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Weekend Getaway to Kauai

A November 2005 trip to Kauai by kwasiak

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Quote: I spent a long weekend on the island of Kauai enjoying the beach and taking a break from college life.

Weekend Getaway to Kauai

Overview

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The best part about this trip was that it was the first time I got to visit my mom while she was working in Hawaii, a place she travels to at least twice a year. It was also a lot of fun to be able to take my brother on a trip and have him get to go to one of his favorite places--the beach. I had been to Hawaii twice before, but never to Kauai. I found Kauai to be a much more relaxing and secluded island compared to Oahu.Quick Tips: Do not forget the sunscreen! Also, if you plan to go to the inner parts of the island or the north side, be sure to bring some rain gear.Best Way To Get Around: We rented a car to get around the island. We had a four seat convertible, which was great for ...Read More

Regency Villas

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Hotel

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I stayed in a condo with four other people. We had a dining room, kitchen, living room, two bathrooms, two bedrooms, and two balconies. The dining room had a table with six chairs. The living room had two couches, a chair, coffee table, two end tables, and an entertainment center. The entertainment center includes a television with cable television and a DVD/VHS player, but our DVD player was broken. Each bathroom had four towels, three bars of soap, and one small bottle of shampoo/conditioner for the week. I suggest that you bring your own shampoo, unless you are only washing your hair a maximum of three times. One bedroom had two twin beds, a chair, a closet, and two dressers. The other bedroom...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 15, 2005

Regency Villas
Intersection of Poipu Rd. and Pe'e Rd.
Kauai, Hawaii
888/298-1000

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Brennecke's Beach Broiler is located across the street from Brennecke's Beach, hence its name. The actual restaurant is located on the second floor. It serves mostly burgers and seafood. It is very casual, as you can attend in you beach wear.Downstairs there is a small snack shop. Here you can get traditional Hawaiian shave ice. They offer a wide variety of flavors, including pineapple, passion fruit, cherry, watermelon, and coconut. You can choose up to three flavors per shave ice. My favorite combination was pineapple and passion fruit, and my brother's was cherry and watermelon. Something I found very unique is that you can have ice cream put on the bottom of the shaved ice, though i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 15, 2005

Brennecke's Beach Broiler
2100 Hoone Road
Kauai, Hawaii 96756
(808) 742-7588

Ke'e Beach

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Attraction | "Kee Beach State Park"

Ke'e Beach Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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Kee Beach is located on the north side of the island of Kauai. It is at the end of Highway 560. To go any farther into the island, you must park your car and hike, or you can just stop and end your journey at the beach.Kee Beach was featured in the film version of the Australian setting book, The Thornbirds. Kee Beach is also one of the best snorkeling spots on the island. When I snorkeled here, there were plenty of fish, but I found it too shallow to easily swim over the reef to see most of the fish. I was able to see a variety of fish by swimming along the edge of the reef, though.If you plan to go to Kee Beach and are staying on the south side of the island, as I was, I sugg...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 15, 2005

Ke'e Beach
Foot Of The Na Pali Coast Trail
Kauai, Hawaii 96722

Brennecke Beach

Attraction

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Brennecke Beach is on the south side of the island in the Poipu resort area. The beach has restrooms, showers, a playground, picnic tables, and plenty of grassy area.

At this beach, the ocean is very shallow for a good portion of the area, making this a great beach for small children. The beach is also protected by a reef creating very calm waters. The snorkeling is great here, with a large underwater rocky area for them to hide in.

Monk seals can also sometimes be spotted on the beach. They come up to sleep during the day and go back into the water at night to eat. When they are present, ropes are put around the area of the seal to keep people from getting too close.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 15, 2005

Brennecke Beach
Eastern end of Poipu Beach Park
Kauai, Hawaii

Island Soap & Candle Factory

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Attraction | "Island Soap & Candle Works"

Island Soap & Candle Factory Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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As a maker of simple melt-and-pour glycerin soap, I am always interested in seeing soap shops, especially when I get to watch them make the stuff. I loved being able to watch them make cold process soap, something too complicated for me to ever think of trying myself. Cold process soap is made using a lye solution. Island Soap & Candle works using coconut, olive, palm, macadamia, and kukia nut oils to make their lye solutions, although it can be made using animal fat. What I found unique about the way they make their soap is that they leave the glycerin produced in the soap making process in the soap, which is something that is often taken out by the manufacturers of soap that you see on the groce...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 17, 2005

Island Soap & Candle Factory
5428 Koloa Road
Kauai, Hawaii 96756
(808) 742-1945