Although Hollywood filmmakers have been making movies on Kaua‘i for more than 75 years, recent big-budget films with A-list stars continue to catapult Hawai‘i into the spotlight. Three feature films—all scheduled for release in 2011—have been filmed here. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, starring Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz, is the fourth in… Continue »
Kaua‘i The Garden Isle
Return visitors to Kaua‘i will notice some subtle changes taking place in this issue of 101 Things to Do. While we are constantly evolving and updating the content here, with this issue we’ve expanded our local maps, which now include an easier-to-read format and new points of interest.
In addition, we’ve taken the liberty of adding a slew of brand new “things” for readers to visit, partake in, eat, observe, explore and so on. Mind you, on an isle as tightly knit (and relatively small compared to its neighbors) as Kaua‘i, this was no simple task.
Historically, Kaua‘i has always attracted a unique visitor. Keen on adventure yet most content with a degree of solitude is what separates many of those who come here from the masses. This is reflected in the varying level of accommodations, as well as activities found throughout this particularly lush island.
As you will invariably hear from the locals, the rain is what blesses Kaua‘i with such verdant foliage. The North Shore is one of the wettest places on earth—and can often be a respite from the blazing sun (and surf!) on Kaua‘i’s South Shore. The notion, if you stop to ponder it, of enjoying one activity in the morning on the south side and then driving (or sailing) a picturesque hour north for a completely different activity and environment isn’t something that can be done in many places. And certainly none with as much aloha spirit.
Reprinting this magazine three times per year keeps our staff on its toes. With that freshness comes many trips around Kaua‘i, constant communication with the vendors, restaurants and activity providers that you will read about in the following pages. Our payoff comes in the form of knowing you experienced something that, prior to your arrival—and flipping through this guidebook—you had no idea existed.
Whether it’s a farm or movie location tour; a shopping jaunt to the artist enclave of Hanapepe or the surf town of Hanalei; a hike around Waimea Canyon or the forests past Ke‘e Beach; a theatrical performance; surf lessons, catamaran sails or paddle adventures, there is something in here for everyone.
As I like to say: Take this magazine for what it is. Fodder for a few oddball adventures in which you and your significant other can partake, or a checklist of how many “things” your family can try and achieve in your time here. Hold on to this magazine as you head home, and refer to it as you plan your return trip… we know you’ll be back.
We’ll be here waiting.
View our top picks below or see all 101 Things To Do on Kaua‘i!
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… Continue »
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 inaccessible to vehicles, only allowing foot traffic. From the ocean, though, there are a number of options to take in the famous scenery. These options include booking a snorkel cruise, taking… Continue »
A shopping spree on Kaua‘i mimics the island experience to a tee—you can’t possibly know what to expect, and you have to go looking to find the treasures hidden along the way. There are shopping malls—none of them guilty of sprawl—big-box discount stores, and Macy’s, the island’s only nationwide department store. Beyond that, there is… Continue »
Although available on all the islands, helicopter tours are most popular on Kaua‘i where the ageless beauty of the island’s rugged interior comes into full perspective. Expect to see waterfalls cascading down 3,000-foot cliffs and unique geographic or mythical sites described to you through noise-canceling headphones connected to your pilot’s microphone. One view that is… Continue »
Kaua‘i’s backcountry, with its uneven terrain and tangled jungle canopy, is a natural setting for ziplining. A thrill ride above the treetops, ziplining is a wild, let-yourself-go experience that calls for shrieking from beginning to end. Simply put, a zipline is a cable stretched between poles. Harnessed to the cable, zipliners can sail through the… Continue »
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 back seat keep you from doing more than glancing in the course’s direction. To get in some golf action (albeit just putting) while entertaining… Continue »