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Film on Kaua’i

Although Hollywood FILMMAKERS have been MAKING MOVIES ON KAUA‘I for many years, recent big-budget films with A-list stars continue to catapult Hawai‘i into the spotlight. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES, starring Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz, was filmed here, as was 2011’s THE DESCENDANTS, starring George Clooney, which earned an Oscar. The family… Continue »

Tour a Whimsical Sculpture Garden

NA ‘AINA KAI BOTANICAL GARDENS is a backyard project that grew into what is now an amazingly diverse and carefully plotted Eden reaching across 240 acres to the sea. The gardens reflect more than 25 years of work that has gradually transformed land once devoted to sugar cane and cattle grazing into a young hardwood… Continue »

Saunter Posh Princeville

PRINCEVILLE is a jewel of a property on Kaua‘i’s North Shore. This master-planned community is situated on the cliffs that overlook HANALEI BAY. Once a cattle ranch, it was sold for development in 1968 and has grown to include hotels, two golf courses, a shopping center, private homes and vacation rentals. Princeville Hotel underwent extensive… Continue »

Get Involved: Voluntourism

Travelers are learning that one of the best ways to discover the real Kaua‘i and aloha spirit is to get involved with a VOLUNTOURISM program. Through working with local residents on CULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS, visitors get their hands dirty and their eyes opened. At the forefront of the voluntourism movement is the GRAND HYATT… Continue »

Picnic at an Arboretum

If you were to labor for months over plans for an ideal spot for a family outing, you’d be hard-pressed to beat the KE‘AHUA ARBORETUM. Not so much a classic arboretum as a much-loved SWIMMING HOLE fed by a rushing mountain stream, Ke‘ahua Arboretum is a great place for a PICNIC, a splash in the… Continue »

Go Shopping, Kaua‘i-Style

A SHOPPING SPREE on Kaua‘i mimics the island experience to a T— you can’t possibly know what to expect, and you have to keep a keen eye peeled for treasures hidden along the way. There are shopping malls—none of them guilty of a sprawl—along with bigbox discount stores and Macy’s, the island’s only nationwide department… Continue »

Explore Breathtaking Kipu

Part of Kaua‘i’s charm is its unceremonious nature and wild beauty. It’s a place better discovered than master-planned. Hollywood filmmakers uncovered Kaua‘i’s secrets decades ago. Now, TOUR COMPANIES are opening at FORMER FILM LOCATIONS on private land. KIPU RANCH, where scenes from movies like “RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK” and “THE LOST WORLD” were filmed,… Continue »

Golf the Garden Isle

Set next to the Pacific along the island’s rugged north coast, the ST. REGIS PRINCEVILLE RESORT’S award-winning, 18-HOLE MAKAI GOLF COURSE reopened after a multi-million dollar renovation in 2009, and has received much penned acclaim by golf enthusiasts for its scenic vistas. Makai is really two courses in one: OCEANS NINE ventures closest to the… Continue »

Play Mini Golf in Paradise

Every time you drive by the greens on the way to the beach, you get greener with envy of the golfers leisurely swinging their clubs. However, the three kids in the backseat keep you from doing more than glancing in the course’s direction. To get in some golf action (albeit just putting) while entertaining your… Continue »

Watch Spouting Horn Blow

Just past ALLERTON GARDEN VISITOR CENTER on Lawa‘i Road is a well-known PHENOMENON called SPOUTING HORN. This dual lava tube breathes air and makes a uniquely eerie dragon sound through one tube while the other shoots a powerful spray of salt water. The tubes are set about 10 feet from the shoreline, and on large… Continue »