Allure Of Aloha: Kauai


The matriarch of the Hawaiian chain, this jewel bedazzles with beauty so breathtaking that Hollywood covets it for one blockbuster backdrop after another.

Kauai is also a natural for corporate gatherings, with staffs creating anything imaginable, all with that signature Hawaiian flair. The 552-square-mile island offers some 3,000 hotel rooms and 3,000 condominium units in five areas: Poipu Beach Resort, Princeville/North Shore, Kalapaki Beach, Royal Coconut Coast and the West Side. Part and parcel of that experience is the welcoming climate. Like Oahu, the daily averages range form a low of 75 to a high of 85 degrees year-round. The Kauai Visitors Bureau can advise. (

At Kilohana Plantation (, the expansive manicured grounds of the Tudor-style estate handle up to 800 under tent for theme parties that run the gamut. For smaller retreats, Kilohana offers access to intimate Ihiahi. Once a plantation manager’s home, the secluded 18,000-acre setting is an ideal executive escape for up to 80.

Further north off the quiet, plush greens and fairways of the Princeville Resort’s Prince Course (, the 60,000-square-foot Princeville Golf Club features full banquet facilities, a restaurant for up to 150, and a pair of meeting rooms with capacities up to 260. Related properties include the Princeville Hotel Hawaii at Princeville Resort, in Hanalei. (

An option in full bloom, 240-acre Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens ( in Kilauea thrives for events up to 200. Also in nature’s arena, the National Tropical Botanical Garden ( accommodates up to 150 in its lush McBryde Garden.

Home to Hawaii’s only navigable rivers, the island amply rewards kayakers with the jungle-like beauty of its tropical interior. Check out Kayak Kauai (, Outfitters Kauai( and Princeville Ranch Adventures (

Witnessing the Na Pali Coast is mandatory. But the hike is rigorous. Best bets are via Blue Hawaiian Helicopters (, Will Squyres Helicopter Tours (, Blue Dolphin Charters ( and Captain Andy’s (

Golfers wanting to experience the best of Kauai can tee off to the “Kauai Golf Challenge.” The package provides a round at Poipu Bay Golf Course, Kiele Course at Kauai Lagoons Golf Club and the Prince Course at Princeville.

Other top Kauai properties include the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club at Kalapaki Beach, Lihue, (; Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, Poipu Beach Resort, Koloa, (; Kauai Beach Hotel & Resort, Lihue, (; Sheraton Kauai Resort Poiupu Beach Resort, Koloa, (