By Jeffrey Meier
Kauai the Garden Isle of Hawaii is one of the most popular destination for vacations. It has everything to offer-adventure, beauty and lots and lots of fun. Its lush tropical greenery and sparkling sand beaches attracts thousands of tourists every year. Kauai is the oldest and the forth largest island in Hawaii.
This place is known for its rich culture and tradition. Here everyone is welcomed with open arms and colorful garlands called leis. They are made of carnation, plumeria, ilima a flower associated with royalty, and many others. Lovely anise-scented mokihana lei are very special since they are made of the berries found only on Kauai. It has everything both for the young and old. There are a number of museums where you can learn about the islands heritage and culture. They are very informational and inspiring. It can truly be called the island of discovery as one can get to learn and discover so many things about this Garden Isle. You can enjoy the hula shows, luaus, live Hawaiian music and many such performances by the natives of the place. These memories of island culture are unforgettable and will always remain with you where ever you go.
For food lovers this place offers some exotic traditional mouth watering dishes which are simply awesome. They mostly use ingredients fresh from the farmers’ markets called Sunshine Markets like macadamia nuts, coconuts, taro, poi, malasadas, lilikoi chiffon treats, and other such delicacies .The variety of fruits you get there are incredible. The local fish are very popular like ahi, mahimahi, ono, wahoo, and opakapaka.
If you are looking for adventure you can go hiking as the trails there are abundant, range from easy to challenging, and offer magnificent views. You can enjoy the Island’s beauty first handedly. Some of the popular trails which attract a lot of tourists are Kuilau, Moalepe, Kalalau and Powerline.After the hiking you can rejuvenate and relax in the island’s spas. The spas in Kauai offer numerous treatments based on traditional Hawaiian healing practices. Other outdoor treatments like lomi massage, reiki, etc. are also available. You can also opt for healing meals prepared by special chefs along with the treatment. Pamper yourself with tissue massages, wraps, scrubs, facials, and hydrotherapy in a lush, tropical setting.
You can shop for souvenirs an presents to carry back home like aloha shirts, oriental rugs, pearl bracelets, home and personal accessories, and art. There are many small shops to big malls where you can pick many interesting stuffs. Head to the Coconut Marketplace where you can get precious Hawaiian mementos. The Poipu Shopping Village in the south shore has variety of shops and eating joints.
Enjoy the beauty of the island by hiring a helicopter, you can view the whole island from the air and you will be mesmerized by the sparkling deep blue sea beneath you. You can also tour by land or sea because whatever means you choose you will be captivated by the alluring beauty of the island.