Kauai, points of interest: An introduction to the Garden Island of Hawaii

Kauai, points of interest: An introduction to the Garden Island of Hawaii

The island of Kauai, also known as the 'Garden Island', is the fourth largest island in Hawaii. It is also the oldest and the northernmost. It is divided into four parts: North Shore, South Shore, West Shore and East Shore. It is famous for the Na Pali Coast, one of the most beautiful coastlines...

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Top 10 hiking trails in Kauai, Hawaii

Top 10 hiking trails in Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai, the 'Garden Island' of Hawaii, has some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the world along the stunning Na Pali coastline. Here is a list of the top ten hiking trails in Kauai. If you enjoy hiking and if you are in Kauai, you have to plan at least one or...

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Top ten beaches in Kauai, Hawaii

Top ten beaches in Kauai, Hawaii

Here is a list of the top ten beaches in Kauai including activities, facilities, safety and driving directions. I was in Kauai for six days and wished I had more time to explore the island. Kauai is divided into four parts: North Shore, South Shore, West Shore and East Shore.

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Things to do in Kauai, Hawaii: National Tropical Botanical Gardens

Things to do in Kauai, Hawaii: National Tropical Botanical Gardens

There are three National Tropical Botanical Gardens located in Kauai in Hawaii: the Allerton Garden, the McBryde Garden and the Limahuli Garden. Each of the three gardens, is home to unique flora and fauna including rare and endangered plant and animal species.

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Things to do in Kauai, Hawaii: Tunnels Beach (Makua Beach)

Things to do in Kauai, Hawaii: Tunnels Beach (Makua Beach)

Located on the North Shore of Kauai in Hawaii, Tunnels Beach or Makua Beach is famous for snorkeling and scuba diving. Lush green forests and mountains along the beach, give it a picture perfect landscape. The name 'Tunnels' comes from the various underwater lava tube...

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Things to do in Kauai, Hawaii: lava tube caves

Things to do in Kauai, Hawaii: lava tube caves

Lava tube caves are one of the most amazing phenomena in nature. In Kauai, there are several lava tube caves along the Na Pali coast, one of the most stunning coastlines in the world! If you are very fit, you can access them with a kayak tour. Otherwise, you can take a catamara...

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Things to do in Kauai, Hawaii: Hanalei Bay & Hanalei Pier

Things to do in Kauai, Hawaii: Hanalei Bay & Hanalei Pier

Hanalei Bay is the largest bay on the north shore of the island of Kauai. The town of Hanalei is at the midpoint of the bay. It consists of long stretches of sandy beaches (almost two miles) and the bay itself is surrounded by mountains.

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Things to do in Kauai, Hawaii: Kilauea Lighthouse

Things to do in Kauai, Hawaii: Kilauea Lighthouse

The Kilauea Lighthouse is located on the North Shore of the island of Kauai at the Kilauea Point in the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. It can be accessed from Highway 56 (Kuhio Highway) and lies north of the town of Kīlauea. It was seen in Disney's...

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Jcrew smocked off-the-shoulder gingham beach dress in Kauai Islands, Hawaii

Jcrew smocked off-the-shoulder gingham beach dress in Kauai Islands, Hawaii

I recently started shopping at J.Crew and it has become one of my favorite fashion labels! I love that their styling is so young and still can be worn by people of so many different ages! For my trip to Kauai, I purchased some beachwear from them including a few swim cover-ups...

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Things to do in Kauai, Hawaii: Wailua Falls

Things to do in Kauai, Hawaii: Wailua Falls

There are only two waterfalls in Kauai, Hawaii, that you can actually drive up to. One is the Opaeka'a Falls and the second one is the Wailua Falls. Wailua Falls were also featured in the opening scene of the TV show Fantasy Island. I first saw the beautiful Wailua Falls from the Jack Harter doors-off helicopter tour...

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Things to do in Kauai, Hawaii: Hike to the base of the Wailua Falls/Wailua Falls Trail

Things to do in Kauai, Hawaii: Hike to the base of the Wailua Falls/Wailua Falls Trail

Located near Lihue, Wailua Falls trail is a .3 mile downhill hike through a forest area covered with tree branches, roots and large rocks, that can also be very muddy. I don't have much hiking experience but managed the trail well. One reason could be...

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Things to do in Kauai, Hawaii: Waimea Canyon Lookout & Kokee Museum

Things to do in Kauai, Hawaii: Waimea Canyon Lookout & Kokee Museum

Also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, my first view of the Waimea Canyon was from the doors off helicopter tour with Jack Harter Helicopters. I was literally stupefied to be flying in between the majestic canyon intercepted with rivers, dotted with waterfalls...

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Things to do in Kauai, Hawaii: Kauai Coffee Plantation

Things to do in Kauai, Hawaii: Kauai Coffee Plantation

Located on the south shore of Kauai in Kalaheo, the Kauai Coffee Company as it is called, is the largest coffee plantation in the U.S.A. There are about 4 million coffee trees grown over 3,100 acres of land producing 25 different kinds of coffee including...

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