The Garden Island

Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian islands and the 4th largest, with over 110 miles of coastline. This tropical paradise has so much to show: beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, and a whooping 8 state parks for you to explore. Kauai is perfect for nature lovers, providing opportunities to whale watch, snorkel, kayak, and hike! The northwest side of the island is covered with ragged mountains and shearing cliffs, and is where you can hike the Nāpali Coast and Waimea Canyon, known as the ‘Grand Canyon of the Pacific’. If you don’t want to hike the Nāpali Coast, you can take a boat or a helicopter tour. Kauai in general is impressive by land, water, or air - and ideally, all three.
The island's natural beauty extends to its numerous waterfalls, such as the majestic Hanakapiai Falls and the iconic Wailua Falls, sacred to the Hawaiian people. You can learn more about the Hawaiian people and history through cultural festivals and traditional luaus. Kauai's charming towns, like Hanalei 
and Poipu, offer a blend of local cuisine, boutique shopping, and laid-back island vibes.


  • The various food trucks all around the island have some of the most delicious food on Kauai
  • Holey Grail Donuts boasts flavors such as POG (passion orange guava) and Yuzu Creamsicle
  • Lappert’s Ice Cream. Enough said. 
  • You’ll need a 4x4 vehicle to get to Polihale State Park beach, but the reward is huge with the likelihood of having the beach to yourself
  • Midnight Bear Bakery in Waimea
  • Picnic on the green at Hanalei Beach Park

Before You Go

  • Almost every single hike you go on will have at least a little mud, so wear clothes and shoes you’re willing to get dirty 
  • Bring a pen to fill out the Hawaii agricultural form on your flight in
  • The best times to visit are mid April-June and Sept-mid December. The weather will still be warm, you’ll beat the crowds, and it’ll be a bit cheaper
  • Reservations are needed for Hā’ena State Park
  • Pack bug spray - you’ll need it

Tips and Tricks

  • If it rains, don’t worry, it usually doesn’t last long
  • Arriving to a destination at sunrise is a great way to beat the crowds and allows for better photo opportunities 
  • Live on ‘island time’ and allow for some traffic as you drive from the north side to the south side
  • ‘Mahalo’ means thank you in Hawaiian

Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection
Located close to Shops at Kukuiula and Poipu Shopping Village, Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection provides a poolside bar, a grocery/convenience store, and a terrace.
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