When you come to Kauai, you have a world of options awaiting you. You should try to see all the major Kauai activities and attractions, like the biggest named beaches and the most popular restaurants and the most commonly walked hiking paths. But if you’d like to see some of the lesser known wonders of Kauai, they might be harder to find. We can give you a few of our favorites to get you started:
Participate in Poi Day
Every Thursday morning you’ll find an opportunity to participate in local culture and community, when everyone comes together to process cooked kalo into poi. This is one for the early risers, because this activity starts at 5am and ends at noon, at which point lunch is served and you get to reap the benefits from all that hard work! This group activity has been around for three decades and was started by north shore Hawaiian families in an effort to keep poi affordable and accessible. Today, it’s an excuse to gather together and hang out as an island-wide family, and then get the happy thrill of delivering some poi to family and friends around the island in the afternoon.
Visit Kauai’s Hindu Monastery
The beautiful island of Kauai is also home to the beautiful Hindu Monastery, which is a center of global outreach for Hinduism. Its lineage stretches back to the Saivite traditions of Sri Lanka and South India, all the way back to the ancient Himalayas over two thousand years ago. If you want a taste of beauty, spiritual significance, and history, a visit to this monastery is a great idea. You don’t have to be Hindu to appreciate the art and culture available to explore here at Kauai’s Hindu Monastery.
Explore Makauwahi Cave Reserve
Makauwahi Cave is the largest limestone cave in Hawaii and is perhaps the richest fossil site in all of the Pacific Islands. It’s famously been used as a gravesite by ancient Hawaiians. They do guided tours for free every day here 10:00am – 4:00pm, although donations are welcomed and much appreciated, since this is a historic archaeological site that needs maintenance and also houses some modern-day experiments in the conservation of native species. Explore the quarry area, field restoration, and even a natural sinkhole. This is truly one of the most unique natural landscapes that exists here in Hawaii.