Travelers offer excellent advice on snorkeling in Kauai. The gear is very inexpensive and easily available. There's no need to bring it from the mainland unless you're a fervent snorkeler and you need special gear. On the North side of Kauai the Princeville Plaza offers great choices for all ages at Foodland and at Ace Hardware.

Cool and fun antiquing in Collectibles & Fine Junque - 9821 Kaumualii Highway, Waimea - (808) 338-9855 You'll be welcome to browse and you might find something very cheap yet stylish. The shop is loaded with items from Hawaii's past and it's historic connections to Asia and the Southseas. You'll find ship models, vintage cloths, carvings, clothes, lamps, books, bric-a-brac of all kinds. It opens at 11:00.

Drive up the Waimea Canyon Road to Kope'e State Park. There are lots of views and stops along the way. Do stop, but then keep on going to the end of the road where you can look out over the Pacific side of the island where you'll have breathtaking overlooks of the the Sacred Canyons that can only be viewed from here or from the helicopter rides. Kope'e is the "wettest place on earth" but you can count on regular breaks for sunshine and rainbows. The main road through the park is smooth and well-graded and any car can make the trip. Off this road are some beautiful trails. There are 4x4 trails that even a newbie can handle, but stop at the museum to get a map (no longer free). And there are trails that kids can handle easily, but again, stop and ask for advice. You know your kids better than anyone and lots of the trails are very demanding. Please note: Cells phones do not transmit or receive at Koke'e State Park.

Volunteering on Kauai. One of the best ways to become a part of the community in Kauai is to volunteer in the care of gardens, trails, and the rainforest. Think carefully about what you are willing to do and how much time you can honestly invest. Koke'e State Park has professional botanists who lead volunteers into the forest to work on the removal of invasive plants. That's a great way of learning and sharing in the environment. There is also a Meetup Group of people who often schedule sustainability-focused volunteer opportunities at http://www.meetup.com/Sustainable-Kauai.

Visit the Koke'e Natural History Museum, next to the Lodge and the CCC Camp. It's only $1.00 and the bird exhibit and historical displays are well worth your time. The employees are knowledgeable, friendly and dedicated to your enjoyment of the park. The bookstore is outstanding because of it's collection of Kauai-related materials.
  • Enjoy live Hawaiian music, a spectacular view, drink specials and pupus (appetizers) each night from 6-8pm at Seaview Terrace at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa.
  • Visit Spouting Horn in Poipu.
  • Hike the Powerline Trail or up the Sleeping Giant.
  • Sample the coffee at Kauai Coffee Visitor Center.
  • Take a scenic hike along the Mahaulepu Historical Trail that begins across Shipwreck beach, to the east of the Grand Hyatt.  Ask the concierge for a map with information on native plants and history along the way.
  •   For an uplifting free night out of live music and chant to open and heal the inner self check out the Sacred Kirtan meditation evening , meet local Kauai residents share a delicious home-cooked dinner and enjoy a peaceful relaxing night out. It happens on Sundays 5.30pm in Anahola at the Bhakti Yoga Shack, guests new comers and visitors to the island are welcomed and encouraged to check it out . Donations welcome www.kauaikirtan.com

         

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