Roosters and romance - Fall in love with the island of discovery...
By A.A. Miln
While it's becoming increasingly difficult to find bits of Hawaii that are truly unspoilt from modern day commercialism, Kauai still possesses some of the charm that many of the Hawaiian islands lack.
The Garden Isle
The oldest and northernmost island in the Hawaiian chain, and the fourth largest of the Hawaiian islands, this beautiful island also known as the “Garden Isle,” is jaw-droppingly beautiful. Emerald valleys, tropical rainforests and soaring cliffs juxtaposed against the crystal clear blue ocean, demand awe from even the most seasoned traveller.
As soon as you arrive, it becomes apparent that this is a destination like no other. Many parts of the island remain remote, accessible only by sea or air, adding to its mystical allure.
Wherever you go, you're certain to find amazing hospitality and a carefree attitude embraced by all of the locals. And surprisingly, you'll also find yourself surrounded by a more than a few more unique island natives - roosters.
Locals often debate how the roosters came to arrive on the island, with one of the theories revolving around Hurricane Iniki, which Hit Kauai in 1992, decimating chicken farms and setting them free to roam. However they came to live on the island, they don't appear to be going anywhere any time soon. That being said, once you've settled into your surroundings, you'll hardly notice their presence - even with the inevitable 4 am morning crows!
Whatever you do, ensure that you allow yourself enough time to truly relax. Whether you're an adventure enthusiast or a sun lounger lizard, there really is something for everyone.
Must-see destinations in Kauai
For those visiting the North Shore, sail around the Napili Coast, take in the art galleries at Hanalei Town or visit the Kilauea Lighthouse, a wildlife sanctuary with sensational views. If you're heading to the East Shore, a.k.a 'Coconut Coast', take in the amazing Opaekka Falls or the Fern Grotto, a popular wedding destination. If your travels take you to the West side of the island, check out the famous Waimea Canyon or Hanapeepee Town, Kauai's 'biggest little town'.
Hawaiian Coffee - Kauai Coffee Company
Regardless of which side of the island you choose to visit, ensure that every day is spent enjoying the sun upon your face with a mug of premium Hawaiian coffee in hand. With the internationally renowned Kauai Coffee Company on the island (the largest coffee estate in the U.S.), you're never far away from a great cup of coffee.
If like me, you're looking for the perfect equation for the 'good life', start with sun, sea, sand, scenery and sensational coffee and you're half way there.
Until next time - Aloha.
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