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Kauai Hawaii Views

Our last part of our twenty-day vacation ends with us in Kauai. Again, we chose to rent a car so we can explore on our own. At the car rental we saw our first of many many roosters and chickens. You will see them pretty much everywhere in Kauai be prepared. So with our Mustang top down we take off to our hotel. We chose to stay at the Princeville St. Regis which is approximately and hours drive. There are several beaches and beautiful views to see on the scenic road to our destination. Upon entering the Princeville area you feel like you have entered a timeshare/condo complex with a wonderfully maintained golf course. At the end of this avenue is the hotel. It was a busy weekend, being Memorial Day, so there were a lot of families checking in. Our room was not ready for us so we chose to have a nice glass of wine looking out over the ocean. They have a very large gathering area with windows ceiling to floor so you can enjoy the view. This is also where many gather to watch the sunsets, so grab a seat early.

To be disingenuous with my writing would not benefit anyone. Therefore, here are my thoughts and opinions on the St. Regis Princeville, some bad, some good. I was not impressed at all with our check in process. We were a little early so our room was not ready but were soon called on our cell phone. After getting our keys we were left on our own to navigate the hotel. No instructions, which you do need for this resort- two elevators were needed to reach our room. We received no information on the restaurants, pool, extra activities, et cetera. Our room, oceanfront was standard quality but nice and clean. I was disappointed that there was no balcony but we did have a pretty view.

Kauai Hawaii Views
Kauai Hawaii Views
Kauai Hawaii Views

There is always time for Golf



The pool area is spacious however there is no adult pool. Their pool bar drinks and food was delicious, they make a good Blue Hawaiian, yum! However, updating is needed. The pool chairs are old, peeling and moldy underneath. Replacing these and the umbrella stands along with a good cleaning of roofs that overhang in the area would really help the area look more inviting.

The beach was lovely, mountain views and lots of different water activities. When you head out the door from the hotel go down to the right. Here you will find a black lava boulder beach. We enjoyed an afternoon on this beach after purchasing a few beach chairs in Hanalei sit right in the water between the boulders. While on Kauai we even managed to get in some more golfing, making Kevin a happy man.

Road Trip in Kauai

Road Trip

We explored the island pretty much from one end to the other throughout our stay. Zip lining; twice now and I feel like an expert! Taking off from there to do a little shopping in a near plaza we met a salesman who was very informative on some of the off beat things we could do during our stay. So off we went stopping at what he called was the “Mayberry” of Kauai. This is the town of Hanapepe. “The Thorn Birds” and “Flight of the Intruder” were filmed here if that helps with the visual. Next a ride up into the Waimea Canyon, be patient and give your self plenty of time to maneuver the winding roads, this is not for the individuals who have a problem with car sickness. Once you get way, way up the mountain you will see for yourself it was worth it! We were just at the Grand Canyon in March and I would say Waimea is a mini one but with one difference- the visual colors! It looks “rainbow-ish”!

Kauai Hawaii
Kauai Hawaii
Kauai Hawaii
Kauai Hawaii
Kauai Hawaii
Kauai Hawaii
Kauai Hawaii
Kauai Hawaii
Kauai Hawaii
Kauai Hawaii
Kauai Hawaii
Kauai Hawaii
Kauai Hawaii
Kauai Hawaii

We discovered and enjoyed many sights just driving around in our car. The Kilauea Lighthouse with its wildlife sanctuary was a must stop since I love birds! We were not disappointed to see so many Ā (Red-footed booby), Mōlī (Laysan albatross), ‘Ua ‘u kani (Wedge-tailed shearwater) and we even spotted a ‘Ilio-holo-i-ka-uaua (Hawaiian monk seal)! Little intimate beaches can pop up anywhere too.

 

Hindu Temple

The next excursion we ventured out on was the Hindu Temple. As you are making your way to the Kauai Aadheenam you will drive through residential areas but don’t worry you’re on the right track. Being our first time to a temple we really did not know what to expect. Entering the area you have instructions to wrap in a sarong that are provided. You are encouraged to write any cares, concerns or burdens on paper to be placed in a cauldron to burn away.

 

Kauai Hawaii Hindu Temple

 

Kauai Hawaii Hindu Temple
Kauai Hawaii Hindu Temple
Kauai Hawaii Hindu Temple
Kauai Hawaii Hindu Temple
Kauai Hawaii Hindu Temple

Kauai Hawaii Hindu Temple

Kauai Hawaii Hindu Temple

 

Kauai Hawaii Hindu Temple

Kauai Hawaii Hindu Temple

Kauai Hawaii Hindu Temple
Kauai Hawaii Hindu Temple

 

There are beautiful gardens, informative displays, statues and fountains to view. To enter the temple you must remove your shoes and there are no cameras allowed. Take your time reading about Hinduism and don’t miss the view of the new temple that is presently under construction. Be sure to visit their store to purchase a few rudraksham beads come from the utrasam trees grown there.

 

Happy Anniversary!

This particular vacation was a celebration for our 35th wedding anniversary and my wonderful husband did not miss a step in making sure this was spectacular in every way. Including the private dinner in a gazebo on St. Regis’s own beach. The night included lots of candles, leis made from orchids, gorgeous sunset, a delicious meal and our own private butler. We finished off with dessert in their restaurant that we had all to ourselves. This was a very special and a lovely night I will always remember.

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Kauai Hawaii Beach Sunset

Hawaii was a wonderful trip. We enjoyed each of the islands we visited this trip; Hawaii, Lanai and Kauai. Looking forward to returning and having more wonderful experiences with wonderful people.

A hui hou!

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Comments ( 15 )

  • Miranda

    Looks like such a fun trip! Love the little birds–so cute!

  • Neha Parti

    Mustang top down <3 Would have been a crazy ride! Also, I am totally in love with all the photos.

  • Ha

    The trip looks so nice! I like the photos as well, so lovely ?
    This place is great to celebrate anniversary.

  • Marta

    Sounds like a wonderful trip and a fabulous way to celebrate your anniversary! The photos of the temple were so interesting too- I had no idea.

  • Caitlin

    Beautiful photos! Oh Hawaii has my heart. I have only been a few times, but I am so excited that we’re going back! We have a family reunion in 2019 in Hawaii and I cannot wait! I will say I am very excited that my future trip will be with my fiancé, Dylan. I hope our trip will be as romantic as yours!

  • Daniel

    I am visiting Kauai next summer (just booked our flights to Hawaii, first time we are going there). I love your photos on here and its getting me even more excited for the trip. 🙂

  • Flo

    Happy anniversary! Looks like a trip to remember (despite the less-than-stellar check in process at the St. Regis), but at least you got to experience that private gazebo dinner. Beautiful photos, and I hope the hotel makes some changes based on your constructive criticism!

  • Danijela

    You didn’t have a balcony, but the view from the window seems lovely. 🙂
    And the road up to the Waimea Canyon sounds like fun. Love how you have to pay attention to the road when driving a path like this one, and the first glance you have from up there is when you’re safe on the top. And than you just can’t believe what you’re seeing, right! It seems like you had the same experience. Love the view photos! 🙂

  • Preethika GN

    Aww the last picture truly depicts the love you have for each other. Happy anniversary and may you celebrate many many more. Interesting to see many Hindu Gods inside the resort. Some of the pictures you have in this post is amazing. And I have also realized some of the strangers you meet while travelling end up being the best person as they share lots of interesting things / places which we may other wise never know of.

  • I’ve been to Kauai five times (I lived in Oahu so it was easy to go over) and recently finished my own blog post on Kauai and you went to a lot of the places I mentioned so that was super cool!

  • Nathan

    Amazing shots of this Hawaiian island – the natural landscapes are so picturesque and beautiful, and the local culture and traditions seem so vibrant and rich. I would love to visit and experience all these for myself as well!

  • neha

    The views of kauai win my heart. How come this place was not yet on my bucket list!! particularly the green mountains, the beautiful flowers and the views across the golf course are so marvellous. thanks for sharing such a beautiful place and taking us on a virtual trip across it.

  • Kellyn

    Beautiful views. Seems like you had an amazing anniversary trip. I loved your photos. Thanks for sharing your experience. I’ve always wanted to do zip-lining. Don’t think I’m ready yet though.

  • Adrenaline Romance

    Kauai Hawaii is beautiful. As seen in your photos, many of its places look very much like the Philippines. How’s the surfing and scuba diving scene there? And can we climb the mountains there? We are avid mountaineers, rock climbers, and scuba divers.

  • Punita Malhotra

    Hawaii is beautiful and your pictures capture the essence of how you spent your time there amongst nature…spotting birds and chasing dramatic views. I had not expected to see a Hindu temple in your post. Each of the three islands are heavenly.

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