Kauai: The Aloha Life

In Adventure Travel, Luxury Travel, Travel by Jenny Cavcic6 Comments

Aloha and welcome to Kauai! Also known as The Garden Isle, it is the westernmost island of all of the Hawaiian islands. Before my husband and I booked our trip to Kauai, my expectation was that it would be extremely Americanized. To my delight, I found that Kauai is nothing like any of the places I’ve been to in the US.

The island is the epitome of “Aloha life”. For the Hawaiians the word Aloha is more than just a greeting for ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’. It has a much deeper meaning that stems back to the path of Huna and is stated in the Hawaii Revised Statutes (State Law) as the following:

[§5-7.5] “Aloha Spirit.” (a) “Aloha Spirit” is the coordination of mind and heart within each person. It brings each person to the self. Each person must think and emote good feelings to others. In the contemplation and presence of the life force, “Aloha,” the following unuhi laula loa may be used:img_57421

“Akahai,” meaning kindness, to be expressed with tenderness;

“Lokahi,” meaning unity,to be expressed with harmony;

“Oluolu,” meaning agreeable,to be expressed with pleasantness;

“Haahaa,” meaning humility, to be expressed with modesty;

“Ahonui,” meaning patience, to be expressed with perseverance.

These are traits of character that express the charm, warmth and sincerity of Hawaii’s people. It was the working philosophy of Native Hawaiians and was presented as a gift to the people of Hawaii.

“Aloha” is more than a word of greeting or farewell or a salutation. “Aloha” means mutual regard and affection and extends warmth in caring with no obligation in return. “Aloha” is the essence of relationships in which each person is important to every other person for collective existence. “Aloha” means to hear what is not said, to see what cannot be seen and to know the unknowable… [L 1986, c 202, §1] Truly, Kauai is a place of peace quiet and relaxation. Surrounded by perfect palm trees, island breeze, mountain peaks, lush vegetation, rocky coasts, organic food and wild roosters that crow at all times of the day and night, I was without a care in the world in Kauai.

Everyone we met on our path was warm and relaxed. This is what island life is all about, no rushing, no worrying, just feelings of Aloha! From one end to another, Kauai is meant to be explored and embraced.

South Shore: 

The resort we stayed at was located on the sunny South shore at Poipu beach and Koloa landing. This side of the island is made up of great mid to high end shopping, amazing restaurants, resorts, golf courses and beautiful homes. If I could do it all over again, I would definitely stay here. We found that the best restaurants were located in this area and it’s the perfect spot for couples, honeymoons and those interested in luxury travel.

resort life

Resort life at Kolao Landing Resort at Poipu Beach. A beautiful resort and villas – we loved our stay here!

Sunset at Poipu

Sunset at Koloa Landing across from our resort. Every evening, tourists and locals would sit on the rocks and on the wall near the water and watch the sunset together.


Amazing breakfast and Acai Berry Bowl to die for. I would highly recommend Anuenue Cafe, a cute 5 star resto for a great start to your morning.

North Shore: 

One of my favourite parts of the island is the North shore. The North shore is known for its beaches, the famous Na Pali Coast, Hanalei Bay, beautiful waterfalls and surfing. This is the best part of the island for taking part in some adventurous activities such as helicopter and boat tours, horseback riding, scuba diving, hiking, surfing, exploring, camping (in the Na Pali coast) and ziplining.


Entering Hanalei on the North side of the island. Hanalei Bay is known to be the best place in Kauai for learning how to surf.

surfs upWe couldn’t pass the opportunity to learn surfing in Hanalei Bay! We hooked up with Hanalei Surf School and caught some waves with our instructor JD. He did an amazing job instructing and giving us pointers that will stay with us forever. Because of him my husband and I both decided to take up surfing recreationally!

na pali coast

Kalalau Trail overlooking Ke’e Beach. Such a gorgeous scene from above!

na pali coast

On the Kalalau Trail. It’s an 11 mile hike, but in the first 2 miles you can get to a beautiful hidden rocky beach. The trail is muddy when it rains up there but you’ll have a chance to clean up at the end of it. It’s worth every second!

The East Side: 

Restaurants, parks, hotels and hiking trails. The East side of Kauai is decorated with stores and restaurant with a more local feel to them. You can find some less expensive restaurants and hotels in the area of Kapaa. There is a great little cafe called Java Kai in the area and their Kona coffee is made to perfection. Definitely a must have while if you’re staying there or passing through. java-kai

wilua falls

Beach park near Kapaa


Wilua Falls near Kapaa. Check out the rainbow 🙂

The West Side: 

This part of the island is known for historical activities and natural attractions like the Waimea Canyon. If you have time on your trip, there are many great look out points before you get there and at the canyon itself. If you’re feeling adventurous, the canyon is made up of scenic hiking trails for exploring. These are not meant for amateurs as they get pretty narrow and steep.

I hope that everyone going to Hawaii makes it a point to explore Kauai. For easy breathing, scenic adventures and a relaxing island atmosphere, Kauai is on top of my list.

Mahalo for now and until next time!

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  1. We also read that it can snow in Hawaii! LOL. Yes there appears to be volcanic areas that have its own micro-climate so we read….did you experience any of this?

    1. Yes!! I read the same, that it snows on Mount Kea on the Big Island. I didn’t get a chance to make it out there but it’s on my list this year. We did experience the micro-climates 🙂 At Waimea Canyon it was drier and warmer (almost a dessert like climate), but on Mount Waialeale (also in Kauai) it’s wet and cooler because it’s one of the wettest spots on earth. When we were in Maui, we were watching rain and clouds on one end of the island while sun tanning on the other lol. Going up to the Haleakala crater in Maui we experienced icy cool weather and winds. It’s pretty cold up there and drops to below 10 Celsius at the summit. When we got back down from the crater we were back to tanning weather. It’s incredible!

      1. Wow! yes indeed 4 seasons in a matter of hours….not even a day! LOL. We might have read the same post but you’ve certainly experienced it. Hawaii is on our radar, but not quite the “urgent” one to go to yet…ugh. But mark our words, we will go experience the micro-climates you described! LOL

        1. You’re so right on that one lol. I definitely have other destinations on my urgent list, but I can’t help it, I miss “Hawaii life” lol. I hope that you go sooner than later and then blog about the amazing micro-climates 🙂

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