Kauai Travel Tips: 9 Things to Know Before You Go

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– Yellow Productions presents
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Nine Things to Know Before You Come to Kauai in Hawaii,
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I’m Chris, this is Topher, this is Yellow Productions,
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we do travel guides that are fun,
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informative and entertaining.
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This video’s part of our Kauai series and in this video,
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we’re gonna be telling you everything you need to know,
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if you’re considering coming to this Hawaiian island.
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I put links in the description below
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to the time codes for the nine different areas,
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you can click any of those to skip to a specific area,
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you’ll also find links in the description
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to my other Kauai videos.
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Number one, some general things about Kauai.
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Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian islands,
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it’s the one that was formed first by volcanic activity,
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it is one of the smaller ones,
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it’s the fourth smallest in terms of population,
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there’s about 70,000 people on this island,
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so a pretty small population,
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it’s called the Garden Island,
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because the island is very lush,
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to make it so lush, it actually rains quite a bit,
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there’s the rainiest spot on Earth,
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it rains about 450 inches per year,
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that is 40 feet of rain per year,
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so there’s tons of waterfalls,
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many famous movies you’ve seen were filmed here,
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including Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones,
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Pirates of the Caribbean 4,
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so it’s a great place to come
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and really get that Jurassic feel.
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Also, being one of the smallest islands,
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in terms of population, it’s relatively undeveloped,
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only three percent of Kauai is developed,
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so you’ll find lots of wilderness to explore.
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So, who is Kauai best for?
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It’s not best for people that wanna go to beaches,
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’cause the beaches aren’t fabulous,
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but it’s best for people, who really like the outdoors,
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who kinda like the jungle, who kinda like to hike
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and so if that’s you, then you’re gonna really enjoy Kauai.
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For the final thing I wanna mention in the general section,
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is Kauai has tons of chickens, yes, chickens and roosters,
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I saw a T-shirt,
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it said that Kauai’s alarm clock is the rooster,
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they’re just wild, they roam around the island,
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I’ve seen them before on other Hawaiian islands,
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but Kauai has way more chickens and roosters.
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Also, great to see nature here,
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lots of honu, which are green sea turtles
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and Hawaiian monk seals,
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you can see them on a lot of beaches, in the water,
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I’ve seen more green sea turtles here
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in this five day trip to Kauai, than I have
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on any of the other Hawaiian islands I’ve been to.
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The second thing to know,
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before you come to Kauai is about the weather
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and if you’re wondering why my hair is kinda wet,
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it’s because it just finished raining,
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Kauai is quite a rainy place, it’s get the trade rain,
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so it’s not like rain all day, but its rains
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just you know, for five or ten minutes they come down,
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so make sure when you’re coming around,
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that you’re carrying an umbrella.
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The temperatures in Kauai,
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they can range from the lower 50s up in the mountains
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to the upper 80s along the South Shore,
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which is where I’m filming this right now,
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this is in front of the Grand Hyatt Kauai.
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The South Shore is known as the sunniest
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and the least rainy,
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the North Shore is the rainiest part of the island
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and it’s very common to be in rain one minute
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and then the next minute, be in full sun on this island,
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it also can be quite windy, the trade winds come here
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and those can be 15 to 25 miles per hour,
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you can see the palm trees behind me,
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they’re going pretty good.
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Alright, the third thing to know,
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before you come to Kauai is about beaches
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and I’m kind of on a beach right here, it’s that way,
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you can’t see it all that much,
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but trust me, there’s a beach over there,
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the sun’s this direction,
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so if I was shooting into the beach,
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you wouldn’t be able to see me at all
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and so the thing to know about the beaches here
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is that many of the beaches, they’re not swimmable,
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actually most of Kauai’s shoreline is rocky
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and so that doesn’t make for good swimming,
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so if you do wanna swim and go to the beach,
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check out, there’s a few of them,
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I actually have a whole separate video on beaches,
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you know, you can click on this Info card right here
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to watch it or find the link in the description below
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for the rest of my Kauai series.
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Summer has some of the calmest waves on the North Shore,
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the North Shore can get pretty rough in the winter,
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in the winter, the South Shore is often the best.
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The fourth thing to know,
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before you come to Kauai is about hotels
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and yes, Kauai is home to some amazing resorts
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and the two big resort areas on the South,
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where I am right now,
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Poipu kind of centered by the Grand Hyatt
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and on the North Shore, it’s Princeville
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and everything in the resort areas is more expensive,
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if you want cheaper food or cheaper anything
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like shops, this and that, get out of the resort areas
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into Lihuei or some other places,
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that have more people that live in there,
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you’ll find things cheaper than in the hotel areas.
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The big resorts, the Hyatt goes for about 500 a night,
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the St. Regis goes for 700 a night,
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you can certainly get cheaper accommodation,
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there’s Marriott Lihuee, a Courtyard, a Hilton Garden Inn,
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also a lot of people like to rent condos,
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there’s a lot of resort condominiums,
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that you’ll find around here in the resort areas as well.
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The fifth thing you need to know,
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before you come to Kauai is about transportation
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and there basically is no good public transportation
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around this island, so you will need a rental car,
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you will need a rental car, get a rental car,
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but it’ll probably be banged up,
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because the roads, there’s a lot of dirt roads here,
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the parking spaces are narrow,
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you’ll probably have a lot of dents and bangs on your car,
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at the rental car company I rented from, which was Alamo,
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they gave me this little sheet,
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that told you the size of dents and asked you, like,
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“If there’s a dent bigger than this, then let us know,”
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so make sure you look around your car
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and you don’t accept any with dents,
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sorry, I’m chasing mosquitoes away,
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by the way, did I mention there’s mosquitoes here?
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There are a lot of mosquitoes in Kauai,
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so bring mosquito repellent,
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if you don’t like being their tasty treat.
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Also, related to rental cars, the cheapest gas you’ll find,
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that’ll be in Lihue, that’ll be around the airport,
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there’s also one road around the island pretty much,
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I mean, that’s an exaggeration,
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but there’s primarily one major road
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that rings the island, almost rings the island,
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it goes around like four-fifths of the island,
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so you can’t drive around the whole thing,
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but if you go from the south part of the island
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to the north part of the island,
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it can take between two to three hours,
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depending upon the traffic and yes,
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they do have traffic here, often in Lihue round the airport,
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that’s the major commercial area, there is traffic there.
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Also be aware of driving times,
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when you’re planning your driving,
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because although it’s a short drive,
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distance-wise, it may take a long time,
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’cause the speed limits are very slow,
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there’s a lot of speed limits, 25 miles per hour,
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even 15 miles per hour, so watch out for those speed limits
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and it’ll go from 50 miles an hour to 15 miles an hour,
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so don’t get caught in any of the speed traps like that.
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You should also be aware of one-lane bridges,
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the North Shore is home to some bridges,
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that are just one-lane,
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that’s not one lane in each direction,
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that’s just one lane total
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and so it’s about six to eight cars that go,
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before the next set goes,
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so if you get to one of those bridges,
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you know, kind of yield,
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until you find the next set of cars going,
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if you’re in front, then count about six to eight cars,
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when they yield on their side, then it’s time for you to go.
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Alright, the sixth thing to know,
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before you come to Kauai is about shopping
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and the best shopping, I mean, I love Costco,
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there is a Costco here, it’s in Lihue by the airport,
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that’s a great place to pick up Hawaiian shirts,
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this particular Hawaiian shirt, I actually got from Macy’s
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and that’s right around Lihue as well,
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if you’re looking for groceries,
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Safeway is their kind of big grocery store chain here,
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if you need pharmacy or drug stores, that would be Longs
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and also the great place for everything
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any Hawaii tourist needs is ABC Stores,
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there are four ABC Stores in this island,
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but there’s also a lot of just arts and crafts
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and actually the Grand Hyatt has great craft vendors,
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that come on the weekends to sell local goods.
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Alright, the seventh thing you need to know,
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before you come to Kauai is about food,
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but before I talk about food,
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let me talk about attire to come to food,
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casual attire, totally okay and acceptable,
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actually shorts and flip flops are pretty much
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where it’s at in most of the island,
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if you’re going to a dressy place,
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a Hawaiian shirt and nice, khaki pants would be just fine.
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Lots of the places in Kauai are just takeout
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and don’t have any seats, so if you want a place,
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that you can actually sit down to eat,
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make sure you’re looking on Yelp for places,
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that have seats and it’s not just a takeout window,
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actually I have a whole video about cheap eats,
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that have seats, click this Info card right here,
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find the link in the description below
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if you wanna know more about the eating here
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and the best cheap places that I like to eat,
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but you should also know
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they have some interesting hours for the restaurants here,
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that many places are just breakfast and lunch
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and so in that case, they close maybe at 1:30,
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if it’s just a breakfast place
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or three p.m., if it’s just a lunch place,
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so make sure you’re getting to lunch on time,
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otherwise you might find yourself hungry
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and not eating, if they’re all closed.
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The big resorts all have fancy restaurants,
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but you’re gonna pay a premium price, if you eat at those,
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one of the most touristy restaurants is Duke’s Restaurant
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at Kalapaki Beach, get the famous Hula Pie for dessert,
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but I say eat where the locals eat,
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Hawaiian plate lunches, Asian food,
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that’s where it’s at, when you’re on Kauai.
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Alright, the eighth thing to know, before you come to Kauai
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is about what the big attractions are,
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but the biggest attraction is Waimea Canyon
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and it’s a big Canyon, Mark Twain called it
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“the Grand Canyon of the Pacific,”
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if you wanna know more about Waimea Canyon,
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it is in my Kauai travel guide,
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click the Info card right here,
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find the link in the description below for more on that.
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The Napali Coast, it’s the big Jurassic Park coast,
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it’s undeveloped, you can hike it, kayak it, boat it,
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but you can’t drive there, relatively undeveloped,
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so if you like adventure, that’s where it’s at,
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Kauai also has a lot of adventure helicopter tours,
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kayak tours, boat tours, scuba tours, water sports,
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and there’s also lots of little towns to explore,
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Wailua, Waimea, Hanapepe, those are names
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of some of the towns, so you can check those out.
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Also, and I think I mentioned this with the rain section,
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it rains a lot, so there’s a lot of waterfalls,
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drive up waterfalls in fact,
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so check out the waterfalls, while you’re here.
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Alright, the ninth thing to know, before you come to Kauai
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and this is the last one is about hiking Kauai,
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’cause again, it’s relatively undeveloped,
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there are some excellent hiking trails,
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so if you like hiking, this s a great place to be,
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the Napali Coast has some famous hiking trails,
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I also think one of the great hiking trails
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is actually right in front of the Grand Hyatt hotel,
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I’ll butcher the name of it,
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so I’m just gonna put text up here, that says what it is
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and it’s this trail, it runs along the coastline
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in front of the golf course in Poipu, but amazing views
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of Kauai’s undeveloped and rugged coastline,
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but the attractions and the hiking are not very well signed,
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so if you are hiking, make sure you have a map,
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don’t expect your cellphone to work,
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because cellphone coverage is very spotty in Kauai.
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Alright, well that wraps up my video
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Alright, thanks, bye bye.

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