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A Postcard From Kauai, Hawaii

By Melissa Tilling

This is a feature from Issue 23 of Charitable Traveller. 

Aloha from Kauai, in the Hawaiian archipelago! We land in Lihue (pronounced Li-hoo-ee), greeted by warm, breezy weather perfect for exploring.

Kauai, known as the Garden Island, is the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands, and its lush landscapes are a testament to its age and beauty. Our base is in Kapa’a, a charming and relaxed town with shops, cafes, and art galleries. A bike ride along the Kapa’a Coastal Path offers stunning ocean views, a shave ice at Wailua Shave Ice is refreshing and the beach at our hotel receives a regular daytime visitor, a monk seal we name Neil, who basks on the shore.

Surprisingly, spam is very popular here – a legacy from World War II – and is featured in local dishes like spam musubi

Our first adventure takes us to Waimea Canyon, often called the ‘Grand Canyon of the Pacific’. The views of the dramatic red and green landscapes stretch as far as the eye can see.

The beaches here are everything I hope for and more. Hanalei Bay quickly becomes a favourite with its gentle waves and breathtaking mountain backdrop. If you’re into snorkelling, Tunnels Beach is the place to be. For a more relaxed beach day, we visit Poipu Beach on the south shore, with calm waters perfect for swimming.

One of the most memorable experiences is a boat tour along the Nā Pali Coast – its rugged cliffs tumble into the Pacific

Kauai’s lush landscapes might seem familiar if you’re a fan of Jurassic Park. We visit the Manawaiopuna Falls, also known as Jurassic Falls, and feel like we’re stepping into the movie. The island is incredibly drivable, making it easy to explore at our own pace and discover hidden gems along the way.

Food in Kauai doesn’t disappoint. Bar Acuda in Hanalei serves some of the best tapas I’ve ever had. For a quick bite, Da Crack in Poipu offers amazing burritos and bowls. The fish tacos at Kilauea Fish Market are out of this world. To unwind, we enjoy a cold Kona Beer or a classic Mai Tai, both of which are island favourites and perfect for soaking up the tropical vibe.

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This is a feature from Issue 23 of Charitable Traveller.