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Kauai, A Lesson in Hawaiian History & Culture


More than just tourist attractions, a chance to meet the people of Kauai. Lots of sightseeing inclusions, lots of included meals, free time and a well located hotel. By far our best Kauai package ever!


  • 6 nights Kauai Shores Hotel at the Coconut Plantation - completely remodeled rooms at an oceanside hotel, breakfast included each morning, lots of shops and restaurants within an easy walk
  • A Hawaiian history lesson at the Kauai Museum - Kauai is the oldest of the islands
  • Visit the Poipu Culinary Market - sample tasty white pineapple and other locally grown coffee, spices and jams
  • Ride a helicopter over the island and along the scenic Na Pali Coast (included, but you may opt out and receive a refund)
  • Tour Lydgate Chocolate Farms - taste and buy a variety of award-winning chocolate products
  • Cruise the famous Fern Grotto
  • Fun Food & Beverage Tour - Rum tasting, Kauai Coffee, Auntie Lilikoi's, Kauai Cookie 
  • Waimea Canyon Tour "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific"
  • Evening comedy entertainment, meet the "White Hawaiian"
  • Motor tour of Na 'Aina Kai Botanical Gardens and Sculpture Park
  • Viewing of Hanalei Bay (home of legendary Puff the Magic Dragon)
  • Top notch local dining experiences - dinner at Wrangler Steakhouse in Wailua, brunch at Gaylord's, lunch in Princeville, welcome dinner at Duke's Canoe Club
  • 11 meals: 5 full breakfasts, Sunday brunch, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • 4950/5700 Gold Passport Points



Daily Itinerary

Day 1. 

Depart Sacramento on Southwest at 8:45am, and after a stop with time for lunch in Honolulu, arrive in Lihue, Kauai at 3:20pm. Our welcome meal is at the beautiful Duke's Canoe Club, great food overlooking the Pacific. Check into your home for the next six nights, the Kauai Shores Hotel at Coconut Plantation. It's a classic property which has just undergone a complete renovation. Modern facilities at a reasonable rate. Your breakfast is included each morning (except Sunday, when you'll head to brunch). (D)

Day 2.

Begin your Kauai education with a visit to the Kaua'i Museum. You are on the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands. There is much history and culture and there is no one better to immerse you in it. Meet "Chucky Boy," who really is Mr. Kauai, and with the help of the amazing visuals in the museum, will give you the lay of the land and the people who live on it. After an included lunch, we'll enjoy a bit of a culinary tour, stopping for coffee and cookies (both made on the island), before ending up in Poipu at the weekly Culinary Market. You can sample things like white pineapple and other Hawaiian delicacies. Eat/drink your way around the friendly market, chat with the vendors, savor some new flavors! (FB, L)

Day 3.

The western coast of Kaua'i, known as the Na Pali Coast, is not accessible by road. So a helicopter ride is a great way to see the sheer cliffs. Your ride is scheduled for this morning. After lunch at leisure, we'll head to chocolate paradise, Lydgate Farms. They grow cocoa here, and you'll learn all about it on a tour, sample all types of chocolate and have the opportunity to purchase home-grown products if you like. Tonight, a buffet dinner and casual bit of entertainment. Eric Gilliom grew up as a Caucasian with Hawaiian roots. He has a little TV, film and Broadway experience. He's now a stand up entertainer who offers a humorous look at his family and upbringing. (FB, D)

Day 4.

On Kaua'i's east coast are the beautiful Na 'Aina Kai Botanical Gardens. They are so big you need one of their vehicles to see the grounds on a guided  tour. Lunch is in Princeville at the upscale Westin Resort. Before we head back to Kapa'a, we'll visit Hanalei Bay (Peter, Paul and Mary pronounced it slightly different and Peter put a magical dragon in the water....) and stop for shave ice! (FB, L)

Day 5.

The morning is free to enjoy the shops at Coconut Plantation, adjacent to your hotel. After lunch we head to Waimea Canyon, known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. On the return trip, an early dinner is Waimea at the Wrangler Steakhouse. Perhaps you'll want to pick up on the the Red Dirt Shirts as a souvenir for yourself or a friend back home (FB, D)

Day 6.

Our last full day is dominated by a set of traditional attractions. Take a short cruise on the Wailua River to the famous Fern Grotto. Sunday brunch awaits at Gaylord's and we'll indulge in another local product, rum, in a post-brunch tasting. Our tour day ends mid-afternoon to give you the opportunity to gather last minute souvenirs. (BR)

Day 7.

Hop over to Honolulu in late morning, and after a layover, catch your non-stop flight home, arriving late evening. Our fleet of cars is waiting to take you promptly to your home. (FB)

Daily Itinerary Meal Legend
CBContinental Breakfast
BGenerally a limited buffet or menu
FBFull buffet or choice of menu
BRBrunch, often buffet-style
LLunch, often several menu options
HT or ATHigh or Afternoon Tea
DDinner, often several menu options


Tuesday, February 20, 2024 to Monday, February 26, 2024

7 Days, 11 Meals

5 full breakfasts, Sunday brunch, 2 lunches, 3 dinners


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