Posted by: kauaikolea2 | September 19, 2011

Kaua’i Road Trip No. 1

You are in Kaua’i, a dream come true! Let us help you plan some day trips to get the full flavor of this wonderful island.  All trips start from the grounds of Islander on the Beach, where we are located.

Wake up in your condohotel right on the ocean.  If you left the glass sliders open last night, you can slowly awake to the sound of the waves.  If  this is your first morning on Kaua’i, you probably will wake up early and can catch the spectacular sunrise.

Grab one of the spa robes from the armoire and brew a pot of Hawaiian coffee, which is one of our amenities. You can sit on the lanai and enjoy the sunrise or quickly dress and head for the beach – with coffee cup and camera in hand.  Sunrises are well photographed by guests here because they are always so beautiful!

Later, walk over to the Coconut Market Place and grab breakfast at Eggbert’s (known for its pancakes and eggs Benedict).  Then it is time to get into your rental car  and start exploring the east and north shores.
As you exit the property, head north on Kuhio Highway towards Hanalei.  The views on the way to the north shore are of beautiful Pacific Ocean and rugged volcanic peaks.  Before leaving Kapa’a, look to your left at Sleeping Giant (Nounou Mountain) and further north, look for Kong Mountain (Kololea Mountain).

Take the exit right at Kilauea Road and go to the end, where a classic white lighthouse stands in the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge.  Here you are sure to see the endangered Hawaiian monk seal, usually several, stretched out on the warm rocks below, and one of the largest lighthouse lanterns in the world.  A must-stop is Kong Lung  Store, an old  plantation general store.  Be sure to say “aloha” to the parrot  perched outside!

Stop at Hanalei Valley Lookout for a spectacular view of gorgeous green taro fields, Hanalei River, impressive mountains streaming with waterfalls, and the incredible view of Hanalei Bay.  Cross the one-lane bridge into Hanalei.  The old Wai’oli Hui’ia Church is another favorite photo-op (and services are still held in this church built in 1836).  Many other shops can be found in the Ching Young Village, too, all with wonderful treasures.

Another not-to-miss place is the Limahuli Garden, part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden.  After a stop and tour, head back to Hanalei for lunch in one of the many restaurants.  Don’t forget to do some shopping, especially at Sand People and Yellowfish Trading Company, two of our favorite places.

Keep traveling north to Tunnels Beach.  Parking is often a challenge here, but try to park and then walk around on the beaches and into the caves or tunnels.

Depending on the time of day, you may wish to stay in Princeville for dinner, particularly at the Hanalei Café.  If not dinner, a drink to toast the glorious sunset and a great day on the Garden Isle of Kaua’i.  You are about 30 minutes from your  condohotel, so drive back slowly, relishing the trade winds.  Maybe a drink on your lanai,  which is particularly  wonderful when there is a full moon dancing on the waves.

And so to bed!

Please see other posts on Sleeping Giant, Kong Mountain,  the taro fields, single-lane bridge etiquette, and visit our condohotel  websites ( or 1 855 HULA NOW)

View all our properties:

Islander on the Beach

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

Unit 170: Partial Ocean View – Ground floor – 2 Full Beds

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

Unit 250: Ocean Front – Second Floor – King Bed

Unit 361: Ocean View – Third Floor – King Bed

Kauai Beach Resort

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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