Kauai Grocery Delivery Service

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could arrive at your vacation rental to find a fridge loaded with groceries? Kauai KISS (Kauai Island Shopping Service) does just that. They provide a personal shopper and grocery delivery service to residents and visitors. You can even order items from farmer’s markets. Visit their website for more information.

Movies Filmed in Kauai

In our latest update to the Kauai GPS Tour Guide for the iPhone we added a few additional movie locations, like Jurassic Park, King Kong (1976 remake),  Raiders of the Lost Ark and Pirates of the Caribbean: on Stranger Tides. Directors like to film in remote areas of the island, which means many locations aren’t recognizable or possible to visit. For the movie Tropic Thunder, filmed almost entirely on Kauai, the only location I recognized was the home of the agent Rick Peck (played by Mathew McConaughey), which is somewhere in Kilauea.

Watching movies filmed in Hawaii is a fun way to get excited for an upcoming vacation. If you have a smart phone or laptop consider downloading one of the following movies for your plane trip. For more information about the movies in this list you can visit the Internet Movie Database. For information about the locations listed, take a look at our Kauai Map.

Date Title Kauai Locations
2011 Pirates of the Caribbean Kalalau Valley, Maha’ulepu
2011 Just Go With It Kilauea Falls
2011 The Descendants Hanalei, Princeville
2011 Soul Surfer Tunnels beach, Hanalei Pier, Kalalau Trail
2008 Perfect Getaway Kalalau Trail
2008 Tropic Thunder Wailua Falls, Kauai Sands Beach
2005 Band Of Pirates, Buccaneer Island Kee Beach, Kalaua Trail, …
2002 Dragonfly Wailua Falls
2002 The Time Machine
2001 To End All Wars Hanama’ulu Bay, Koloa Area
1998 Six Days and Seven Nights Shipwreck beach, Aliomanu (Papa’a Bay)
1998 Mighty Joe Young Kalalau Valley, Kahili Jurassic Ranch (Kilauea)
1997 George of the Jungle Olokele Valley
1995 Outbreak Kamokila Village (Wailua), Kipu Ranch
1994 North Lumahai, Ha’ena, Aliomanu (Papa’a Bay)
1993 Jurassic Park I,II,III Valley House, Wailua, Limahuli, Olokele Canyon, Manawaiopuna Falls, Kilauea
1992 Honeymoon in Vegas Lihue, Waimea, Anini, Kapa’a, Kalapaki
1991 Hook Kipu Kai Beach
1990 Flight of the Intruder Wailua, Barking Sands, Hanapepe
1990 Lord of the Flies Ke’e Beach
1987 Throw Momma from the Train Ke’e Beach, Kalihiwai, Kapa’a, Nawiliwili
1986 It’s Alive III: Island of the Alive
1983 The Thorn Birds Ke’e Beach, McBryde Sugar Mill, Koloa, Hanapepe, Lawai-Kai
1983 Uncommon Valor Hanalei Valley, Lumahai Valley, Wahiawa Camp
1981 Body Heat Haena
1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark Kipu Falls and Ranch
1981 Behold Hawaii Hanalei Bay, Hanalei Town, Koke’e, Ke’e Beach, Wailua Falls
1979 Last Flight of Noah’s Ark Lawaii Kai, Port Allen
1978 Deathmoon Coco Palms
1978 Acapulco Gold Na Pali, Princeville, Hanalei
1977 Fantasy Island Wailua Falls
1977 Islands in the Stream Port Allen, Maha’ulepu, Nawiliwili, Wailua River, Kuku’iula Harbor, Kipu Ranch
1976 King Kong Honopu Beach, Kilauea, Kalalau Valley
1974 Castaway Cowboy Pila’a, Maha’ulepu
1970 The Hawaiians Kipu Ranch, Wailua River, Kapahi
1969 Lost Flight Lumahai Beach, Maniniholo Cave
1966 Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N. Poipu Beach, Lawai Kai, Lydgate Park
1965 None but the Brave Pila’a Beach
1965 Paradise Hawaiian Style Princeville
1964 Gilligan’s Island Pilot Moloaa Bay
1963 Donovan’s Reef Nawiliwili, Hanama’ulu Beach, Wailua River, Waipouli, Coco Palms, Lawai Kai, Ko’olau, Waimea Canyon
1962 Diamond Head Kipu Ranch, Lihue, Grove Farm, Nawiliwili
1961 Blue Hawaii Coco Palms, Wailua Beach, Lydgate Park, Opaeka’a Falls, Kipu, Anahola
1961 Seven Women from Hell Wailua
1960 The Wackiest Ship in the Army Hanalei Bay, Kalalau Lookout at Koke’e, Waimea Canyon, Hule’ia Stream, Nawiliwili, Opaeka’a Falls
1958 South Pacific Princeville, Hanalei, Haena, Kilauea, Lawai Kai, Barking Sands near Mana and Polihale
1958 She Gods of Shark Reef Hanalei, Haena
1957 Jungle Heat Coco Palms
1957 Voodoo Island Coco Palms, Valley House
1956 Between Heaven and Hell Wailua
1954 Beachhead Wailua River, Coco Palms, Hanalei
1953 Miss Sadie Thompson Coco Palms, Hanalei, Kalapaki, Wailua Beach, Lihue
1951 Bird of Paradise Hanalei Bay, Coco Palms
1950 Pagan Love Song Ha’ena, Wainiha, Hanalei, Ke’e Beach, Coco Palms, Lydgate Park, Valley House
1934 White Heat Waimea Plantation, Wahiawa Camp

Poipu Beaches

Kauai’s most impressive beaches are located on the north shore, a compelling reason to vacation in that area. On our first few trips to Kauai, many years ago, we stayed in Princeville, lured by the beautiful scenery. On our first day trip visit to Poipu, we were a little puzzled by Poipu Beach Park. It’s a nice beach to be sure, but not on the same scale as some of the North Shore’s offerings. However, what we didn’t discover as casual visitors to the area were Poipu’s other beaches. And it wasn’t until we actually stayed in Poipu that we discovered Mahaulepu, one of Poipu’s hidden gems.

Of course we know better now, having stayed in Poipu many times. For those who aren’t sure whether Poipu has enough beaches to satisfy, take a look at the following video which shows them all.

The History of Surfing

Surfing originated in Polynesian and was first described in 1769 when Captain James Cook arrived in Tahiti. In Hawaii, surfing was considered an art form as much as it was a sport and recreational activity. Temples were dedicated to surfing and Hawaiians would call upon their Priests to pray for good waves.

Everybody surfed in Hawaii including women and children, but the best waves and beaches were open only to the ruling class. When missionaries arrived in the 1820s they sought to transform Hawaiian culture including getting rid of surfing where nearly naked men and women mingled freely instead of working. Surfing went into decline until the early 20th century when it was revived by Alexander Hume Ford and Jack London. Ford was living in Waikiki trying to promote Hawaii as a tourist destination and realized that surfing could become a selling point. When Jack London arrived in Waikiki he was already a famous author. Ford introduced the sport to London and he immediately fell in love. In 1907 London wrote “A Royal Sport: Surfing in Waikiki” which was published in several magazines and garnered much attention. In 1908 Ford petitioned the trustees of the Queen Emma Estate to set aside a parcel of land next to the Moana Hotel in Waikiki for a surfing and canoeing club. In Ford’s fund-raising manifesto he described a club that would “give an added and permanent attraction to Hawaii and make Waikiki always the Home of the Surfer, with perhaps an annual Surfboard and Outrigger Canoe Carnival which will do much to spread abroad the attractions of Hawaii, the only islands in the world where men and boys ride upright upon the crests of waves.” Ford’s petition worked and the trustees of Queen Emma’s Estate founded the Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Club, the first modern club dedicated to the perpetuation of wave-riding.

A few years later Hawaii’s most famous waterman and Olympic swimming champion, Duke Kahanamoku, spread the sport abroad by giving demonstrations as he traveled the globe. Kahanamoku is widely credited with surfing the longest wave in history, a wave near Waikiki that carried him for more than a mile.

There are many great surf breaks in Hawaii. Our Hawaii iPhone app’s point these out as you drive around the island.

Discover Poipu Shores Condominiums

Just a 2 minute drive up the road from Poipu Beach Park is Poipu Shores, a 3 building condominium development boldly located at ocean’s edge. Poipu Shores commands one of the best coastal views of any Poipu resort with views extending beyond Poipu Beach and down Kauai’s southern coast. What makes the view especially dramatic is the ocean’s never ending assault on the lava rocks fronting Poipu Shores, creating spectacular splashes less than 60 ft from some of the units. In fact the startling splashes are even visible from inside some ground floor units – imagine making breakfast only to be startled by a huge splash outside your window. In the winter months, whales can been see directly in front of the condos, while turtles abound year round.

We’ve created a virtual tour of Poipu Shores so you can see the beautiful coastal views for yourself. HawaiiGaga has found  some of the best units at Poipu Shores and you can also venture inside them in the virtual tour!

Poipu Shores Condos, Kauai
Poipu Shores Condos, Kauai

Great Deals at Kuhio Shores

We’ve uncovered some amazing deals at the Kuhio Shores Condo resort in Poipu. The rates are so good we’re not going to mention how low they are because people reading this post in the future may be disappointed that they couldn’t take advantage of the offer. Click on the link above to go to our Kuhio Shores page, then click on the Kuhio Shores Rentals link to see the offers. At the moment the deals are being offered for travel from now through September.

Kuhio Shores is one of Poipu’s most desirable condos because it’s located directly on the ocean next to Lawai beach. All the units at the 4 story complex have excellent ocean views, and are approximately 30 – 80ft from the water. Because the units are privately owned each one is decorated according to the tastes of the owner.

Lawai beach is one of Poipu’s best snorkeling locations. A highlight for both snorkelers and guests of Kuhio Shores are the many green sea turtles that live around the two bays surrounding the resort. Lawai beach is also occasionally frequented by monk seals for sleeping. A 5 minute walk away is Baby Beach, a reef sheltered beach that is ideal for infants and sun tanning.

A surf break known as PKs is located in front of Kuhio Shores. During the summer months this is considered one of Poipu’s best surf breaks. Just down the road from Kuhio Shores are Spouting Horn park and the Allerton and McBryde national tropical botanical gardens. The new Kukui’ula shopping center is a 10 minute walk away. The center has a weekly farmer’s market, several restaurants, a food market, as well as art galleries and other shops.

Kuhio Shores Condos in Poipu, Kauai
Kuhio Shores Condos in Poipu, Kauai

Queen’s Bath Video

We’ve written before about the The Queen’s Bath on Kauai, including giving our safety recommendations for the area (please take the time to read those recommendations). It’s a popular tourist attraction in Princeville, particularly during the summer months when the ocean is calmer. But the whole rocky coast here experiences the full ferocity of the ocean when swells (waves) roll in. The following video, shot in March, shows how dramatically the area can change from day to day. The first segment shows the Queen’s Bath in 4-6ft surf, while the second show what it looks like in 12-15ft surf. The two segments were captured a couple days apart.

It’s important to approach the ocean with care. Always check the surf report before you visit an area like the Queen’s bath so that you know what the ocean is capable of doing. Click here for more Hawaii safety recommendations.

Hideaways Beach Path

Hideaways Beach is one of Princeville’s hidden gems. This hard to find little beach is located directly below the Puu Pua condos. There’s a path next to Puu Poa’s tennis courts that leads down to the beach. In the summer time Hideaways beach offers good snorkeling when the ocean is calm. There’s also a reef surf break just off the beach. Reef breaks aren’t good for beginners, but more experienced surfers sometimes come here when the prospects elsewhere aren’t great.

Despite being such a charismatic beach, Hideaways doesn’t see too many visitors. There are two reasons for this. First, the public parking facility servicing the beach only holds 9 cars. Second, the path down to the beach is steep. Children over the age of 4 will manage, but smaller will need to be carried. Those with mobility problems may also find the path daunting.

The following video shows the beach, and all the sections of the short path. You’ll notice there are some rusty but functional railings.

Nihi Kai Villas, Poipu

Nihi Kai Villas in Poipu are a favorite choice for people who want to be within walking distance to Poipu Beach Park. Even closer is Brennecke Beach, about a 2 minute walk from the ocean side entrance to the Villas. Brennecke is actually connected to Poipu beach park.

Lovely grounds, tennis courts, a nice swimming pool.. Well we could go on an explain how nice they are. Instead take a look at the following video to see for yourself. This video features the lovely Nihi Kai 833, possibly commanding the best view at Nihi Kai. Click on the video to watch it in high definition.

Researching Kauai’s Condo Resorts

Deciding where to stay on Kauai is a very difficult decision. The north shore has the lush scenery and incredible beaches. The south side has the drier climate and more timid beaches. The east side perhaps represents a compromise since it’s centrally located. The west side is more isolated but has the most convenient access to the hiking of Waimea Canyon.

Another way to decide where to stay is to first look at what the accommodations in each area look like, and how much they cost. If you’re a visual person, the best way to do this is by looking at aerial photos of Kauai’s condo resorts

Kaha Lani Resort, Kauai
An Aerial view of Kaha Lani Resort

HawaiiGaga.com’s Kauai Condo Guide includes aerial photos so you can see what the surroundings look like. Most aerial photos are taken from the ocean, so you get the coastal perspective.

Our condo guides also include an estimate of average prices, and a subjective luxury rating. The map shows you what beaches and attractions are located nearby each resort. For many people this is very important consideration in choosing a place to stay.