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A Magical Weekend on Kauai

Jasmine Bell June 21, 2024

Aloha, fellow adventurers! If you're dreaming of a weekend escape that blends jaw-dropping natural beauty, thrilling outdoor activities, and a generous sprinkle of island charm, then Kauai—the Garden Isle of Hawaii—is calling your name. Pack your bags, don your aloha shirt, and get ready for a whirlwind 48 hours in paradise!

Day 1: Adventure and Aloha

Morning: Sunrise at Poipu Beach and Spouting Horn

Start your day with a sunrise that will make your Instagram followers green with envy. Head to Poipu Beach (exact location: 2150 Poipu Rd, Koloa, HI 96756), where you can sip on a fresh coconut and watch the sun paint the sky in hues of pink and orange. Once the sun is up, make your way to Spouting Horn (exact location: Lawai Rd, Koloa, HI 96756), a natural blowhole that shoots water into the air with a satisfying whoosh. The legend of a trapped lizard god adds a touch of local lore to this stunning sight.

Breakfast: Living Foods Market

Refuel at Living Foods Market in the Kukuiula Village Shopping Center (exact location: 2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka St, Koloa, HI 96756). Indulge in their avocado toast or an açaí bowl, and don’t forget to grab a locally brewed coffee. The relaxed atmosphere and fresh, organic options will have you feeling like a true islander.

Mid-Morning: Wailua Falls

Drive to Wailua Falls (exact location: Maalo Rd, Lihue, HI 96766) to marvel at the stunning 80-foot twin waterfalls. This iconic waterfall is easily accessible and provides a perfect photo opportunity. Enjoy the view and the lush surroundings before heading to your next destination.

Late Morning: Blue Ocean Adventure Tours - Na Pali Coast

Skip the rigorous hike and opt for a boat tour instead. Book a tour with Blue Ocean Adventure Tours (exact location: 4353 Waialo Rd #2B, Eleele, HI 96705) to explore the breathtaking Na Pali Coast from the water. You’ll get to see sea caves, waterfalls, and the dramatic cliffs of this iconic coastline, all while learning about the history and legends of the area.

Lunch: Hanalei Bay

After your tour, head to Hanalei Bay (exact location: 5-5016 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI 96714) for a well-deserved lunch. This picturesque beach town offers several delightful eateries. Grab a poke bowl at Hanalei Poke (exact location: 5-5161 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI 96714) or some fish tacos at Pat’s Taqueria (exact location: Hanalei Pier, Hanalei, HI 96714). Once you’ve satisfied your appetite, take a leisurely stroll along the bay’s golden sands.

Afternoon: Kayak the Wailua River

No trip to Kauai is complete without some water-based fun. Rent a kayak and paddle down the Wailua River (exact location: 4-361 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaʻa, HI 96746), navigating through lush greenery and past ancient Hawaiian sites. For an added adventure, hike to Secret Falls, a hidden gem that’s perfect for a refreshing dip. The hike is moderate and offers a rewarding swim at the end.

Happy Hour: Lava Lava Beach Club

After an active day, relax and enjoy happy hour at Lava Lava Beach Club (exact location: 420 Papaloa Rd, Kapaa, HI 96746). Sip on tropical cocktails, enjoy some pupus (appetizers), and soak in the beachfront views. It’s the perfect spot to unwind and watch the sunset.

Dinner: Luau Kalamaku

Cap off your day with a traditional Hawaiian feast at Luau Kalamaku (exact location: 3-2087 Kaumualii Hwy, Lihue, HI 96766). Held at Kilohana Plantation, this luau features an impressive buffet of local dishes, from kalua pig to poi, and a mesmerizing show with hula dancers, fire performers, and live music. It’s an immersive experience that celebrates Kauai’s rich cultural heritage.

Day 2: Relaxation and Exploration

Morning: Waimea Canyon and Kalalau Lookout

Rise and shine for a morning drive to Waimea Canyon (exact location: Waimea Canyon Dr, Waimea, HI 96796), often dubbed the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” The panoramic vistas from the lookout points are simply awe-inspiring. After soaking in the views, continue to Kalalau Lookout in Kokee State Park (exact location: Kokee Rd, Kekaha, HI 96752) for another breathtaking perspective of the island's rugged terrain.

Brunch: Kalaheo Cafe and Coffee Company

On your way back, stop by Kalaheo Cafe and Coffee Company (exact location: 2-2560 Kaumualii Hwy, Kalaheo, HI 96741) for a delightful brunch. This local favorite serves up hearty breakfasts, including their famous pancakes and loco moco, alongside some of the best coffee on the island.

Late Morning: Queen’s Bath

After brunch, take an easy hike to Queen’s Bath (exact location: Kapiolani Loop, Princeville, HI 96722). This unique tide pool is carved into a lava shelf and is a popular spot for a quick dip. The hike is moderate and takes you through scenic landscapes before arriving at the bath. Please be cautious and check the surf conditions, as it can be dangerous during high surf.

Lunch: Kapa’a

For lunch, head to the charming town of Kapa’a. Enjoy a poke bowl at Pono Market (exact location: 4-1300 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaʻa, HI 96746) or an açaí bowl at Java Kai (exact location: 4-1384 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaʻa, HI 96746). The vibrant local scene and delicious food options make it a perfect midday stop.

Afternoon: Allerton Garden

Spend your afternoon wandering through the enchanting Allerton Garden (exact location: 4425 Lawai Rd, Koloa, HI 96756). This botanical garden is a paradise of exotic plants, tranquil streams, and artistic landscapes. Take a guided tour to learn about the garden’s fascinating history and discover the iconic Moreton Bay fig trees featured in "Jurassic Park."

Mid-Afternoon: Kauai Backcountry Adventures

Next, embark on an unforgettable tubing adventure with Kauai Backcountry Adventures (exact location: 3-4131 Kuhio Hwy #105, Lihue, HI 96766). Float down old sugar plantation irrigation canals and tunnels, enjoying the lush scenery and a unique perspective of Kauai’s landscape. It’s a fun and refreshing way to experience the island's natural beauty.

Late Afternoon: Mucho Aloha Brew Co.

After tubing, take a short drive to Mucho Aloha Brew Co. (exact location: 5368 Koloa Rd, Koloa, HI 96756) for a refreshing craft beer. This local brewery offers a variety of unique brews in a relaxed setting, making it an excellent spot to relax before dinner.

Dinner: The Beach House Restaurant

For your final meal on the island, treat yourself to a dining experience at The Beach House Restaurant (exact location: 5022 Lawai Rd, Koloa, HI 96756). With its oceanfront setting and gourmet cuisine, it’s the perfect spot to watch the sunset while enjoying dishes like macadamia nut-crusted mahi-mahi and ahi poke. Toast to an unforgettable weekend with a tropical cocktail in hand.

Sunset: Tunnels Beach and Hanalei Pier

Before you leave, make sure to catch the sunset at Tunnels Beach (exact location: Haena Beach Park, HI-560, Hanalei, HI 96714). Known for its stunning reef and clear waters, it’s a magical spot to end your day. If you have time, take a short drive to Hanalei Pier (exact location: Black Pot Beach Park, Hanalei, HI 96714) for another picturesque sunset view.

Where to Stay

For accommodations, consider staying at the Sheraton Kauai Resort (exact location: 2440 Hoonani Rd, Koloa, HI 96756) for a luxurious experience with oceanfront views and top-notch amenities. Alternatively, explore Airbnb options for a more personalized and potentially budget-friendly stay. Choose a charming beachside cottage or a cozy island home to make your stay truly memorable.

Farewell, Kauai

As your weekend on Kauai comes to a close, take a moment to reflect on the incredible memories you've made. Whether it was the thrill of kayaking through lush rivers, the serenity of a sunset dinner, or the simple joy of feeling the sand between your toes, Kauai has a way of capturing your heart. Mahalo for joining me on this island adventure. Until next time, aloha!

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