Taking in Kauai’s culture is as easy as soaking up its sun. Discover ancient sacred sites on the banks of rivers, in parks, or among the cliffs and waterfalls. Kauai beaches are also filled with history and drama. You’ll soon know why more than 60 movies and television shows have been filmed on Kauai.
Smile, Be Happy
Locals are almost always smiling and happy. Stress isn’t common since Kauai’s people aren’t in a hurry to get anywhere. In fact, don’t be surprised if Kauai people wave and say hi. While Disney calls itself the happiest place on earth, Kauai couldn’t be far behind. Kauai has been voted the friendliest island on a Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Awards survey.
Kauai is the oldest island in Hawaii, featuring lush mountains, fertile gardens, and idyllic beaches.
National Tropical Botanical Gardens and you’ll understand why they call Kauai the “Garden Island.” Do remember to bring Bug spray to spray your legs if you are planning to wear shorts and visit any of the gardens. I either use Off Deep woods Sportsman Insect Repellent or Repel Sportsmen Max and can walk through without a single bite.
The Kaua’i Museum is the cultural sanctuary for the art and artifacts of Native Hawaiians and it nurtures the creative spirit of today’s artists. Kauai has embarked on a journey to revitalize the historic buildings that have been home to our collections.
You can explore the spirit of Kauai by visiting its charming small towns. Leisurely stroll through Koloa town, the home of Hawaii’s first commercial sugar mill. Or visit Hanapepe, “Kauai’s Biggest Little Town,” a sleepy town that is the art capital of Kauai.
Our Poipu Vacation Rental is actually part of the city of Koloa and is only a short 5 minutes drive time from Old Town. So if you order a pizza for pick up, your sure to be able to get it back while it’s still hot.
Kauai’s weather is warm all year round with daytime high temperatures ranging from 78F in the “colder” months to 88F in the hotter months.
Hawaii’s proximity to the equator means that the its weather is tropically warm and consistent throughout the year. Flowers are always in bloom in Hawaii.
Typically December, January and February are the coolest months, while July, August and September are the warmest months.
Evening low temperatures range from 65F in the cooler months to 75F in the warmer months.
The months of April – October tend to have less rain than the months of November – March. The following chart shows how the average rainfall varies by month and by Hawaiian Island.
This chart indicates the average rainfall trends by island. The data was collected at the major Hawaii airports. Click this link to get more information and data to help you understand Hawaii rainfall trends.
An interesting aspect about Kauai’s rainfall is that most if the Hawaiian Island precipitation falls overnight. Even if a rain shower should interrupt your day, it rarely lasts more than a few minutes before the glorious sunshine breaks through again. You may even be treated to a rainbow afterwards.
Each Hawaii island boasts its own micro-climate depending on where you stay. The island weather is very much influenced by the trade winds which generate windward and leeward regions. In general, the north and east facing coasts tend to get more rain than the south and west-facing coasts. From the following satellite view of Hawaii, notice how the north and east sides are very green in comparison to the other sides. That’s an indicator of the rainfall levels.
The tall volcanic mountains of Hawaii are significantly colder than the beach elevations. With elevations over 13,000 feet above sea level, it’s not unusual for Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on the Big Island to get snow in the winter. At an elevation over 10,000 feet above sea level Haleakala on Maui can also get snow.
Princeville and Hanalei on the North Shore of Kauai brings a mixture of sunshine and showers needed to make all of the wonderful rainbows and waterfalls.
The East and South shores like Poipu are likely to offer more sunshine and less rainfall.
Take notice that the popular resort area of Poipu is the driest region, followed by the east side towns of Kapaa and Lihue where many hotels and Poipu vacation rentals Like our is.
Frequently asked Hawaii weather questions:
When is the best time to go to Kauai?
Anytime is a great time to go to Kauai. We’ve been to Kauai several times in every season and enjoyed wonderful weather. For the best weather and prices, we recommend visiting Hawaii in mid/late April, May, early/mid June, September and October.
Is Kauai cold in the winter?
We don’t think it’s cold. Look at the above weather charts which indicate that even in the coldest months, the average daytime high temperatures average between 78 and 82F, which is quite pleasant. You’d have to visit Kauai during a particularly odd weather pattern to be cold in Kauai. During winter months, you might want to have a light sweater to wear in the evenings, but during the daytime, you’ll most likely enjoy “bikini weather” while playing in the ocean.
Is Kauai’s weather humid?
The degree to which a person feels humidity depends on the humidity of the climate where they live. For example, someone who lives in the humid southeastern United States probably won’t notice much humidity, while someone from an arid southwestern state may take more notice in the humidity.
If the trade winds are blowing, which they normally do, the breeze helps to keep you comfortable in the humid environment.
Do I need to be concerned about rain in Kauai during the winter months?
As previously mentioned, the north and east sides of the island tend to get more rain than the south and west sides of the islands. If you plan to stay on the south and west sides of the islands, you’ll likely minimize your chances of experiencing rain.
Is winter a good time to go to Kauai?
Are the northern Hawaiian Islands colder than the southern Hawaiian Islands?
There’s perhaps just a few degrees difference between the extremes, but nothing drastic. If you flew from one island to the other, you probably wouldn’t notice a difference. Review the above temperature charts for Kauai, the northernmost Hawaiian Island, to the Big Island, the southernmost Hawaiian Island for comparison. Note that there’s very little difference.
What’s the water temperature in Kauai? Can I swim in Kauai in the colder winter months?
You can swim in the ocean in Kauai throughout the year — even in winter months. The average ocean temperature for Kauai is 78F and ranges from a low of 76F to 81F.
So with this information at hand You can’t go wrong by reserving your time at our Kauai Vacation Rental, Manualoha Condo 601 for any time you are looking to go. It is in the Southern part of Kauai along the beaches of Poipu, Kauai.
Kauai’s Beaches are voted to be some of the most beautiful on the planet. Kauai’s beaches are famous for long stretches of secluded white sand, warm turquoise waters and tropical backdrops. As you go to one of them, choose one that has lifeguards for swimming and snorkeling and check the surf report before going out. Kauai Beaches can be exposed to strong waves, unpredictable conditions and rip currents. Use caution follow beach safety in and around Kauai waters.
Anahola Beach – Anahola Beach is a beautiful white sand fringed bay, with good swimming and decent snorkeling most of the year due to a protective outlying reef. Anahola Beach Park is located just south of Anahola Bay. This family friendly beach is tucked away and hidden from the main road. This secluded beach is an easy beach to drive up to and enjoy without having to carry your beach gear too far. From the shore you can see the beautiful mountains of Kalalea.
The Anahola Beach Park is manned by a County of Kauai lifeguard and offers good shade, a sandy beach, camping facilities and fun for all ages. This beach is popular among the locals and is crowded on the weekends with families picnicking and enjoying the beach.
The North end of the bay at the mouth of the Anahola River is another great beach for shelling, fishing from shore and photo opportunities. Use caution near the river-mouth for strong currents. There are no lifeguard stations at the river-mouth end of the bay. Get Directions to Anahola Beach
Anini Beach – There is no lifeguard posted at Anini Beach, but is still considered to be one of the safer beaches on Kauai’s North Shore during the summer months. Anini boasts the longest and widest fringing reef in the Hawaiian Islands and because of the unique conditions it usually has well protected waters and some of the most consistent conditions for water activities. Enjoy snorkeling, beach walks, picnicking, paddle boarding and wind surfing. Anini beach is known to have strong currents in the channels and outside the protective reef. Always use caution especially during high surf. On windy days you are likely to see wind surfers out riding the waves.
Anini Beach is popular for camping and also a great beach for simply relaxing with a book, fishing from shore or paddle boarding above the lively reef. The deeper and clearer water can be enticing, but it is better to be cautious and stay closer to shore.
Anini Beach is usually less crowded than Poipu or Hanalei and is really quite breathtaking. The Beach Park has multiple campsites with permits, shade trees, picnic tables, pavilions, restrooms and showers. My wife and I went here on one of our trips and within a short time snorkeling we saw a sea turtle, some trumpet fish and several other type of fish while we were going across the reef. Get Diretions to Anini Beach.
Baby Beach – in Poipu is a small, secluded and generally protected beach that is great for families traveling with infants and toddlers. The beauty of this little strip of peach in poipu that it is usually less crowded than nearby Poipu Beach Park and the calm waters are perfect for babies, hence the name. It is not uncommon to view sea turtles and monk seals at baby beach, but remember to keep your distance as these animals are protected.
Known as the Garden Island for its lush tropical landscape, Kauai is also home to countless waterfalls that complement other spectacular sites around the island including Waimea Canyon and the Na Pali Coast. A few of these gorgeous falls are easy to get to, and others take a bit of effort to experience. Here is our top 5!
Waipoo Falls is a glorious 800-foot waterfall in Waimea Canyon. You can see the falls from various lookout points along Highway 550, the road that takes you up to the museum and park. You can also snap magnificent pictures of the canyon from the Waipoo Falls Trail hike, a 3.2-mile roundtrip hike, which is located just off the highway between mile markers 14 and 15. While you will not see the falls up close in their splendor, this easy and popular hike will take you through rain forests and canyon rims ending at the top of the waterfall in a Awaawapuhi Ginger lined stream. The trail is considered easy/moderate, and is kid friendly for children that enjoy a great adventure outdoors and is part of the Waimea Canyon State Park.
By far the most difficult to get to, the Hanakapiai Falls hike is impressive. After driving to the end of the road on Highway 56, park in the lot fronting Kee Beach and head out on the 2-mile Hanakapiai Trail. This is a very popular trek on the island so we suggest going early in the morning. For the first 2 miles you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Na Pali Coast as you traverse on switchbacks along the coastline.
Once you arrive at Hanakapiai Beach, it is an additional 2 miles upstream to the falls. The trail can be rough in spots, but the 300+ foot waterfall at the end of the tramp is definitely worth the adventure. This experience is not recommended for small children due to the terrain and difficulty of the hike.
You can leave your hiking boots behind for this breathtaking display of Mother Nature. Wailua Falls, a double-tiered waterfall, is located just north of Lihue and is the most easily accessible on Kauai. Head north from Lihue on Highway 56 and take a left on Maalo Road in Hanamaulu. After traveling uphill for approximately 3 miles, the road ends at the parking lot of the falls.
You may recognize the prestige of these falls as they were used in the opening credits of the 80’s hit show, Fantasy Island. This adventure is definitely recommended for families with small children as there is no hiking involved. The views are just a short walk from the parking lot. Believe it or not you’re going to still run into a Rooster or two way up here! But where are you not going to find one, even going to see Kauai Waterfalls.
Kauai Secret Falls
Named Uluwehi Falls, but known to locals and visitors as Secret Falls, are an extremely popular adventure on the east side of the Garden Island. The trailhead to the falls is located up the Wailua River and requires water transport to get there. You can travel via kayak or canoe and there are several companies in the area that you can rent from, or you can always book a guided adventure.
Once you land your boat at the entrance to the trailhead, you hike up to the falls on a trail that can be extremely muddy and slippery. Hiking boots are not recommended. We suggest either going barefoot, using sport sandals or tabis. If you travel at a relaxed pace, it takes about 45 minutes each way. The is a great family friendly adventure for children that don’t mind paddling up the river and getting a little dirty on the trail.
Opaekaa means, “rolling shrimp” Supposedly the stream was full of shrimp and so they aptly named the dazzling waterfalls after them. Like Wailua Falls, this majestic site is easily accessible and requires no hiking. Simply turn up Kuamoo Road (580) from highway 56 and travel up the hill to the lookout that is located adjacent to the parking lot on the right hand side. There are many photo ops from this location, as well as from across the street where you are treated with views of the Wailua River Valley. Families with children all ages would enjoy Opaekaa Falls as the views can be seen from a brief walk from the parking area.
So pack up the car, choose your destination and you will be rewarded with awe-inspiring views of the Garden Island.
Once a year with the King’s Parade, Hawaii celebrates one of the greatest kings in it’s history: King Kamehameha. He is remembered for uniting the islands in 1810. He was a fierce warrior, and for ushering in an era of peace, prosperity, and unity to the Hawaiian Islands we know today. King Kamehameha Day is a celebration of everything he stood for and accomplished for the islands. This June will mark the 147th celebration of King Kamehameha, and each island celebrates the day a little bit differently.
In Kauai, we celebrate with the fabulous King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade in Lihue starting at Vidinha Stadium and ending at the lawn of the Historic County Building on Rice Street. The parade celebrates the paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) traditions and is full of beautiful colors and dancers.
After the parade, there is a Hoʻolauleʻa (Hawaiian festival) on the lawn of the Historic County Building. There will be hula dancers, live Hawaiian entertainment, delicious food booths, craft vendors, and more!
The event is free, and is a great experience for the whole family. If you’re in Kauai on June 8th, we highly recommend you attend.
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Fabulous Floral Kings parade starts at 9:00am starting at the Vidinha Stadium. It heading up onto Rice Street ending at the Historic County Building. Pa’u Island Horse Units, Floats, Walking & Riding Units and much more. At the end of the Parade our Ho’olaule’a will begin with lots of Hawaiian entertainment.
Stop by and visit our Food booths, Crafts, Hawaiian Cultural Demonstrations while enjoying the hula and music.
Mark your calendars for the King’s Parade on King Kamehameha Day!
King’s Parade Details:
Date: Saturday, June 9th, 2018 Time: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm Cost: Free
Art & Crafts Community Entertainment
For More Info:
Contact: Melissia Sugai Phone: (808) 635-7205
County of Kauai Hawaii Tourism Authority
Historic County Building 4396 Rice St Lihue, HI 96766