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Two Weeks to Slow Down

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A February 2010 trip to Kauai by MattF

Wiamea Beach Sunset Photo, Kauai, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: We spent two weeks in Kauai in February to take it easy, enjoy the sites, and explore a little deeper into Kauai than we have in past visits. We stayed on the North shore in Princeville, and the East shore at Waipouli / Kapa'a.

Outrigger Waipoli Beach Resort

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Hotel | "A Little Piece of Paradise"

Outrigger Waipoli Beach Resort Photo, Kapaa, Hawaii
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We spent our first week on Kauai at the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas in Princeville, and then moved down the coast to Kapa'a to stay at the Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort. The resort is actually a little south of Kapa'a in a small town called Waipoli. It's close to shopping and restrauants, theres a Safeway across the street, and you can walk to numerous shops and restraunts. It is a condo resort and the units were beyond well equipped. We had a one bedroom condo, with a large sitting area, dining area, and patio. These units are well equipped with Sub Zero refrigerators, Wolf cook top and oven, granite countertops, tavertine floors, and the list goes on. The bathroom was very large with a ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 5, 2010

Outrigger Waipoli Beach Resort
4-820 Kuhio Highway
Kapaa, Hawaii 96746
(808) 823-1401

Biking the East Coast of Kauai

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Walking our bikes down to the deserted beach Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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After a number of visits to Kelia Beach, above Kapa'a, we noticed alot of people were biking along a paved hiking and biking trail that runs along the coast between Kapa'a and North of Kelia Beach. After we moved from Princeville down to Waipouli during our second week on the island, we decided that we should check out how we could rent a bike so we could spend the day riding, visiting the beaches, and watching the people.Just outside the Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort there is a small tour business called Wailua River Guides. They rent bikes, kayaks, and other items, as well as provided guided kayak river excurions up the Wailua river. After inquiring about renting bikes and getting an i...Read More
Hiking down to the
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During our stay at the Westin Ocean Resort Villas in Princeville we kept noticing people hiking up and down a trail near our condo. After a couple of days our curiosity got the best of us and we decided to see what all the fuss was about.There is a beach access point right next to the resort with a hiking path down to the beach. We put on our shoes (for the first time) and walked out to the trail head to see what was lying below at the beach. This was a fairly short hike, but watch out, it's slippery and is a pretty sharp grade going down the trail, and unfortunately up at the end of the hike. It was quite beautiful walking through the "jungle" to the bottom, which then unfolds into a beac...Read More

Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas

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Hotel | "Luxury Living in Princeville"

Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas Photo, Princeville, Hawaii
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During our recent two week trip to Kauai, we decided to split our vacation stay to two different locations on the island. Having stayed in Poipu and Lihue on prior trips, we decided to spend the first week of this vacation in Princeville, and the second week in Waipouli, just south of Kapa'a. We decided, through a friend's timeshare club, to stay at the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas in Princeville. We stayed in a one bedroom condo and were very pleased with the condo and the facilitities. The condo was equipped with all new appliances and had marble counter tops in the kitchen. It had a full dining area and sitting area, a separate bedroom, flat screen TVs w/ DVDs, and a massive b...Read More

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Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
3838 Wyllie Road
Princeville, Hawaii 96722
(808) 827-8700

Postcards Cafe

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Restaurant | "A Great Dinner at Postcards Cafe"

Postcards Cafe Photo, Hanalei, Hawaii
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During our stay on the North shore of Kauai, we spent each evening out eating in the various venues available in Princeville and Hanalei. During one evening we had a charming conversation with a couple of ladies that had visited the island many times over the past couple of years. It wasn't long before the conversation turned to eating establishments; what was good, what was unique, and what they thought was the best meal they had so far on this trip.Without hesitation, both ladies expounded upon the virtues of a local restaurant in Hanalei called "Postcards Cafe". They said we "had to go there" before we left the North shore, and that we would not be sorry for our efforts. Not being a cou...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 2, 2010

Postcards Cafe
5-5075 Kuhio Highway
Hanalei, Hawaii 96714
(808) 826-1191

Driving in the Rain

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Surfing at Wiamea Photo, Kauai, Hawaii
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One thing you always expect to see in Hawaii, regardless of the island you are on, is rain. In our previous trips (in August and then again in March) it usually comes in miss and hit showers that are short lived and easy to live with. This time it was a little more intense with it raining a little more frequently than we were used to, and remaining cloudy pretty much all day long on three of the days we stayed. The locals will tell you that if it's wet on your side of the island, head for the other side because it is probably dry. For the most part this is true. When it rained in Princeville the first two days we were there, we headed south to Lihue, but evidently that wasn't far enough. N...Read More

Manapua and BBQ Wild Boar

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This was our third trip to Kauai, and each time we go we search out new things to do and try. On this trip we happened into a couple of treats; one we planned on trying, and another we stumbled into on our way from Princeville to Kapa'a.The first delicacy was Manapua. I read about this little taste treat from an IgoUgo writer and decided I had to try it out. The writer said that the only place he could find the tasty morsel was at 7-11 stores, so the search was on. Well let me tell you about Manapua, then I'll tell you where we found it. Manapua is a doughly bread treat that can be stuffed with dollup of different ingredients inside. You can get Curry Chicken Manapua, Sweet Potatoe Manapua...Read More