There are many reasons to visit the Grove Farm Museum on Kauai, Hawaii. Perhaps you are interested in the history of the sugarcane industry on this tropical island. Or, you are curious about the Wilcox family. You could be trying to escape the rain or filling the hours between check-out and a late night flight. Whatever the reason, Grove Farm Museum is a unique look at life on Kauai in the 19th and 20th century.
Who wants to be in the movies? There is a casting call for extra and specialty work happening on Saturday, March 31st. It is for a Disney feature film being filmed on Kauai this summer. The title is still under wraps but rumor has it that the film is based on the Disneyland theme park ride Jungle Cruise. It will star Dwayne Johnson, also known as The Rock, and Emily Blunt.
I know, you want to be on a beach, but what happens when you wake up to a rainy day on Kauai? How about a visit to our Kauai Museum. The two buildings are situated in Lihue, just down the street from the airport, and they are filled with artifacts of Kauai’s history and culture. Knowledgeable docents may even fill your ears with stories and legends representing the indigenous people and immigrants who have lived on the Garden Island for centuries.
Princeville Ranch offers lots of adventures on the north shore of Kauai and off-roading is just one of them. Located between Princeville Resort and the Kalihiwai River, you won’t have to go far to have a lot of fun. I’ve written two blogs featuring Princeville Ranch’s horseback riding and zip line adventures. Now it is time to tell you about their off-road package which includes riding, hiking and zip lining. The company is owned by Karin Carswell, a local resident I am proud to call my neighbor and friend.
Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll experience – not recommended for clean freaks!
Kauai, Hawaii is such a magical place that often times visitors want to take home a beautiful painting as a reminder of their time in Paradise. Saim Caglayan has been plein air painting the landscapes of Kauai for years. I have personally known Saim for 15 of those years and am proud to call him my friend.
Before or after your beach time on Kauai, grab a racket and head over to play tennis at Hanalei Bay Resort. There are eight beautifully maintained courts tucked in among some lovely landscaping. Be warned, however, that you may not play as well as you usually do because of the drop-dead gorgeous views of Hanalei Bay and Bali Hai from the top four courts.
Hanalei Bay Resort is part timeshare and part individually owned condos. Guests who are not staying at the resort are welcome to use the courts for a per person, per day court fee. All eight courts have been recently re-surfaced and are maintained daily. Four courts are Nova Pro synthetic grass which offers players the comfort of a softer court. The other four courts are the traditional hard courts with the US Open blue and green acrylic surface.
Feeling guilty about all the hours you will be relaxing on the beach when you come to Kauai? Schedule a class or two at Fit Lab Kauai and work out with the locals. You will have fun and be able to shed some of those Mai Tai calories!
Fit Lab Kauai offers indoor cycling, barre, weight training and kickboxing classes throughout the week. The class levels range from beginner to high preforming athlete and can accommodate any age and skill level. Everyone is welcome!
“We strive to create a workout experience that leaves participants feeling accomplished and empowered. Every workout is designed to deliver the best results and cause an exponential increase in endorphins.”
If you are feeling overwhelmed with planning a trip to Kauai, be sure to contact Stephanie Michel for your Kauai concierge. She is your go-to person. Many of my Honu Point Vacation Rental guests have used Stephanie as their house concierge. She offers all VIP services to her clients, allowing them to make the most of their time and money on Kauai.
Need a yoga fix on Kauai? Meet Anna Myers (far right in photo). She has been a fitness professional for 35 years. Several years ago she introduced Yoganna, her form of yoga, to the north shore of Kauai. It is a safe, fun, Hawaiian yoga program for all body types.
As a way to give back to the community she loves, Anna offers Yoganna by the Sea on the last Thursday of every month. All of the proceeds go to Malama Pono Health Services, an organization which has been helping those on Kauai for 30 years.
If you are looking for what to do in Kauai and you are a hiker, try the Okolehao Trail which is on the mountain behind Hanalei, just down the hill from Princeville. Let me warn you, however, this hike is not for the weary!
The Okolehao Trail is a 2.3 mile hiking path which ascends 1,232 feet up Hihimanu Ridge. As you are driving north into Princeville, look off to the left and you will notice a mountain that has at its top a shape much like a shark’s tooth. That is Hihimanu.
Okolehao Trail is a moderate trail but the weather really determines how difficult it will be to hike. If the north shore has experienced a lot of rain the trail will be much more difficult because of the mud. In this case a walking stick is a must.
The round-trip hike takes about four hours. In some sections, sharp, foot-wide inclines necessitate a system of ropes to aid hikers in their climb up Hihimanu’s spine. The reward, of course, is at the top where there are sweeping, 180 degree views extending from the Kilauea Lighthouse to the Na Pali Coast. Hanalei Bay’s crescent shape will be sparkling right below you.