Why Kauai is the best Hawaiian islands to visit

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If getting on island time during these unusual times is on your wish list, look no further than Kaua‘i. Hawai‘i’s oldest major island is home to small towns with vibrant arts, food and shopping scenes, unreal views and a slower pace – making it the perfect place for travelers to unwind and indulge in local culture.

Sip, Savor and Support Local
Kaua‘i’s shops and restaurants are symbolic of the community’s love for the land and pride in calling the Garden Island home. While wandering its small towns during a lazy afternoon, visit Java Kai and Kaua‘i Juice Co, whose menus emphasize Kaua‘i’s tropical crops, like ‘ōlena (turmeric), kalo (taro), banana, mango, pineapple, and more, and dish up sweet and savory bites that are as good for your body as they are for your taste buds.

Settle into a Relaxing Resort Experience
Mauka-to-makai (mountain-to-ocean) views and authentic hospitality are abundant at Royal Sonesta Kaua‘i Resort. The hotel sits on an impressive beach-facing parcel with dreamy sunsets and sunrises, a signature spa and an expansive cliffside golf course. The resort is an easy drive from Līhu‘e Airport and fronts the soft sands of Kalapaki Beach, a natural harbor known as an ideal spot for swimming, surfing lessons, and relaxing on the beach.

Experience (and Take Home) Hawaiian Sugar Cane Rum
Kōloa Rum Company was founded in 2009 and today proudly sources its staple components for premium Hawaiian rum – coffee, sugarcane and water – from the Garden Island. Based on Kauaʻi’s south shore, its distillery refines the ingredients and blends them into a unique spirit that is bottled, sold, and served worldwide.