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About Kauai

By Victoria Harding


Kauai is a wonderful place to venture. Known as the "Garden Isle," Kauai is considered the jewel of the sea. Historically, Kauai is the premier island, it was the first island to be created and the first to be explored and discovered.

While in Kauai, one can find everything from adventuring to relaxation. Some interesting spots to visit are:

  • Kauai Museum 245-6931 This is a great place to learn about the culture and history of the island. The museum features Hawaiian heritage, displaying quilts, feather lies, and more!
  • Grove Farm Homestead 245-3202 This is almost just like an outdoor museum of a 1864 plantation founded by the son of missionaries. Surrounding the buildings of the plantation are banana patches, grape arbors, gardens and pastures. Two hour, guided tours are available by reservation.
  • Huleia National Wildlife Refuge This refuge stretches 238 acres in the Huliea Valley. Here you can find 31 different bird species including 4 different types of endangered waterbirds.

    Along Kauai's shore are a series of hidden beaches. Locals are generally the only people who know of these secrets. It often requires a long hike down, but once reached these beaches are sometimes lacking a foot print. Perfect for a romantic get away. Visit the Kauai website.

    Snorkel or dive great spots in Kauai such as:

  • Haena Beach
  • Moloaa
  • Koloa Landing
    If you have your own equipment, it is still recommended that you stop into one of Kauai's many dive shops for a map. If you are interested in renting equipment try:
  • Snorkel Bob's Kauai 245-9433
  • Bay Island Water Sports Inc. 826-7509 Here not only can you rent equipment but you can also take a scuba diving lesson.
  • Kauai Seasports 742-9303 Kauai Seasports offer equipment rentals, lessons, tours and day and night dives.

    Kauai is a great place to do some sailing! Because of the trade winds, Kauai waters always offer excellent sailing. Or if its relaxation you crave, take a cruise. Many of the cruises stop at beaches and stop for some excellent snorkeling. For information and rentals:

  • True Blue Charters 246-6333 Here you can rent a sailboat or take a skipperd cruise off the islands east coast.
  • Paradise River Rentals 245-9580 Ideal for exploring rivers and wildlife refuge, Paradise River Rentals offer a variety of motorboats and kayaks.
  • Na Pali Adventures 826-6804


  • Island Helicopters 245-8588 It is very popular to take helicopter flights in Kauai. Becoming airborne gives you a unique view of the island.


  • Garden Island Inn 800-648-0154
  • Banyan Harbor Resort 800-422-6926
  • Gloria's Spouting Horn Bed and Breakfast 742-6995
  • Hyatt Regency Kauai 800-233-1234


  • Ma's Family 245-3142 This is a local stop for the islanders on their way to the cane fields in the morning. This is a great stop for a bargain breakfast or lunch. Closed for dinner.
  • Kauai Chop Suey 245-4422 Known for it's "Slavic Steak". A wonderful tenderloin that is broiled, sliced, and basted with a wine, butter, and garlic sauce. This is a great place to take the family.
  • Taisho Restaurant 742-1838 This is a cozy little Kauai restaurant with a traditional Japanese menu.

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