Kauai is one of the Hawaiian islands and you can enjoy Kauai for a daytrip. Do you think it could be short for one day? Not at all! It is still enough to see all of lovely things and it will fulfill your experience. Then, it’s better to catch the earliest flight and have a breakfast in Kapaa, one of the towns in Kauai. There are still many other restaurants or coffee shops, however, Kountry Kitchen is a famous one where makes you to wait in line. It serves Hawaii twist, like macadamia nut pancakes and kalua pork and eggs.
Next, you can go the north shore and hike the Hanakapiai 2-mile trail to the beach. It takes about 3~4hours. After exploring the north shore, head back south toward Wailua River State Park and visit 2 famous waterfalls. One is Wailua, the other one is Opaekaa. You don’t need to hike again, and you just can have a look before going to Hanapepe.
Hanapepe is a historic site and it is a plantation town. This town was the motivation for setting of Lilo & Stitch of Disney. You can visit the different shops and galleries when you walk the street. For example, Talk Story Bookstore has many regional books and rare items at reasonable prices. Not only old books, it has a large amount of mass-market publications.
You also can see the worn and green cottage at the entry of the town. It is Taro Ko Chips Factory. There are no fixed hours of operation. If the door is open, then the store is open. It sells chips made of taro and sweet potato. It has plain or salty dried Chinese plum which is called lihing mui flavor.
Before leaving Hanapepe, how about visiting Waimea Canyon and Kalalau Lookout? If you decide to visit these places at the end of the trip, it will give you enough time to drive and hike there. And before the sun sets, drive down to Kekaha beach park to watch it dip over the horizon. You also can see the forbidden island of Niihau.
See, there are many things to do in Kauai and you can enjoy this island within a day!