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Journeys in Paradise - Kauai

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A November 2002 trip to Kauai by smmmarti guide

Bali Hai Photo, Kauai, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: Is there a heaven on earth? Based on appearances, Kauai is often touted as such. It is also acknowledged as having the potential to offer soulful healing and spiritual insights. This is just one journey into the heart of Kauai. Reading it may encourage you to make your own voyage.

Journeys in Paradise - Kauai

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Overview

Bali Hai Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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On our last trip to Kauai we stayed at the fabulous Hyatt Regency in Poipu where we saw an endangered monk seal resting on the beach, hiked the shoreline from Mahaleapu to Poipu Beach Park, drove the rutted roads to Polihale’s fa isolated 17 mile strand, and journeyed to the Na Pali Coast . Yet, I’d been entranced by the mysterious North Shore and the glorious Princeville Resort with it’s enviable position on the bluffs overlooking famed Hanalei Bay. The North Coast has a reputation of being all we...Read More

St. Regis Princeville Resort

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Hotel | "Princeville"

St. Regis Princeville Resort Photo, Princeville, Hawaii
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How many times did I overhear the phrase, "died and gone to heaven," during my stay at the Princeville ? How could I fault guests who resorted to using cliches in a setting that could sap more profound words from even the most articulate visitor? Mark Twain was only slightly more eloquent when he wrote, "This is the most magnificent, balmy atmosphere in the world--ought to take dead men out of grave." A winding two-mile stretch of road from the highway gives guests a chance to adjust to the unworldly realm they are about to enter at Princeville. This broad plateau of rolling greens punctuated with fountains, palms and trails leads to th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 7, 2002

St. Regis Princeville Resort
5520 Ka Haku Road
Princeville, Hawaii 96722
(808) 826-9644

Kilauea Bakery / Pau Hana Pizza

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Restaurant | "Kilauea Bakery/Pau Hana Pizza"

Kilauea Bakery / Pau Hana Pizza Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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The Kilauea Bakery is closed on Thanksgiving. So is everything in Kauai outside of the hotels. That’s a good thing for the ohana, we recognized, imagining them all snuggled in at home while we spent our Thanksgiving driving in the pouring rain searching for a bit of gruel… I mean, a snack to take the edge off before the big dinner feast at Princeville‘s Hanalei Cafe. We had been driving for an hour, so it was a very sad disappointment and dreadful blow to my blood sugar, which was dropping to desperate levels suddenly, to find the much ballyhooed Kilauea Bakery closed. When you want something so badly you can taste it, and are then denied, it only makes you crave it all the more. Inev...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 7, 2002

Kilauea Bakery / Pau Hana Pizza
Kilauea Road
Kauai, Hawaii
(808) 828-2020

Makana Terrace

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Restaurant | "Cafe Hanalei"

Makana Terrace Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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A reflection pool catches your eye. It confuses delightfully, blurring reality as the sky appears to fold over into the crashing waves of the magnificent Pacific Ocean below. Are those floating tables set in the middle of the ocean? Overlooking one of the most photographed representations of tropical paradise, Bali Hai, diners become an essential element of the famous landscape making the Hanalei Café in the Princeville Hotel possibly the world's most romantic restaurant. What otherwise explains the attraction for love-struck honeymooners, celebrities, and hoards of other visitors who come to Halanei Café to celebrate the glories of life by ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 11, 2002

Makana Terrace
5520 Kahuku Road
Princeville, Hawaii 96722
(808) 826-2760

Princeville Restaurant

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Attraction | "Living Room"

Princeville Restaurant Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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Nature doesn’t make mistakes, as the views of Bali Hai from the Living Room confirm. I don’t envy those designers charged with the dubious task of integrating manmade elements into such world-class beauty. How easy it would be to spoil things. Architects of the Living Room at Princeville obviously tiptoed humbly around mother nature when creating this room. Oriented brilliantly in the direction of Mt. Makana, where the sun tucks itself predictably into this slot in the landscape each and every night, nothing is lost. Clearly, one could sit on the beach or a chunk of lava rock to watch this show and still be dazzled. But taking it one step further, in the Living Room full walls of glass reveal ev...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 7, 2002

Princeville Restaurant
5-3900 Kuhio Highway
Princeville, Hawaii 96722
+1 808 826 5050

Air Kauai

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Attraction | "Journey by Air"

Air Kauai Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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I’m not a fan of flying in small aircraft around steep peaks. I dislike the idea that during sudden changes in weather the pilot may loose his ability to judge distance, or that mechanical failure in a helicopter doesn’t offer reassuring hope of gliding toward an emergency landing. A visit to Kauai offers compelling incentive to overcome such distrust. No where is the aerial view quite so spectacular and in general there is no better method for witnessing the stunning views than in one of the highly maneuverable high-flying wasps that buzz over Kauai‘s skies like so many seabirds. Yet, the very element that forged Kauai’s deeply gorged cliffs and canyons - the 500 inches of annual rainfall - ca...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 7, 2002

Air Kauai
Lihue Airport
Kauai, Hawaii 96766
(808) 972 4666

Journey to the Center of the Earth

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Attraction

Journey to the Center of the Earth Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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Fire-born Hawaiian Islands - Molten lava spewed out for about two million years forming an enormous underwater mountain and finally rising 3 miles from the ocean floor. For seven and a half million years, these volcanic eruptions continued - until the island of Kauai was born.From the Volcano Watch website. The Hawaiians believe you cannot know something until you examine its history. It’s easy to find the basic information on Kauai’s development but a bigger question is rarely posed by casual tourist. If the majority of volcanic activity occurs on the borders of plates why are the Hawaiian islands, com...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 7, 2002

Journey to the Center of the Earth
Kauai
Kauai, Hawaii

Princeville Shopping Center

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Attraction | "Historical Sites in Princeville"

Princeville Shopping Center Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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Barony de Princeville During King Kaumualii’s absence from Kauai, European land barons took over the task of actually ruling the island. One of the more prominent plantation owners was Crichton Wylie, a Scotsman, who had turned sail to Hawaii after becoming disenchanted with New Zealand. The stories say he hadn’t planned to stay, but King Kamehameha appointed him minister of foreign affairs for the kingdom of Hawaii. He eventually purchased most of the Hanalei Bay area and raised sugar cane and coffee and built a large sugar mill and a beautiful plantation estate. Hawai`i’s last true prince and most beloved of all Hawaiian ali`i, Albert, the son of Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma, v...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 7, 2002

Princeville Shopping Center
5-4280 Kuhio Highway
Princeville, Hawaii 96722
+1 808 826 3040

Princeville Luau

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Attraction

Princeville Luau Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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Students of the ancient hula were required to pass a series of very rigorous tests including singing a five hour chant they’d never heard or swimming the shark-ridden seas between Kauai and Ni`ihau. Although stories can differ, it’s generally accepted that the plateau above Ke’e beach, only a short drive from Princeville, is the site where hula was created and many a career was made or broken. Begun as a form of worship, during the days of the great hula halau (school) people from across Hawaii came here to learn the sacred kahiko hula at Ka-ulu-a-Paoa from the high priestess, Kili`oe. After hula was banned under the influence of the missionaries, the instruction took a more "underground...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 9, 2002

Princeville Luau
Princeville Hotel
Kauai, Hawaii

Kilauea Point Wildlife Refuge

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Attraction | "Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge"

Kilauea Point Wildlife Refuge Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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Gooney birds, mollymauks, boobies, auks, nene. Don’t mistake all this chatter for grammar school name calling until you realize these affectionate titles are given to certain species of seabirds roosting at Kilauea Point. With its position as the northernmost point in Hawaiian, as well as fortunate lack of predators (Kauai did not receive the gift of the mongoose), Kilauea provides visitors with the rare opportunity to observe these nomads of the sea up close. How did the amazing albatross come to be known as "gooney?" Like the red-footy "booby," the bird was often disrespected when it happened upon a sailing shi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 9, 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

Fern Grotto Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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Yes, star crossed in pleasure the stream flows on by. Yes, as we're sated in leisure, we watch it fly. And time waits for no one, and it won't wait for me. And time waits for no one, and it won't wait for me. - Jaggar/Richards, 1974, Time Waits for No One My husband trekked to Kauai twenty-seven years ago before Princeville Hotel was built, when Smith’s Fern Grotto was the major tourist attraction. His visit pre-dated the arrival of post-Vietnam vets who managed to parley their combat experience by flying headlong over the islands canyons and craters, creating in their wake the wildly popular helicopter sightseeing adventures now nearly ubiquitous to Hawai...Read More

Journey Back in Time: Kauai's History

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Story/Tip

Kauai's Famous Surf Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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In keeping with the Hawaiian belief that to know a place you must know its history, here is a brief overview of some important elements of the political history of Kauai and its famous rulers and developers. Political History of Kauai -Kamehameha and Kaumualii Hawaiian history prior to the arrival of the missionaries was relegated entirely to oral tradition passed down and around in the form of stories and chants, so records can vary greatly. But the stories are fascinating by any account. Ironies abound, and intrigue, drama and universal mythology spring up in almost familiar guises. King Kamehameha’s Mission What made Kamehameha such a warrior, so deter...Read More