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Imagine spending your next vacation on one of the most beautiful Islands in Hawaii! Your days are filled with exploring miles of unpopulated white sand beaches close by, hiking the lush verdant mountains of Koke'e, or perhaps an adventurous boat tour to experience the breathtaking Na Pali coast. Maybe you choose to explore that book you've been promising yourself and kick back and relax on your oceanfront lanai enjoying cocktails and Island-style pupus watching the sun set over the Forbidden Island of Ni`ihau. The possibilities are endless, the surroundings are the definition of paradise!
 
There's no end to the list of Kauai activities you can participate in during your stay on the Garden Isle.  Whether it be just stepping out on the lanai of Hale La and taking in the early morning fresh air followed by a leisurely stroll down the white sand beach, or heading to the #1 tourist destination on the island; adjacent Koke`e Park/ Waimea Canyon- the magic of the Garden Island follows you every step of the way.
 
Kauai website offering information about scenic sites on Kauai, attractions, County parks and beaches and Island events.  

Waimea Canyon, KauaiThe Waimea Canyon - Kokee State Park
If scenic hikes are your "meditation" then Waimea Canyon, the Grand Canyon of the Pacific is the place for you to be. Numerous hiking trails and scenic viewpoints await you as you make your way to some of the most breathtaking vistas in the Hawaiian Islands.

Kokee Hiking TrailsTake the opportunity along your hike to experience some "ornithology" (bird watching) as Kokee and the west side provide some of the most unique birds in the islands.  There is also seasonal Trout and Bass fishing in Kokee as well.
 
Hikes range from easy to difficult.  Take your pick!
Polihale, KauaiPolihale State Park
West of Hale Puka`Ana are the beaches of Polihale State Park. Be sure to bring your camera and get some postcard-perfect shots of the West end of the magnificent NaPali Coast and the magnificent sunset!

 
 
 
 
Garden Tours
Kauai is home to some of the most spectacular botanical gardens in the world. Our favorites include:
Kauai's Botanical GardensNational Tropical Botanical Gardens
Delight in the unique tropical gardens of McBryde Garden, Allerton Garden and Limahuli Garden.  
 
Na Aina Kai
Countless magical moments await you at Na Āina Kai. Come experience the many moods of this botanical paradise tucked on the north shore of Kauai, Hawai'i's exquisite Garden Isle. Here, natural treasures awaken your senses and tropical wonders never cease.
Adventure Abounds....
Kauai welcomes your imagination with all it's activities. Below are a few of the "tastes" on the adventure menu.
www.napalimakai.com- Scenic boat tours of the NaPali Coast; Sunset, and Snorkle trips daily
West Side Sporting Goods- for rental or purchase of snorkle or fishing gear (808) 338 1411
Nukumoi Surf Shop- The west side's best surfing gear for purchase or rental
Outfitters Kauai- Cycling, kayaking and adventure tours and equipment rentals
Kayak Wailua- kayaking adventures and guided kayak waterfall tours
True Blue Charters- Sport Fishing
Kipu Tours- ATV off-road tours
Wet-n-Wonderful Ocean Sports- Shoreline scuba diving and certification classes
Sea Sports Divers- Scuba charters
Kauai Movie Tours- See Kauai thru Hollywood's Eyes
Back Country Adventures- Zip line, tubing, ATV tours and more back country fun...
Tropical Biplanes - Flight-seeing tours
www.SweetLomi.com - The Best is Hawaiian Lomi Masssage!
http://www.hawaiihealthguide.com - A guide to Hawaii's healthy resources
www.KauaiBirds.com - See Jim Denny's website and contact him for expertise! 808 337 1081
 
World Class Golf
 
Kauai Golf- Directory of Kauai's Golf Courses


"Close to Home" Activities and Things to Do...
Go Surfing
The West side is home to several world class surf spots as well as kiteboarding and windsurfing areas that are anywhere from seconds to a few minutes from the Hale Puka`Ana.
 
Shoreline fishing in KekahaBeachcombing and Shoreline Fishing
A local past time is to spend the day at the beach shoreline fishing.  If you're lucky you might catch a Moi, an Oio or even a Papio.  Or maybe you prefer to spend the day sunbathing and/or exploring the beaches.  Kekaha is the perfect place to do just that - with miles of white sand beaches.  Just don't forget the sunscreen!

Pamper Yourself...
When you are through with your Island adventures and are ready for the ultimate in pampering, visit the The Hideaway Spa at the Waimea Plantation Cottages. Just minutes from Hale La, you can have a Massage, spa treatment, steam, relax in the garden jacuzzi or take one of our beachfront Yoga classesBeachfront Yoga Schedule:  Friday 8:30am, Saturday 8:30am and Tuesday 5:00pm.

Kauai's Farmer's Market
 
The Farmers Market
An Island-wide weekly "happening" Kauai's Farmer's Market is held at the Kekaha Neighborhood Center each Saturday at 9 a.m. Be ready to sample and buy some of the island's local produce and tropical flowers.
 
 


The West Side Craft Fair
Thursday through Sunday local artisans show their wares, accompanied by music and an abundance of local foods.
Hanapepe Art Night every Friday
Visit a variety of local art shops in downtown Hanapepe every Friday night.  Enjoy live music and fabulous food at the Hanapepe Cafe.
 
Star Gazing
The night sky above Kauai's West shore is the perfect place to view stars.  Take a blanket across the street to the beach and lay back and let the constellations above put on a show for you.  Kekaha has clear skies and very few city lights which allows for optimal viewing.
Restaurants:
Waimea
Wrangler's  - Steak & Seafood
Waimea Brewery (great food, live music at the western-most brewery in the US)
Pacific Pizza & Deli
Barefoot Burgers
The Shrimp Station
Obsession's (breakfast & lunch)
Subway
J's local food
Da Booze Shoppe for fresh bbq ribs, chicken, and the like.

Ele`ele
Toi's Thai food
Grinds Cafe & Espresso

Kalaheo
Kalaheo Steak House
Brick Oven Pizza

Poipu
Brennecke's
The Beach House 
Joe's on the Green (lunch Only)
Keoki's Paradise
Roy's
The Plantation
 
Kapa'a
Verde's
Scotty's BBQ
 
 
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