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Kauai, Hawaii

An August 2002 trip to Kauai by aponyah

Spouting Horn Photo, Kauai, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: A wonderful week on the great island of Kauai. It is rightly named the Garden Island. The smell as you get off the plane induces a peacefulness. The people of Kauai mastered the meaning of "aloha". Come and join me on a discovery journey on the Island of Kauai.

Kauai, Hawaii

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Kauai is a great island to get outdoors! We went on the Holoholo Boat tour to the Forbidden Island and it is highly recommended. It goes along the Na Pali coast then crosses the channel to the Forbidden Island of Ni'ihau. You snorkel off another small rock outcropping where I snorkeled with sharks and monk seals. Waimea Canyon is another must! Great hiking there! Have lunch at Koke'e Lodge. Other highlights were the drive to Poipu Beach area which must include a visit to National Tropical Botonical Gardens near Spouting Horn parking lot. The drive to Hanelei must include a stop at Princeville Hotel. Take a boat ride or even kayak to Fern Grotto. The most memorable moment was walking on the beac...Read More

Kauai Beach Villas

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Hotel | "Pahio at Kauai Beach Villas"

Kauai Beach Villas Photo, Lihue, Hawaii
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Best Things Nearby:Airport (just 5 minutes away, but not under the flight pattern), Wailua Falls, Kapa'a & the Coconut Coast, Wailiua Golf course, Wailua River, and the main highway for great access to the entire island.Best Things About the Resort:Two bedrooms and two baths. Oceanside and use of the Radisson Resort adjacent to the property. The activities scheduled by the resort.Resort Experience:The condos were oceanside with two bedrooms and two baths. Check in for the resort was at the airport, which was fantastic and convenient. The condo has a small dining room, large living room and large lanai looking towards the ocean. The kitchen is furnished wel...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 20, 2002

Kauai Beach Villas
4330 Kauai Beach Drive
Lihue, Hawaii 96766
(808) 245-7711

Bubba's Burgers

Restaurant | "Bubba Burger"

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We ate at the one in Hanelei. It is in Kauai's version of a strip mall in the historic old school house area. The restaurant is in a small, yellow building with a small, inside-eating and small, on-the-porch-eating area. The decor is basic, but the food was good. My husband had the chili dog smothered in chili, and he said it was delicious. I had the hamburger and it was delicious, too. Great price, great food and set in the outdoors of Hawaii. The geckos on the thatched roof picnic tables and the building were an added bonus!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 29, 2002

Bubba's Burgers
4-1421 Kuhio Highway
Kapa'a, Hawaii 96746
+1 808 823 0069

Na Pali Coast

Attraction | "Na Pali Coast State Park"

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Home to the Kalalau Trail. The trail is renowned for its exceptional views of Hawaii's rugged and thrilling sea cliffs. Hikers must be in good shape to hike the entire 11-mile trail (one-way), which runs from Haena State Park to Kalalau Beach. The strenous trail follows high, green cliffs and dips into lush valleys. Hikers can spend the night at primitive campsites in the Hanakapiai or Kalalau valleys. You must obtain a backcountry/camping permit which is in high demand. Don't be surprised if the campsites are booked but you can try for cancellations. Another popular day trip is the two-mile (one-way) hike from Kee Beach at Haena State Park to Hanakapiai Valley. There is a sa...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 23, 2002

Na Pali Coast
Northwest Shore (end Of Highway 56)
Na Pali, Hawaii 96714
808 274 3444

Kilauea Point Wildlife Refuge

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Attraction | "Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge"

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Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge consists of 203 acres of protected land. The Kilauea Lighthouse found on the refuge was built in 1913 and houses a huge, clam-shaped light. The Refuge is located on the northern part of the Island and is open to the public. It has fantastic views of the Pacific. There is another rock island just off the tip of the penisula; make sure you scan for monk seals there. We saw a sea turtle in the ocean on the left-hand side of the penisula. The waves crashing onto the shore on the right-hand side are spectacular. Look up on the cliffside and there are thousands of birds: frigates, boobies, and albatrosses. Great place for nature conservatory education! F...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 23, 2002

Kilauea Point Wildlife Refuge
Kilauea Lighthouse Road, one mile north of Kilauea P. O. Box 1128 (mailing address)
Kauai, Hawaii 96754
(808) 828-1413

Koke'e State Park

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Koke'e State Park is at 4,000' elevation, almost at the top of Waimea Canyon road. The park is 4,345 acres. If you are into hiking, this park has over 45 miles of trails. There is the world's highest swamp named Alaka'i Swamp and hiking there is extremely muddy. The mud is almost slimy and good tread is a must. Be sure to wear old clothes. You will get dirty hiking to the swamp or even Pihue Lookout. No gas stations are located in the park,so fill up before coming up the mountain. The lodge has 12 rustic, inexpensive cabins with fireplaces to rent ($35-$45 per night). Call for reservations. Restaurant open for breakfast and lunch only. 1-800--335-6061 Koke'e Lodge ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 23, 2002

Koke'e State Park
Kokee Road
Waimea, Hawaii 96796
+1 808 587 0400

Fern Grotto

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Cruise up the Wailua River to the fern covered grotto. While at the grotto, local Hawaiian musicians play traditional songs. The trip takes 40 minutes with any one of many companies on a long, flat-bottom riverboat. Boats depart from the south side of the river every 30 minutes. The Wailua River is the only navigable river in Hawaii. You will also see kayakers, motor boats and water skiers. We went on Waialeale Boat Tours which departs for the grotto every 30 minutes - cost is $15/person. While cruising at a leisurely pace to and fro from the Grotto, we were entertained with Hawaiian musicians and hula dancers. Great trip. There are other companies and you can go directly to the marina for your pi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 23, 2002

Fern Grotto
On the Wailua River
Wailua, Hawaii 96756
no phone

Holo Holo Charters

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Attraction | "HoloHolo Charters"

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You arrived at the shopping center to sign up at 5:45 am. You then drive to the parking lot by the pier. Board the 61 foot powered catamaran, after removing your shoes (that's right, it's a barefoot cruise and shoes are not allowed) then embarked on a trip of a lifetime. The catamaran has plenty of indoor seating, two very small toliet areas (or heads) and limited seating in the back. You go right to the Na Pali coast. You slowly motor along the coast while the captain gives you the history of the coastline which is very informative! The captain pulls the catamaran into sea caves when weather permits. We saw feral goats and a very large sea turtle by one sea cave. You then cross the channel to ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 20, 2002

Holo Holo Charters
Port Allen Marina Center, Eleele
Eleele, Hawaii 96705
(808) 335-0815

Allerton Tropical Gardens

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Attraction | "National Tropical Botonical Gardens"

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The Bill and Jean Lane Visitor Center is the check-in point for tours of the McBryde Garden and the Allerton Garden and is directly across from Spouting Horn in Poi`pu, Kaua`i.It is free and well worth it. Nestled on 10 acres of gardens, the Center is reminiscent of 1920s plantation-style homes and received statewide recognition for its historical restoration. The gardens are immaculately manicured. You stroll through giant palms and flowering bushes and trees. The smell is dreamy. The staff is very informed and the Gift Shop inside the Center features a variety of products made from tropical materials and scientific and popular books, videos, and botanical posters. selection of books is fantastic. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 20, 2002

Allerton Tropical Gardens
Visitor Center--Lawai Road
Poipu, Hawaii 96756
+1 808 742 2623

Spouting Horn

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Attraction | "Spouting Horn Beach Park"

Spouting Horn Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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This fantastic park offers a blowhole which is a small lava shelf where water from waves is thrust through an opening, causing water and air to squirt out a blowhole. It is distinguished from other blowholes found around Hawaii in that it has an additional hole that blows only air, which causes this odd sound each time the waves come in. There is a wider blowhole that use to spout up to 200 feet in the air to the left by it was blasted by a local plantation owner in 1920 so the spray would not ruin his sugar cane crops. Stay on the viewing platform for your own safety as one person was killed in June of 2002. Great sea cliff views and a cute little harbor area as an extra. This natural attraction is f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 20, 2002

Spouting Horn
Lawai Road, across from Allerton Visitor's Center
Koloa, Hawaii 96756
No phone available