Best Things To Do In Hawaii | Kauai Hikes

Mokolea Point

The New Year began yesterday trumpeting majestically on active Northerly trade winds of at least blow you hat off speeds. Not to be outdone, thunderous roars by epic 25 foot waves heralded the January first in the normally placid Hanalei Bay. While one of my best things to do in Hawaii is to enjoy the calm, clear waters of Kauai, I turned my back to the ocean and half hiked, well more strolled to the start of the Okolehao Trail. While there are many great hikes on Kauai detailed in the many guide books written about this magical land I have compiled a list of Kauai hikes in January guided by the local Sierra Club. … [Read more...]

Hiking the Okolehao Trail | Kauai Hikes

Hiking in Kauai Hawaii

The start to the Okolehao Trail lies down a narrow picturesque road that leaves you wondering if you're trespassing along a private driveway. Between taro fields and the grassy bank of the Hanalei river that threatens to swallow your car with an errant turn. Posted warning signs of Children Playing, and Do Not Block Driveway, further convince you of your mistake. Don't surrender to these obstacles, continue on as you approach the Hanalei Wildlife Refuge. Native Hawaiian birds go about their routine oblivious to camera toting wildlife lovers. Tending to their clutches or searching for a meal of insects and algae in … [Read more...]

Music, Moonlight and Romance in McBryde Garden

Fun at last years Moonlight and Music event for the NTBG

The stage is set for the 5th annual Moonlight and Music event in Poipu Kauai. The gala is hosted by the National Tropical Botanical Garden and it is their primary fundraising event for the year. Saturday August 25, 2012 is the date for this very special affair in the historic McBryde Garden under the moonlight. The evening begins at 6pm with tours into the Garden that will be dramatically lit to showcase this unique Kauai treasure. If you have only seen the Garden during a daylight tour you are in for a treat. The landscape lighting offers a dramatic perspective to this lush valley. Lights play off gnarly trunks … [Read more...]

What You Need to Know For a Hawaiian Beach Wedding

Hawaiian wedding in Keoneloa beach, Kauai

After months of uncertainty you've decided that saying I do on the beach in Kauai will be the ultimate in a destination wedding. Amidst all of the fun decisions of selecting a beach, and whether to go to the altar barefoot and adorned in colorful leis. There are the pragmatic governmental requirements that will require your attention. Here is what you need to know for a Hawaiian beach wedding. Obtain a Permit Accessing a permit on line is easy, just click here. The good news is that everyone who applies and follows the DLNR's requirements will receive a permit for a beach wedding. The form is straightforward, … [Read more...]

The Haena to Hanalei Fun Run | Best Things to do in Kauai

Haena to Hanalei Road Race

The 31st annual Haena to Hanalei Fun Run/Walk was held June 2, 2012. This 8 mile trek has to be one of the most scenic runs in the world. Sponsored by the Hanalei Canoe Club, this well organized and well executed run/walk is fun for the whole family. There is the actual walk/run that is 8 miles from Haena to Hanalei and a 5K for the less motivated and a 1K for the kids. The hills are a long grueling grade but you have the downs as well as the ups. The ocean scenery is so stunning the entire way you forget that “Hey , I am in a serious race and I want to win”. You cannot help but be distracted by the ocean … [Read more...]

The Four Best Things To Do In Poipu Kauai

Romantic, secluded and some with lifeguards, our beach guide is ideal to explore before you set out from our poipu rentals.

How do you cram as much of Kauai Hawaii in just a seven day stay? A popular game plan among the hardy is to split their stay between the North and the South sides of the island. They share a common philosophy, resting is something they can do when they return home. While not our cup of tea when traveling, here is our game plan for the four best things to do in Poipu and in the burning western side of this magical island. Spend three nights on the North side of the island and four in the South shore. While you are staying here in Poipu Beach, all of these destinations are within an 1 hour drive of our Kauai vacation … [Read more...]

Kauai Marathon 2012 | Things To Do In Hawaii

Finishing the Kauai Marathon

A significant sporting milestone was reached quietly yet inexorably this morning while the gentle denizens of Kauai Hawaii were sleeping. The Kauai Marathon 2012 is less than 200 days away and while most aspiring contestants will remind themselves that they have plenty of time to train. They should move forward on reserving their Kauai vacation rental for this storied event. Accommodations close to the start and finish lines are already receiving calls for the race which will be held on September 2, 2012. With the rich alternative to traditional hotels available in the area there will be choices ranging from B and … [Read more...]

A Mahaulepu Moonrise Hike | Best Things To Do In Kauai

Best Kauai beaches

I admit, there is a deep sense of satisfaction when I can keep my husband off balance. The look on his face when he hears an unexpected answer to his question is priceless. Mouth agape, eyebrows arched, followed by a bewildered stare into space. Oh, he does come back but I have never seen a re-entry in under 30 minutes. That's exactly how it transpired when I answered yes to a moonrise hike along the south coast of Kauai Hawaii with the Sierra Club. It was billed as a late afternoon hike along the majestic coastline of the Mahaulepu Trail to watch the moonrise, and to observe the whales. As it turned out it was … [Read more...]

Best Things To Do In Kauai | Movie Star Trees

A Romantic Kauai honeymoon

I love trees. I loved climbing them as a kid, getting lost in the upper most branches looking down on unsuspecting parents that had crazy notions that I needed a bath. These same branches supporting my frame, also supported cool insect colonies, using the sugars as a food source, and cavities in the trunk for shelter. I was in awe of their size and the stateliness they could imbue on a landscape Only later as I pursued a degree in plant physiology did I begin to understand the remarkable adaptability of these giants. Yielding when necessary to conditions too large even for them, with the single purpose of survival. … [Read more...]

Hike Kauai | Honeymoon Ideas In Hawaii

Best places in Hawaii for a honeymoon

Hiking in Kauai is one of the best things to do of all the great activities that are available to the visitor here on the island. If you are here on a romantic honeymoon or simply a Hawaiian getaway you will be seeing the best of Kauai. Experiencing the road less traveled, the aura, romance, and mystique of hidden Kauai still energizes us even after 30 years. Somehow the air is different, the manner in which the light filters through the ancient Kukui trees, playing off giant vines entangled in its canopy hundreds of feet above the trail. It reminds me of a cathedral that could only be created by mother nature, … [Read more...]

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