Kauai: Hawaii's Untouched Paradise

With endless undeveloped beaches and fewer crowds than its neighboring islands, Kauai is an outdoor adventure lover's paradise and a welcome reprieve from the more tourist-trodden Hawaiian Islands.

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The road to Hana is long and winding, with interesting stops along the way. Four miles into your trip will bring you to the colorful town of Paia where you can get a fish burger at the popular Paia Fishmarket, then head to Hookipa Beach, also known as the windsurfing capital of the world. 960 1280

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Located on the mid-slope of Maui's Haleakala volcano, Makawao has one foot in its plantation past and another in its thriving arts community. It's also the biggest little town in the area known as Upcountry Maui and is famous for its Hawaiian cowboys, known as paniolo. 960 1280

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From the air, the Hana Highway looks like a zigzag line drawn by a three year old. It twists and turns for 52 miles and takes anywhere from two to four hours to traverse depending on how many cars you meet on the one-way bridges. In fact, there are 54 bridges and 600 curves to make sure you're paying attention. And please do, because in addition to the traffic, the flowing waterfalls, plunging pools, scenic rainforests and the town of Hana are well worth the drive. 960 1280

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There are rewards in life that are all the sweeter because of the effort it took to get there. Hana is such a place. Separated from the rest of Maui, you'll feel as if you stumbled upon the land that time forgot. Spend a few nights in Hana and soon you'll have trouble remembering where you came from and wondering why you'd ever go back. 960 1280

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Every evening on the northernmost cliffs of Maui's Kaanapali Beach, a cliff diver lights the torches then dives off Puu Kekaa, or Black Rock. This dramatic show is a reenactment of a feat performed by Maui's revered King Kahekili. Surrounded by restaurants, the ceremony also takes on a modern twist, signaling the end of the day and the start of your own private celebration. 960 1280

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Maui has always been a magnet for those who love the sea, from Hawaiian voyagers to whaling ships and modern-day catamarans that glide upon the water. Complete your Maui vacation with a few hours offshore, tacking up and down the coastline with the West Maui Mountains in your view. Add a splash of champagne or a frosty mai tai and there's nothing else like it. 960 1280

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It doesn't matter how old you are when you walk through an ocean, the little kid in you comes out to play. Fantasy mixes with reality as you come nose to nose with wide-eyed tuna and white-tip reef sharks. Yellow butterfly fishes flutter like leaves around coral, while slick stingrays glide by without a care in the world. 960 1280

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Molokini is a small, crescent moon-shaped atoll off the coast of Maui. It's in a State Marine Life and Bird Conservation District, which means fishing is prohibited, so it's teeming with life. Take a snorkel or scuba tour and you'll be treated to a kaleidoscope of over 250 colorful varieties of tropical fish. Tours are available out of Maalaea Harbor and Lahaina. Insider tip: Early morning is best because the water is clear. 960 1280

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Maui might be for lovers, but it's also for golfers. And if you love golf, that's even better still. There are 14 courses on Maui, with several ranked at or near the top of the 'world's best' list. The PGA TOUR's Hyundai's Tournament of Champions is held here each year, so you never know who you might see on the course. 960 1280

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Wanderlust Festival in O'ahu

Wanderlust Festival in O'ahu

Welcome to Wanderlust O'ahu. Yogis take their practice to the crystal clear Hawaiian ocean for standup paddleboard yoga – the ultimate test of balance. Hawaii was the birthplace for standup paddleboarding, after all, so it's no surprise SUP yoga has taken off here, too.  960 1280

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Reach for the Palms

Reach for the Palms

Low lunges meet tall palm trees during yogi, surfer and “blissologist” Eoin Finn’s class at Wanderlust O’ahu. 960 1280

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Honoring Tradition

Honoring Tradition

Wanderlust O’ahu pays homage to Hawaiian culture with classes in the art of carving traditional wood surfboards with Hawaii native Tom Pohaku Stone.  960 1280

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Nightly Concerts

Nightly Concerts

Indie musical acts, like ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra), rock the outdoor stage at Wanderlust O’ahu. 960 1280

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Hands Up for O'ahu

Hands Up for O'ahu

Wanderlust festival is the largest multi-day yoga event in the world, with annual events in Squaw Valley, Calif., Stratton Mountain, Vt., Copper Mountain, Colo., and Whistler, British Columbia. In 2013, it has expanded to Chile and O’ahu. 960 1280

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The Seaside Stage

The Seaside Stage

The infectious beats of musician Michael Franti leads to a spontaneous dance party during Shiva Rea’s “trance dance.” 960 1280

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Master the Ukulele

Master the Ukulele

Tutu Janet teaches Wanderlust-ers how to play Hawaii’s favorite musical instrument -- the ukulele! 960 1280

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Try Tree Pose by the Sea

Try Tree Pose by the Sea

In between yoga classes, yogis soak up the Hawaiian sunshine on O'ahu's North Shore. 960 1280

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Late Night Entertainment

Late Night Entertainment

Wanderlust O’ahu showcases the best of Hawaiian culture -- like these fire dancers from Soul Fire Productions heating up the stage. 960 1280

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Get Pumped Up

Get Pumped Up

Michael Franti, no stranger to the stage at Wanderlust, brings the crowd to new heights with his catchy beats. 960 1280

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Explore Hawaii's Turtle Bay Resort

Explore Hawaii's Turtle Bay Resort

Turtle Bay Resort, which hosted this year’s Wanderlust O’ahu, is a 880-acre paradise that sits on the northernmost tip of the North Shore with 5 miles of remote beachfront. 960 1280

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Yoga Attire Encouraged

Yoga Attire Encouraged

Dancing in the sun on Hawaii's fabled North Shore in your comfy yoga pants? Pure happiness.  960 1280

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Dance the Day Away

Dance the Day Away

Michael Franti leaves the stage to dance with the crowd in his sold-out performance. 960 1280

  

Informative Health and Wellness Panels

Informative Health and Wellness Panels

Female surf legend Rochelle Ballard discusses the synchronicity of surfing and yoga during her speakeasy at Surfer, The Bar. 960 1280

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Indulge in Fresh, Wholesome Eats

Indulge in Fresh, Wholesome Eats

LYFE Kitchen showcases their new healthy fare with free tastings. 960 1280

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Taking Yoga to New Heights

Taking Yoga to New Heights

Yoga meets tightrope for a true balance challenge -- slackline yoga. 960 1280

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Practice Reverse Warrior on the Lawn

Practice Reverse Warrior on the Lawn

Forget your mat -- practice yoga right on the grass at Wanderlust. 960 1280

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Strengthen Your Stability

Strengthen Your Stability

Standup paddleboard yoga lets you soak in the sunshine (and take a dip to cool off) while you practice your down dogs. 960 1280

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Surfing for All Levels

Surfing for All Levels

Yogis take to the waves for surf lessons on O'ahu's North Shore, where big wave surfing was born. Luckily, there are smaller waves for beginners, too. 960 1280

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Shipwreck Beach

Shipwreck Beach

Take a 4-wheel drive about a half an hour north of Lanai City and you will discover Kaiolohia, also known as Shipwreck beach. This windy 8-mile stretch of beach has broken many a ship with its shallow, rocky channel, including a 1940s tanker that lay rusting as a ghostly reminder to mariners to stay away. The rough water also makes for poor swimming, but the views of Molokai and Maui and wide stretch of open sand make this a great place for beachcombing. 
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Shark's Cove is not a good place to swim, but you’d be hard pressed to find a beach that is more visually stunning. Iron-rich rocks give the cliffs a deep, red color that contrasts sharply with the turquoise water. The area has strong currents, so we recommend picnics, hikes and sunbathing instead. 960 1280

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Snorkeling

Snorkeling

Before you head out to snorkel at Hulopoe Beach Park and Marine Preserve, pick up a laminated fish guide at one of the local stores, then get ready for your own version of show and tell. The bay is rich with fish, from striped Moorish idols to our state fish the humuhumunukunukuapuaa. (Try to say that three times.) Once in a while, a friendly green sea turtle might even stop on by to say hello. 
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Kayaking

Kayaking

For most of the year, Hulopoe Bay, which fronts the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay, is the best place for kayaking, swimming and snorkeling on the island. Rent a kayak or bring your own and soon you'll find yourself torn between paddling and stopping to take photos. 
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Kaholo Cliffs

Kaholo Cliffs

The sea cliffs of Lanai rise nearly a thousand feet above the Pacific. Visitors can travel along the network of four wheel drive roads that traverse the island and enjoy incredible views all along the rocky coast.
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Horseback Ride

Horseback Ride

A horseback ride is the most adventurous way to access the magnificent views of mountains, valleys, and seascapes that can be enjoyed from Koele Lookout. Koele itself has its own unrivalled landscape, symbolized by its towering Cook Island pines.
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Mouflan Ram Pair

Mouflan Ram Pair

The mountains and remote valleys of Lanai are home to a remarkable variety of wildlife including wild turkey, quail, pheasant, Axis deer, and Mouflon sheep. The deer and sheep can often be found on the sheer cliffs of the island’s high country. 
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Petroglyphs

Petroglyphs

Hawaiians came to Lanai as early as the 15th Century and left evidence of their existence in rock carvings called petroglyphs. If you like scavenger hunts, Luahiwa Petroglyphs are a challenge to find, but for the determined traveler, they offer a fascinating glimpse into the island’s past. 
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Hawaiian Short-Eared Owl

Hawaiian Short-Eared Owl

The sunlit sky above Lanai is home to the Pueo, or Hawaiian short-eared owl. In the absence of streetlights and neon, Lanai’s crystalline night sky is also home to a galaxy of stars, invisible to most of the outside world.
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