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Jan. 1-Apr. 8, 2011 issue submission for Pai Awards

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  • COVER STORY 18CALENDAR OF EVENTS 20SPORTS & ACTIVITIES 26SIGHTSEEEING 56GOLD BAR COUPONS 72

    Visit us online at: www.SpotlightHawaii.com

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    SPOTLIGHTS KAUAI GOLD Magazine is published quarterly by Inflight Marketing, Inc., dba Spotlight Hawaii Publishing, at 532 Cummins St., Honolulu Hl 96814-3304. For sales and information, please call the Oahu office: (808) 593-9404; fax: (808) 593-9494; E-mail: info@spotlighthawaii.com. All contents Copyright 2011 by Inflight Marketing, Inc. Individual copies available upon request for $4.00 per copy in advance. No responsibility assumed for unsolicited manuscripts or materials received. Any errors in advertising should be reported within 15 days of publication date for correction in the following issue. We are unable to make adjustments for errors reported after this period.

    Vice President/Publisher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sandra KinsellaAssistant to the Publisher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gina JacobsProduction Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ruben AblogEditor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ron IhoriGraphic Artist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ven EscarioReceptionist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jane MoriokaOahu Senior Account Managers . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Survance, Dawn GoharaStatewide Distribution Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tracy PaivaBig Island Account Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dawn GoharaKauai Account Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James SurvanceMaui Account Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jesse BegleyOahu Circulation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tracy PaivaKona Circulation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bruce SmithHilo Circulation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kealii ReynoldsKauai Circulation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pat LoceyMaui Circulation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tawney Lee

    President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . William R. SchoenVice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Larry W. King

    Spotlights Kauai Gold MaGazine

    ExclusivE: Seven WonderS of Kauai 67 Cover Story 18 SavingS direCtory 19 Calendar of eventS 2021 Kauai golf guide 37 SpotlightS gold puzzle page 51

    Maps: iSland of Kauai 3839 Kapaa to lhue 58 South CoaStpoip area 60 WeSt CoaStWaimea area 62 north CoaSthanalei 64

    50 Dining 56 Sightseeing

    Contents

    26 Sports &Activities 42 Shopping

    Printed on recycled paper

    with 10% post- consumer waste.

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  • Always heed posted warning signs

    they may save your life.

    Hey, everyone knows that the beach is where the fun is. But Hawaiis oceans are strong and can turn fun into trag-edy. So, use care and caution for all

    water activities. And always read and obey beach safety signs. They could save your life. For more information

    visit HawaiiBeachSafety.org/?i=kauai.

    This message brought to you by Hawaiis lifeguards and the State Department of Health.

    Going to the Beach? Check it out!

    T he ocean is never more inviting than in Hawaii, but dont take it for granted. During winter months, the southern shores are generally calm as a lake while the northern shores have rougher surf and riptides. The opposite is usually true in summer. To be safe in all seasons, beachgoers should keep the following tips in mind.

    Pick a beach with a lifeguard and always swim or snorkel with a buddy. Keep in mind that lifeguards are posted at only a handful of Kauais most used beaches and they cant watch every beachgoer all the time. For information on which beaches have lifeguards and when, call 808 241-6506.

    Ask lifeguards or locals about conditions. Before jumping in, ask yourself, Is there anyone else in the water?if not, FInD OUT WHy! Study the waves for at least 20 minutes, check their frequency and size; look for currents and riptides. Ask a lifeguard about the current conditions and which areas to avoid. Remember: When in doubt, dont go out!

    Pay attention to signs posted on coastal areas. Ocean conditions can change radically in a short time. Signs are posted, when possible, to save you from harm! They may warn about large waves, undertows, slippery rocks, sharks, jellyfish, and other hazardous conditions. Read and heed!

    Stay on dry sand, sea walls or rocks and never turn your back on the ocean. Large waves can sweep you off the beach or rocks and pull you out to deep water without warning. Respect Mother Nature and use commons sense. Dont take risks like posing for a picture in the ocean with big surf breaking in the background.

    If you see someone in trouble, dont jump infind a lifeguard or call 911 and report the location and situation.

    For very helpful information, look for a copy of the Kauai Beach Safety Guide where visitor brochures are found. For more beach safety tips and daily ocean report, go to KauaiExplorer.com/kauai_beaches/.

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  • Photos by Ray Ihori, Blaine Michioka and Wayne Shinbara.

    Kauai, known locally as the Garden Isle, is lush and green with wonders of nature as diverse as its miniature Grand Canyon, Waimea, to the crashing waves of the Npali Coast.

    - KLAUEA POInT nATIOnAL WILDLIFE REFUGE (spewing):

    One of the countrys most visited wildlife refuges, this historic lighthouse on Kauais northern most point is home to nesting seabirds in the cliffs above and whales, dolphins, seals and turtles in the blue-green waters below.

    - KALALAU TRAIL (the straying): A strenuous 11-mile hike for the experienced, well-

    equipped hiker traverses five valleys, mountain streams and waterfalls, and the ruins of several ancient Hawaiian settlements. The trail begins at Hena State Park and ends at Kalalau Beach.

    - nPALI COAST (the cliffs): Majestic sea cliffs rise 4000 feet above Kauais uninhabited

    North Shore. Sea caves, lush hidden valleys, deserted white sand beaches and some of Hawaiis most awe inspiring views. See it by air or sea, accessible by boat or a strenuous hike on the Kalalau Trail.

    The 7 Wonders ofKauai

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  • Kauais 5th wonder, The Wailua River.

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    - HAnALEI BAy, RIVER & VALLEy (crescent bay):

    Rich in history and beauty, the valley was once home to a large, thriving Hawaiian community. Today, it is where most of the states taro (poi) is grown. In the 1800s, the bay was an important harbor for whaling and trade vessels.

    - MT. WAIALEALE (rippling, overflowing waters):

    The mountain is the second highest point on Kauai at 5,148 feet and one of the wettest place on Earth with over 400 inches of annual rainfall. The unparalleled beauty of this important watershed area can only be seen from the air.

    - WAILUA RIVER & FALLS (many waters): Wailua Falls is a few minutes north of Lhue, take Hwy 56 to Hwy 583 follow signs. Hawaiian chiefs once jumped from the top to prove their courage. Off Hwy 580, a commercial boat trip up Wailua River takes you to the beautiful Fern Grotto, a massive lava tube filled with ferns.

    - WAIMEA CAnyOn (reddish water) & KKEE STATE PARK (to bend, wind):

    The Grand Canyon of the Pacific is a geological wonder stretching 10 miles long, 3,600 feet deep and over a mile wide. There are numerous hiking trails, picnic areas and lookouts. The parks headquarters is in Kkee.

    { }To find these wonders and more, see the overview map of Kauai on pages 3839.

    The 7 Wonders ofKauai

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    T he remains of Poliahu Heiau are maintained in a county park at the top of Kuamoo Road. This scenic spot was the site of the kings home and his personal temple. Facing the ocean, the gorge of the Wailua River is seen on the

    right and paekaa Falls on the left. The Wailua River is navigable by small boats for four miles inland, where the larger Wailua waterfall blocks the stream.

    The Hawaiian people who lived in Wailua Val-

    ley furnished chants and mele which are today treasured as among the greatest of Hawaiis unwritten literature.

    They tell of the ancient king, Moikeha, who threw his spear through the Anahola Mountains in the battle with a giant from Hanalei, and of Moikehas daughter, Kaili-lauo-ke-kea, The beautiful one with skin as soft as the koa leaf, who was lured into the mountains by a chief from Tahiti.

    The people of Wailua were the first to follow the god-like chief Laa who brought the hula from Tahiti. They were first to hear the sacred shark drum from Tahiti; it was treasured for centuries in their heiau (place of worship).

    A Wailua lad attached the first sail to his canoe and bested all opponents in canoe races.

    The surf that breaks on the shores at Wailua was sacred to the kings and their alii (chiefs) retainers. That surf brought in canoes laden with adv