Kauai Journals

2005 Hawaiian Island Trip

A December 2005 trip to Kauai by AnneGraham

Quote: This was our first trip to the Hawaiian Islands! Mizumi invited roommates Trena Jones and Jess Collins. We spent 1 night in Waikiki and Oahu, 1 week in southern Kauai, and 1 night in Maui (sunset to sunrise) hula dancing, surfing, taking ukulele lessons, and lei making. We had perfect weather.

The Point at Poipu

Hotel | "Embassy Vacation Resort Poipu Point"

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Best Things Nearby:Southern coast of Kauai, beside the ocean with lava rocks; Shipwreak Beach; Spouting Horn; and activities within a half-hour's drive around the coast Best Things About the Resort:The RCI timeshare rooms are perfect for a week's stay. I liked the first floor with patio doors to the outside garden. The morning beakfast for $7 was a  good start. The resort list of activities was our favorite, and there was the Jacuzzi.Resort Experience:It's a 22-acre garden setting with a lagoon-style pool right on the southern coast of Kauai. I liked everything except the pressure to get a $100 gift certificate for a luau. When I went to the 90-minute talk, th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 12, 2005

The Point at Poipu
1613 Pe'e Road
Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii 96756
(808) 742-1888

Kauai ATV

Attraction | "ATV Mud Bog Trip"

Quote:
Trena and Jess got their own ATV's, Mizumi was the driver of two-seater Mud Bog, and I was the passenger $125. She tried to hit every mud puddle she could and ran off the road in the mud; three guys had to help her get it out. Trena waved her to go ahead down a dark sugar cane tunnel, and she drove like a bat out of hell, with me screaming, and when we got to the end, a team leader came and said to go back with the group.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 12, 2005

Kauai ATV
3412 Weliweli Road
Kalaheo, Hawaii 96741
+1 808 742 2734; +1

Fern Grotto

Attraction

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There is a native village there that we walked around and came back with mosquito spray the next day. We went in native canoes down the river to Fern Grotto. The guide was same age and perfect for Mizumi, Trena, Jess, and me. We did not like all the hundreds of people on a riverboat that preceded us to the grotto. We waited for them to leave and got more mosquito bites. There were Islanders playing songs and a waterfall.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 12, 2005

Fern Grotto
On the Wailua River
Wailua, Hawaii 96756
no phone

Mountain Tubing Adventure

Attraction | "Tubing through a plantation canal"

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This was a 3-hour trip down the old sugar cane plantation irrigation canals in rubber tubes with a team leader, water shoes and gloves, and night lights on our heads for tunnels. We had a lunch at a waterfall and jumped in. It was a great family adventure!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 12, 2005

Mountain Tubing Adventure
Higway 56
Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai ATV

Attraction | "Kauai ATV Tours"

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We had a 15%-off coupon for the AHI Activities & Attractions Association of Hawaii, where it costs $145 for each person to take an ATV out for 4-hour off-roading through the mud and hills of Kauai, having lunch and visiting a waterfall. We had a great time! They made a CD of us for $20!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 12, 2005

Kauai ATV
3412 Weliweli Road
Kalaheo, Hawaii 96741
+1 808 742 2734; +1

Lihue Hilo Hattie

Attraction | "Hilo Hattie"

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I wanted to go in for our free Kauai mug, but you have to spend $20 to get it. It is totally a tourist trap in there, costing four times the price of what you could find at other local stores! Be careful! The shirts and dresses are four times what they should be!

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 12, 2005

Lihue Hilo Hattie
3-3252 Kuhio Highway
Lihue, Hawaii 96766

Local Markets

Attraction

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Go to OKI restaurant for macadamia nut pancakes and Hawaiian food; Mizumi liked the teriyaki chicken and rice. ABC shopping is better than Hilo Hattie's, and Java Juice is the girls' favorite daily stop! And the local K-Mart is a treat!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 12, 2005

Local Markets
Throughout Kauai
Kauai, Hawaii