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Get to know Poipu

Year-round warm weather has earned Poipu its fitting nickname as “The Sunny Southside.” This area boasts the best beaches on the island for its clear blue, calm waters. That makes it the ideal climate for many water activities, ranging from snorkeling to boogie boarding. Plus, the contrast between white sandy beaches and rugged black lava rocks make for a striking appearance. If you want to see rare sightings of endangered Hawaiian monk seals basking on shore, head to Poipu Beach–just remember to admire them from a distance. For something a little different, coastal hiking trails are an immersive way to take in the scenery from land to sea. You may even spot marine life like sea turtles along the way. Whether you’re fueling up for the day or ending your day, casual and fine dining fare options are aplenty. From food trucks to family-run hotspots and contemporary restaurants, the choice is yours.

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Living on Kauai

Hawaii’s oldest and northernmost major island is draped in forested green valleys, jagged cliffs, and cascading waterfalls. It’s no wonder Kauai is also referred to as the Garden Isle. Although it has an easygoing atmosphere, it is abundant with outdoor activities. And while there’s a lot of ground to cover on land, most of the island is explorable only by air or sea. For the nature lover, Kauai makes for an adventurous playground. One main attraction on Kauai is the towering sea cliffs along the Na Pali Coast. This magnificent wild terrain — typically experienced aboard a boat or a helicopter — offers some of the world's greatest hiking opportunities, including the stunning 11-mile Kalalau Trail, which follows the coast from reef-protected Ke'e Beach into the pristine Kalalau Valley.