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Wife and I planned a trip to kauai any advice?
« on: February 28, 2017, 08:20:57 PM »
The wife and I are headed to kauai in December. Anybody have any must see or must do things while there?

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Re: Wife and I planned a trip to kauai any advice?
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2017, 08:31:03 PM »
There is a ton of fantastic hiking there bring your boots, and hiking poles.  I have had some of the best fish in my life in kauai, and none of it was expensive.  Look for hole in the wall local joints instead of tourist traps.  Snorkel at tunnels beach it is absolutely amazing.

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Re: Wife and I planned a trip to kauai any advice?
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2017, 08:53:49 PM »
We did the zip lines at  Princeville while staying on the north shore   Hanalei is just about the end of the road. Great vibe. Went to the community church. Fun cultural exchange.  Have funnnn
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Re: Wife and I planned a trip to kauai any advice?
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2017, 09:19:25 PM »
Get some fish tacos. Poipu is a really nice beach. Hanalei is nice too if you're on the north side. Lots of chickens there. You can hike the Na Pali coast for days. Kauai is a pretty chill, laid back place. Lots of good food and live music in every little bar. Bring a fly rod if ya want and toss a streamer in the Wailua river.

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Re: Wife and I planned a trip to kauai any advice?
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2017, 07:10:19 AM »
Get some fish tacos. Poipu is a really nice beach. Hanalei is nice too if you're on the north side. Lots of chickens there. You can hike the Na Pali coast for days. Kauai is a pretty chill, laid back place. Lots of good food and live music in every little bar. Bring a fly rod if ya want and toss a streamer in the Wailua river.

Oh.   How could I have forgotten about the chickens.   Bring ear plugs cause they start EARLY
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Re: Wife and I planned a trip to kauai any advice?
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2017, 07:58:46 AM »
Are the chickens wild?

We are staying on the north end of the island at the Westin.

We really like local restaurants and markets and things like that

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Re: Wife and I planned a trip to kauai any advice?
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2017, 08:00:09 AM »
The fish tacos at the little place closest to the end of the road on North shore. We did the ditch tube ride with the kids, it was great. Visit the Puka Dog hotdogs shack. If you like Rum and Cigars my favorite is the Island Prince Momona and thier spiced rum is good. There is a Costco and a Gluten free bakery. Farmers market was great. Find a ripe white pineapple.  We stayed at the Point of Point Poi Pu pretty much next to the  Grand Hyatt. They had a good Luau. The local Vanilla Macedonian nut coffie is to die for. Get a jeep or a convertible. You would really only need the jeep for a couple of small areas. I've been 3 times and love it.
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Re: Wife and I planned a trip to kauai any advice?
« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2017, 08:04:03 AM »
Winter time is the wrong time of year for snorkeling.  The swirling sand makes for low visibility and those conditions are when most people get bit. I love snorkeling.
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Re: Wife and I planned a trip to kauai any advice?
« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2017, 08:45:14 AM »
Last time we went into took my bow.. think it was so  $100 for a license. Rented a jeep and went up in the hills and hunted goats and pigs.. they work the edge of the canyon and the trails are fun to hike.. little scarry seeing sign of big Pigs when your on a tight trail..

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Re: Wife and I planned a trip to kauai any advice?
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2017, 08:51:20 AM »
Last time we went into took my bow.. think it was so  $100 for a license. Rented a jeep and went up in the hills and hunted goats and pigs.. they work the edge of the canyon and the trails are fun to hike.. little scarry seeing sign of big Pigs when your on a tight trail..

Please tell me more about this.  Are the pigs/goats invasive and therefore necessary to hunt?  What did you do with the animals (e.g. donated to some local charity, take what you could eat and leave the rest, etc)?  Is it archery only, or can one bring/rent a rifle too.

We're going sometime March-May next year for 2 weeks.  Probably Kauai but not positive. 

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Re: Wife and I planned a trip to kauai any advice?
« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2017, 08:54:33 AM »
The Grand Canyons of Hawaii are neat book the eco adventure that way if the jeep gets stuck your not paying a wrecker

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Re: Wife and I planned a trip to kauai any advice?
« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2017, 09:11:50 AM »
Last time we went into took my bow.. think it was so  $100 for a license. Rented a jeep and went up in the hills and hunted goats and pigs.. they work the edge of the canyon and the trails are fun to hike.. little scarry seeing sign of big Pigs when your on a tight trail..
Pretty sure in my case that won't work out. The wifey is getting her vacation time with me after a fall of me hunting 4 states so hunting is out.   :chuckle:

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Re: Wife and I planned a trip to kauai any advice?
« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2017, 09:17:18 AM »
Last time we went into took my bow.. think it was so  $100 for a license. Rented a jeep and went up in the hills and hunted goats and pigs.. they work the edge of the canyon and the trails are fun to hike.. little scarry seeing sign of big Pigs when your on a tight trail..
Pretty sure in my case that won't work out. The wifey is getting her vacation time with me after a fall of me hunting 4 states so hunting is out.   :chuckle:

I was in the same boat a couple years ago.  I wanted to book a Goat hunt on the big island, but the wife said no since it was her vacation after I spent all hunting season somewhere other than home.

It didn't bother me much until we pulled out of the airport near Kona and I saw all the goats feeding next to the highway guard rail.  Then it was all I could think about.

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Re: Wife and I planned a trip to kauai any advice?
« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2017, 09:40:45 AM »
As I remember correctly there is a native guide that can take you pig hunting with dogs. You get to sticker with a knife! It's on my to do list!
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Re: Wife and I planned a trip to kauai any advice?
« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2017, 09:54:27 AM »
Try and apply for a permit to overnight on the napali coast. It is ranked as one of the most dangerous hikes in the world because of some exposed cliffs but it looks amazing. Me and my fiancÚ had permits but the park closed due to flash flooding and we were unable to do it.

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Re: Wife and I planned a trip to kauai any advice?
« Reply #15 on: March 01, 2017, 11:14:11 AM »
Are the chickens wild?

We are staying on the north end of the island at the Westin.

We really like local restaurants and markets and things like that

There was a hurricane in the mid 80's that destroyed a bunch of chicken coops and they all got let out.  Now they are everywhere.

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Re: Wife and I planned a trip to kauai any advice?
« Reply #16 on: March 01, 2017, 07:28:43 PM »
 
There is a ton of fantastic hiking there bring your boots, and hiking poles.  I have had some of the best fish in my life in kauai, and none of it was expensive.  Look for hole in the wall local joints instead of tourist traps.  Snorkel at tunnels beach it is absolutely amazing.

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Also try the small fruit stands.  Folks there can pick out some incredible fruit for you.
I thought we would OD on fresh pineapple, mango and avocado.  With fresh local fish, Yum!
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Re: Wife and I planned a trip to kauai any advice?
« Reply #17 on: March 01, 2017, 07:51:04 PM »
Had the biggest best avocado from the farmers market there.
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Re: Wife and I planned a trip to kauai any advice?
« Reply #18 on: March 01, 2017, 07:55:58 PM »
The helicopter tour of Kauai is epic.
Drove to the top of the canyon, but flying thru it was 1000x better
And I would also recommend a boat tour of the NaPali coast.
Other than that, it's a tiny island and you can see it all in 3-4 days.
Golf is an option if you're  so inclined.

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Re: Wife and I planned a trip to kauai any advice?
« Reply #19 on: March 01, 2017, 08:40:46 PM »
If you fish, bring a  rod.  You have a chance at bonefish, o'Io, at a f.at at the north end.  Great spot for turtles and goony birds, layson albatros.  Bring optics for the critters in the canyons.  Great spot

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Re: Wife and I planned a trip to kauai any advice?
« Reply #20 on: March 01, 2017, 08:43:52 PM »
Good plan on the optics! I'll take them for sure. I don't have any of my own fishing gear but maybe I can convince the wife that I should do a charter one day.   :chuckle:

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Re: Wife and I planned a trip to kauai any advice?
« Reply #21 on: March 01, 2017, 09:06:38 PM »
Good plan on the optics! I'll take them for sure. I don't have any of my own fishing gear but maybe I can convince the wife that I should do a charter one day.   :chuckle:

Be aware that most charters in HI you basically get to pay a bunch for the privilege of being a commercial fisherman for the day.  The boat owns the fish that are caught.  Most boats will cut enough off a fillet for each customer to have enough for dinner that night, but the rest of the fish gets sold and the money is kept by the boat.  So, don't expect to be sending home a big cooler of fish to fill up your freezer, even if you luck into a bounty of dorado, wahoo, or even a marlin. 

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Re: Wife and I planned a trip to kauai any advice?
« Reply #22 on: March 01, 2017, 09:10:03 PM »
Put her on the plane with a friend then we can go get mauled by griz in Wyoming.  That's what you guys should do.


















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Re: Wife and I planned a trip to kauai any advice?
« Reply #23 on: March 01, 2017, 09:20:41 PM »
Put her on the plane with a friend then we can go get mauled by griz in Wyoming.  That's what you guys should do.


















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Re: Wife and I planned a trip to kauai any advice?
« Reply #24 on: March 01, 2017, 09:26:36 PM »
Good plan on the optics! I'll take them for sure. I don't have any of my own fishing gear but maybe I can convince the wife that I should do a charter one day.   :chuckle:

Be aware that most charters in HI you basically get to pay a bunch for the privilege of being a commercial fisherman for the day.  The boat owns the fish that are caught.  Most boats will cut enough off a fillet for each customer to have enough for dinner that night, but the rest of the fish gets sold and the money is kept by the boat.  So, don't expect to be sending home a big cooler of fish to fill up your freezer, even if you luck into a bounty of dorado, wahoo, or even a marlin.
That's crazy! And not cheap either. Most likely will be no fishing there.  :chuckle:

 

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