If you are itching to get off the beaten path and see the "hidden" Kauai, Four-Wheel-Drive Backroad Adventure f$, 1702 Haleukana St., Lihue, HI 96766 (& 800/452-1113 or 808/245-8809; www.alohakauaitours.com) has a 4-hour, four-wheel-drive tour that follows a figure-eight path around Kauai, from Kilohana Crater to the Mahaulepu coastline. The tour, done in a four-wheel-drive van, not only stops at Kauai's well-known scenic spots but travels on sugar cane roads (on private property), taking you to places most people who live on Kauai have never seen. The guides are well versed in everything from native plants to Hawaiian history. Bring plenty of film for your camera. The tour costs $60 adults, $50 children 5 to 12.
Kilohana There may have been a depression raging in the rest of the U.S., but on Kauai, sugar was king, and sugar plantation owner Gaylord Parke Wilcox was incredibly wealthy. In 1935, Wilcox built a plantation home to show off his prosperity. Designed by British architect Mark Potter, the 16,000-square-foot Tudor-style mansion, costing $200,000 at the time (some $3 million to $5 million in today's dollars) is still recognized as the most prestigious home on the island. You can tour the incredible home today, free. Housed in the structure are Gaylord's Restaurant, which is in the original dining room, and several small shops featuring art galleries and specialty boutiques. The living room still has furniture from Wilcox's period, and the same art on the walls. You can walk the manicured grounds by yourself or take a 20-minute Carriage Ride ($10 adults, $5 children 12 and under). A longer, 1-hour historical Horse-Drawn Sugar Cane Tour is offered in an 18-passenger "candy red" wagon (with padded bench seating) pulled by Clydesdale horses ($24 adults, $12 children 12 and under). Kaumualii Hwy. (Hwy. 50), Lihue, HI 96766. & 808/245-5608 for Kilohana, 808/246-9529 for Carriage Ride and horse-drawn Sugar Cane Tour. Kilohana open daily 9:30am-9:30pm. Carriage Ride daily 11am-6pm. Sugar Cane Tour Mon,Tues,Thurs 11am. From Lihue, take Kaumualii Hwy. (Hwy. 50) for 2 miles, past Puhi, on the mountain side of the highway.
Menehune (Alakoko) Fishpond Just outside Lihue and Nawiliwili Harbor, on the Huleia River, lies a mystery that still can't be explained: the handiwork of the menehune (see "Discovering the Legendary 'Little People,'" below). The pond, called Alakoko ("rippling blood") and today known as the Menehune Fishpond, was an aquaculture feat built hundreds of years ago. The builders of this 2,700-foot-long stone wall (that cuts off a bend in the river) were believed to be the mythical people who inhabited Kauai before the Polynesians arrived. The fishpond is located in the Huleia National Wildlife Refuge, 238 acres of river valley that is a habitat for endangered Hawaiian water birds (ae'o or Hawaiian stilt, 'alae Ke'oke'o or Hawaiian coot, 'alae 'ula or Hawaiian gallinule, and Koloa maoli or Hawaii duck). Although you can see the fishpond and the refuge from the road, the area is not open to the public. Small boats, kayaks, jet skis, windsurfers, and water-skiers use the river.
Hulemalu Rd., Niumalu. From Lihue, take Rice St. to Nawiliwili Harbor. Turn left on Niumalu Rd. and right on Hulemalu Rd. Up the hill is a lookout where you have a view of the pond, Huleia Stream, and Huleia National Wildlife Reserve.
Wailua Falls For those looking for a short trip out of Lihue to see cascading waterfalls but who don't want to hike into the wilderness, this is your best bet.
Allerton Garden of the National Tropical Botanical Garden 25 Fern Grotto 15
Grove Farm Homestead Museum 21 Guava Kai Plantation 10 Hanalei Bridge 7
Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge 8 Hanalei Valley Lookout 9 Ka Ulu O Laka Heiau 4 Kauai Children's
Discovery Museum 13 Kauai Museum 19 Kiki a Ola (Menehune Ditch) 27 Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge 11 Kilohana 22
Kokee Natural History Museum 3 Limahuli Garden of the National Tropical Botanical Garden 5 Menehune (Alakoko) Fishpond 20 Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens 12 Pacific Missile Range Facility 1 Prince Kuhio Park 23 Russian Fort Elizabeth State
Historical Park 26 San Marga Iraivan Temple 16 Sleeping Giant 14 Spouting Horn 24 Wailua Falls 18 Wailua River State Park 17 Waimea Canyon 2 Waioli Mission House Museum 6
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