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. 
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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. 
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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. 
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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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Kalakaua boulevard,

Kalakaua boulevard,

The sun was the first to discover Waikiki. Eventually, it became a playground for Hawaiian kings and queens. Today, from the beach and the silhouette of Diamond Head Crater to cosmopolitan, Kalakaua boulevard, it all belongs to you. 960 1280

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Beach in Oahu

Beach in Oahu

Early morning in Waikiki belongs to the sun, though it's shared by a variety of colorful sea creatures including surfers, who make the pilgrimage to the waters off the legendary beach because this is where modern surfing was born. 960 1280

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Surfing in Waikiki

Surfing in Waikiki

If you're not already a surfer, Waikiki's gentle breaks make it the perfect place to learn. For those who're more experienced, riding Waikiki's waves is an unforgettable way to become immersed in the sport's ancestral roots. 960 1280

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catamaran in Oahu

catamaran in Oahu

A catamaran sail is another one of the many exhilarating, water born pleasures of Waikiki. A short cruise past the lines of surfers and you get to see the Island of Oahu practically end to end. 960 1280

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Strolling the streets of Waikiki

Strolling the streets of Waikiki

With or without a surfboard, strolling along the sand, streets and boulevards of Waikiki is a delightfully surprising experience. People watching alone will introduce you to a diversity of cultures that can only be found in Hawaii. 960 1280

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Waikiki day and night

Waikiki day and night

Though you can feel Waikiki's energy day and night, you'll never lose the sense that you're truly on vacation. Whether you're sunbathing on the beach or sipping a late afternoon cocktail, you'll find that the pulse of Hawaii has a blissfully easy beat. 960 1280

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Contemporary Waikiki

Contemporary Waikiki

Contemporary Waikiki is renowned for its fabled hotels, high-fashion galleries, contemporary boutiques, and world-class restaurants, many featuring Hawaii Regional Cuisine which highlights the flavors and textures of the entire Pacific Rim. 960 1280

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Sunset in Waikiki

Sunset in Waikiki

Sunset in Waikiki is a celebration of golden light punctuated by soft breezes, laughter, music, and dance. What better way to say farewell to a day well spent than to party as the sun slips gracefully beneath the waves. 960 1280

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sunset on the beach in Waikiki

sunset on the beach in Waikiki

As darkness falls, torches are lit along the beach in a sunset ritual that also includes the blowing of a conch shell. Even though it’s twilight, the air and water are still warm enough for one last dip in the sea. 960 1280

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Fireworks show in Waikiki

Fireworks show in Waikiki

In Waikiki, Friday nights always begin with a bang as a free fireworks show fills the sky a few minutes before 8pm. Every night of the week, of course, you're welcome to revel in Nature's own, brilliant shower of stars -- 'til dawn if you wish. 960 1280

  

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