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Ride the Sugar Train

This land tour draws its inspiration from Kauai’s colorful sugar era when trains carried sugarcane to the mills. Today, KAUAI PLANTATION RAILWAY takes passengers on a 2.5 mile narrated tour around the plantation. Board their authentic narrow gauge railroad that chugs through 104 acres of transformed sugar fields which now highlights a beautiful agricultural farm…. Continue »

Snorkel at an Ancient Fishing Village

SNORKELING the reef off Nu‘alolo Kai, located along the NAPALI COAST, is a magical experience. The fringing reef extends 600 feet from the valley and teems with colorful fish and sea creatures. NU‘ALOLO is an ancient and wildly beautiful valley once occupied by early Hawaiian settlers who established a fishing village and lived there in… Continue »

Explore Waimea Town

Life on Kaua‘i is heavily influenced by its lack of anything close to a city. Its small towns—really more like neighborhoods—are slow-paced, interconnected and unassuming. WAIMEA is all that and more, with the community’s dedication to its rich heritage even noted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Located just far enough from major visitor… Continue »

Visit Russian Ruins

Kaua‘i’s history took a peculiar turn in the early 19th century when Russian arms, construction materials and ships were sent to the island with the intention of helping Kaua‘i’s reigning monarch, King Kaumuali‘i, gain control of the Hawaiian Islands. But in January 1815, a vessel belonging to the Russian-American Company was shipwrecked on reefs offshore… Continue »

Step Back in Time in Hanapepe

Upon first entering the main drag of the South Shore town of HANAPEPE, you might think you’ve STEPPED BACK IN TIME. Historic buildings line the streets; most first built more than a century ago when the first Asian immigrant entrepreneurs developed the area; in fact, if these charming plantation-style buildings look familiar, it’s probably because… Continue »

See Salt in Ponds

SALT POND BEACH PARK is named for the traditional HAWAIIAN SEA SALT produced in flats near the beach. For generations, Hawaiian families have evaporated seawater in saltpans dug out of red soil to produce natural sea salt. The salt is bagged and used for cooking, as well as Hawaiian medicinal practices. Only certain Hawaiian families… Continue »

Hang in Koloa

KOLOA, the site of Hawai‘i’s first successful sugar plantation dating back to 1835, is now a popular stop for visitors who frequent the resorts and beaches of PO‘IPU. Visitors headed to Koloa or Po‘ipu on Highway 520 first drive through a mile-long arch of beautiful, shaded greenery called THE TREE TUNNEL, which is a line… Continue »

Make a Spiritual Pilgrimage

The LAWA‘I INTERNATIONAL CENTER is a cultural treasure located in a valley long noted for its spiritual essence. The 32 acres in LAWA‘I VALLEY (recognized as a HEALING SANCTUARY) have been home to a Hawaiian heiau (temple), Taoist temple, Shinto shrine and Buddhist temple. In 1904, following full days of back-breaking plantation work, first-generation Japanese… Continue »

Visit an Old Hawaiian Village

KAMOKILA HAWAIIAN VILLAGE is a reconstructed Hawaiian village composed of 14 thatched-roof structures, including a canoe house, a birthing house, a hula house, the chief’s assembly house and a doctor’s house. Lush gardens also grow in the village, yielding traditional Hawaiian fruits and flowers. In 1995, the village was used as a location for the… Continue »

See the Rock of Kings

The WAILUA RIVER tells the epic history of the island’s demigods, high priests, kings and royal families. Mystics called the waterway “THE RIVER OF THE GREAT SACRED SPIRIT,” and legends say the spirits of the dead traveled up the river on their final journey to the next life. The remnants of seven SACRED SITES are… Continue »