thai Bistro & Sushi Bar, Volcano Pizza, That Indian Place, Anuenue Café, Papalani Gelato, Starbucks, Sky Boutique, Crazy Shirts, Honolua Surf Co., Na Hoku jewelry, Damary’s Fine Jewelry and much more. Join Poipu Shopping Village at their stage under the Banyan Trees for Hula Shows every Monday and Thursday at 5 p.m. Enjoy the performance of award-winning Halau
Ka Lei Mokihana o Leina’ala as their dancers perform the beautiful hula dances of Hawai‘i to live Hawaiian music. Island shopping doesn’t get much better than this!
Located in the Po‘ipū Resort area
(808) 742-2831 • PoipuShoppingVillage.com
2360 Kiahuna Plantation Dr., Kōloa (Map B, PG 164)
› OPEN DAILY
› WEEKLY HAWAIIAN ENTERTAINMENT
› RESTAURANTS, SHOPS & SPECIALTIES
Kilauea Fine Jewelry
Located in the heart of Kilauea, co-owners Tiffany, Karen and Nicky began making jewelry together as ‘ohana, then decided to bring their dreams to life by starting a women-owned business creating one-of-a-kind pearl, gemstone and diamond fine jewelry. Specializing in Tahitian and South Sea pearl jewelry, most of which is handcrafted in their store, they personally select each and every pearl from the most reputable pearl farmers around the globe. Using only ethically-sourced diamonds and gemstones, they have a team of goldsmiths able to customize any piece you can dream up. In addition to a new mens line, these ladies recently launched their signature collection of Sustainably Created Lab Diamond Fine Jewelry which includes an eco-friendly selection of classic engagement rings and bands.
Located in the heart of south Kaua‘i’s historic and picturesque Old Kōloa Town, Kōloa Village is the island’s newest neighborhood that celebrates the rich history and culture that make Kōloa such a special place. Experience the stunning oldworld, plantation-style architecture of the Village’s open-air design that takes full advantage of Kōloa’s balmy weather and beautiful surroundings. This walkable community attracts visitors and residents alike, offering a one-stop spot for everything Kaua‘i—from a wide variety of locally-owned shops, a brewery and eateries to an organic grocer and boutique fitness studios. Browse and experience one of the unique shops featuring products and gifts by Kaua‘i artists, designers, artisans and more locally made goods, or rent an e-Bike for a day of exploring Old Kōloa Town and nearby Po‘ipū Beach and the historic Hapa Trail. Visit their Instagram page—@koloavillage—to learn more about the Village Market, musical performances and special events.
Located in Old Kōloa Town
@koloavillage • KoloaVillage.com
5460 Kōloa Village Rd., Kōloa (Map C, PG 165)
› A VARIETY OF SHOPS & RESTAURANTS
› CLOSE TO OLD KŌLOA TOWN
› AMPLE PARKING AVAILABLE
There are many sides to Kaua‘i and Hokuala has them all. Stretching from golden-sand beaches, dramatic sea cliffs, and miles of trails, to meandering lagoon waters and red-earth kula lands, this storied destination brings together every dimension of the Garden Isle in one place. Come discover the Kaua‘i resort community that truly has it all.
Immerse yourself in the Garden Isle at Timbers Kaua‘i – Ocean Club & Residences. Here, you'll find an intimate collection of private residences, all offering an oceanfront location like no other on the island. At your doorstep awaits 13 miles of nature trails, an infinity pool, a restaurant, spa, on-site organic farm as well as an award-winning Jack Nicklaus signature designed course boasting the longest stretch of oceanfront golf in all of Hawai‘i. With luxury amenities and a dedicated concierge team, experience Kaua‘i with some serious benefits. With both whollyowned and fractional ownership opportunities available, Timbers Kaua‘i lets you decide how much space you need and how much time you’d like to spend on this beautiful island. Spacious new residences offer three or four bedrooms and wide open, indoor-outdoor living with multiple private lanais. Whether you come for a visit or a lifetime, you’ll never live aloha the same.
Kauanoe o Kōloa
Your island home awaits on Kaua‘i’s sunny southern coast at Kauanoe o Kōloa. Situated in the highly desirable Po‘ipū Beach area, this small town with a vibrant island lifestyle is known for its gorgeous, sunny weather, beautiful beaches, worldclass restaurants and golf courses designed by world-renowned architects. This private enclave of only 279 homes encompasses Kaua‘i living at its best. Spacious two-, three- and four-bedroom residences feature open floor plan designs, islandstyle architecture, and amenities to include a clubhouse with a fitness center and restaurant, two swimming pools and spas, a poolside pavilion, barbecue areas and more! Here, remarkable residences, adventurous days, restorative moments, a rich culture, and unrivaled natural beauty come together to create a truly exceptional place to call home.
Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach is an exclusive, oceanside resort community located in one of the most coveted locations in the Hawaiian Islands. Nestled next to legendary Po‘ipū Beach, it’s setting ideally positions you to share in the abundance of natural and cultural treasures of Kaua‘i. World class amenities typically found only at exclusive resorts are yours at Koloa Landing. With architecture reflective of Kaua‘i’s multicultural heritage, the luxury villas combine various styles introduced at different periods in Kaua‘i history. The sweeping views of the ocean and sky are framed by generous picture windows. Disappearing glass doors bring paradise inside, providing you with a unique sense of tranquility. Each luxurious amenity is thoughtfully conceived and infused with aloha spirit. You won’t visit the island this time, you will feel a part of it.
Wailua Falls Na ‘Āina Kai Botanical Gardens & Sculpture Park
Kalalau Valley Lookout
Waimea Canyon State Park
Māhā‘ulepū Heritage Trail
Na Pali Experience
Polihale State Park
Mākua (Tunnels) Beach
Lydgate Beach Park
Opakapaka Grill & Bar Warehouse 3540
Po‘ipū Beach Shipwreck (Keoneloa) Beach Poipu Bay Golf Course
Kukui‘ula Golf Course Kiahuna Golf Course Kauai Carts
The Shops at Grand Hyatt Kauai
Kauai ATV / Kōloa Zipline
Kōloa Fish Market
Kōloa Mill Ice Cream & Coffee
The Fresh Shave
The Tasting Room
Dark Horse Coffee Roasters
ELE‘ELE (PORT ALLEN) + HANAPĒPĒ
Blue Dolphin Charters
Kauai Sea Tours
Salt Pond Beach Park
Talk Story Bookstore
The Bright Side Gallery
Port Allen Sunset Bar & Grill
Kauai Island Brewery & Grill
Midnight Bear Breads
Japanese Grandma's Cafe
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Kilauea Fine Jewelry
Kong Lung Historic Market Center
Kong Lung Trading Co.
Palate Wine Bar & Restaurant
Java Kai Coffee Roasters
Kauai Juice Co.
Kilauea Fish Market
Kinipopo Shopping Center
Hilton Garden Inn
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Kipu Ranch Adventures
Polynesian Adventure Tours
Jack Harter Helicopters
Kilohana Plantation Railway
Ocean Course at Hōkūala
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Pua Kea Golf Course
Kukui Grove Center
Maui Divers Jewelry
The Plantation House by Gaylord's Hualani's Mariachi's Authentic Mexican Cuisine
Rob's Good Times Grill
Marriott's Kauai Beach Club
Royal Sonesta Kaua‘i Resort
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