What’s your definition of vacation? It’s amazing how one word can
evoke so many pleasant thoughts and dreams—from fantasies of total
relaxation to experiencing all the adventures a destination has to offer—it’s
all about forgetting the worries that may cloud the sanctity of our everyday
lives. Vacation, holiday, retreat—whatever you choose to call it, you’ve
come to the right place to satiate your needs for fun and R&R.
You simply can’t think about Kaua‘i without envisioning sandy
shorelines and pristine beaches. From the picturesque Hanalei Bay to the
family-friendly Po‘ipü Beach, these postcard-perfect spots are a beach
lover’s dream. It’s heart clenching to realize that much of Kaua‘i’s aquatic
ecosystems are in great danger. Coral reefs are home to over 25 percent of
all marine life, an underwater habitat that is slowly deteriorating. There’s a
lot we can do to protect Kaua‘i’s aqua wildlife, so be sure to read up on how
you can become a smart eco-friendly beachgoer (Sea Treasure p. 68).
Hiking is one of my favorite pastimes. Here on the Garden Isle, there
are a variety of scenic trails to choose from to suit all levels of nature’s
explorers. Maybe you’d prefer the plush native forests and dramatic cliffs
of Köke‘e State Park or the famed breathtaking hike leading to Hanakäpï‘ai
Falls—there are many incredible trails to choose from (
5 Great Hikes p. 36).
Kaua‘i never falls short when it comes to absolute natural beauty, so for all
you adventurous souls, enjoy the most spectacular hiking trails offered in all
But beaches and hikes aside, I recently spoke to a visiting couple that
frequently vacation on Kaua‘i for one reason—golf. When thinking luxury
and leisure, golf is the epitome of recreational pursuit. Golfers can enjoy
a challenge while absorbing the plush scenery of the island from award-winning courses from world-renowned designers like Jack Nicklaus and
Robert Trent Jones, Jr. (Signature Holes p. 52).
NATHAN SEBAS TIAN
Kaua‘i is the ideal playground for any vacationer. I find it enriching that
visitors appreciate it here and come back again and again—whether it’s for
the love of golf, adventure or to witness the greatest show in the Pacific
(Leaping Giants p. 30). It proves the enchantment of Kaua‘i, a one-of-a-kind
beauty that should never be forgotten.
Mun Sok Geiger
Editor In Chief
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