I've been so busy since arriving home that I haven't had a chance to post a trip report. Right now, I want to thank all the experts on this forum for their advice. We have been to Maui twice and this was our first time to Kauai. We are very torn as to which island we like the best. I think we will just have to come back to do more research! :o)
Everyone says that Kauai is very rural. We did not find it that way. In fact, we found it more urban but we live in a small community. We found the roads better than on Maui and easier to get around. We also found the shopping equal if not better to Maui. We never once met an unfriendly person in stores or restaurants. Everyone seemed to have the aloha spirit no matter where we went.
We stayed on the east side. First at Wailua Bayview from March 3 - 18 and then at Waipouli Beach Resort from March 19 - 30. No problems either place. We went north 3 different times and unfortunately, it rained every time. However, I love that area and would like to go back when the weather is better. We went south too many times to mention. We also went west to the Waimea Canyon (which is beautiful) and on a catamaran tour of the NaPali coast with Captain Andy's. Once again, the weather wasn't great but we did enjoy seeing the coast.
We saw whales, turtles, bottlenose dolphins as well as spinner dolphins. The highlight for me was the day we came upon 2 monk seals on Ke'e Beach. It made my day. Of course, the roosters, hens and chicks were every where and always gave me a chuckle when I saw them.
We ate out everywhere from the Kalapaki Beach Hut to Hukilau Lanai. The meal at Hukilau was awesome as was Kauai Pasta. We also ate at Kountry Kitchen twice, Eggberts twice, Duke's three times, Keoki's, Koke'e Lodge, Hanalei Gourmet twice, Kauai Pasta twice, Moloa Fruit Stand, Tahitian Lanai Bar and Grill twice. Geez, I didn't think we ate out that much!
The only glitch we had in the month we were there was with our car from Alamo. We rented a convertible and the trunk would not close or lock the first night. We took it back the next day and they just adjusted the latch. It worked until the day we went to the Waimea Canyon and wanted the top down. The trunk would not close and so the top would not come down. No matter what we tried it would not go down. We took it back to Alamo and they decided to give us another car. The first car was not full when we took it back since we didn't know they would give us a new car. At the end of the trip we were charged $14 for them to fill the tank. I didn't think that was right since it was not our fault we had to return the car. However, my husband just paid them and didn't question the charge.
Our two daughters joined us for the last 9 days on the island. They really loved Kauai as well. We all enjoyed and were impressed with Waipouli Beach Resort. The condos are very nice and never felt crowded with the 4 of us in a one bedroom. The pool area is very nice.
All in all, we had a great stay on the island except weather could have been better. When I look through our over 500 photos there are very few where the sky is a clear blue. We had two very nice days spent at Ke'e Beach and Waimea Canyon. The rest of the days were hit and miss with clouds, showers and cool temperatures. However, we wore shorts the whole time and were quite content in knowing that at home it was snowing and very cold. Life was good on Kauai. Once again, thanks to all the Kauai experts!