"Sunny Poipu" earned its nickname for its great weather along with some of the world's best beaches. Three crescents of white sand border clear blue waters, and nearby resort areas provide lots of fun shopping, delicious dining, championship golf courses, spas for pampering yourself and much more.
Things To Do
Beach activities are popular in Poipu, from bodyboarding, surfing and stand up paddle boarding to snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking. It is also an ideal place to just relax beneath a palm tree and listen to the waves rhythmically lapping at the shoreline. Local instructors are available for surf and stand up paddling lessons and guided kayak excursions. A dinner cruise or sunset sail is a great way to enjoy the Poipu evening, and humpback whale watching tours offer an unforgettable experience during the winter months. The Poipu Resort area also has exceptional golf courses including the newly renovated Kiahuna Golf Club and the oceanfront Poipu Bay Golf Course which has hosted PGA events. A nice south shore hike begins at the north end of Shipwreck Beach and continues along the shoreline over petrified sand dunes and past ancient cultural sites to Kawailoa Bay with great coastal views. There are dozens of activities to choose from on the south shore and nearby areas including ATV excursions, ziplining, helicopter tours and much more.
Poipu Beach Park is a great family beach with some well-protected areas as well as spots for snorkeling and surfing. This is a lifeguarded beach with full facilities including restrooms, showers and picnic tables. The large beach is divided by a sandbar and has a calm, sandy-bottomed area ideal for children and other areas for snorkeling, bodyboarding, surfing and tidepool exploring. About one mile from Poipu Beach is Shipwreck Beach favored by more experienced surfers and bodyboarders. This scenic beach was featured in the famous cliff jump into the ocean by Harrison Ford and Anne Heche in the movie "6 Days and 7 Nights."
A diversity of cuisines are served in the Poipu region from casual fare to upscale dining that pays attention to presentation as well as taste. Roy's Poipu Bar and Grill gives you a front-row seat to creative culinary preparations with a glassed-in kitchen utilizing Asian and Pacific ingredients and European techniques to create a distinct "Hawaiian fusion" cuisine. A nice family restaurant is Keoki's Paradise with a fun boathouse design and Polynesian paradise theme that includes cascading waterfalls. This is a great place to take a break from the beach and grab a burger and fries. Make sure to also sample the local flavors in their glorious dessert choices from macadamia nut ice cream to the famed Hula Pie. The Beach House Restaurant at Lawai Beach has nice ocean views and an excellent choice for a romantic dinner for two. The mahimahi encrusted with macadamia nuts is a feast for the palate! Seaview Terrace is one of six restaurants at the Hyatt Regency and features hula dancing and Hawaiian music from 6 pm to 8 pm nightly. Nearby is Stevenson's Library for a sophisticated atmosphere including book-lined walls honoring the Hawaii-loving author, and often featuring live jazz making it a great place to sip a cognac or fine brandy.
Poipu offers many shopping opportunities with numerous art galleries, upscale resort shopping, and boutique and gift shops showcasing local artistic talents including exquisite jewelry from Tahitian pearls to Niihau shell leis and colorful Kauai sunrise shells. You will find lots of beach wear and fashionable Island-inspired apparel including fun fashions for keiki (kids). Furniture and home decor is also available, and its likely you will find something to bring home which will remind you of your visit to the Kauai island paradise. Many interesting shops can also be found in nearby Old Koloa Town and also in Kauai's newest upscale shopping experience called Kukuiula Village. Kukuiula is built around a center court area with lots of interesting shops selling everything from high fashion to bikinis.
A rental car is recommended when visiting Poipu so you can explore various beaches and Island attractions from Waimea Canyon on the west side to the Coconut Coast on the east side and Hanalei town on the north shore. Kauai's public bus system operates 7 days a week and provides service between most major communities.
Weather and Ocean Conditions
Poipu is known for its idyllic weather all year around. On Kauai the west and south shores are generally hotter and drier than the east and north shores which receive more rain overall. The consistently pleasant south shore weather makes for great sunny beach days. Ocean conditions vary each day though typically the the south shore will have the calmest waters during the winter months while the north shore will have the calmest waters during the summer. For swimming and ocean activities visit Kauai's lifeguarded beaches and ask about the conditions on that day.
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Take a closer look at Hawaiian culture and the history of the Poipu and Koloa regions on a drive along the Koloa Heritage Trail. The 14-stop, 10-mile self-guided route is marked by descriptive plaques at numerous historical landmarks that provide information about the significance of the sites and take you on a journey back in time. This region has a rich history including nearby Koloa town which was home to Hawaii's first commercial sugar plantation. Notable landmarks include the Sugar Monument which commemorates the location of the first sugar mill in the Islands. Another site along the Koloa Heritage Trail is the Spouting Horn Blowhole which sends up impressive geysers of water when waves smash against the rocks beneath. The moaning sounds heard are said to come from a legendary giant mo'o (lizard) that was caught in the rocks long ago. One of the stops along the Koloa Heritage Trail is Prince Kuhio Park on Lawai Road. The park is dedicated to Prince Kuhio who was born in this area. He was the last heir to the Hawaiian throne and later served as a Delegate to the US Congress. Kuhio Park is the site an ancient Hawaiian fishpond as well as the foundation of Prince Kuhio's former home. March 26 is Prince Kuhio's birthday and a state of Hawaii holiday.
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