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On Hawaii's northernmost island sits a tropical paradise of lush rainforests, meandering rivers and cascading waterfalls. Kauai's spectacular landscapes lend it the nickname of the Garden Isle. As you explore the rainforests, you'll discover waterfalls that drop dramatically to perfect crescents of beach ideal for surfing, snorkeling or just lounging. Volcanoes rise above rich green foliage. Kayak journeys take you around the corners of grand cliffs, zip lines fly you over jungle canopy and winding trails lead you to the amazing unknown. As an Inspirato member, you'll discover a world of adventure and beauty unlike any other place on earth.
For a taste of authentic Polynesian flavor, attend Grand Hyatt's luau. Sip chilled cocktails during live music performances and gorge on a buffet of authentic Hawaiian fare while hula dancers shake their hips in the background.
Melt your cares away. True vacations call for a little R and R. At the Grand Hyatt's on-site, 45,000-square-foot Anara Spa, try a HydraFacial, pineapple papaya body treatment or a coco mango pedicure.
Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed the award-winning Poipu Bay Golf Course. Between stone walls and gentle green contours, refresh with a citrus-scented chilled towel and scan the horizon for a humpback whale.
On Friday nights, head to Hanapēpē, Kauai's "biggest little town," for Art Night, held weekly from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Stroll in and out of more than a dozen galleries to the tunes of Hawaiian music played by local street performers.
With 90 percent of the island inaccessible by road, the best way to see the sights is by hiking. The Kalalau trail is a challenging, 11-mile hike along the Nā Pali Coast. Some of the best trails lie in Waimea Canyon State Park.
A half- or full-day hike calls for some calorie replacement. Order the molten lava cake at Grand Hyatt's Tidepools. Served with chocolate streusel, raspberry coulis and salted English shortbread, you might become a repeat offender.
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For families with keiki ages 3 to 12, Camp Hyatt will delight and entertain. Activities include feeding koi fish, learning about endangered monk seals, palm frond weaving, parrot talks and so much more. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Protecting the beauty and horizon of Kauai is close to the heart of the local Hawaiians. An ordinance enforces building height on the island; no establishment can be taller than the tallest coconut tree (about four stories high).
Hawaii is five hours behind Eastern Standard Time and two hours behind Pacific Standard Time. Hawaii does not observe Daylight Savings Time, so add one hour to the time difference during this period (March through November).
With average yearly temperatures ranging between 69 and 84 degrees, there's no wrong time to visit the Garden Isle. Even in these high temperatures, the islands trade winds break up the humidity and keep you cool. Poipu is located on the sunny side of the island and sees less rain that the Princeville area.
Any Hawaiian island offers welcoming weather year-round. Most days, Kauai varies in temperature between 75 and 83 degrees. Northeast trade winds keep your vacation comfortable and humidity is moderate. The island's leeward (downwind) side is generally less humid, while on the windward (upwind) side of the island, you'll find a wetter climate that's home to earthly ecosystems that are uniquely Hawaiian.