Virtuoso Traveler - August/September 2018 - 50
True north shore: A traditional
outrigger canoe on Hanalei Bay.
5 Hanalei (Kauai), Hawaii
The spirit of aloha in retro-relaxation mode.
with that intimate charm that's slowly
disappearing on other Hawaiian islands."
King's perfect day starts with a run
on one of the town's long white-sand
beaches, then continues with shopping
in boutiques such as Havaiki (5-5161
Kuhio Highway) for island-made wood
carvings, followed by a fortifying plate
lunch - like an island version of the
Southern meat-and-three - from one of
the food trucks that pull up shoreside to
feed the surfers.
Add to that a stroll in the Limahuli
Garden & Preserve (5-8291 Kuhio
Highway) - visit ntbg.org for its reopening date following recent floods; a class
at Hanalei Surf School (5-5080 Kuhio
Highway); and a tour of the pristine Na
Pali Coast by helicopter or catamaran.
BE THERE: Just ten minutes down the
road from Hanalei, the 251-room St.
Regis Princeville is "a slice of luxury in
paradise," says King. New on property:
daily morning paddles in a traditional
outrigger canoe. Doubles from $595;
Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily
and a $100 resort credit.
It's hard to choose between cultural Oahu, adventurous Maui, rugged Hawaii Island, and the garden isle of Kauai. Good news: Tauck covers
each of the four islands over a leisurely 12-day tour that includes everything from a visit to Pearl Harbor to a catamaran sailing along the
Kohala Coast. Departures: Multiple dates, August 18 to December 6, 2018; from $6,990.
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f you're looking for old Hawaii -
the laid-back, underdeveloped,
lush beach idyll where slack-key
guitar hangs in the air and surfers
tell time by the tides - look to Kauai, the
oldest and northernmost island in the
chain. And, more specifically, Hanalei,
reached via a one-lane bridge on the
"Visiting Hanalei is like taking a
walk back in time," says Randy King,
a Virtuoso advisor based in Honolulu.
"Hanalei, which means 'lei-making' in
English, has kept its small-town feeling