All 3 bedrooms have wall-mounted air conditioners
however, they are rarely needed. I designed our 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
The east shore coastal bike path is a really nice ride. You'll find rental
bikes in the area. There is also some great single track mountain biking.
is located nearby and has bikes for rent and also offers a bike tour.
caution: the roads here are generally narrow and shoulders are not always
Our favorite is
Garden. We also like the grounds around
Plantation Gardens Restaurant where
they have a nice collection of orchids. There is also a small cactus garden
in the back that was started by the plantation manager who lived there
before it was transformed into a restaurant. The grounds are free and open
We occasionally 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.
DOCTORS / EMERGENCY
The emergency phone number on Kauai is 911. There is also a
doctor that makes house
calls in Poipu. The closest
medical clinic is in Koloa. The main hospital and emergency room is
Wilcox in Lihue.
AND LATE CHECK OUTS
An early check-in may be fine. You are welcome to phone or
text 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.
Here are some ideas if you do find yourself homeless
on your last day:
Try some of the longer drives like up to the Waimea
Canyon / Kokee Park. The
Kokee Lodge serves
lunch and there are some nice and easy walks or just relax in the cool meadow
across from the lodge is very nice. The other long drive is to Hanalei and Haena.
We like KP Lihue for
dinner before flying out. KP is a small place in Lihue with tasty food and
good service but they don't accept reservations and can get busy. Best to
Other suggestions are visits to Allerton's and McBryde Botanical Gardens, The Kauai
Grove Farm Homestead Tour,
Kukui Grove Cinema, and Kaua‘i Coffee.
Resorts and clubs offer day
passes which are subject to change. Check out
YMCA and the
Athletic Club. Both are
in Lihue. The Poipu Beach Athletic Club did not offer drop in rates the last
time I checked. Kauai Marriott periodically offers day passes.
Aikane Kauai is an excellent choice for a family vacation. Our home is one
of the closest to Poipu Beach Park with a protected lagoon and playground
equipment over a spongy 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.
CAR or 4WD?
A car is essential if you want to explore. You really don't need a 4WD unless you want to get to Polihale in
the winter or get to some of the interior back roads.
For taxi service, Call Steve at
808-634-4744. Once you're at the house there
are 3 beaches, 3 restaurants, a deli and a surf 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 Kauai cars:
And to rent a car that blends in, try
Kauai has an active dance community with particular focus on ballroom, swing
and tango. Websites, times and venues change frequently. Best to do a web
search while you're here.
Delivery Kauai offers
service from several south Kauai eateries to your door.
There is good scuba diving around Kauai, especially the reefs off Poipu.
Poipu is also one of the best snorkeling areas year round. There are several
dive shops in Poipu and Koloa.
Here are a few driving tips, customs and local laws.
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, try the Kapaa Bypass road. It's scenic and
usually avoids the traffic. For
some reason driving north through Kapaa is usually quite smooth but
southbound is often stop-n-go.
3. Beware of cars making random U-Turns, sudden stops,
half-way pullovers. Scenery, people, animals and sights are often distracting.
4. One-lane bridges are found all over the island. Common practice is to let 5 to 7
cars go at a time or clear the line. Then alternate.
5. Not everyone slows down for chickens on the
roads. They might be seen as a participants in the game of the same name.
6. Driving close to the speed limit is good. Watch
where limits change from 45 to 25 on downhill sections 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.
There are several
companies that will deliver your kayak to the Wailua River which is 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.
I've heard the best ones on the island are
I haven't been to one in a time but 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 :-)
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 left 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.
There is generally good snorkeling 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,
enjoy 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 often opens up.
3. The deluxe way to see Na Pali 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 strong currents.
ALL beaches on Kauai can be safe and ALL can be dangerous. It's
not always obvious. Sometimes the biggest waves have intervals of 30
minutes or more.
GOLF COURSES ON KAUAI
Poipu Bay and the
are within a half mile from the house. You'll find a greater mix of
residents and visitors the Kukuiolono Golf Course and Wailua Municipal Golf
Course. Kukuiolono is a 9 hole course about 20 minutes from the house.
Wailua is about 35 minutes away and is located along the coast. Check out
Course Guide for more info.
Brennecke's is a mini
sundries store located right across the road from Poipu Beach Park. This is
the closest store. There are several grocery stores in the Koloa-Poipu area. Part of the south side charm are the
smaller "Mom & Pop" stores such as
Sueoka Store and Kukuiula Store
(my favorites). Big Save is the biggest. Sueoka's
is where Highway 520 meets Koloa. Kukuiula Store is in a
small strip center on Poipu Road about half way between Koloa and Poipu. The smaller grocery stores compete well on price and
usually have fresh fish and local produce and
Foods in the Kukui'ula Shopping Center is a high end grocery/health food store
that also has delicious prepared food and baked goods.
Most food is imported and expensive no matter where purchased.
Kukui Grove Shopping Center
is about 20 minutes from the house. This will be on your left about a quarter mile
out of Lihue on your way to Poipu. This is the home of
Safeway, Times Supermarket,
Longs Drug Store, Starbucks, Macy's, CostCo, and K‑mart among others.
The house will be stocked with the basics for your arrival (i.e. soap, paper
products) and some spices, etc.
HEALTH FOOD STORES
The closest once to the house are
Vigor in Lihue and
Papayas Natural Foods
Markets are held outdoors around the island every day.
Be sure to get there early. Our community grocery stores (Sueoka's and Kukuiula) usually have locally grown produce
every day and compete well on price.
All directions are from
||Koloa Ball Park. On your right ¼ mile
out of Koloa town heading toward Lihue on Maluhia Rd.
||Kukui Grove parking lot behind
||Kalaheo Neighborhood Center. Turn
left on Papalina from Kaumualii Hwy‑50. Take the first left.
||Kapaa New Town Park. Turn left at the
ABC Store (Hwy 581). Follow the road for ½ mile then turn right at the
ball park. The market is held in the back parking lot.
||Hanapepe Community Center. Turn into
Hanapepe Town. Take the left turn midway through town and the market
will be on your right.
||Neighborhood Center on Keneke Rd off
||Vidinha Stadium. Southwest of the
airport in the stadium parking lot on Hoolako St.
||Kauai Community College
||Kekaha Neighborhood Center just off
the highway on Elepaio Rd
HIKING ON KAUAI
Extra vigilance is required when hiking here due
to rapid erosion. It is not uncommon for trails to be undermined. We
stay well back from the edge.
The nice thing about staying in Poipu is that it's
about an hour and a half to get to the end of the road on the north shore
and close to the same distance in the opposite direction to go to the
canyon and Kalalau lookout.
Maha'ulepu is one of my favorite hikes and is also the closest. It can be started right
from the house. Walk out the front door to the ocean and turn left. Walk
along Pe'e Road as it winds up the crater then cut through the parking lot
at the Embassy Suites then along public paths to the beach fronting the Hyatt
then up the limestone trail continuing along the coast.
We often start from the
Shipwrecks Beach parking
lot heading east - a few minute drive. There are a number of trails that
roughly parallel the coast. The total length is about 3.5 miles each way.
Better for late afternoons or early mornings. Bring water. Also good for
whale watching November-March.
Some other favorites are
Hanakapi'ai on the Kalalau trail and
Awa'awapuhi in Kokee. There are a number of other trails in the canyon area that are very
nice (Waipo'o Falls, Pihea, Alakai Swamp and more). Some shorter, some
longer. The Kukui Trail is popular for those that like a long steep trail in
the hot sun.
I also really like the Nonou Trail (Sleeping Giant)
and Kuilau on the east side about 45 minutes away. You are welcome to phone
me while you're here so I can point you in the right direction depending on
RAIN IN THE FORECAST
Checking weather ahead of arrival is always a good idea but it is amazing
how many forecasted rain days turn out to be sunny and beautiful! Forecasts
are revised often. Also keep in mind that the weather station is at the Lihue airport which is not
as dry as Poipu. The north shore tends to be quite rainy at times.
Rain here is typically passing showers. When we do get a rainy spell,
Salt Pond Beach Park
is typically drier. It will be best during the week. Occasionally we'll get Kona
winds when the wind comes out of the south. The east and northeast beaches
typically have better weather under those conditions.
Lydgate is a good choice.
There are tradeoffs between a private vacation home and a resort with
a pool and tennis courts. One consideration is our proximity to beach.
The first beach is Brennecke's which is more
exposed and often great for body boarding. Like any beach on Kauai, the
waves can be very strong but is usually really nice. The sand here comes and
goes so be aware of day to day changes.
Across the grassy lawn you'll
find the protected shallow sandy bottom lagoon at Poipu Beach. After that you’ll find a bigger bay which
is great for for snorkeling and swimming. A lifeguard
is stationed at Poipu Beach. There are no public pools in the area. We enjoy
playing tennis at the lighted public courts in Koloa.
Here are some of our favorites;
Brenneckes Beach Broiler
are about 3
blocks from the house.
Pizzetta's in Koloa has a superb ono picatta and
generous portions. Da Crack is a Mexican take out place adjacent to Kukuiula Market
by the fire station. The Beach House Restaurant is 5 minutes west and is
on the water. Best for sunset drinks or dining.
Merriman's downstairs for appetizers and
upstairs for superb meals. Another favorite is Brick Oven Pizza about 15
minutes away in Kalaheo.
For truly local style food there are a couple places
in Lihue: Garden Island Barbeque (lunch and dinner) and Kauai Pasta. Menus
and addresses are in the house binder. Here is a
Kauai has great scenic vantage points that don't require any or just minimal walking. The
closest is Spouting Horn in Poipu. There are several official lookouts on
the way up to Waimea Canyon that require various degrees of walking. There
are several more where you can just pull the car off the road. You'll see
them clearly as you drive up. The Kalalau Valley lookout is one of my
favorites. This one requires about a 300 yard walk. Also check out Wailua
and Opaekaa Falls and the Hanalei Valley lookout in Princeville.
Apprehension about sending payment is completely understandable. We
would be concerned too!
We are long time members of the
Poipu Beach Resort Association. Aikane Kauai is listed in the
Kauai Guidebook as an Editor’s Choice and we’ve advertised with HomeAway and
Trip Advisor/Flipkey for many years. We are locally owned, fully licensed and a professionally managed
company with integrity and deep roots on Kauai. We are full time Kauai
A particularly popular Hawaiian treat (note: NOT "shaved"). Look for The
Generally, the best snorkel beach is right around the corner from the house
between Poipu Beach Park and the Marriott. It's about a five minute walk
along the coast and across the beach park. Another fun place is just
adjacent to the Beach House Restaurant. You will find several
snorkel/mask sets at the house.
SUP/Standup Paddle Boarding
Kalapaki Bay is the most popular place to go. Boards can be rented nearby.
Outfitters Kauai now offers a
Here's a link for
For board rentals, try
Nukumoi Surf Shop. There are about a dozen surf breaks on the south side.
The closest to Aikane is Waiohai (in front of the Marriott Hotel). It is a
right and left hander and generally on the softer intermediate side. It is
one of the most consistent spots on the island. There are a few other spots a mile west of the
house. All depend on wind, tide and swell for best conditions.
We like to play tennis at Koloa Park where you'll find 2 lighted courts. The courts
are located on Maluhia Road (tree tunnel road), just outside of Koloa,
heading east toward Lihue. They'll be on your right.
Aikane Kauai is by the beach and on the edge of the tsunami zone according to
the civil defense map. Our personal residence is 3 miles from the coast and
we would gladly open our home to our guests if ever needed.
Hawaii Civil Defense conducts siren testing on the first working day of each
month at 11.45am. Here's the map:
The weather is generally sunny in Poipu year-round.
Here are the averages. Temperatures mostly range
from high 60's at night to low 80's during the day. The weather forecasts are for usually for Lihue where the airport is
located. Poipu is drier than Lihue. When rain is forecast it usually just
means passing showers.
We've spent countless evenings enjoying sunsets, meals and
conversation with family and friends in comfort on the lanai.
We make it a point to have no standing water on the property and encourage
everyone to keep screen doors closed, keep countertops clean and not leave
Additionally, we've been conscientious about making this a low allergen
environment. The only carpet is on the stairs.
Wild chickens are famously found everywhere on Kauai.
If one does decide to roost here, we
will relocate. We prefer chickens kept well away from the
property unless properly cooked.
Why stay on the South Shore?
Poipu is the sunny side of the island and gets plenty of sunshine
year round. It is centrally located giving you quick access to several
beaches within minutes of walking out your door. There is a beautiful
coastal walk and secluded beaches along the wild Mahaluepu Coastline yet
still with dining, golf and shops nearby. The area beaches offer good
swimming and snorkeling even in the winter when the famously large surf
rolls in to the north and west shores.
Hanalei Bay is an hour
drive (1.5 hours to Ke'e Beach/Kalalau Trail). And in the opposite direction
you'll find the remote beaches of Polihale and the spectacular vistas and
hiking at Waimea Canyon and Kokee. Easy to see on a road map. Imagine
driving to Waimea Canyon if you were staying on the north shore - it's a 2 hour
drive each way.
Why stay at Aikane Kauai?
We understand the challenge of picking the best place at the best
price. Here are some
1. Rates: Our rates are among the lowest for such a nice home by a variety great beaches.
Spending a little more for the convenience and view is worth it. Our home is
light, open and cool and comes fully equipped with boogie boards, beach
chairs, beach umbrellas, free WiFi and about everything you may need for a
great, relaxing stay. As owner-managers, we
enjoy offering our place at a good value that people will want to return to and also recommend to their
friends. Most of our reservations are made by returning guests and their friends.
2. Location: Aikane is among the small handful of
great swimming, snorkeling and body boarding beaches. You won't have to
drive to get to the beach.
3. View: Our website purposely shows actual views from the
property. You can also see what the surrounding area is like.
your personal resource. You are welcome to phone us
anytime for suggestions on how to get the most out of your stay.
We have a personal stake in making
sure you have a great time on Kauai. We want you to come
Convenience, location and value. All things considered,
this really is a great place to stay.