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Hawaii Revisited-Kauai

A visit to Kauai brought time to relax and enjoy "the Garden Isle".

I arrived on the island of Kauai about mid afternoon after a short flight from Maui that morning. A representative from the Kauai Convention and Visitors Bureau met our much smaller group of meeting and travel planners at the small airport. After loading up our baggage we were transported to the St Regis Princeville Resort where we would have lunch and do a site inspection of the resort. Our driver for this trip was a very jolly local who entertained us on the drive with stories of the history of the island and pointing out sights along the way.

Kaua'i is the oldest island in the Hawaiian chain and often called the Garden Isle because of its lush green landscape and endless beauty. Kauai is draped in green valleys, sharp mountain peaks and jagged cliffs. Centuries of growth have formed tropical rainforests, forking rivers and cascading waterfalls. Some parts of Kauai are only accessible by sea or air, revealing stunning views. The Capital City of Kauai is Lihue and the island has a population of approximately 62,640 people.

In 1778, British explorer Captain James Cook landed in Kauai’s Waimea Bay for the first time. Cook’s discovery of what he called the “Sandwich Isles,” named after the Earl of Sandwich, introduced Hawaii to the world. During this era of western discovery, King Kamehameha I attempted to unify the Hawaiian Islands under his rule. Kauai and the small neighboring island of Niihau (part of Kauai county) were the only islands to resist his efforts. Eventually, Kauai’s King Kaumualii decided to peacefully unite with Kamehameha and join the rest of the Kingdom of Hawaii.

Arriving at the St Regis we were greeted by the resort manager who offered to give us a short tour of the resort before lunch. The St Regis is a refined and elegant property overlooking legendary Hanalei Bay in the premiere 9,000 acre resort community of Princeville at Hanalei. The resort has 252 elegantly appointed rooms and suites and well as a luxury Spa.

View of the St Regis from the beach
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St Regis guest room
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Lunch for our group was enjoyed outside at a restaurant by the pool. The views of the pool and beach were stunning and the weather was warm and wonderful. We were invited to sample anything we wanted from the restaurant menu and we all took advantage, selecting different sandwiches and dishes and passing them around the table for everyone to enjoy. After and early morning flight to Kauai and traveling 32 miles from the airport to Princeville, this relaxing lunch was just what the doctor ordered.

St Regis pool area
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My fellow Planners and I enjoy lunch by the St Regis pool
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Following lunch our group was transferred to our accommodations for the next 2 days, the Sheraton Kauai Resort. Walking into the lobby of the Sheraton I immediately notice the open air layout of the resort located right on the South Shore of Kauai, right on Poipu beach. You could hear the sounds of the ocean waves and feel the tropical breezes while standing in the lobby of the resort.

Sheraton Lobby
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Looking over our schedule for the rest of the day, we had a tour of the resort and a Welcome Reception beginning in less than two hours, so I hurried to my room to relax before the evenings events. Entering my room, I was surprised and pleased at what I found.

My elegant room at the Sheraton Kauai
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View from my balcony at the Sheraton Kauai
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Preparations being made for our Welcome Reception
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The tour of the Sheraton gave us quite a workout. Spread out over 20 acres of ocean front property, the Sheraton has 394 rooms and suites in small low rise buildings situated around the resort grounds and pools. The resort also features a beach activities center, 3 tennis courts, and ocean-view dining. On selected evenings, a torch lighting ceremony with Hawaiian entertainment is offered for guests to enjoy. I have to say the resort and the setting was really beautiful.

Sheraton Kauai pool area
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Sheraton Kauai beach
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Lagoon at the Sheraton
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Walking around the resort for almost an hour left our group tired hungry and thirsty. With great anticipation we approached the reception area and we were finally able to relax and enjoy the food drinks and scenery. We were not disappointed. The food was wonderful, the tropical drinks were tasty and the view of the ocean was gorgeous. We ate, drank and talked until the sun went down; then we all retired to our rooms for the rest of the night.

My fellow planners and I enjoy great food, some delicious Mai Tais and each other!
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My first day on Kauai was a whirlwind, but totally educational and enjoyable. There was still a lot to see the next day and I was more than ready to see and experience as much as I could before my Hawaii Revisited tour came to an end.

Coming up, another day on beautiful Kauai before heading home. To be continued......

Gerrilyn Grant Gipson Esq.
Owner/Travel Consultant
Meetings & Events Unlimited Travel Services
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