November 15, 2009 |
Here on the North Shore, a land so beautiful that any building seems an intrusion, a glitzy palace of a hotel that opened in 1985 as the Sheraton Princeville has shed its European pretensions and emerged haute Hawaiian. The St. Regis Princeville Resort reopened on Sept. 26 after more than a year and $100 million in much-needed renovations. Its old, Eurocentric decor was meant to recognize the Hawaiian monarchy's ties to Europe: Princeville is named for Prince Albert Edward, son of Hawaiian King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma, who enjoyed visiting Kauai's North Shore.
August 13, 2009 |
The thriller "A Perfect Getaway" may have been set on the lush Hawaiian island of Kauai but most of it was shot in Puerto Rico. "Everything within the first 50 feet of the camera looked great," visual effects supervisor Tim Carras said. "But the difference was the terrain that exists in the background. Kauai has really tall, cathedral-like mountains with rain in the middle." Puerto Rico is much flatter. To fix this, Carras and Josh Comen of Comen FX added 200 visual effects to create mountains and backgrounds.
June 28, 2009 |
You can now brush elbows with the treetops in the Big Bear Lake area on five new zip lines that will get you zooming through forests and over canyons. On guided tours, participants experience "zipping toward the lake, 90 feet in the air," said Terilynn Bondeson of Flying Bear Zip Lines, a division of Lodestone Adventures. You can see the lake from all of the zip-line routes, and four out of the five, she said, offer really great lake views. One tour, the "Black Bear," involves three zip trips and runs 1 1/2 to two hours for $65 per person; the other, the "Grizzly Bear," consists of five zip trips and goes 2 1/2 to three hours for $85 per person.
April 26, 2009 |
You've spent hundreds of dollars on plane tickets and a place to stay on your trip to Kauai, the Garden Isle, where life moves a bit slower than on neighboring Oahu. That laid-back style, free of Waikiki's high-rise hotels , may well be why you've chosen the oldest of the Hawaiian islands for your vacation. Fortunately, "exotic" doesn't have to mean "expensive." There are plenty of off-the-tourist-track things to see and do on Kauai.
April 26, 2009 |
Here's the deal: For some travelers a vacation is a time of indulgence. No argument here; indulge away. But I like to earn my indulgences. Rather than laze by the pool with a plate of nachos, I like to move when I'm traveling. Being presented with swooningly good Dizzy Lizzy cookies upon our arrival in Kauai spurred my resolve. Investing a little sweat equity would mean I could have my cake -- in this case, cookies -- and eat them guilt-free.
December 7, 2008
I relived my recent Kauai trip through your "Taste of Kauai" article [Nov. 30]. I'd like to recommend a place I learned of: Puka Dogs in Poipu, a fabulous Hawaiian-style hot dog stand with long lines of locals. After getting a hot dog, one can sit under a beautiful, shady tree and enjoy the moment. Neil Radick Los Angeles -- Thank you so much for all the places to go. Some I know of, but I am keeping the article for next time. One complaint: no mention of the fabulous lilikoi pie at Hamura's Saimin Stand.
November 30, 2008 |
High-end restaurants abound on the lush, tropical shores of Kauai, as do high-end meal prices. So here we go again, catching the aloha spirit as we dine our way through the Garden Isle, searching for great meal deals. We teamed up with local food experts to bring you 20 Kauai meals for less than $20, just as we did in our recent surveys of Oahu and Maui.