We are traveling to Kauai for the first time this coming August. We're excited to try out a new island!
In our past trips, we typically look for more remote places to stay, heavy on locals, but welcoming to tourists. Last year we had a great time in Hana on Waikiki. Great beaches, great access to hiking, great people, really great food, and not a lot of tourists staying there. Previous year in Costa Rica, we were in Mal Pais. Which was very similar, not very many tourists, but great access to beaches, hikes, great locals, and amazing food.
Any recommendations along those lines in Kauai for places to stay? We keep hearing wonderful things about Hanalei and Princeville, but it seems like a major destination and while beautiful, might not give us the kind of experience that we love.
Thanks for any and all help!