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kauaiEmerald mountains, deep valleys, and jagged cliffs make Waimea Canyon of Kauai a grand sight.  This natural wonder offers majestic views of an extraordinary landscape, so beautiful you cannot fully grasp its majesty.  Also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, it is often compared to its bigger relative (Arizona’s Grand Canyon); however, with such exquisite features, it stands on its own as a popular attraction and unique beauty of Kauai, Hawaii.  Enrooted more than 3,000 feet deep, and covering approximately 14 miles, its tremendous decor offers insight to a land before time.  Red soil and volcanic remains leave footprints of the miraculous events that have caused one of earth’s most spectacular treasures.  The Waimea Canyon is one of the reasons why Kauai is an exotic destination.  Its splendor and adventures are unparalleled, and it is an ideal location to explore life’s luxuries.

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Kauai is the oldest and fourth largest of the Hawaiian Islands in the United States.  Sometimes referred to as the Garden Isle, this is manifested in the vast mountainsides, dense forests, and striking beaches that surround the island.  It is rich with culture and much of the heritage can be seen dotted along the island’s landscape. Painted with coconut palm trees, the popular Coconut Coast showcases different faces of culture from water activities such as mountain tubing to historic attractions like the Sleeping Giant. In Lihue, visit the legendary Alekoko Menehune Fishpond and capture the beauty of the Wailua Falls as the water tumbles 80 feet into the Wailua River. The island’s South Shore also houses McBryde Garden, which was a backdrop in the movie, Jurassic Park; and the Koloa Heritage Trail, which serves as an open history book with presentations of historical landmarks. The island’s immaculate beaches also provide a gateway into a world of oceanic adventures from whale watching and kayaking to canoeing and snorkeling.

Your vacation will not be complete without shopping in the trendy shops, kauai-3boutiques, markets and retail stores.  Fashionistas can get their hands on “made in Hawaii” jewelry, fabrics, produces, and handicrafts; as well as international merchandise.  The shopping districts are also a great way to meet the friendly natives and to indulge in the Hawaiian customs.  At night, you can nestle under the stars and observe the thrilling performances of a Hawaiian luau.  After indulging in delectable Hawaiian delicacies, the hypnotizing beats of live dances and music flow through the cool air.

The culinary temptations of Kauai are extraordinary.  The gastronomy provides a taste of Hawaiian delicacies blended with multicultural influences. Throughout the island aromas from elegantly created foods like seafood, pork teriyaki chicken and beef, mango cilantro, fill the local restaurants. With the backdrops of gorgeous sceneries smooth sounds of live entertainment in the background, the vibes at the restaurants are irresistible.  No matter what foods you may be craving, there is a plethora of cuisines that will delight any pallet.

Kauai experiences a subtropical climate. During the summer (June-October) the weather averages around the high 80s to mid 70s.  In the winter (December-April) the temperatures fluctuate between the high 70s to mid 60s.

Lihue Airport is Kanai’s main gateway to the other Hawaiian Islands and locations around the world.  Renting a car is a convenient way to discover the island’s famous attractions. Shuttles also provide sightseeing journeys to of some of the major sites and there are a variety of tours that travel to various scenic locations and tourist attractions. Get a bird’s eye view of the picturesque landscape by taking a helicopter or plane ride. However, strolling on the beach or through the island’s narrow pathways is a leisurely way to enjoy the weather and overwhelming beauty.

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Maui Travel Tips

??????????????????????Maui is not nearly as large as the Big Island, nor is it as small as Lanai, as bustling as Oahu or as quiet as Kauai. For many Hawaii vacationers, Maui is just right — offering a taste of just about everything the Aloha State has to offer, from impressive wildlife to intriguing history and culture. While on a visit here, you can shimmy alongside professional hula dancers, golf along coastal fairways, snorkel alongside five different types of sea turtles or simply lounge along some of Hawaii’s most notable beaches.

One of the archipelago’s most popular tourism spots, Maui can be found sandwiched between the Big Island and the much tinier Molokai. Maui is divided into five distinct regions: Many travelers base themselves along the coasts of South Maui (home to the famous Wailea Beach) or West Maui, where the sands of Kaanipali Beach and the music from the Old Lahaina Luau are located. But the rest of the island should not be missed. Travel along the Road to Hana to experience East Maui’s scenic coastline, explore Haleakala — the world’s largest dormant volcano — in the Upcountry, and explore the former tribal battlegrounds of Central Maui’s Iao Valley State Park.

Maui Culture & Customs

Maui is a great place to go if you’re looking to learn more about Hawaii history and culture. In fact, legend has it that it was honokalani_black_sand_beach_in_the_wainapanapa_state_parkthe demigod, Maui, who pulled the islands from the sea and lassoed the sun from the top of Haleakala. Travelers who are interested in learning more about island lore will have plenty of opportunities to do so: A visit to the scenic Iao Valley will offer a glimpse of the tumultuous era of tribal warfare, while a stroll through the small town of Lahaina will yield a glimpse of Hawaii’s whaling, plantation and trade history.

Today, Maui is one of America’s most popular vacation destinations — probably because it’s so drastically different from any place on the mainland. Vacationers will find all the makings of contemporary luxury at the island’s resorts, but outside the hotel areas, the relaxed “Aloha spirit” permeates. If you’re looking to blend in with the locals, you simply need to loosen up: Pack T-shirts, shorts and flip-flops (as well as some light layers) for everyday wear and tone down the road rage (no honking here).

Folklore still plays a large role in day-to-day life, with residents paying tribute to various gods and goddesses in a number of ways — most notably hula dancing. Although visitors to the island see hula performances as entertainment, they are also a type of prayer and should be respected.

Other cultural traditions continue to influence everyday life in Maui, one of the most noticable being language. Unlike many other states, Hawaii has two official languages: English and Hawaiian, which is a member of the Polynesian language family. Though you won’t have any trouble finding English-speakers, you’ll benefit from learning a few basic Hawaiian phrases; “Aloha” means both “hello” and “goodbye,” and “mahalo” means “thank you.”

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The arts are a mainstay on the island, with numerous festivals — like the one held twice a month in Lahaina’s Banyan Tree Park — showcasing works by regional craftspeople. And throughout the year, Maui honors its vibrant culture through events like the Maui Steel Guitar Festival and the East Maui Taro Festival (both held in April).

If you’re more interested in discovering Maui’s natural wonders than its heritage, you’ll find plenty of places to do so — from flower-filled jungles to underwater reefs teeming with aquatic life. However, it’s important that you leave the island as you found it. Resist the urge to collect living souvenirs or to have a one-on-one encounter with local wildlife, as these could result in hefty fines or even jail time.

Maui Dining

Maui is quickly earning a reputation as a foodie destination: The island’s restaurant scene is as diverse as its visitors with restaurants serving food from around the world. But as long as you’re here, you may as well get a taste of the local cuisine.

Like the rest of America, Maui is on board with the local food movement — here, you’ll find plates piled high with freshly caught fish and regional produce. To find these ingredients prepared in the island way, you’ll want to stray from resort-heavy areas. Maui’s towns (and its countryside) brim with local mom-and-pop joints serving such specialties as pork roasted in banana leaves, poi (ground taro root) and haupia, a creamy coconut custard. If you’re not quite sure where to start your culinary tour, ask some local residents for recommendations.

One very popular — and very economical — way to get your fill of Hawaiian cuisine is to eat big around noon. Many local eateries served what’s called a “plate lunch,” which comes piled high with some sort of protein (usually beef, pork or fish), rice and/or macaroni salad and some sort of pickled vegetable. This tradition formed on the sugar plantations, where workers would gather for lunch and share their food. Today, it’s common to see residents and visitors alike chowing down on the mountainous servings dished out by plate lunch restaurants and stands.

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Luxury vacations in Hawaii are among the most popular holidays for visitors from the United States and Asia. Whether you are seeking a tropical luxury vacation to enjoy romantic honeymoons, some of the best surfing in the world, or treks through lush rainforest-covered mountains with the entire family, you will find luxury trips to Hawaii to suit all tastes and interests.

A luxury Hawaiian vacation is possible on any of the six major islands, and each of them offers its own distinct personality. Kauai is called the “Garden Island,” and is known for its lush forest-covered mountains, lovely botanical gardens, and sparkling waterfalls. Luxury vacations in Hawaii on this island are apt to bring you to the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, which offers breathtaking mountain and ocean views, a full-service spa, numerous dining options, and even a supervised children’s program.

If your luxury Hawaiian vacation takes you to the Big Island, you will be able to explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the volcano Kilauea that has been erupting continuously since 1983. For elegant pampering, you may want to head to the Fairmont Orchid, set in lush gardens on the beaches of the Kohala Coast. Or, you can enjoy pampering and world-class golfing at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Here is one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world, designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones.

You will find the most cosmopolitan luxury trips to Hawaii on the island of Oahu, where you will find the metropolis of Honolulu and iconic sites such as Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, and Waikiki Beach. The magnificent pink stucco Royal Hawaiian Hotel (also called the Pink Palace of the Pacific) has been a landmark on Waikiki Beach since its opening in 1927. It served as the Western White House for President Franklin Roosevelt and is home to the bar that claims to have invented the Shirley Temple. It is also known for its Royal Hawaiian Luau, one of the most lavish of the Oahu luaus. You enjoy your luxury Hawaiian vacation at possibly the best property in the state if you choose the Halekulani. Here is an oasis of serene elegance amidst the bustle of Honolulu and Waikiki Beach, and the hotel to choose if price is no object for luxury beach vacations.

Some of the best luxury vacations in Hawaii will be found on the island of Maui, which has a remarkably high percentage of luxury hotels and resorts. Many of these are smaller, more exclusive boutique hotels that emphasize low-impact ecotourism, although there are larger resort complexes to be found around Kaanapali Beach and Lahaina. Wailea hotels offer more upscale resorts, including the beautiful Four Seasons with its sophisticated suites and rooms overlooking the golden beach. On the other side of the island in the charming village of Hana is the Hotel Hana, the oldest luxury hotel on the island set in 66 acres of plantation that rolls down to the sea. For more remote and secluded stays, you can head to the island of Lanai, home to two prestigious Four Seasons Resorts—the Four Seasons Koele and the Four Seasons Manele Bay.

Some luxury trips to Hawaii never utilize a hotel at all. Many major cruise lines offer Hawaii cruises. Some of these sail from ports such as San Diego and Vancouver, and others embark and disembark in Honolulu. It is also possible to charter crewed and bare boat yachts to sail around the islands. Other visitors favor Hawaii vacation rentals over hotels, and there are luxury villas, mansions, and condos available on all the major islands.

 

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