I had a heck of a time finding ocean front ,renovated/updated condos with A/C in Kauai for a late May 2013 trip with my parents, my husband and 4 year old son. I also initally envisioned staying 5 nights in Princeville (at PUa Poa) and 3 nights in Poipu.
I became intriqued by a great beachfront (A Building Ocean Front -3rd floor) option at Waipouli Beach Resort that is attractive b/c I have a 4 year old. However, Kapaa feels like you're not getting the best of any world b/c you're not close to anything. I initially liked the idea of being close to the best swimming beaches (all in the north) (Ke'e, Hanalei, etc), and then relocating to the south to explore Waimeia, but am now drawn to the idea of evening entertainment for my son (pool) and hot tub for my Dad, etc.
What are your thoughts? The PUA Poa Unit is 401. What am I giving up if we stay in Kapaa and vice versa, if I stay at Pua Poa in Princeville?