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Related DDF Threads:
-Big Island Of Hawaii Master Thread
-Kauai Master Thread
-Maui Master Thread
-Oahu Master Thread


Before you go:

How long should I go for?
You could spend 10 years on Kauai and not get your fill. That being said, the bare minimum to enjoy your stay is 4 days on the ground. A week is ideal.

It's possible to do a short trip by leaving early Sunday morning, getting there in the afternoon, and then leaving Thursday night and being back home for shabbos.

Do I need a guide book?
Very definitely. Sure you could find most info online, but nothing compares to a good, written-by-a-local, guide book. Kauai Revealed is by far the best option, and will possibly be the best $16 you spent on your trip.

What about Shabbos?
Some authorities hold that there's a dateline issue with Shabbos.
The local communities keep shabbos on Saturday.
Definitely ask your LOR before you go - some hold simply that Shabbos is on Saturday, some hold that you have to keep Shabbos on both Friday and Saturday, and some hold that you have to keep D'oreisas on Friday and full Shabbos on Saturday.

If you must keep 2 days, remember that there are many questions that could come up (such as when to light Shabbos candles, how to warm up food, etc.), so make sure to discuss it all with your LOR.

There have been books written about the Chabad opinion of keeping shabbos only on Saturday. Rabbi Aharon Dovid Gancz gives an absolutely fascinating pilpul on the topic, if you get a chance to attend one please record it (with permission) and upload the video online.


Getting there and getting around:

Air:
The main airport is in Lihue, and is designated LIH.
You could fly directly from the mainland to LIH from
DEN (UA)
LAX (AA, DL, HA, UA)
OAK (AS, HA)
SAN (AS)
SEA (AS)
SFO (UA)
SJC (AS)
PDX (AS)
PHX (US)
YVR (WestJet)

There are no direct flights from the East coast, so you will stop in one of these cities.
Alternately, you could fly directly to Honolulu (HNL) and continue to LIH from there.

Hawaiian, Go, and Island Air fly interisland to LIH from HNL and OGG. There are no direct flights between LIH and the Big Island (ITO/KOA).

There is a DansDeals corporate account for Hawaiian Airlines that allows you to take 2 free bags per person, a $34 value per flight. It also gives free standby on earlier flights. You can email jj@dansdeals.com with the exact flights, dates, and time that you want, passengers names and dates of birth, and the price you found on hawaiianair.com to make a booking. A $6 per person per leg fee applies.

Alternately, you can also use 5K AA or, 6k UA, or 7.5k HA miles each way to fly interisland. United allows a free stopover on a round-trip, so for instance you can fly HNL-LIH-OGG-HNL for just 12K miles.

Car:
A car is necessary on Kauai. All major companies have branches, mostly at the airport. There are also some local companies.

National has Executive Aisle/Selection at the airport, but Hertz doesn't have Gold Choice. Avis also has a desk at the Grand Hyatt Kauai. Check out www.discounthawaiicarrental.com - they book from the major brands, and are worth a try.

There's nothing like a convertible on Kauai, but a 4WD is better (sometimes even necessary) for certain places such as Polihale Beach or Milolii Ridge Road. Taking a convertible for most of your stay and a 4WD for a day or two is a good idea.


Where to stay:

There are 3 major areas where to stay. The South side is drier so good weather is more or less guaranteed. The North side is far prettier, with sheer cliffs and a backdrop of lovely green mountains. However, the weather in winter could be rainy and it can be buggy as well.
The rain typically doesn't last long, and is usually accompanied by numerous rainbows, so it's usually not too bad. However, it's something you should take into account. The East side has the cities of Lihue and Kapa'a, alone with countless hotels and resorts. This area isn't as beautiful and the North or South side.

When choosing an area also consider how far it is to your chosen activities, not just the weather, For example, it takes about an hour from the Grand Hyatt to Waimea Canyon, but over two hours from the St. Regis.  On the other hand the St. Regis is much closer to north shore activities.

Here are some places that are discussed in this thread:

NameAreaMore InfoComments
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Grand Hyatt KauaiSouth sideWebsiteGenerally considered to be the top hotel on Kauai, and countless DDF'ers have stayed there. The weather is perfect year-round, it's right by Poipu beach, and you drive through an awesome tree tunnel to get there. There are countless pools and exotic birds all around.
St. Regis PrincevilleNorth sideWebsiteAnother beautiful hotel, this is an SPG category 7. The setting of the SRP is absolutely breathtaking, with the ocean crashing on the cliffs below and the waterfall-filled mountains in the background. The views from the rooms are unparalleled, but most rooms have no balconies.
Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas North sideWebsiteSPG category 6.
Sheraton Kauai Resort South sideWebsiteSPG category 5.
"Get your own place"AnywhereWebsiteThere are countless condos, timeshares, or villas available to rent on the island. The advantages are that you get more for your money - a couple of bedrooms, living/dining rooms, and a full kitchen. There will usually be a pool, sometimes even a private one. Additionally, they're often cheaper than a hotel. There are many places to find them -
 HomeAway Kauai
VRBO Kauai
Airbnb Kauai, etc.


What to do:

Beaches:
There are countless beaches on Kauai, and all are public. Most offer amazing snorkeling. The East and South side beaches are safe for swimming / snorkeling year round, while some North and West beaches could be deadly in winter. Here are some popular ones, in no particular order:

NameAreaComments
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PoipuSouth sideThis beach is right by the GHK. Full amenities (lifeguard, showers, etc.). Snorkeling is amazing here, especially in the morning. Sea turtles and the critically endangered Hawaiian monk seal are commonly seen here. Gorgeous sunsets.
Ke'eNorth sideThis beach is the gateway to the famous Kalalau Trail. The view from here is amazing, looking out over the majestic Na Pali cliffs. Great snorkeling, with a large fringing reef. This beach could be deadly winter, when 20-foot waves crash onto shore. However, at times it's perfectly calm. Use common sense. The beach is part of Hāʻena State Park
TunnelsNorth sideBeautiful crescent beach, with a lovely view of "Puff the Magic Dragon" mountain. Great snorkeling, and beautiful sunrises. May be dangerous in winter.
LumahaiNorth sideVery pretty beach, where they filmed South Pacific. Extremely dangerous winter.
PolihaleWest side17 solid miles of uninterrupted sand. Fairly remote, and accessible only via dirt and sand road, so 4WD is preferred. Unswimmable most of the year, but the area called Queens Pond is safe all year round. Since it's so huge, you could easily find a secluded spot. Great view of the south side of Na Pali, with amazing sunsets.
Queen's BathNorth sideThis is a rocky beach by the cliffs under Princeville. Very cool during the summer, when you could swim in a rock pool with the fish, but absolutely deadly during the winter (people die there all the time).
KalalauNorth sideOne of the most beautiful beaches in the entire world. Unfortunately, it's only accessible via one of the most difficult and most dangerous hikes in the world, the Kalalau Trail.
HonopūNorth sideAnother one of the top ten beaches in the world. The only way to get there is by swimming - from Kalalau beach :o!
Hanalei BayNorth sideA beautiful crescent beach with wonderful views. Mediocre snorkeling, but safe even in the winter. Very predictable waves, so this is the top spot for learning to surf or paddle. Breathtaking sunrises and sunsets.
SecretNorth sideRelatively secluded beach, and needs a bit of a hike to get there.
LydgateEast sideA fully protected beach, with pretty good snorkeling. Great for little kids, but is usually very busy.
NawiliwiliEast sideBoring beach, but the park of the the side is a nice place to stop for lunch and watch the kitesurfers.
Kapa'aEast sideAnother relatively boring beach, but a nice place to have lunch if you're in Kapa'a.


Hiking:
There are a tremendous amount of great hikes on Kauai. Check the Kauai Revealed book for detailed info on all of them, with maps, difficulty ratings, etc. These are just a few which are discussed in this thread:

NameAreaComments
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Hike 1Area 1Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat. Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exerci tation ullamcorper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.
Hike 2Area 2Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat. Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exerci tation ullamcorper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.


Other activities:

ActivityComments
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Helicopter toursEasily the most expensive activity on Kauai, and easily the most amazing. You get to see otherwise inaccessible places - among others, you fly into Waimea Canyon, along the stunning Na Pali coast, and into the crater of the extinct Mount Waiʻaleʻale, now the wettest place on earth. It's an experience that could simply not be matched. Blue Hawaiian is the most popular and usually recommended. Jack Harter also flies amazing doors-off tours, which are wet, windy, and exhilirating :D.
Powered hang glidingThis is a unique flight lesson (counts a flying time for a pilot's license) in what's basically a motorized tricycle with wings. Supposed to be tremendous fun. Offered by Birds in Paradise.
Waimea CanyonLorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat. Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exerci tation ullamcorper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.
Kalalau Valley overlookLorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat. Ut wisi enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exerci tation ullamcorper suscipit lobortis nisl ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.
Hanalei Valley overlook
Kayaking
Biking
ATVing
Horseback riding
Ziplining
Cruises
4 Wheel Driving


Shopping:
  • Costco in Lihue has some kosher food, as well as the cheapest gas on the island
  • Wal-Mart, also in Lihue, also has some kosher food

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Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
« Reply #195 on: January 21, 2012, 07:18:40 PM »
None of it is kosher! Jamba Juice has no hechsher whatsoever. However, due to the organic and natural style which jamba juice uses one may employ prudence to purchase a carefully vetted product. This means ensuring that only fresh squeezed orange juice (or carrot juice) may be used as the base and only whole (flash frozen) fruit may be added as well. They will try to fit your order to match one of their pre-existing drink mixes, be careful as these sound ok, but usually have some other additives mixed in as well (yogurt, shots, varying fruit juices etc.)

On a less halachik note, be sure to call ahead or not to go too late as they will often turn off the OJ squeezer 30 min to an hour before closing (they can't turn it back on or so they say and yes, I am referring to the JJ in Lihue specifically.)

On a preferential note, you won't regret getting a peach-mango smoothie with light (say very light to get light) OJ base!

On a side note (last one I promise) in most places you can't do better than a JJ (they're delicous and filling.) Kauai is the exception. You must try out one of the local smoothie shops located at almost every (decent sized) beach. Make sure that they only use fresh fruit and use your own halachik judgement. The best drink I ever had in my life was called Aloha drinks in the shopping center off of Hanalei Bay! Yum!!

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Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
« Reply #196 on: January 22, 2012, 07:16:38 PM »
First of all, big shoutout to DAN for all his great tips, advice, and links to CC's that made this trip possible!! Also, thanks for all other DDF'ers who have chimed in with miscellaneous advice

So this week we went to Kauai and stayed in the Grand Hyatt over there.
First of all booking the tickets: I used my 100k BA miles from last years Chase promo. I booked three tickets but was about 2000 miles short. I could've bought the miles and paid a nice amount, but instead i borrowed the points from Amex. I was very happy i did. the transfer was instant and i had about 5k points pending anyways that easily paid back the borrowed points. Booking with BA is a real hassle. Their award agents are obnoxious, the wait to be connected to an agent was sometimes over an hour, and their hours of operation were weird (Whats up with only being open until three in the afternoon??!!). When i tried searching for direct routes to Kauai, nothing came up, but as per Dan's advice i searched each leg separately, and marked down the flight numbers i needed. Then i called back BA and fed them the info and they manually booked me the itinerary i wanted. All i paid was the taxes which came out to around $25.00 per ticket.
Then we booked the Hotel: After Dan's stellar review of the GH Kauai we knew we just HAD to be there! So I opened the Hyatt CC for 2 free nights, and one of the other ppl coming opened another CC for a total of four nights. Here's the cool part: Right after she applied for the card I saw Dan's post on the Hilton gold status thing. So i quickly signed her up to get the Gold status and then had Hyatt get her a trial diamond match. By the time she was approved and they contacted hyatt she was diamond and thus she was eligible for the 2 nights in a SUITE!!! Then once we arrived they let us stay in the suite for all four nights!!! Plus it was a stunning OCEAN VIEW!!! Thanks Dan!
Just a few tid bits in the GH Kauai: when we got there they gave us an extra fridge so we had one for milchig and one for fleishig, and they gave us a microwave and 2 extra beds. The room service there is incredible!! Everytime we ever needed anything they were there for us within 2 minutes. (We once saw a spider in our room which freaked us out, and when we called they were super nice and within 2 minutes flat a security guard was there to kill it...)
We highly recommend that if anyone goes there they should use the Valet parking. Its $10 a day and it makes such a difference when you don't have to worry about parking. Word of advice though: call for your car 5-10 minutes before you will be there otherwise you might have to wait (We always called before we went down and the car was always there but we once saw ppl waiting and getting annoyed)
If you come to the Hyatt as a diamond member you get Club access. Basically its good for the free breakfast. I was surprised that i found a few kosher items in there: Yoplait yogurt, minute maid orange and apple juice, butter, margarine, cream cheese, mini boxes of cereals soda cans... etc all with various hechshers (OU, OK, K)
Also as a Diamond member you get to choose from a few different complimentary things- We chose the cabanna- which was nice because you get it for an entire day (a $50 value) but just note that the cabbannas were close to each other (at least at the part of the beach where we were) and you can hear conversations of couples next to you which is sort of awkward
If you are into swimming, the pools there are awesome!! They have a saltwater lagoon which you can kayak through, and various hot tubs too! There are no lifeguards  there but apparently the employees are all trained in first aid/CPR....

The Car: There was no way we were gonna go to Kauai and not get a convertible!! I priced out a few companies, and even the cheaper ones were charging about $400-500 for the convertible. With the help of everyone on the forums (Thanks Cbs!!!) I booked with Hertz from SA and used the USAA corp code to have the underage fees waived. We ended up getting a mustang for just $261.00!!! I am paranoid and got scared that they might have asked me for proof that I am a USAA member so i simply opened a banking account with them which is totally free and just requires a $25.00 opening deposit. Unfortunately though, on our way back from Ke'e beach we noticed all the lights on the dashboard started flashing. (including the brake light) So we pulled over and called Hertz. They told us to take a taxi back to Lihue and they will have the car towed. This was extremely annoying because the ordeal took 3 hours and we lost our chance to see Queens bath and various other sites up north!! :( They gave us the # to a taxi company that didnt exist but BH we had our faithful Kauai Revealed book and found a number to a taxi company. The ride to Lihue costed $98 and at first Hertz would only reimburse us $20.00!!! What chutzpah!!! So i spoke to the manager who said that they would pay $90.00... Still annoying but I guess we had to take what we can get. They had no more mustangs left so they gave us a Chrysler 200 (I'm sort of annoyed by that- we payed extra for the mustang and instead up upgrading us to a camaro which they DID have in stock they downgraded us! AND they gave us a car without wiper fluid which was extremely annoying because on the way to Polihale the windshield got really muddy and dusty from the road! ehhh cant complain though since i got such a good rate i guess). Anyhow for anyone who is deciding between paying extra for the mustang or getting a chrysler 200 here is a quick comparison:
chrysler 200 = a little cheaper, a roomier back seat, BUT very annoying because you could not adjust the convertible top while the car is in motion, AND having the top down takes up almost the entire space of the trunk so no room for much else. Also the Chrysler has a smoother ride. The mustang = costs a bit more but the convertible top is much more convenient to use and left us trunk space. But if your traveling with clausterphobic/tall ppl the back is not as big in the mustang.

For anyone who likes slurpees, there is a 7-11 in Lihue and I highly recommend stopping there on the way back from the airport! It is awesome to have a nice cold slurpee after a long 6 hour flight
Also, We reccomend stopping and getting some waterbottles fronm walmart when you arrive (they have packs of 24 for about $4.50) just to keep in the trunk because nothing is more annoying than being thirsty on the road- and this way u have no worries about drinks whenever your ready to leave and hit the road.

Also, if your going to Polihale beach and using a Garmin GPS, it might say that you have reached your destination while your in middle of nowhere- don't worry just keep going forward for another mile or so and you'll see cars parked and thats when you know you have arrived.

On the way there we stayed at the sheraton four points at LAX and on the way home we stayed at the westin LAX. The sheraton was 3k starpoints for a weekend night and 4k points for a weeknight. The westin is 4k points per night. So on Sat night we were at the four points for 3k points- I am not spoiled and don't travel often or have high expectations but this place is a true disaster. The westin, on the other hand, is much nicer and we were relieved to be there. Sooo not worth saving the 1k spg points for the Sheraton four points.

If you go snorkeling and don't know where to leave the keys to the car, just buy a $10 waterproof bag thingy from amazon to wear around your neck. The key should fit in there just fine and keep it dry while underwater

If you wear glasses normally and need prescription snorkel goggles go with a company called PROMATE. They are on amazon and make prescription snorkel goggles. Kinda pricey, but very worth it. Snorkeling is awesome when you can see clearly and they seemed to be good quality (sealed out the water nicely...)

Whoa sorry I just realized how long this is... so i'll stop here, but basically this trip would have costed us literally thousands of dollars but we paid a mere few hundred (not too bad for a couple of students  ;D)!!! Knowing that your saving so much money makes a vacation that much more awesome  8)

Btw, Gas was around $4.30  :o

If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask and i'll do my best to answer
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Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
« Reply #197 on: January 23, 2012, 01:11:47 PM »
Wow!!! Amazing trip report!

Two questions: 1 did the GPS work with typing in places of interest? 
2 how was cellphone coverage (I have sprint) on the island?

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Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
« Reply #198 on: January 23, 2012, 05:37:42 PM »
Wow!!! Amazing trip report!

Two questions: 1 did the GPS work with typing in places of interest? 
2 how was cellphone coverage (I have sprint) on the island?

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Ya for the most part the GPS had all the places we wanted to go in the points of interest. Just click all points of interest and type in where you want to go
I dunno about sprint, but I had T-mobile and the service wasn't too great, and for some reason it kept saying at&t on my phone (dunno if that means it was roaming...)

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Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
« Reply #199 on: January 23, 2012, 10:04:36 PM »
Cellphone coverage can be spotty at the Hyatt.  Rooms on the ground floor may not have any coverage.
Coverage in Kauai is good for the most part, but don't expect coverage in remote places (Waimea Canyon, Polihale, Ke'e Beach, Kalalau Trail, etc)
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Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
« Reply #200 on: January 23, 2012, 11:24:33 PM »
So far on the ground floor ocean suite! ;D and have not had a problem with reception

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« Reply #201 on: January 23, 2012, 11:27:01 PM »
So far on the ground floor ocean suite! ;D and have not had a problem with reception
Yup, it just depends on the suite.
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Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
« Reply #202 on: January 28, 2012, 10:41:13 PM »
I'm scheduled to go with my wife the end of march (got first class continental with continental cards glitch that Dan posted earlier :). Staying by the Grand Hyatt with award stays but was too late in the game to status match for Diamond, could use advice on best room to request. I reserved a blue Hawaiian helicopter flight (though like earlier poster was nervous from crash but they had they seem to be the best around. I cant seem to get a good deal on a convertible from March 25-29 the corporate codes I tried seem to work mostly on suvs- any one have any good ideas? any input would be appreciated!

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Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
« Reply #203 on: January 31, 2012, 02:28:03 PM »
aloha from kauai!!!

could use advice on best room to request.

try using the "i'm on my honeymoon" line can get you a nice room, definitely try asking for a ocean view room,
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I cant seem to get a good deal on a convertible from March 25-29 the corporate codes I tried seem to work mostly on suvs- any one have any good ideas? any input would be appreciated!

try using miles for a car,  AA and Continental have great redemption's, for miles AA was around 5k per day and Continental was around 6k,


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Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
« Reply #204 on: January 31, 2012, 08:03:12 PM »
if i use miles then i cant take advantage of my continental cards coverage of collision ;), anything with a corporate code?, earlier poster got in the 200's with usaa corporate code but not getting same deal when i check hertz website

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Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
« Reply #205 on: February 01, 2012, 02:10:18 PM »
Hey Dan I am going to Kaui in May and I already singed for the chase hyatt card. If I get the hyatt diamond now will I be eligible for the suite upgrades or is it only if I had diamond at the time I signed up for the chase card?

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Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
« Reply #206 on: February 01, 2012, 02:47:19 PM »
Hey Dan I am going to Kaui in May and I already singed for the chase hyatt card. If I get the hyatt diamond now will I be eligible for the suite upgrades or is it only if I had diamond at the time I signed up for the chase card?

As long as you have Diamond status during your stay you should be fine. On a side note, I didn't realize Chase allowed singing for the Hyatt card... Must have been recon  ;)

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Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
« Reply #207 on: February 08, 2012, 10:52:20 PM »
Dan, any chance of us seeing that  St Regis vs. Grand Hyatt post you referenced after your trip? Perhaps, just a short summary?
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Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
« Reply #208 on: February 08, 2012, 10:57:25 PM »
Dan, any chance of us seeing that  St Regis vs. Grand Hyatt post you referenced after your trip? Perhaps, just a short summary?
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Re: Kauai, HI Master Thread
« Reply #209 on: February 28, 2012, 10:21:08 AM »
Diamond trial only confirming Garden View Suites. Plan of action?