Fun

FUN on KAUA'I. Kaua'i is a great place to relax, to do nothing, but clean out the brain clutter. There are no "must do's". It's paradise, and just being here is enough. Fun on Kaua'i is often what you make it do be. Here are a few of Kaua'i's many simple pleasures, some structured, others totally free form.
Directions (see map below): are from 1) the Koloa gas station, or 2) the junction of Hwy 520 (Maluhia or "TreeTunnel" Rd) and Koloa Rd in Koloa, or 3) the Lihu'e Airport.

ART NITE. A fun street scene in Hanapepe Town. Every Friday nite from 6 - 9 PM. Artists, crafters, food, music. From Koloa take Koloa Rd (Hwy 530) west to lite. Turn left onto Hwy 50 for 6 - 7 mi, and note Eleele Shopping Center on left. Continue another 1/4 mi, and take rite fork into Old Hanapepe Town.
BEACH WALKING. One of the best is the black sand beach in Waimea. It runs about 2 mi from the Waimea Pier past Waimea Plantation Cottages to Kiki'aoloa Harbor. Best times to walk it are morning, evening, or in the moonlite. From Koloa take Koloa Rd (Hwy 530) west to lite. Turn left onto Hwy 50, and follow about 13 mi into Waimea. Turn left onto Pokole Rd across from the Waimea Theatre. Parking lot and beach/pier acccess are straight ahead. Beach walk is to west (rite).
GLASS BEACH. Arguably the ugliest beach on Kaua'i, but kinda neat in it's own way. This small beach was a garbage dump decades ago. Bottles and jars have been broken down into tiny bits of glass, and add unique colors to the black sand. Along the edge, WWII vintage chunks of rusted iron and cement appear fused with the rocks, and an old cemetary overlooks the beach. From Koloa, take Koloa Rd (Hwy 530) west to lite. Turn left. Go to second lite, about 5 mi, and turn left onto Hwy 541. Just before road enters the harbor, turn left onto Ala Uka. In 1/4 mi, the pavement ends, and road forks. Take rite fork down gnarly dirt road to beach. Road continues short distance past beach to turn around. Cemetery is on left, and shoreline views on rite.
Planning to bike ride while on Kaua'i? Do your homework first. Heading west from Lihu'e, the shoulder narrows to a few inches in places. It is especially narrow after Halfway Bridge. Heading down to Koloa through Knudsen Gap is even worse!
KAUAI MINI GOLF, and botanical gardens at Anaina Hou Community Park. Fun miniature golf blended into a botanical and cultural tour. Restaurant, mountain biking, playground and skate park, farmers' market, hiking trail. From Lihue Airport, take 51 N, which becomes 56N. Follow to 0.5 mi after Mile Marker 24,and find park on left. 808-828-2118, www.kauaiminigolf.com.
KUKUIOLONO. A combination 9 hole golf course and park. There is a small, but well kept Japanese Garden near the first parking lot. The park has great views of the ocean and nearby towns. Large groves of eucalyptus trees add scent to the air. There are paths to stroll, but keep track of the golfers, or play the course and enjoy the views. Modest restaurant and club house. From Koloa, take Koloa Rd (Hwy 530) west to lite. Turn left. At next lite, turn left, and look for Kukuiolono entrance on rite a mile or so up the road, just before Pu'u Rd intersection. 332-9151.
Kaua'i Tip: All of the ballfields, beach parks, and neighborhood centers on the island have public restrooms.
MAHA'ULEPU. The last undeveloped accessible beach on the south side is at Maha'ulepu. Monk seals sometimes haul themselves onto the beach to rest, and petroglyphs are buried under the sand. Rocky shorelines, sand dunes, and special beaches are all part of the area. Good wind surfing. From Koloa Chevron take Poipu Rd south to roundabout. Take 3rd exit, and continue past Hyatt. Road becomes gnarly, but continue a couple of miles to the end. Turn rite, and continue another 1/2 mi to parking area. Follow your nose to beach. BRING WATER. Or, park at beach access just past Hyatt, and hike the cliffs to Maha'ulepu, about 2 mi. Hike is hot and dry.
MOONLITE. Kaua'i has some of the brightest, and most romantic moonlite you will ever lay eyes on, even at half moon. Head down to the closest beach, and check out the moon lite dancing on the waves.

RAINY DAYS. Kaua'i is a great place for being outdoors, but what do you do when it rains on your vacation?


SHOP to you drop!

Day Time BEACH WALKS (it's not too hot). And more. Plus many others.


Cruise Poipu. It's in the rain shadow, and is often sunny when much of the island is rainy.

Cruise Westside, (same rain shadow as Poipu). Check out funky Hanapepe Town, and sleepy Waimea.


Take in a movie at Kukui Grove Cinema, 245-5055, or the historic Waimea Theater, 338-0282, plus more below.


Visit the KAUAI MUSEUM. Kaua'i history, art shows, guided tours, gift shop, etc. From Koloa, take Tree Tunnel Rd (Hwy 520) towards Lihu'e. Turn rite at Hwy 50. At sixth lite, bear rite onto Rice St. Look for museum about 1/4 mi on left across from Lihu'e Post Office. Parking in rear. 246-2470. www.kauaimuseum.org.

Soak in a hot tub.


Read.

 

STARWATCH.Even at sea level Kaua'i's sky is clear enough for fine star gazing. Kaua'i's amateur astronomers meet on the Sat closest to the new moon for an informal starwatch that's open to the public. From Koloa Chevron take Koloa Rd (Hwy 530) west to lite. Turn left onto Hwy 50 and continue through Hanapepe. A short distance past MM 18, take the rite fork to Kaumakani School. Just before the school turn rite onto a dirt driveway that leads to the Kaumakani Ballfield and starwatch. (Parking lites only after turning onto driveway, please). For schedule, www.keasa.org, 808-332-STAR.
SWINGING BRIDGE. The restored swinging bridge sways gently underfoot, and is only wide enough for foot or bicycle traffic. The Hanapepe River flows underneath. Check out the art galleries and shops in funky old Hanapepe Town at the same time. On Friday nites the galleries stay open to 9 PM. From Koloa, take Koloa Rd (530) west to lite. Turn left onto Hwy 50, and continue 6 - 7 mi. Note Eleele Shopping Center on left. A 1/4 mi further, take the rite fork into Hanapepe Town. Swinging Bridge is on rite just past Banana Patch.
TOURS by OUR FRIENDS.

KAUA'I PHOTO AND ART TOURS. Five hour to day long tours guide you to many of Kaua'i's secret wonders. Designed to inspire the photographer or artist. Reasonably priced. Supplies and equipment available, 823-1263. www.hawaiianphotos.net.


GUIDED NATURE ADVENTURES. Easy to strenuous hikes with an emphasis on the unique geology of Kaua'i. Spectacular scenery, gear available. Led by Kaua'i geoologist Chuck Blay, Ph.D. 742-8305. www.teok.com.

 

WAIMEA THEATER. Newly restored old time movie theater with the old style pie-slice layout. The only regualr theater on the west side. it also has a row of extra wide seats. Flicks are first run, but a few weeks late. From Koloa, take Koloa Rd, (Hwy 530) west to lite. Turn left onto Hwy 50, and continue about 13 mi into Waimea. Theater is in town, on the rite. 338-0282.
YOGA. Private classes and personal fitness sessins with Antonia Joy, former fitness trrainer for NYPD, and featured yoga teacher at Grand Hyatt Kauai for over 10 years. Vacation packages available. 639-9294.

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