Hi everyone! Thank you to everyone who provided advice for my trip. I also thank you all for convincing me to buy the Kauai Revealed book.
I stayed at the Hyatt. The pool is amazing but I think people come to Hawaii for a beach and ocean and this resort really does not have one. The surf is best for boogie boards and surfing but not the casual swimmer.If you want to sit on the beach they charge for a chair rental! It is really crowded anywhere you sit around the pool.The two whirlpools were always filled with kids jumping in and out. The combination of honeymooners and the under 6 set was comical and definitely not romantic.The only escape is to pay $10 and hang at the small but quiet spa pool and whirpool. Another good thing about the spa is the engaging lava rock showers (which definitely beat the anemic one in my ocean front room). The grounds of the hotel are very nice but at over 600 rooms (with a 92% occupancy) this is one busy place! They also really need to redo the tiny and dirty fitness room. We ate at Tidepools restaurant. We ate at 6:00 so we could have a romantic sunset dinner but they sat an 11 month old right next to us. I really think they should seat families together in one location. I really do like kids but a $150 dinner should not be accompanied by crying, staring children. The food was good but not great.
However the food was great at the Beach House. The mood and the atmosphere was very romantic. The service courteous and warm. I thought it was the best meal we had in 12 days of very expensive dining. I would have eaten there every night if I had known how good it was earlier.
We went to Poipu Beach to snorkel and had a fun time. A lot of small but colorful fish, turtles and eels. The weather and surf were not conducive to go to Tunnels or Ke'e beaches.
I took the Air Kauai tour. It was amazing. There are so many beautiful rainbows and waterfalls around Kauai. We went everywhere including the Wai'ale'ale Crater. Our pilot, Byron, was informative without being too chatty--he let us just take in the amazing scenery. The doors are almost all windows on the plane and even those in the back had a good view and it is air-conditioned.They give you noise cancelling headphones and ginger candy (for those of us who hadn't eaten breakfast or get nauseous). They also turn off the heli when you enter and exit. This was one of the few companies that has never had an accident (one of the main reasons why I chose it). They even had cancelled an earlier flight because they were concerned about the weather. I think that other heli tours do riskier things because I saw another one go much closer to the falls and to sides of the Crater. I was just happy for the beautiful views and the brief explanations/discussions.
I also drove Waimea Canyon. Stopped at JoJo's for the very good shaved ice. The view from the end of the road is amazing. Getting there was a scary trip and it used up a lot of gas. The road can be both very steep and covered with sharp turns. Once you are used to it, the drive is fun. Going back was definitely a lot easier on the nerves and my rental car.I took a lot of pictures!