Kapaa

Moving toward Kapaa on Highway 56 (Kuhio Hwy.), don't get your shopping hopes up until you hit Kapaa town, quality goods are slim in this neck of the woods. The Coconut Marketplace features the ubiquitous Elephant Walk gift shop, Gifts of Kauai, and various other underwhelming souvenir and clothing shops sprinkled among the sunglass huts. Our favorite shop here is the unassuming Overboard, a small but tasteful boutique with great aloha shirts by Kahala, Tommy Bahama, Duke Kahanamoku, and other...

Kayaking

You can take the Huleia River into Huleia National Wildlife Refuge (located along the eastern portion of Huleia Stream, where it flows into Nawiliwili Bay). It's the last stand for Kauai's endangered birds, and the only way to see it is by kayak. The adventurous can head to the Na Pali Coast, featuring majestic cliffs, empty beaches, open-ocean conditions, and monster waves. Or you can just paddle around Hanalei Bay. Kayak Kauai Outbound t , a mile past Hanalei...

Fruity Smoothies Other Exotic Treats

Fruit stands have sprouted on this island, and smoothies are gaining ground as the milkshake of the new millennium. New crops of exotic trees imported from Southeast Asia are maturing on Kauai, creating anticipation among residents and fruitful ideas for the smoothie world. Everyone's waiting for the mangosteens and durians, comments Joe Halasey who, with his wife, Cynthia, runs Banana Joe's (& 808 8281092), the granddaddy of Kauai's roadside fruit-and-smoothie stands. They take about 12...

Inexpensive

Hideaway Cove Villas Value Just a block from the beach and next door to an excellent restaurant are these gorgeous condominiums in a plantation setting. Amenities are top-drawer, and no expense was spared in the decor. Units have hardwood floors, TV VCR DVD, comfy furniture, roomy beds (either four-poster beds or wood sleigh designs), spacious living areas, kitchenettes with the best appliances and granite-top counters, and big outdoor lanais. You get all of this in a lush, landscaped tropical...

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Moments Make a Pilgrimage to a Hindu Temple

Believe it or not, a sacred Hindu temple is being carved out of rocks from India on the banks of the Wailua River. The San Marga Iraivan Temple is being built to last a thousand years or more, on the 458-acre site of the Saiva Siddhanta Church monastery. In the making for years now and not expected to be completed until 2010, the Chola-style temple is the result of a vision by the late Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, known to his followers as Gurudeva, the founder of the church and its...