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Every Hawaiian island is blessed with splendid beaches and lovely beach parks, Hanalei is no exception to this. Its Waioli Beach Park is one such beach park that attracts tourists and locals as well. Endless stretches of white sand lined up with palm trees and deep blue waters of the beach truly make for an eye-pleasing sight. Those who want to relax can enjoy sun bathing or simply laze around; while the daredevils can challenge the huge waves and indulge in surfing. Bodyboarding, surfing and stand up paddle surfing are regular water sports practiced here. Apart from that, the Waioli Beach Park also features volleyball courts, picnic areas and clean restrooms as well. Though there is a lifeguard on-site, amateurs are advised to be cautious and stay closer to the shore.
A favorite place for hikers, campers and picnickers, this park is located on the western shore of Kauai. The centerpiece is Waimea Canyon. One of the best ways to see the canyon is to hike the easy Iliau Nature Loop, located between Mile Marker 8 and 9. A half-dozen other trails are available. Some of them are easy and some are arduous. The Koke'e Natural History Museum, located inside the park, is a great place to learn about the surroundings, research the trails or pick up a map.
More publicity has been allotted to magnificent Waimea Canyon, located in Koke'e State Park, than perhaps any other landmark in the Hawaiian Islands. The words often attributed (mistakenly) to Mark Twain describe it best. This is the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific," a breathtaking spectacle from any angle. There are a few ways to view Waimea Canyon; several tour companies offer helicopter or airplane tours. However, many people choose to make the trip to the canyon by car. Outdoor enthusiasts may choose to camp in the park with permission.
The backdrop of the famed Fantasy Island television show, this stunning waterfall is located directly off the road, just past the town of Lihue on the southern coast of Kaua'i. It is just a short ride down a rough road in Kapaia Valley. The falls can be viewed from the side of the road, but there is a trail for experienced hikers. It is steep and challenging, and local tour guides recommend that only the hardiest adventurers try to make the descent.
Almost anyone can find something to do at this restored sugar plantation. The home is a perfectly recreated version of a 1930s mansion. The exquisitely manicured grounds can be toured by carriage or on foot. For people who enjoy more material diversions, the plantation offers luaus twice weekly, shopping and fine dining. A host of famous artists are represented in the art galleries on the grounds, and Gaylord's Restaurant offers fine dining morning, noon and night.
One of the more noticeable structures along the coconut coast, this art gallery is housed in a brightly painted wooden structure across the street from area shopping centers. The building and the reputation of the occupant it has gained a lot of attention from the likes of TV and media broadcasts. The shop is a hybrid of original art and surfboard shaping that includes a large dose of personal philosophy and surfing insight. Do not be surprised if an impromptu surf session will result in the shop being closed for the day. - Lottie Tagupa
After several years of planning and construction, this wonderful footpath has become a reality for all to enjoy along Kauai's Coconut Coast. The public path runs from the heart of Kapaa to Ahihi Point where it follows a seaside path that is filled with beautiful ocean views, playgrounds community centers and more. Although the path is used daily by area residents for jogging and strolling, many island visitors opt to rent a bike at one of the area shops and enjoy an afternoon bike ride. The path is a generous ten feet wide, which allows for many types of activities. - Lottie Tagupa
Located on the pool deck, this activities desk offers hotel guests the opportunity to rent snorkel gear, beach chairs, paddle boards and other equipment to enjoy a vacation. With Poipu Beach just steps away, the desk is the perfect spot to try snorkeling one day, then standup paddling the next. You can even try out a dive tour or to experience what other adventures the Garden Island has to offer. They also have surf lessons and canoe rides at prices that are reasonable. It is recommended to get their early, since beach chairs and other equipment tends to be limited at best. - Lottie Tagupa