The stunning island of Kauai is the old man of the sea compared to the other Hawaiian Islands, since in geological terms, it formed earlier than its equally magnificent brethren. It is also known as the ‘Garden Isle’ due to its easily cultivated soils which produce much of the mainland’s favorite produce. While visiting on Mother’s Day, visitors as well as locals will be able to make mom very happy with the amount of activities, brunches and special events throughout the island.
Mother’s Day Excursions
Since Kauai is a nature lover’s paradise, take mom on an early morning trip to Waimea Canyon, also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. The destination is a bucket-list attraction which takes half a day to see, but you can still transport mom back to Waimea for an elegant dinner after a visit to this geological wonder.
In order to take advantage of a getaway to Kauai, visitors must become familiar with the three distinct areas on the island: North Shore, South Shore and East Shore. Each zone presents its own distinct topography as well as micro-culture within the villages, however one thing remains certain, and that is the red rust dirt of Kauai.
If you plan Mother’s Day exclusively on the North Shore, a spectacular day trip starts on the Nā Pali Coast, however since this is one of Hawaii’s most undeveloped islands, the best way to see this natural beauty is by helicopter or ‘state bird’ as some locals like to call it. There are many helicopter tour companies throughout the island with each one offering different tours and prices; check websites thoroughly for the one that best suits mom.
On the South Shore, most of the action takes place in Waimea, nicknamed Hawaii’s Original Tourist Destination since it was the first location encountered by Europeans. However, if you are taking mom to brunch, the beach village of Poipu has the South Shore’s best options. Try the Plantation Gardens Restaurant & Bar for white tablecloth service, or for a more casual brunch, Brennecke’s Beach Broiler is an excellent choice.
Additionally, the entire island hosts farmer’s markets every weekend (weather permitting). Don’t forget to visit the Kekaha Sunshine Market (South Shore), the Kauai Community Market in Lihu’e (East Shore) or the Hanalei Farmers Market (North Shore) to purchase fresh flowers and produce if you plan on preparing a home-cooked breakfast or dinner for mom.
Finally, since it would be a crime not to mention the magnificent beaches that dot Hawaii’s Garden Isle, each zone has its own share in which some are more hidden and secluded than others. Start with Hanalei Bay on the North Shore which has a little something for everyone, then hop over to nearby Tunnels Beach for some reef snorkeling. On the South Shore, Poipu Beach, Kiahuna Beach and Mahaulepu Beach all provide that quintessential island experience each with their own unique characteristics.
Make Kauai Your Mother’s Day Destination
No matter what event or activity you have planned for Mother’s Day, any day on this beautiful island is a gift all on its own. Plan a well-deserved getaway for your mother on Kauai by calling Ahh! Aloha today!