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Low-key Kauai

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A November 2003 trip to Kauai by jenandfrank

Kauai Photo, Kauai, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: Calming, beautiful, lush - a must "stop" when visiting Hawaii.

Kauai - Notes/Thoughts

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Overall, this was an incredible trip. It was so much different than other Hawaiian islands, like Maui; it was much more calm and peaceful. The food was excellent everywhere we went, and the people were super accommodating. If you are semiathletic, I would suggest doing at least part of the Na'Pali Coast hike. To the first beach, it is 2 miles one way. The views are incredible and the hike was fantastic. Grab a walking stick from the pile of wood before you begin--it really helped us out. Pack water and maybe even a snack for the beach at the end. You will definitely want to walk around or just sit on the rocks and relax-- it is a tough hike. We were told that there is a waterfall 2 miles further, ...Read More

Kauai - Dining

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A Pacific Café--Kauai Village shopping center, Kappa, 808/822-0013 Although you would never know it, since this restaurant is located in a strip mall (and quite a drive from Princeville), the food is excellent, and they serve Continental cuisine. The restaurant boasts that its cuisine is an east-meets-west feast. The menu had nice selections, but they were not very extensive. The atmosphere was happening, loud, and it was crowded at the bar/door. Dressy-casual, mid-30s to 40s crowd. There were no children the night we were there, and I'm guessing that's because the food tends to be eclectic. I had poached scallop ravioli and the mahimahi, while Frank had filet mignon and a chocolate soufflé. ...Read More
Kauai Helicopter Ride Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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We arrived at the Princeville airport, and it was a beautiful, clear day. We were pre-warned that if the weather was very windy or slightly off at all, they often cancel the trip (for safety reasons). That said, we were nervous beforehand because we felt we would be missing out if we didn’t take this ride. After arriving, we met the very small, but friendly staff. Their "lobby" is like a small gift shop, where they sell videos of your trip, other videos of the island, disposable cameras, etc. Before the flight, you are brought to a mini-theater where you watch a safety and general information video. Following the video, one of the staff members takes you outside and distributes life vests that a...Read More

Princeville Hotel - Kauai

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Princeville Hotel - Kauai  Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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Princeville - 5520 Ka Haku Rd., Princeville, 800/826-4400. From the minute you walk into the huge and very overwhelming lobby (15,000-plus square feet), you are overtaken by the incredible views. The lobby has floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase the crystal-clear water and surrounding mountains. Huge chandeliers, European-style furniture, huge plants, and gorgeous local flowers are all included in this unbelievable area. You think to yourself that the entire hotel cannot be this beautiful… and you’re right – it’s not. The concierge was knowledgeable and very helpful (she even snagged us front seats on our helicopter tour). The rooms were a decent size (we had a standard room), although ...Read More
Kilauea Lighthouse Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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Kilauea Road, Kilauea - North Kauai, 808/828-1413. This is a very popular attraction in Kauai (located on the northernmost point of the island) despite the rather small lighthouse (the lighthouse itself is not open to the public). Kilauea Point, which is a narrow peninsula that protrudes from the northern shore of Kauai, was purchased from the Kilauea Sugar Plantation Company in 1909. The lighthouse was built in 1913 by 26 men as a navigational aid for commercial shipping between Hawaii and Asia. The total cost of construction was $77,982, $12,000 of which was used to pay for the giant clamshell lens. The lighthouse tender would anchor offshore and then dispatch small boats filled with s...Read More