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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

Hawaii Trivia: Test Your Knowledge!

Posted in: Big Island 2021, Culture & History, Environment, Kauai 2021

Hawai‘i is such a fascinating place with tons of facts and tidbits to glean. How well do you think you know the islands? We put together some trivia questions so you can put your knowledge to the test, and maybe even impress your friends and family with your HIIQ (Hawai‘i Intelligence Quotient). The answers are down below—no cheating!.  Got your thinking caps secured? Okay, then. Get ready, get set... GO!   1.  The Hawaiian islands are the projecting tops of one of the largest mountain ranges in the world. How ... Read More

15 Hilarious Questions Hawai‘i’s Tourists Really Ask

Posted in: Big Island 2021, Culture & History, Environment, Kauai 2021

Repeat after me: There’s no such thing as a stupid question.  While some questions may give us pause, the only way we ever learn anything is by asking, right? Those who work in the visitor industry get pelted with questions of all sorts. They’re thrilled that people want to learn so much about their surroundings and the activities they’re taking part in, but some questions can and do make us here in Hawai‘i chuckle. It’s certainly no different than when a Hawai‘i resident visits the U.S. mainland or another country ... Read More

Ten Things that Make Hawai'i the Most Unique State in the Country

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

By Kent Coules, Publisher ʻIolani Palace Hawaiʻi has the only royal palaces on American soil. ʻIolani Palace, in Honolulu, is the site of the 1893 overthrow of Queen Liliʻuokalani. Those familiar with Hawaii’s history can argue persuasively that Hawaiʻi is NOT legally United States territory, but that’s a story for another time.   Weather Honolulu is the only major U.S. city where the average high temperature is in the 80’s—TWELVE MONTHS A YEAR!   Caffeine Junkies Rejoice Hawaiʻi is the only state that grows coffee commercially. Hawaiʻi’s rich, volcanic soil ... Read More

Get Your Beach On! Your Day of Surf and Sand on Kauaʻi

Posted in: Food & Drink, Kauai 2021, Shopping, Things to Do

Gear up for a day at Po‘ipu Beach with brand name swimwear, quality snorkel gear and beach accessories, surf lessons and food—for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Making Waves, part of the Maui Clothing Company family of stores, features “Hawai‘i’s largest collection of swimwear” offering eye-catching styles and designs for every shape and size. Stop by their store at Poipu Shopping Village to browse through hundreds of suits from brand name designers, as well as their own exclusive Maui WaterWear line featuring rashguards and swimwear for the entire family. “We cater ... Read More

Experience Magnificent Nāpali

Posted in: Environment, Kauai 2021, Things to Do

Magnificent. Stunning. Simply awesome! There are many adjectives used to describe the Nāpali Coast, and none do it justice. Viewing pictures of the coast by sea is one thing, but it’s something you have to experience for yourself. Board one of many ocean vessels and get ready to see one of Mother Nature’s most incredible creations.   Cruising along the majestic Nāpali Coast with Blue Dolphin Charters The only company on Kaua‘i offering guaranteed dolphin sightings on their morning tours is Blue Dolphin Charters—if the captain confirms no dolphins were ... Read More

Do the Hilo Hop into Hilo Hattie

Posted in: Big Island 2021, Culture & History, Kauai 2021, Shopping

By Kent Coules, Publisher Before there was Hilo Hattie the store, there was Hilo Hattie the entertainer. Born on O‘ahu in 1901, Clarissa Haili started her career as a teacher before originating the comedy hula routine, which she’d perform for her elementary school students, long before her eventual rise to fame. Her big break came in 1936 on a cruise to Portland, Oregon. The dancer performing with the shipboard entertainment fell ill, leaving the band without anyone to do “When Hilo Hattie Does the Hula Hop.” Haili, who claimed to ... Read More

Tee it High, Let it Fly: Golfing on Kauai

Posted in: Kauai 2021, Things to Do

If you’re a golfer, then you already know that the Princeville Makai Golf Club is one of the most scenic golf courses in the world. “National Geographic Traveler” ranked it in the top five. As a golfer, I don’t know what more to say. You need to play this course. Period. If you’re not a golfer, you can still experience the course’s beauty. Tool around in a golf cart with a glass of wine in hand, viewing local landmarks such as Hanalei Bay, Queen’s Bath, Kīlauea Lighthouse, ‘Anini Reef and ... Read More

Kaua‘i's Farmers' Markets: Fresh, Authentic & Locally Grown

Posted in: Food & Drink, Kauai 2021, Shopping, Things to Do

The heart of a community can be found in its food. Visit any city around the world and you’ll hear its pulse beating soundly from their high-end restaurants to their food trucks. Hawai‘i is no different with a vibrant food scene all its own, but our geographic isolation, volcanic history and tropical climate offers up some unique agricultural opportunities as well.  From colorful tropical fruits like guava, mango and papaya to specialty crops like chocolate and coffee, Hawai‘i is fortunate to be able to grow a rainbow of edible delights. ... Read More

Cruisin' the Coconut Coast of Kauai

Posted in: Kauai 2021, Things to Do

Stretching from Wailua Golf Course up north to Keālia Beach, and inward to Mt. Wai‘ale‘ale, Kaua‘i’s eastside is often referred to as the “Coconut Coast” because of the acres of coconut trees. It was once open only to Hawaiian royalty, and includes the towns of Wailua, Waipouli, Kapa‘a and Keālia. Update as of May, 2021: The Shell Factory and Kauai Vintage are closed permanently. What is there to see and do along the Coconut Coast? Glad you asked! We put together a handy guide with some suggestions for places to Eat, ... Read More

Garden Isle Originals: Unique Gifts From Kaua‘i

Posted in: Culture & History, Kauai 2021, Shopping

Return home with the gift of a Kaua‘i original and watch as your loved ones turn to you with a smile that says, “It’s perfect!” Ni‘ihau shell lei made with tiny shells from the Forbidden Island [Photo HTA / Tor Johnson] It’s said that Hawaiian heirloom jewelry got its start when Queen Kapi‘olani and Princess Lili‘uokalani returned from attending Queen Victoria’s Jubilee in England in 1887 with gifts of solid gold bracelets with their names etched in Old English lettering filled with black enamel. However, according to Philip Rickard, founder ... Read More

From Kīlauea to Kalalau — Your North Shore Adventure

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

You’ll need a gameplan to visit Kaua‘i’s North Shore, namely, to enter Hā‘ena State Park—so keep reading. But don’t miss the incredible sites—and sights—along the way! Kapa‘a Coastal Path [Photo HTA / Heather Goodman] The drive along Kūhiō Highway 56 is among the island’s most delightful. From Kīlauea to the end of the famous Kalalau Trail, the panoramas along this part of the coastline are indeed breathtaking, and have been made famous by Hollywood films. A thought to keep in mind is that while you’re on vacation enjoying the sights, ... Read More

Rainy Day Fun on Kaua‘i

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

When you plan your vacation to Kaua‘i, it’s unlikely that you’re envisioning yourself relaxing…on a rainy day. Kaua‘i, however, gets a lot of rain, especially on the windward Hanalei side. Here are a couple of ways to turn a rainy day into one of the best of your vacation. “We don’t even have to look outside to know whether it’s raining,” says Kauai Museum Director Chucky Boy Chock. “We can tell by the number of visitors. When people leave, they comment that they’re glad it rained, because they otherwise might ... 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

Hawai‘i Wildlife: An Overview of Island Fauna

Posted in: Kauai 2021

Hawai‘i's isolated postion in the middle of the Pacific Ocean has meant that the island chain is home to unique creatures that can't be found anywhere else int he world, while also playing host to wildlife from all corners of the Pacific Rim that pass through, like the legendary Humpback whale. Meanwhile, contact with humans and then later, the Western world, saw the introduction of other species that now make the islands home. Here are a number of species, both endemic and invasive, that you may encounter during your stay: [Photo: ... Read More

Zip and Slide! Koloa Zipline/Kauai ATV

Posted in: Kauai 2021, People, Things to Do

“If you put a barrier in front of me, I will find a way to get around it,” says Olie Rivera, owner of Koloa Zipline and Kauai ATV. Those words seem to drive every step of his career path. The 64-year-old Colombia native has only been employed for six months of his entire life. “I worked at a print shop when I was a student at Cypress College, in California. Other than that job, I’ve always worked for myself.”  Olie's business started with just one ATV. Which quickly became ten. ... Read More

Talkin' Turtles: An Intro to the Honu of Hawai‘i

Posted in: Environment, Kauai 2021

By Fern Gavelek A visit to Hawai‘i is extra special when you come across a wild turtle — whether swimming along a reef or basking on a beach. The Aloha State is home to a handful of turtle species, but the most common is the green sea turtle (honu), followed by the endangered hawksbill (honu‘ea). A green sea turtle resting on a beach [Photo N. Mucnjack / Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund] All of Hawai‘i’s honu are protected by federal and state laws from harassment, harm, pursuit, collecting, trapping or killing. These ... Read More

Hawai‘i Trivia: Ten Questions About Kaua‘i

Posted in: Culture & History, Environment, Kauai 2021

  Let’s face it. Hawai‘i is downright fascinating. It’s the most isolated land mass, with the world’s tallest mountain (measured from the ocean floor), and the most active volcano, and that’s just three off the top of our heads! (Read more about Hawai‘i’s unique characteristics here). Now its time to test your knowledge of Kaua‘i. Scroll down past the photo and let’s see how you do with these ten questions:   A view of Kaua‘i's breathtaking Waimea Canyon   1.  Kaua‘i’s nickname is: a) The Emerald Isle b) The Garden ... Read More

Hawai‘i Shark Facts: What a Local Wants You to Know

Posted in: Big Island 2021, Environment, Kauai 2021, Things to Do

By Kent Coules, Publisher selachophobia: Noun. An irrational fear or dislike of sharks. If you’re coming to Hawai‘i, want to snorkel with family and friends but are terrified of sharks, then this story is for you. I’ve looked at a ton of stories online about sharks, and sharks in Hawai‘i, but there’s something missing when it comes to these articles. They’ll talk about the 40 or so shark species in Hawaiian waters, the four most common species, and the astronomical odds against being a victim of an attack. What’s missing ... Read More

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