Best Things To Do in October | Kauai Hikes

Hiking through the kiawe on our wat to Kipu Kai

October is chock full of great hikes here on the Garden Isle of Kauai. Getting to know the island on foot will be one of the most rewarding experiences you will take home with you. The citizens of Kauai Hawaii respect their aina (land) passionately and it is easy to see why. Verdant mountains that exhibit subtle variations of green that can be observed and reflected upon at a casual pace are why most of us locals take to the solitude of Kokee in the west and Sleeping Giant (Nonou) on our eastern side. Here is a list of fun Kauai Hikes sponsored by the Sierra Club of Hawaii a small donation is required. What I … [Read more...]

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...]

Opening Day of National Wildlife Refuge Week | Kilauea Point

Kilauea Point Kauai , Hawaii

The opening day of National Wildlife Refuge week at Kilauea Point could not have been more glorious. The sun shone brightly and the cloudless sky above the 203 acre refuge showcased its winged residents with tours and learning tents, as they sailed effortlessly on unseen trade winds. Every year in October the US Fish and Wildlife proudly celebrates our 556 wildlife refuges throughout the country. It is wonderful opportunity for the department to educate the public on the great work that is being accomplished to preserve native flora and fauna. And to highlight challenges and how the community can help by being … [Read more...]

Kilauea Point | National Wildlife Refuge Week

Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii

One of the best things to do in Kauai is to visit the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge in the storybook town of Kilauea. From Lihue, just head north on Kuhio Highway about 24 miles and turn on to Kolo Road and then take the first left onto Kilauea Road. This straight and narrow road will lead to the Kilauea Point Lighthouse and the starting point for an epic afternoon adventure. We hope you will be visiting the island between October 14 - 21, if so, make a special afternoon at the Kilauea Point NWR. This is when the US Fish and Wildlife Department celebrates National Wildlife Refuge week here on Kauai and at … [Read more...]

Commercial Activity on Kauai Beaches

Kauai beaches

How do we balance commercial activities in public areas where visitors and residents flock to enjoy the scenic wonders of Kauai Hawaii? This is the challenge that Lenny Rapozo and the Department of Parks and Recreation are tasked with. Recently Rapozo and his staff have brought forth recommendations to do just that in one of the most visited of Kauai's public parks. Until the Federal court decision in June that allowed local governments to regulate commercial activities in public spaces it was impossible to get a permit from the County to offer beach activities to visitors in Kauai. The County was simply dead set … [Read more...]

High Surf Advisory | Big Waves Hit Kauai

Classic surf photo

The first northerly swell of the 2012 winter season has arrived. Welcome relief to all the big wave riders that have seen a less than spectacular summer surf season on the southern shores of Kauai Hawaii. While calm ocean conditions are ideal for snorkelers and the majority of visitors to the island, it's the big waves of Kauai that many local surfers pray for. Legendary surf spots with names like Hanalei Bay, Cannons and Dump Trucks, where exposed outside reefs see the largest waves, some in the 15-18 feet range today. Kalihiwai saw big waves generated from this North by North West swell too, an ocean surge that … [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...]

The 20th Anniversary of Hurricane Iniki Hitting Kauai

Hurricane Iniki and Kauai

The sun rise broke this morning to reveal a blue sky and a smattering of gray clouds hugging the peak of Mt. Haupu. The clouds were not water laden and they would dissipate by mid morning, chased away by a bright sun and gentle trade winds that Kauai Hawaii is known for. So unlike that September day 20 years ago when the Garden Island was devastated by winds that peaked at 223 MPH. Memories return like a boomerang that I thought were flung far from the spot where I am standing, here in the backyard of our Kauai vacation rentals. The storm started days earlier than September 11, 1992. Mapping the tropical depression … [Read more...]

Kauai Marathon 2012

Kauai Marathon 2012 Start

The pre dawn sky just an hour before the start of the Kauai Marathon twinkled majestically over the South Shore. The constellation Taurus spread out across the sky with points of its horn competing with a moon that only days earlier was in a blue phase. I wondered how many of the participants at this years race were dreaming of Hawaiian skies and gentle trades when there was a formidable challenge in front of them. How does one prepare? Pre race rituals are as varied as body types. Some stretching newly awoken muscles in an effort to kick start tired tendons. While others were at the buffet line downing coffee and … [Read more...]

Zipping Above the Treetops with Koloa Zipline

zip line kauai

Kauai ATV, the premier adventure company on Kauai for the past 15 years has added zipline tours to their list of adrenaline pumping, fun for the entire family, menu of thrilling activities. Their newest offering is Koloa Zipline. It is an unforgettable experience soaring in a mountain rain forest high above Poipu, and easily one of the best things to do in Kauai. Their latest venture is exciting for the hospitality community of Poipu Kauai too. Another heart pounding activity close to world class Kauai accommodations. Now it's possible to schedule a 9 am launch in a lush tropical forest and be on the beach at … [Read more...]

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