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Peruse Kilohana: The Last Plantation

Kaua‘i’s 120-year-old sugar industry may have hauled its final harvest to the mill, but what remains is a place where the vibrant spirit of the era survives. KILOHANA PLANTATION is a unique destination that recalls a time when “Big Sugar” dominated the island’s economy, culture and landscape. Today, it’s no longer a working plantation, nor… Continue »

Discover an Ancient Eco-Wonder

The MENEHUNE FISHPOND or is located along the Hule‘ia Stream about a half-mile inland from Nawiliwili Harbor. Said to have been BUILT 500 YEARS AGO by a crew of little people called menehune, the oval-shaped pond, as lore has it, surfaced after one night of hard labor. In more-recent Hawaiian history, the ancient construction was… Continue »

Dine in a Historic Setting

Situated at the historic Kilohana Plantation, GAYLORD’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE fills its menu with as many Kaua‘i homegrown ingredients as possible. Its old sugar plantation location is surrounded by 100 acres of fruit orchards, which include fields of pineapple, banana, mango and gardens of island greens. The bountiful delicacies of KILOHANA make for an ideal… Continue »

Feast at a Lu‘au

Like Broadway shows, each lu‘au has its own signature. Menus may be similar, but the shows, performers, music and costumes are deliberately designed to be unique from one another. LU‘AU KALAMAKU is staged as theater-in-the-round in a renovated carriage house on the grounds of KILOHANA PLANTATION Tuesday and Friday nights. The airy venue offers comfortable… Continue »

Scale Waimea Canyon

Often called the “GRAND CANYON OF THE PACIFIC,” Waimea Canyon is a geological wonder located along Highway 550 en route to KOKE‘E STATE PARK. Approximately 10 miles long and 3,000 feet deep, the canyon is only a fraction of the size of its Arizona namesake, but its location—carved into the lush landscape of a tropical… Continue »

See a Vintage Lighthouse

KILAUEA POINT NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE is a regular stop on the flight path of the largest colony of seabirds on the main Hawaiian Islands. Every day, hundreds of birds come and go from the nooks and crannies of the refuge’s cliffs and hillsides. Though eight species of birds nest on the refuge, the main attraction… Continue »

Explore Landmark Caves

There are three LANDMARK CAVES along the coastal drive to KE‘E BEACH that are worth a stop. One of these caves, which cuts several hundred yards into the base of a vertical cliff across from the beach in HA‘ENA STATE PARK, is rich in legend and easy to explore. The MANINIHOLO DRY CAVE is named… Continue »

Trek Along the Na Pali Coast

The majestic NAPALI COAST on Kaua‘i’s northwest shore is one of the most spectacular wilderness areas in the Pacific. This 6,175-ACRE STATE PARK is open only to foot traffic, but there’s a way to sidestep this restriction—head to the ocean. A number of outlets can provide access to the famous scenery via the water, including… Continue »

Put On Your Snorkel Gear

Kaua‘i’s warm, crystalline water, its thriving reef system and its mostly sunny skies make it a natural for snorkeling. Because the GARDEN ISLE is the oldest of the inhabited islands, nature has had millions of years to develop its reefs and the hundreds of species of fish—some found nowhere else in the world—that populate them…. Continue »

Meet Hawai’i’s Giant Sea Turtles

It’s as common to get a look at Hawai‘i’s GIANT GREEN SEA TURTLES as it is rare to come across the nearly extinct HAWKSBILL SEA TURTLE. Either way, both species are a treat to see, and both happen to frequent the waters of the Garden Isle. Green sea turtles aren’t shy. Expect to see them… Continue »