Posted by: kauaikolea2 | July 17, 2011

What’s your favorite summertime sound?


 

 

Waves coming to shore?  The magic of the tropical birds singing to you?  A waterfall splashing in its pool before just before you take a swim?  The sound of Hawaiian music and watching the dances of Hula?

Aloha.  Come visit us in Kauai, and you will enjoy your favorite summertime sounds, which there are many here.

Amidst the festive pandemonium that the island of Hawaii creates for its guests and residents is a majestic hideaway that may not be known to many. Kapaa is a relatively quaint yet urbanized town in the Garden Isle compared to its neighboring cities of Lihue, Wailua, and Anahola. It promises as much fun and excitement as the next Hawaiian hot spot – with its breathtaking coastal views and equally captivating roster of in-town activities. Overflowing with hospitality and tradition, Kapaa may as well be the next frequent traveler’s unrealized Hawaiian destination.

Kapaa is located in the far east of Kauai County, right above Wailua Homesteads. It sits within the Kawaihau district, which is one of the largest districts on the island. Its total land area measures 25.9 square kilometers with an elevation of only 10 feet above sea level. Due to its remote location, most of the town’s visitors fly in through the airport of Lihue.

Temperatures in Kapaa range from the high 70’s for half of the year to the mid 60’s during night time lows and the winter. Humidity is relatively high in the area. However, locals and tourists can enjoy the blissful beach-friendly climate all year round. True enough, Kapaa is the epitome of tropical island paradise.

To better understand the majesty that is Kapaa, it is important to embrace the history of its colorful terrain, legendary deities, and mythological intricacies. The sheer meaning of the word Kapaa (Kapa’a) is from the local Kauai dialect that literally translates to “solid” or “the closing.” The etymology of the town’s name pertains to the magnificent coconut laced coast of Kauai (Ka’Ohi’a, which means “the ‘ohi’a lehua trees are tabooed”), aptly called the Kapaa Coastline, that gracefully depicts the cascading waters of the Pacific in the east.

Kapa’a is considered to be within the ancient district of Puna. Kawai Nui, slightly to the north of the town, was once known for its burly mud fish commonly called the ‘o’opu ku’ia. It was believed that the Makalei tree, the legendary fish-luring brush brought to the land by the ancients of Pali’uli, called on to the ‘o’opu fish, but since it ceased to exist, the fish seemed to disappear along with it. The peaceful Kawai Nui waters were also believed to be protected by Hauwahine, the mo’o goddess. The misty hills further north, also called the more pleasant Kapa’a, was the sacred land of its allegorical ruler, Olopana.

Through time, what used to be known as a mythical land slowly evolved into a plantation town. Today, Kapaa is not only a charming community by the sea; it is also quickly turning into a vacation hub. The crazy rush hour traffic and the steady influx of tourists all year round exhibit Kaapa’s potential to be one of Hawaii’s main tourist spots.

Come, stay with us!  View all our amazing Kauai vacation rental properties at our website: www.hulanow.com

Islander on the Beach

Unit 111: Partial Ocean View – Ground floor – 2 Full Beds

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Unit 222: Almost Ocean Front – Second Floor – Queen Bed

Unit 250: Ocean Front – Second Floor – King Bed

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Unit 1317: Lagoon/Partial Ocean View – Third Floor – King Bed

Kapaa Sands

Unit 7: Ocean Front Coastal Views – Second Floor – Queen Bed

Unit 9: Ocean Front Coastal Views – Second Floor – Queen Bed

 

 

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