Kauai Journals

Kauai - The Garden Isle

A travel journal to Kauai by sun555

Quote: Kauai is magical. Whether you are looking for a romantic honeymoon or just looking for the most beautiful place on earth to relax, Kauai is a great destination.

Poipu Palms

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Hotel

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We always stay here. It’s true oceanfront condos on a bluff overlooking the Pacific. Quiet and peaceful. You can hear the waves crashing on the rocks, the doves in the morning. You can watch the green sea turtles from the lanai. Great ocean views. Located near Poipu Beach, a short walk. During whale season you can see whales from the lanai, and most days you can see dolphins feeding off the coast. Everything on Kauai has three names. This location is called Makahuena Point, Turtle Cove (because of the turtles that are there all the time) and more properly, Poipu Point. Its a small condo complex. One building, 12 units. It’s quiet and peaceful. Try to get a third fl...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 16, 2004

Poipu Palms
Pee Road
Kauai, Hawaii

Roy's

Restaurant

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One of Kauai's best. The cuisine is Pan-Pacific (Oriental and island-influenced). I love their appetizers. Eaten here many times and never had a bad meal. Their fish dishes are exquisite. Their sake-tasting prix-fixe dinner was outstanding (five courses and four sakes).

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 16, 2004

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

Kalapaki Beach Hut

Restaurant

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I've always called this place Tasty Burger, since it says that on the sign, but the real name is Kalapaki Beach Hut. We like it. It's burgers and other things that you would expect from a Kauai locals-style fast-food joint. The burgers are good. We like to sit upstairs, which has a little view, and the birds will eat the crumbs you drop or throw to them.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 18, 2004

Kalapaki Beach Hut
3474 Rice St
Lihue, Hawaii 96766
+1 808 246 6330

Luau - Smiths Tropical Paradise

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If you want to do a luau, we always recommend Smiths. The grounds are beautiful, so arrive early and wander the gardens. In addition to the beaatiful gardens, birds and peacocks roam free. Many picture opportunities. They don't have them every night of the week, but most nights. So call and check. You can just come for the show if you are so inclined. As far as numbers of people, it does vary. We generally try to go during the week and normally there are 100-150 people, but they can handle up to 500(my guess). I just think 100-150 is a litlle more intimate. Luaus are basically buffets. The food here is pretty good but it don't go for just the food, because there are better b...Read More

Golf - Kauai

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I always play two courses when I'm there: the Prince course at Princeville and the Kiele course at Kauai Lagoons at the Marriott. They both are excellent. The Prince is possibly the most beautiful course in the world. Invariably when I play with people they turn to me at some point (or several times!) and tell me it's the most beautiful course they have ever played. Whether it's the stunning ocean views, the tropical jungle scenery, or the waterfall behind the 13th green, there is some natural beauty that should appeal to you. I never tire of playing this course. But be forewarned, this is a tough golf course. The joke they will tell you is that the course record is 89--yeah, th...Read More

Fern Grotto

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There’s so much to do and see on Kauai that is so much better than this that you should skip it. But if you've done everything else... It’s a boat ride up the river, the only navigable river in Hawaii. They sing and teach you to hula on the way up (or is it on the way back?). It’s kind of hokey, or fun, depending on your viewpoint. My wife and I always thought it was kind of fun but definitely touristy. The day we went, Fern Grotto was disappointing. Not a lot of ferns, not much to see. And most people I talk to say the same thing. So in summary, it’s diverting, but do something else. See another beach (these alone can take you months), Kilauea lighthouse, Nat...Read More

Favorite restaurants

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Roys – Pan-Pacific cuisine. Excellent. Upscale. I've eaten here many times and never had a bad meal. Expensive for Kauai (cheap for Maui), maybe 35-45 per person. After dinner, wander through the Poipu Village Shopping Center. Xan's is a great jewelry store right across - very interesting pieces. In the back of the center is the Black Pearl --- the first store in the world to specialize in black pearls. They are very knowledgeable and friendly. A Pacific Cafe -- Not much on atmosphere, but the food is excellent. We were blown away by some of the appetizers. We generally go there now for appetizers and dessert. For us, it’s a meal. The Beach House Restaurant -- Go for the sun...Read More

My Top Ten Things to do on Kauai

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This is so individual and depends on each person’s likes and dislikes. But I send a lot of people to Kauai and this is what I tell them. Your favorites will vary. I strongly suggest you go and discover ten wonderful things about Kauai (I could list 50 things). 1. The number-one activity I tell people to do, is take a helicopter ride. Yes, they are expensive, but everyone I know says this was the most spectacular thing they did. Think of Jurassic Park. Remember when the helicopter first arrived and the helicopter slowly descended in the tropical paradise right alongside a waterfall! That was Kauai! And the helicopters do that! Well, they don't land, but most will descend next to a waterf...Read More