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Hawaii Get Kauai Ied Away
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Kauai, the “Garden Isle”, situated northwest of Honalulu, could just as easily be dubbed the “Prettiest Thing This Side of Paradise.” Seriously, Kauai brims with some mondo-fab natural splendor that could dull the beauty right off an airbrushed photo or mediocre the extraordinary right out of a frescoed landscape -any day. So, go. Go relax in the sand, moon the wild beauty; be inspired, be in love. Just don’t blame us if you never come back.
the romance
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When it comes to natural beauty, Hawaii doesn’t mess around. Its sunsets are unrivaled – Photoshop be damned – and if you’re looking to share a corny moment, this is the place to indulge in some hardcore eye-gazing, sans onlooker eye-rolls. Who’s going to be cynical under the world’s pinkest, prettiest sky?
At twilight, stroll along secluded beaches and revel in the famous ‘green flash’ – a hasty blaze appearing just as the sun disappears into the horizon (blink and you’ll miss it.) Go for a dinner cruise along the coastline, steal a kiss, a bite, a pinch, under some beautiful falls, and dance the night away at a luau.
the scenery
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Kauai, Hawaii’s fourth largest island, with its vast beaches and infinite greenery, has got tranquility coming out the ying-yang. Visit all four corners of the island for a panoramic experience of Kauai’s awesomeness. The East Side, full of coconut tree-studded beaches, has an eerie, mystical thing going on. The West Side’s known for soaring cliffs, deep canyons and rare wildlife; the sunny South Shore for its golden beaches and picturesque sparkling waterfalls. North Shore rocks the best of all worlds.
the adventure
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The unique landscape of Kauai provides an ideal setting for self-proclaimed dare-devils. Learn how to surf on the famous Hawaiian waves, tube through the chutes and tunnels of the mountainside, and zipline on a wire above the lush green forests. For thrill-seekers without the death-wish, the flat roads of Kauai are great for biking or horseback riding, while the calm waters allow for activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, and whale watching.
the secrets
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Kauai’s East Side is renowned for coconut groves lining golden beaches and a mythological history. Become well-versed with its rich culture just by walking through the main town of Kapaa. Learn about the legend of the Sleeping Giant, swim in the volcano pools at Lydgate Park and Queen's Bath, and buy unique crafts from village locals.
the attractions
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Experience Hawaiian culture first hand. Attend musical performances and cultural events, like traditional luaus or hula – a Polynesian chant and dance. Because the Aloha State’s traditions were passed down orally, the chants or songs tell tales of creation, myth and history. Honeymooners will also be able to enjoy fresh food available at outdoor markets, visit the natural wonders found in the romantic Keahua Arboretum, and spend the day at one of the best beaches on Kauai - sunny Po’ipu.
before you go
What to Expect
Summer: May – October are warmer months (mid- to high- 20s) with more rain. Hurricane season is from June to November.
Winter: November – April are warm months (low- to mid- 20s) with little rain
Dress light and casual
US dollar
The Lingo
English, Hawaiian
A valid passport
Local Delicacies
Laulau: pork & butterfish wrapped in ti leaves and then steamed
Haupia: a dessert prepared from thickened coconut milk