Captain Bob’s son, born and reared in Hawaii just as he was; Larry was brought up on board boats right alongside his Dad. A Husband to Nicole and proud new Dad, you’ll feel completely safe with Captain Larry. His joyful spirit can light up a room or a full deck on a boat if you can imagine! Abundant of fun facts, Hawaiian lore and Na Pali knowledge, he is adored by many returning passengers who request him year after year. Captain Larry loves to sail and his true passion is fishing while cruising along with Ku’uipo’s stout and strong blue and orange sails in the breeze! He’s been called a ‘Fisherman Extraordinaire’ and it is a well deserved title. He is very gifted in reeling in the ‘big ones’, you’ll feel his excitement and exuberance the moment the line starts to tug and your pulse can’t help by race alongside him!
Born and reared in Hawaii, Captain “Bob” Sundown honed his ocean skills as a young man surfing and sailing Hawaiian waters. Captain Bob served in Vietnam in the Marines and to this day is very patriotic. His life in one word is: Blessed. His passions include his faith in God, love of family and spirit of Aloha. Captain Bob sails for real. Sailing with a small group of people on deck is the core
principal of this company. Raising a Godly blended family of 7 children, he’s also now the proud “Pop Pop” to 10 grandchildren! Living life full of cheerful smiles, “Aloha” is always abound with this friendly Hawaiian Captain. You’ll never meet a more hardworking man who would do anything to protect, honor and care for his family or his passenger guests.
Kauai is the northernmost Hawaiian Island and is where all the beauty of Hawaiian Paradise can be. The island of Kauai is one of the most beautiful Hawaiian islands, encompassing roaring cliffs, cascading waterfalls, great surf, lush valleys and sun-drenched sandy beaches. Breathtaking is the best way to describe Kauai. It is the oldest of the Hawaiian islands and with its nutrient-rich volcanic soil and plentiful rainfall, it was a natural for Taro plant farms. Native Hawaiians pound the tubers of the Taro plant into Poi, which was a staple of the Hawaiian diet.
The weather in Kauai is beautiful all year so any time is a great time to visit. Temperatures from April to November average 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit and it is also the dryer season. Winter temperatures are slightly cooler and you will always have the afternoon trade winds throughout the year.
Lihue Airport (LIH) is the island’s main airport. Some airlines offer direct flights from the continental US directly to the island of Kauai.
Precipitation & Scenery
Kauai’s northern end is the wet side and the wettest part of all Hawaii. The island receives so much rainfall, it is known as one of the wettest places on earth with an average rainfall of 460 inches of precipitation per year. The island has beautiful valleys, lush rainforests, jagged cliffs and towering waterfalls. With it’s beautiful green valleys and scenic waterfalls, it has been the location of over 70 Hollywood movies and TV series, including Raiders of The Lost Ark, Lilo & Stitch, Jurassic Park, King Kong, and the current TV series Lost.
Kauai Vacation Activities
The island’s visitors can take a helicopter adventure and soar over and through the lush green canyons and hover alongside magnificent waterfalls, taking in views and an experience they’ll never forget. Travelers can also enjoy golfing at Princeville or hiking the Napali Coast, which are all-time favorites of vacationers.
The Wailua River abounds with spectacular views of lush green foliage. Rent kayaks and explore the island on your own or relax and take the leisurely river cruise. Consider joining your guide on a hike into the fern grotto where you will be serenaded amidst luscious flora and fauna. Weddings are one of Kauai’s specialties. Here, you’ll find professional, experienced wedding coordinators to help you create your own customized, romantic island ceremony and celebration.
The southern area of Kauai receives more sunshine and offers many crescent beaches. You will soon see why the Travel Channel voted Poipu Beach one of America’s best beaches. This popular area is where surfing, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, and golf are the pastimes of vacationers. Nightlife is slow and quiet here, but you won’t miss it, as this is where you will rejuvenate and unwind in the beauty and tranquility of Kauai. About a 30-minute drive from Poipu, you’ll find the famous Waimea Canyon. Pause to stare in awe of its mile-wide and ten-mile long magnificence.
Kauai Vacation Rentals
When planning your Kauai vacation, there are many Kauai hotels to choose from; however, many travelers prefer to stay in a privately owned vacation rental home or condo for both comfort and cost-efficiency. A vacation rental provides comforts rarely offered by most hotels, such as a fully stocked kitchen for home cooking, multiple bedrooms, and many even have their own private swimming pool and Jacuzzi, which is tough to put a price on. So, before booking a hotel, shop around for the perfect Kauai vacation rental that can accommodate your entire family. You just might find the ideal beachfront vacation rental your family has been dreaming about.
The North coast of breathtaking Kauai is also a gourmet’s dream come true. Come with us to some of the best-loved culinary experiences Kauai offers:
Postcards Cafe: is set in a charming plantation cottage in Hanelei near North Shore Kauai condos. Noted for its gourmet seafood and natural cuisine with the emphasis on fresh-mostly organic-ingredients and a deliciously creative menu, the restaurant has been praised in Travel & Leisure, In Style Magazine, and Brides Magazine, as well as in travel sections of the country’s top newspapers. The lanai has lovely mountain views, and the vintage dining room features whitewashed walls, beamed ceilings, and framed articles depicting bygone days on Kauai’s magical north shore. First taste: ‘Pupus” feature taro fritters with pineapple chutney; seafood rockets (a melange of fish, shrimp and coconut in a crispy shell); porcini crusted scallops; seared Cajun-crusted shi with chipolte chile sauce; crab quesadillas; vegan Thai summer rolls; organic Caesar or garden salads; and delectable soups and chowders. Entrees include grilled or blackened fresh fish; the Sombrero, a chile/com/black bean/tomato treat; the Shanghai, with sauteed tofu, crisp vegetables and roasted cashews in tamari sauce; the Seafood Sorrento, a divine seafood pasta with fish and shrimp, Kalamata olives, mushrooms, onions and capers in a garlic white wine sauce; The Francesca, a puttanesca pasta with a sherry marinara; and wasabi crusted ahi with a mirin shoyu ginger sauce. There are outsanding specials every evening, luscious desserts, and organic coffee, teas and juices. Open nightly from six o’clock. Reservations highly recommended.
Saffron Mediterranean Cuisine is located on the grounds of Pali Ke Kua, near the luxury Princeville condo resort area. It is the North Shore’s newest fine dining experience. Saffron was born from a vision by Chef-owner Joaquin Menendez and his passion to bring his world of authentic cuisine from the Mediterranean to Kauai. Joaquin, trained in Mexico City and the Ritz-Escoffier Masters Program in Paris, has divided his menu into three categories: Ia Espana, Ia Italia, and Ia Grecia. Tapas of Sautéed Mushrooms, Garlic Lime Prawns, Almond & Saffron Seared Ahi, or a Tortilla Espanola potato frittata lead to Ia Espana entrees of traditional Paella with seafood, chorizo, chicken and vegetables seasoned with saffron; Almond Crusted Ahi; or Slow Roasted Pork topped with cranberry blue cheese crumbles. Make your own crisp and tasty pizzetas from the oven, coupled with a romaine hearts Caesar Salad, are good Ia Italia beginnings for entrees of Pasta Primavera, Mushroom Ravioli, Penne Alfredo, or Ossobucco, a tender veal shank served with garlic polenta and fresh asparagus. There’s a very extensive international wine list featuring whites from Galicia and the Basque region of Spain, Greece, France, Italy, and California, available by the bottle or glass.
CJ’s Steak & Seafood is conveniently located in the Princeville Shopping Center near the luxury Kauai condo area, CJ’s reputation is founded on generous servings of great food at reasonable prices. Their winning combination of CJ’s-Sized portions and mouth watering entrees keep visitors and locals coming back. The noted Salad Bar features selected Kauai grown vegetables and fruit, and all dinner entrees include hot rolls and your choice of rice pilaf or steamed white rice. “Come Hungry!” O ke kai (from the sea offerings) include fresh island Catch-of-the Day prepared broiled, baked, sauteed or Cajun, a super delicious CJ’s Shrimp Dinner done up Hanalei-style steamed in butter, white wine, lemon juice and herbs, a battered Macadamia Coconut version, or Teriyaki Style. And there’s a Lotta Lobster and Alaska’s finest cracked and steamed King Crab. O ka aina (from the land) features Prime Rib slowly roasted in herbs and spices to juicy perfection, mid-western corn-fed Angus Beef steaks, a terrific New Zealand Rack of Lamb, Teriyaki Chicken Breasts, and Danish Barbequed Baby Back Pork Ribs simmered in a delectable barbeque sauce. Ask about their daily dessert specials but go for the classic Mud Pie (everybody does!). Before or after your dining experience, enjoy yourself in the unique Tsunami Bar with its colorful and descriptive views of Hawaii’s many tsunami’s. Live Hawaiian music while dining every weekend.
Hanalei Gourment: While enjoying fun-in-sun pleasures on the North Sore, stop in at the Hanalei Gourmet for a lunch or dinner break. Located in the renovated Old Hanalei School House, you’ll experience a creative dining adventure in a warm, Aloha-friendly atmosphere. The Hanalei Gourmet is committed to the finest fresh local produce, dolphin-free tuna, low-sodium meats, and fresh-baked whole grain breads. Primo Pupus range from Shrimp “Old Bay” Boil of unpeeled shrimp in broth with melted garlic butter and cocktail sauce served with a French baguette to Sauteed Mussels with wine sauce. Gourmet dinners include a selection of Fresh Catch Crab Cakes, Scallops Meuniere, Mac Nut Fried Chicken, and fresh black pepper and garlic served with fresh cremini mushroom sauce. There’s a daily blackboard Pasta Du Jour and a fabulous Greek Pasta coupled with a salad of mixed greens and foccacia bread. House favorites hot from the grill are owner “Big Tim’s” Burger, and Hanalei Moa Sandwich pineapple aioli sauce on a fresh Kaiser roll with french fries and “The Works!” “Big Tim” and his crew also boast a full tropical bar and live music featuring various Kauai musicians. The Hanalei Gourmet will also pack a picnic backpack or cooler for a hike on the Na Pali coast, or paddle up a river.
Polynesia Cafe: Polynesia Cafe quickly established itself as one of the most unique dining experiences on Kauai. When Polynesia Cafe first opened in Hanalei, it was a small outdoor style cafe determined to stick to a quality plan: fresh food prepared form scratch, priced affordably, and served with a large helping of Aloha. “We tell people we are not in the restaurant business,” says Thames Goodwin. “We are in the entertainment business and our job is to make you happy with great food and wonderful service. And, Polynesia Cafe got the job done with gourmet food and plastic utensils to the delight of its Hanalei patrons. Now, there is a second Polynesia Cafe location in Kapaa. Same great food as the original plus a lot more. It doesn’t get any better. Fresh, high quality gourmet food at sidewalk cafe prices. In Hanalei there is no alcohol service but you can bring your own and there is no corkage fee. However, in Kapaa, you can choose from a unique selection of signature beverages that will make your dining experience unforgettable. An outstanding entree item at Polynesia Cafe is their Shanghai Ahi, sashimi grade ahi, served and finished in an orange-ginger-pineapple glaze served with rice and fresh steamed vegetables. It is truly ono-licious at either location. Hanalei: Ching Young Shopping Village and Kapaa.
Located on the north shore of the island of Kauai, Princeville is a planned resort community and home to the world famus Princeville Resort. Princeville, in Kauai, Hawaii, lies between Kilauea and Haena along Highway 56 on the banks of the Hanalei River near Hanalei, Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge, the Halelea Forest Reserve, and Kaweonui Point. The area was named in honor of an 1860 visit by Prince Albert Kamehameha (son of King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma).
The Princeville, Kauai area is an outdoor vacationer’s paradise away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is one of the most magical Island and perfect vacation destinations on Earth. The place is a perfect blend of lush, green Sea Cliffs that tower over Kauai’s picturesque Hanalei Bay. Don’t miss i Pali Ke Kua Beach, also known as Hideaways. This is a gorgeous beach, that’s definitely worth the hike. Another exceptional spot you should visit is known as Queen’s Bath – it’s a natural pool on a lava shelf. There is so much to see and do at Princeville. You can go hiking, horseback riding, scuba dive, snorkel, kayak, scan the horizon for whales, or just sit on one of the area’s gorgeous beaches and soak up some Hawaiian sunshine.
Another close by popular destinations are Ke’e Beach and Na Pali Coast. If you like hiking, you just must go and enjoy the natural beauty of the majestic Na Pali Coast. Don’t forget to take your camera and photograph this natural beauty.
If you’re into amazing scenery and fun outdoor activities, you can save bundles on your Kauai vacation, while having the time of your life. Here are some of my favorite places to see and things to do on Kauai, and they are all free!
Napali Coast – Hike the first two miles of the Kalalau Trail. This is a moderate hike, popular with families. This first section of the Na Pali Coast State Park’s trail takes you up about 700 feet (the vistas of the ocean and Ke’e reef is amazing) and then down to a secluded, white sand beach cove. The beach is beautiful but the currents and surf can be treacherous. Instead of taking a dip in the ocean here, stop at the stream just before the trail descends to the cove. There’s a nice little pool with small, rushing waterfalls. Cost: Free.
See the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” Mark Twain’s name for Kauai’s Waimea Canyon has stuck for over 100 years. You’ll understand if you go. The rocky canyon is rugged, 2,700 feet deep and is the color of a desert artist’s palette. This is a state park and free to hike, or you can just stop at the viewing point and enjoy from there. It’s usually hot and dry, and there’s a stream and waterfalls to refresh you. Cost: Free.
Stroll through the National Tropical Botanical Gardens. Beautiful, well landscaped and maintained gardens with both native and introduced tropical species. Besides enjoying these national treasures, you can learn about Hawaiian history and culture, environmental stewardship and horticulture practices. There are three garden sites: two on Kauai’s sunny South Shore and one on the green and lush North Shore. Cost: Free. Donations accepted.
Visit the Kilauea Lighthouse and Wildlife Refuge. If you love lighthouses, you have lots of company. This is one of the most visited sites on Kauai, with more than half a million visitors flocking here each year to view the historical lighthouse, as well as the sea birds flying around the cliffs and in Hawaii’s winter (December through April), the whales below. Cost: Free.
Relax and play on beautiful Kauai’ beaches. Kauai has some of the most beautiful beaches in Hawaii, and is encircled by an almost complete lei of white and golden sands. A popular family beach on the sunny South Shore is Poipu with its gentle surf (in front of the Sheraton). And a popular snorkeling beach on the North Shore, especially with beginning snorkelers, is Anini. (If you want to snorkel but don’t have gear, the Hawaii chain, Snorkel Bob’s, rents fins and mask for $9 per week.) Beach cost: Free. All Kauai beaches are free to the public and wherever property blocks access, there is a public trail a few feet away. You can also enter, for free, through the hotel grounds (and enjoy the resorts’ landscaping and art while you’re at it!).