If you go to Hawaii

IF YOU GO . . .


What to do

Hang Gliding Maui

32 Kuukama St., Kahului



Ultralight motorized gliders give you and your “instructor” a bird’s-eye view of the Maui mountains and coastline. $170 per half hour; $280 per hour.

Pacific Whale Foundation

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Ma’alaea Harbor Shops, Ma’alaea

or 612 Front St., Lahaina

808-856-8323 or 808-667-7447


A two-hour cruise where the crew collects whale data and the passengers watch the antics of the endangered humpback whales. $37.

The Hana Highway

For a gorgeous — and scary — drive, take the crazy curvy Hana Highway east from Paia to Hana. It’s got about 60 one-lane bridges and hundreds of switchbacks but dazzling views of mountains and ocean.

Where to stay

The Paia Inn

93 Hana Highway, Paia



Small rooms but great location and beach out back. Standard room with town view $239.

Where to eat

Flatbread Company

89 Hana Highway, Paia


Clay-oven pizzas are perfect, as are the salads, so the lines are long. Go early.

Pizzas $11.75 to $22.25


505 Front St., Lahaina


A pricey, pretty place on the beach. Try lunch, $13 to $16.50. Delicious fish and salads.


What to do

Lydgate Beach Park

Off Leho Drive, in Wailua

Two “pools” formed by boulders, the shallower one great for kids, the other for snorkelers.

Kauai Northshore Limousine & Tours

PO Box 109, Kilauea


We loved our day with Domi, our indomitable tour guide. Call for prices; we booked through our timeshare and got a deal on a full day that also included an air trip and boat ride.

South Pacific Dinner Theater

The Hilton Kauai Beach Resort


Wednesdays only

Food mediocre but “Some Enchanted Evening,” indeed. Prices start at $86.

Luau Kalamaku

Kilohana Plantation

Kaumualii Highway, Lihue


A huge buffet dinner followed by a theatrical rendition of Hawaii’s early history. Tickets start at about $100.

Where to eat

Keoki’s Paradise

Poipu Beach


Wonderful plate of beef, pork, and crab sliders. But Hula Pie is the real star: $8 for a piece that four of us shared. Next time, I’m getting my own.

Hanalei Dolphin Restaurant

5-5016 Kuhio Highway, Hanalei


Not far from our condo, this quickly became our favorite. Snag a riverside seat, eat shrimp tacos and watch the kayakers and standup paddleboarders as they pass by. Not polite to laugh when one falls. Lunch $12 to $18.