I'm going to be going to Kauai from December 2nd through the 16th, and am really trying my best not to overplan things. If I were to move my trip up to right now, with the way I'm feeling, I'd be tempted to park myself either on Hanalei Bay or Anini Beach with a note requesting a wakeup for my return flight.
Still, this is my second time to Kauai, and I want to absorb as much as possible.
A bit about my interests: This past weekend, I attended the Pacific Islander Festival in Huntington Beach where I wound up spending most of the time at the cultural demonstrations given by the Samoan contingent. An 'awa ceremony was followed by coconut husking, then firemaking. Since I was the only audience member left by the time they actually got a fire going, when the guys started weaving coconut fronds into baskets, they offered to attempt to teach me how. Much practice remains. That, in my opinion, was an afternoon well spent, even though I missed the dancing from most of the Pacific Island groups. So, any cool cultural suggestions are much appreciated. Especially if they involve coconuts. :)
If it helps, the first week I'm spending at the HBR, the second week at Kauai Cove Cottages in Koloa.
Okay, here's what I've got for an itinerary so far:
Day 1: Arrive around 2:23, figure 3:30 by the time I'm out of the airport. Assuming I'm up to it, stop off at the Kapaa sunshine market, probably visit Safeway in Kapaa as well. Once I'm settled into the condo, I'm going to want some kind of ritual dunk in the ocean, whether it's at the beach at the HBR, or backtrack to Anini.
Day 2: Since I'll be on Mainland time to some degree, should be easier to get going early enough to do the first (non-permit part) of the Kalalau trail. Of course, when I get to the trailhead, an assessment might give way to spending the day at Ke'e Beach instead, but if I do it, finish the hike with some time at Ke'e. Might be tempted to try to make it to the Kileauea sunshine market.
Day 3: Contemplating a zipline tour at Princeville Ranch. Is it best to reserve soon, or wait until I get there? I'd like to visit Tunnels, and am aware it may be a sit on the sand and watch the surf adventure rather than a snorkelling adventure, but will be prepared for either. Might be a good time to practice coconut frond weaving.
Day 4: Do the first 5 miles of the Powerline trail, maybe take a nice little drive around of Hanalei Valley. Make a visit to Hideaways beach, and most likely the Kileauea sunshine market. Sensing a theme yet?
Day 5: it's a Sunday, so I'm thinking about visiting the Hanalei church, then head to the Kauai products fair with a stop at Sealodge Beach, and then do a Sierra Club hike to Okolehao.
That's about as far as I've gotten. I think I want to spend a full day at Waimea Canyon, and a full day at Polihale.
Thoughts, suggestions, etc. much welcome.