POIPU

Exceptional Resorts and Sunlit Beaches 


Located just thirty minutes from the airport, Poipu makes you feel like an ancient royalty with its majestic entry through a Tree Tunnel, immediately followed by Old Koloa Town. Poipu literally means ‘crashing waves’ in Hawaiian. Don’t like the rain in the North Shore? Poipu’s weather is known for its consistent sunny sites. It is prominent for its alluring coastline of unusual reef formations and pearl-white sand beaches. Poipu is a string of three white crescent curves dipped in turquoise waters along the island’s coast. It is rapidly developing into a preferred destination for luxury accommodations on the island.

An ever-increasing collection of the island’s finest hotels, resorts, vacation rentals, residential homes, Poipu serves as an ideal place for residents and visitors to live the dream. Southside real estate market consists of elegant oceanfront homes, seaside bungalows, adoring cottages, and beautiful single-family homes and condominiums. Centrally located on the island, Poipu provides easy access to the neighboring communities of Kalaheo, historic Hanapepe, Waimea and Koke’e.


LIFESTYLE


The Garden Island first settlers came as early as 500 A.D. Tahitian, Samoan and later Polynesian migration continued to establish presence and spread to neighbor Islands for hundreds of years to follow. Koloa town established itself as a whaling port and became home to the first sugar mill on the island. Yet, the island changed its economic direction for good. The spectacular scenery and fantastic weather became a magnet for tourism and put an end to the sugar production.


Today, fabulous resorts and hotels have mushroomed all over and continue to draw people from the mainland. Much of the tourism in the island have centered around Poipu.  Collection of excellent hotels and resorts such as  Koa Kea, Koloa Landing, Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club, Grand Hyatt, Sheraton Kauai and  Hideaway Cove Poipu Beach continue to draw people from around the world with their full service and enticing leisure venues.


Visitors can get a good taste of what is like to live a‘life in Paradise’ but the full spectrum of it is privileged to the Kama’ainas and those taking a step further to make it their home. Breathtaking beaches, magnificent golf courses, and upscale dining defines this sunny side of the island, and it makes it perfect place for those starting a family or enjoying the sunset of their life.


DINING & SHOPPING


This is the Garden Island and Poipu’s bouquet of outstanding restaurants is as exciting and diverse as its garden abundance of flowers and plants. Delicious options on the upscale side points to Red Salt at Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort. Chef Noelani Planas, native of Kauai, uses locally-sourced Hawaiian seafood and produce to create an art piece, feeding your imagination and taste buds at the same time. Decadent abstract composition in a plate.

The Beach House is an iconic oceanfront restaurant with captivating sunsets and traditional Hawaiian hospitality, delivered along with Pacific Rim twist of food. Celebrated chef Roy Yamaguchi’s pair seamless with elegance in a modern cuisine, adorned with old Hawaiian flavors at Eating House 1849.  


Hosted by Sheraton’s Kauai Resort, Rum Fire restaurant is the south shore’s hot spot for contemporary dining with locally sourced cuisine. The ocean courtyard opens unparalleled views to the beach horizon, complimenting a scrumptious menu. Rum Fire is famous with its most extensive selection of rum from around the world.   Living Foods Market & Café features fresh, organic local produce, salad bar, a deli counter and an extensive lunch menu. At Merriam’s, you enter in a set décor of old Hawaiian plantation, where chef-owner Peter Merriam proudly display’s his unique style of Hawaii Regional cuisine. 


BEACHES, TRAILS & KAUAI LIFE


Poipu Beach is fronted by Poipu Beach Park and was labeled America’s Best Beach by The Travel Channel, ranking first among the top ten beaches nationwide. The beach is made of golden sand crescents - perfect place for snorkeling, swimming, surfing or beach party. It is named one of the safest in Hawaii with a full week lifeguard on duty.

The sizable surf at  Shipwreck’s Beach is favored by Kama’aina’s and attract surfers even from the North shore. Enter the Mahaulepu Heritage Trail from here and enjoy a special way to experience the otherwise inaccessible coastline. The area is a unique spot for watching Hawaiian monk seals, turtles and variety of Hawaiian birds.


Each November, Poipu Food & Wine Festival open doors to three days of cooking classes, various contests, and local entertainment. Wednesday afternoons, are reserved for the Kauai Culinary Market, happening at The Shops at Kukui’ula. Indulge yourself with fresh picked farmed food, homemade eats and live island music. Golfing is a way of living in south shore as Poipu Bay’s outstanding course held numerous PGA Grand Slams. This is the place where Tiger Woods executed an incredible sand shot on Poipu Bay’s history-made 16th hole and declare it as ‘one of the best shots in my life”. At Kiahuna Golf Club, legendary architect Robert T Jones II, deepened his signature design with ancient Hawaiian touch, to complete the authentically designed course. Enjoy unplanned encounter with endemic to Hawaii Nene Geese in the golf course, yet remember it’s their home too.


Nearby Scenic hikes:


  • Maha’ulepu Heritage  Trail
  • Napa Trail (Northern point)
  • Makauwahi Cave Trail