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Cruising the Wailua River Valley With Four Generations of Smiths

Posted in: Culture & History, Environment, Kauai 2021, Things to Do

Sharing songs and legends of the Wailua River Valley is a family tradition. In 1946, Walter Smith, Sr. and his wife, Emily, started our family business with a small rowboat and a borrowed outboard motor. Four generations later, we continue Grandpa’s tradition of sharing our love of Kauai and its rich cultural heritage. Some activities take all day or must be reserved well in advance of your arrival- especially with Covid restrictions in place. The Wailua River Cruise is a great way to sit on a covered boat, meandering up the ... Read More

Five Fascinating Facts About the Waimea Canyon

Posted in: Environment, Kauai 2021, Things to Do

Most first time visitors to Kauai read up on the island and Waimea Canyon, nicknamed “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific” by none other than Mark Twain, and wonder if the moniker is an overstatement. How can a canyon on the fourth largest Hawaiian island match up to the behemoth that is the actual Grand Canyon? In some ways, specifically in regards to its size, it can’t. The length of the Grand Canyon, at 277 miles, is two and half times longer than the distance between Kauai and the neighboring ... Read More

Chasing Waterfalls and Sea Caves: An Unforgettable Adventure with Nā Pali Riders’ Chris Turner

Posted in: Kauai 2021, Things to Do

by Publisher Kent Coules When you read reviews from boat adventure companies, you’ll see glowing reviews like:  “Our guides Tony and Matt were awesome.” “Our captains Cathy and Mike were amazing.”  When you read the reviews for Nā Pali Riders, however, you’ll only see one captain, one guide. That’s because every Nā Pali Riders Zodiac Adventure is led by owner/operator Chris Turner. On a recent Saturday morning, I had the privilege of experiencing the entire Nāpali Coast with Chris, along with my coworkers and friends Stephen McVicar, Robin Kennedy and Wade Oshio. ... Read More

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