Kauai Journals

My Honeymoon In Kauai, Hawaii

A July 2003 trip to Kauai by thestickman23

Hyatt Regency Kauai Photo, Kauai, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: A lush, tropical, fantasy island is the best way to describe this wonderful location. It's arguably the most beautiful island in the world.

My Honeymoon In Kauai, Hawaii

Overview

Waimea Canyon Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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Our favorite things to do in Kauai was EVERYTHING. But the places that really stick out in our minds are Waimea Canyon, Kilauea Lighthouse, the pool at the Hyatt, and the Beach House Restaurant. You can't go wrong doing anything in Kauai - it is the most beautiful place we have ever been.Quick Tips: I recommend getting a rental; this is truly the best way to get around the island. Another tip is to fill your car with gas before heading up to Waimea Canyon - there are no gas stations on the way up. Be adventurous and try something new - you will not be disappointed. Best Way To Get Around: As I said earlier, the best way to get around is by rental car. Most sites are easily acce...Read More

Hyatt Regency Kauai

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Hotel

Hyatt Regency Kauai Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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After about a half hour drive from the airport in our rental, we drove to the entrance of the Hyatt Regency Kauai. Our bags were taken from our vehicle and right after we checked in, the bags were escorted to our room. We had a deluxe ocean view room that had a king-size bed, mini bar, balcony overlooking the pool and ocean, and a bathroom with two sinks, one bath/shower, and a private toilet. When we checked in, we noticed there was a palm tree in our view of the ocean, so we went down to the front desk and discussed our problem with a Hyatt manager. They gave us keys to a room that was the last room on the floor we were on (our room was the first off the elevator). But we decided to hike and st...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 13, 2004

Hyatt Regency Kauai
1571 Poipu Road
Kauai, Hawaii 96756
(808) 742-1234

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Located at the Hyatt Regency, the Tidepools is for the couple looking for that romantic evening. Situated on an island in a koi pond, the restaurant features open-air wooden shutters with flickering tiki torches outside to provide a soothing environment.

The menu is mainly seafood, with a couple of meat options. The food was prepared beautifully and tasted just as good. The service could use a bit of a touch up, though. I recommend making reservations a couple of days in advance if possible.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 13, 2004

Tidepools at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa
1571 Poipu Road
Koloa, Hawaii 96756
(808) 240-6456

Roy's

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Restaurant | "Roy's Poipu Bar & Grill"

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Roy Yamaguchi is not only one of the most celebrated chefs in Hawaii; he is one of the most popular chefs in the world. Mr. Yamaguchi’s opened his first Roy’s restaurant in 1988. Soon after opening his original Roy’s in Honolulu Conde Nast Traveler named it one of its "Top 50" restaurants, and Food and Wine Magazine dubbed Roy’s the "crown jewel of Honolulu’s East-West eateries". Now he has expanded his empire to over 30 restaurants in three countries; 25 in the continental United States, six in Hawaii, two in Japan, and one in Guam. Chef Yamaguchi is also the recipient of a prestigious James Beard award, has written three cookbooks, and has appeared on numerous television shows and prog...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 13, 2004

Roy's
2360 Kiahuna Plantation Drive
Poipu, Hawaii 96756
+1 808 742 5000

Drums of Paradise Hyatt Luau

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Restaurant

Drums of Paradise Hyatt Luau Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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You can choose numerous luau’s to go to in Kauai, but we were told the best and most popular luau was held at the Hyatt, where my wife and I were staying. The "Drums of Paradise" is held in the rear of the resort, close to the waterfront. Now this was our first luau, so I only expected some hula dancers and a mediocre buffet set up. The "Drums of Paradise" was anything but. If you are interested in Hawaiian culture, you will be pleased to learn the history of the hula and other Polynesian dances, such as the Maori (traditional dances from New Zealand). From my understanding there are many types of hula dances, but they are classified in two forms: the hula kahiko and the hula ‘au...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 13, 2004

Drums of Paradise Hyatt Luau
Hyatt Regency
Kauai, Hawaii
(808) 742-1234

Dondero's

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Restaurant

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Dondero’s restaurant is situated in the Hyatt Regency Resort in Koloa. The menu at Dondero’s features regional Italian cuisine in a romantic setting. The ambience here is perfect for a honeymooner’s romantic night out. Many publications rank Dondero’s as the best Italian cuisine in Kauai. Unfortunately, my wife and I were disappointed, not only with the food but also the service, which is known to be second to none. Maybe we went on an off night, but we are one of the very few who did not like Dondero’s. Food: Like I said maybe we went to Dondero’s on an off night, but I found the food to be ho-hum. Our food also came from the kitchen at room temperature, like it had been sitting ou...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 26, 2007

Dondero's
Hyatt Regency
Kauai, Hawaii 96756
(808) 742-1234

Beach House Restaurant

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Restaurant | "The Beach House Restaurant"

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The Beach House Restaurant was our favorite restaurant in Kauai. My wife and I loved it so much we visited the restaurant twice in the week we were on island. For the perfect honeymoon dining experience make a reservation during the sunset (I recommend doing this a couple days in advance, because sunset reservations book up quickly). The Beach House is positioned on the shores of the Pacific Ocean in Koloa. You can choose to sit indoors and look out of the large picturesque windows, or take a seat at one of the outdoor tables to admire the view. We initially visited The Beach House for the romantic set...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 26, 2007

Beach House Restaurant
5022 Lawai Rd
Kauai, Hawaii 96756
(808) 742-1424

Waimea Canyon

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Attraction

Waimea Canyon Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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The Waimea Canyon, which is also called the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, is an awe-inspiring gorge on Kauai's West shore. There are two roads leading to Waimea and they intersect higher atop the mountain. They steer you toward Route 552(Koke'e Road), but I took Route 550 (Waimea Canyon Drive), which had hardly any traffic and was an absolutely beautiful ascent up to the canyon. On Route 550, you will see a lot of the famous Red Dirt, which has small winding streams running through. There were plenty of spots to pull over and look at the beautiful scenery on the way up. One of the views is the island of Ni’ihau, which is clearly visible as you drive up the winding road. As you drive high...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 14, 2004

Waimea Canyon
Koke'e Road (highway 552)
Kauai, Hawaii 96752
(808) 274-3433

Spouting Horn

Attraction | "Spouting Horn Beach Park"

Spouting Horn Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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I recommend this if you are going to be in the area, but it's probably not worth a trip from the North Shore. Spouting Horn is a lava shelf where water is pushed through an opening and is powered skyward through a blowhole. There is a moaning sound that also accompanies this scene. When I was there, they also had a little flea market where islanders were selling jewelry and souvenirs.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 14, 2004

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

Wailua River (Wailua Falls and Opaeka’a Falls) Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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From Route 56 (Kuhio Highway), take route 583 (Ma'alo Road) to reach Wailua Falls lookout. These falls are the ones pictured in the beginning of the TV show "Fantasy Island".

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 14, 2004

Wailua River (Wailua Falls and Opaeka’a Falls)
Wailua River
Kauai, Hawaii

Kilauea Lighthouse

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Attraction | "Kilauea Lighthouse & National Wildlife Refuge"

Kilauea Lighthouse Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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The Kilauea Lighthouse and National Wildlife Refuge is located in the town of Kilauea, off of route 56 just past mile marker 23. You should see signs. We weren't really expecting to go to the lighthouse, but, as it turns out, it was arguably one of our favorite stops. As in most of Kauai, the scenery is breathtaking. The view is a postcard come to life. After you park, you can walk to the National Wildlife Refuge visitors’ center. Here they have interesting facts about the area, souvenirs, maps, T-shirts, artwork, and restrooms. There is a voluntary fee to enter the facilities, --this is for upkeep of the venue and area. When you are complete with your intake of information a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 15, 2004

Kilauea Lighthouse
Kilauea Road
Kilauea, Hawaii 96754
+1 808 828 1413

Tree Tunnel

Attraction

Tree Tunnel Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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I would recommend the Tree Tunnel only if headed into the area. A good time to drive through is on your way to Spouting Horn. The Tree Tunnel is about one mile long and is pretty neat to drive through.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 15, 2004

Tree Tunnel
Highway 520
Koloa, Hawaii 96756
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Opaekaa Falls

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Attraction | "'Opaeka'a Falls Lookout & Pohaku Hoohanau"

Opaekaa Falls Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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The 'Opaeka'a falls cascade about 150 feet high from the 'Opaeka'a stream. 'Opaeka'a translates to "rolling shrimp", which were apparently once abundant in the stream at the base of the falls. These falls have been featured in a few movies and TV shows, including "Wackiest Ship in the Army" featuring Jack Lemmon. 'Opaeka'a falls is probably the most accessible waterfall in all of Kauai. From route 56 (Kuhio Highway), take route 580 (Kuamo'o Road) to get to the Opaeka'a Falls Lookout. The parking area is on the right hand side, a couple of miles up the road. Hiking down to the base of 'Opaeka'a falls is not recommended, but you can do it if you are feeling a bit adventurous. We chose no...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 22, 2007

Opaekaa Falls

Kauai, Hawaii