Enjoy a Holiday at this Kauai Resort!


As we drove along a narrow road through one of Kauai’s last sugarcane fields and passed a long-abandoned mill, I watched the dust from the back of a pickup truck. It was the first time I traveled to the island in the early 1980s. After a few days in Honolulu, compared to Waikiki, it has changed a lot.

Later, I learned that Kōloa, a small town on the south coast of Kauai, was the site of the first sugar factory and introduced commercial sugar cane production to the island in 1835. Workers from the Philippines, China, Japan, South Korea and Europe came to work in the area. About 150 years later, Hawaii’s sugar industry, including the Koloa Plantation, was affected by various factors such as labor costs, competition, and the rise of tourism.

Fast forward to my recent visit to Garden Island. In the same town as the first sugarcane plantation, Kukui'ula, a resort community covering more than 1,100 acres, recalls the Koloa of the past in its architectural design. The historic plantation style is evident throughout the hotel, especially the clubhouse, with its low wide roof, exposed rafters, vertical wooden walls and spacious covered balconies-equipped with ceiling fans and rocking chairs. In the back, a vast green lawn stretches to the sea.

Image source: MIKE COOTS/KUKUIULA Resort Provided

We live in The Lodge, which is actually a block of single bungalows, cottages and villas, ranging from one to four bedrooms, all equipped with a full gourmet kitchen, outdoor garden shower, luxury bedding and our favorite features-the large covered balcony is furnished with comfortable chairs and an outdoor dining table. We relax there with morning coffee, afternoon cocktails and dinner. Dinner includes salads, fresh vegetables and herbs from the farm.

Guests staying at The Lodge have unlimited access to the resort’s facilities, which makes us feel at home, just as special as the owner of the amazing multi-million dollar residence in Kukui'ula. The farm is an example. Guests can harvest kale, lettuce, tomatoes, herbs, fruits and vegetables as meals, and can also use the convenient self-service counter near the clubhouse. We were very happy to visit the 10-acre farm, where we chatted with farmers and saw the original garden and nearby lake.


Credit: Courtesy of Kucuila Resort
 


Credit: Courtesy of Kucuila Resort

Health is the focus of everything that happens in Kukuiʻula, from the organic farm to the Hi'ilani Spa, where there are adult swimming pools, steam and saunas, hot and cold plunge pools, and expert treatments. Kukuiʻula’s characteristic water ritual is a rejuvenating experience, including dry saunas, cold showers, wet steam and scrubs, and soaking in hot and cold plunge pools. It is perfectly integrated with fitness classes such as yoga, barre, Pilates or cross training. For keiki (children), there are saltwater pools, waterfalls, waterslides, and sand bottom pools leading to the beach.

Although the rhythm is relaxed, there is still a lot to do. The 18-hole Tom Weiskopf golf course is a golfer’s dream. For tennis fans, there are four brand new Rebound Ace surface courses. The resort’s Wakahi guide can arrange paddle boards, kayaks, snorkeling gear, bicycles, or a private cruise on a 32-foot yellow fin boat in Kukui'ula. For shoppers, the nearby Kukuiʻula stores offer clothing, gifts, original artwork and national brands such as Tommy Bahama, Reyn Spooner, Quicksilver and LuluLemon.

Image source: MIKE COOTS/KUKUIULA Resort Provided

Since my first visit nearly 40 years ago, Kauai has changed. At that time, there was only one traffic light on the island, but Kouquila captured the atmosphere of the past. The residents of Kauai also bring the island’s history to life. Every year, during Koloa Plantation Day, people will look back at the age of sugarcane plantations. This is an annual celebration. Visitors can learn about the island’s life through music, food, rodeos, games, parades and nature walks. Cultural diversity and its past. This year’s celebrations are planned to be held from July 23 to August 1. Activities include walking along the Hapa Trail, which used to be the link between Kōloa and Po'ipū, a popular beach area on the island.

Driving through the property in Kukuiʻula, we noticed that there are several houses under construction and many spectacular houses available. While owning a residence on Kauaʻi is just a dream for most of us, we felt fortunate to be relaxing on our lanai and enjoying the same view, amenities, and Hawaiian hospitality as Kukuiʻula's homeowners.



Katen Doe

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