Frequently asked questions about Kauai and our vacation
All three bedrooms at Aikane Kauai have wall mounted air conditioners
however, they are rarely needed. I designed the home to take advantage of
the prevailing trade winds with good cross ventilation. For extra measure,
the picture windows are double glazed with low-e glass, the home is fully
insulated and all rooms have ceiling fans. This really is a comfortable
place to stay!
There is so much to see by car, easy short walks, hikes and sail boat; ways
that are fun, safer, tactile and not so noisy and disruptive for people on
are located between Koloa and Poipu. The roads here are generally narrow and
the shoulders not always well maintained. There is some great single track
mountain biking. There are also companies along the east side bike path
which is a really nice ride.
We offer last minute discounts to fill gaps at Aikane Kauai. For example, if
there is an open slot in the schedule within 30 days of arrival, we would be
happy to offer a discount. Let us know if you want to be put on the
special alert email list.
AND LATE CHECK OUTS
An early check in may be fine. You are welcome to phone us at
808-639-4127 on your arrival day or send your cell # so we can phone you as
soon as the house is ready.
Need a late check out? You are welcome to check out as
late as you like if there is no one arriving or no scheduled maintenance the
day of your departure. It is best to phone us while you're here. Guests
leaving on a night flight often include the night of departure in their
reservation to have it guaranteed.
Some resorts and other facilities have offered day
passes but they are subject to change. Check out
Aikane Kauai is an excellent choice for a family vacation. The house is one
of the closest to Poipu Beach Park with a protected lagoon and playground
equipment with a spongy ground surface. There is a baby gate for the stairs
and a high chair at the house. There are also beach toys and boogie boards.
Ready Rentals if
you would like to rent a crib. You can make arrangements directly with them
for which type of crib you prefer. They will deliver and pick up.
There is no construction going on nearby. Aikane Kauai is on a short
cul-de-sac side road and is nowhere near any busy highways.
CAR or 4WD?
A car is essential if you want to get to some of the really
interesting places on Kauai such as the Waimea Canyon and the more remote
beaches. You really don't need a 4WD unless you want to get to Polihale in
the winter and some of the back roads.
Call Steve at Pono Taxi
808-634-4744. Once you're at the house there
are 3 beaches, 3 restaurants, a deli and a surf/beach ware shop within five
minute walks. A public bus stop is about a third of a mile from the house.
We are about 25 minutes or 12 miles from the airport.
The cheapest places I've heard of to rent cars here is at
Kauai has an active dance community with particular focus on ballroom, swing
and tango. Here is a link for more information:
Delivery Kauai offers
service from several south Kauai eateries to your door.
There is good diving on Kauai, especially around the Poipu area.
Poipu is also one of the best snorkeling areas year round. There are several
dive shops in Poipu and Koloa.
Here's a list of driving tips, customs and local laws. Most tickets
cost about the same as a good meal out for 2. Speeding tickets are closer to
a good meal out for 8.
1. Seat belts are mandatory on all roads.
2. Cell phone use is not allowed while driving.
2. Traffic: I try to avoid driving between Poipu and
Lihue or Kapaa between 7am to 8:30am and 3:30pm to 6pm or allow for an extra
15 to 25 minutes at prime time.
When coming back to Poipu from the north shore, I
always take the Kapaa Bypass road. It's scenic and avoids the traffic. For
some reason driving north through Kapaa is usually quite smooth but
southbound can be stop-n-go.
3. Beware of cars making random U-Turns, sudden stops,
half-way pullovers. Scenery, people, animals and sights are distracting.
4. One-lane bridges are found mostly on the north
shore but are all over the island. Common practice is to let 5 to 7 or so
cars go at a time or clear the line if cars are piled up. Then alternate.
Not the place to play chicken.
5. Speaking of chicken: Not everyone slows down for
chickens on the roads.
6. Driving close to the speed limit is usually good.
Watch where limits change from 45 to 25 on down hills where its easy to go
above the limit. Radar is commonly used.
7. General courtesies like letting cars merge in is appreciated and usually
received with a smile and a "shaka". Honking is almost always considered
8. Basic directions: “Makai” (towards the ocean) and “mauka” (towards the
mountain). Very useful on an island.
You can shore fish 100 yards from the house. Waves can be a hazard
anywhere on Kauai with the biggest ones coming in at 30 minutes or longer
intervals. For deep sea fishing try
We recommend waiting until you get here to book and
see what’s happening with the weather.
All grocery stores on Kauai sell fresh locally caught fish but will vary
depending on weather and luck. Koloa also has a fish market across the
street from the post office. Try their seared ahi and take out lunches.
Another favorite place to buy fresh fish is Fish Express in Lihue. You will
find them on the mauka (mountain) side of Kuhio Hwy 56 across from Wal-mart.
Call ahead to check the catch. 808-245-9918. They also sell sushi, other
prepared foods and delicious take out lunches.
There are several companies that rent single and double kayaks.
Outfitters Kauai (ph. 808-742-9667) is the closest. There are several
companies that will deliver your kayak to the Wailua River which is very
nice. Not recommended on windy days.
The public library is located on the Poipu side of Koloa town on the
Koloa Elementary School campus. You'll pass right by it on your right as you
leave Koloa heading for Poipu. Here's how to get
a card. Koloa has a nice collection of DVD's.
is the best and the one at
Kilohana is also
very good. They can be a lot of fun. Be sure to sit in the front row for a
chance at an impromptu hula lesson on stage :-)
Here are some of our favorite things to do on Kauai;
Coastal walk from Shipwrecks (Hyatt) heading east along the
bluffs continuing for about 3.5 miles. There are several beaches along the way.
This is also a good place for whale watching too.
You can start from Aikane by walking down to the ocean
then right on Pe’e Road for about a quarter mile. Cut through the Embassy
Suites parking lot to the coastal path which runs in front of the Hyatt then
to Shipwreck Beach. We usually drive to the Shipwreck Beach parking lot and
go from there.
There is generally good snorkeling by Aikane in the
protected bay between Poipu Beach Park and the Marriott, a 5 to 10 minute
walk. There is also another protected bay about a mile west toward Spouting
Horn adjacent to the Beach House Restaurant.
Check out the orchid and cactus gardens on the grounds
surrounding the Plantation Gardens Restaurant. Also a nice place to enjoy
food, drink and ambiance.
The Na Pali coast is spectacular! 3 ways to enjoy;
1. Drive north to the end of the road and park at Ke’e
Beach and take the 2 mile hike to Hanakapiai Beach from there. You may have
to park in the overflow lot about a quarter mile before the beach. We also
really like going to the waterfall 2 miles inland from Hanakapiai but it is
usually a muddy trail. Caveats: Hanakapiai Beach can be super dangerous with
currents. Be careful going across the stream there. A very nice taste of the
trail is in the first half mile which takes you to a point where you can
look down almost the entire Na Pali coastline. It's a good idea to get a
very early start as Ke'e Beach gets busy. Best to make a bee line for Ke'e and the hike then work your way back.
2. View from the Kalalau lookout at Kokee State Park.
There are 2 lookouts. There is a nice trail from the the second lookout
along the ridge. We also really enjoy continuing along this trail (Pihea) to
the Alakai Swamp Trail. The views are spectacular if not too cloudy. We've
been out there many times when it looks completely socked in but over the
course of eating lunch and resting the view may open up.
3. The deluxe way is by boat. I’ve gone with
a number of times and it’s always fun.
Waimea Canyon is also excellent. You can see much just
from the road. Favorite hikes are Waipo'o Falls and Awa'awapuhi.
For adventure and zip lines, check out
I've been on the kayak, hike, zip line tour with my kids. Really fun!
1. Queen's Bath in Princeville (injuries, rogue waves)
Kipu Falls (injuries, now officially closed)
3. Use extreme caution at Hanakapi'ai, Lumahai and Polihale Beaches. These
beaches are especially beautiful but known for super strong currents and undertows.
ALL beaches on Kauai can be safe and ALL can be treacherous. Usually it's
obvious but not always. Sometimes the biggest waves have intervals of 30
minutes or more.
4. Air tours of any kind (safety concerns and noise).