Kauai is a stunning island in the Hawaiian chain that offers breathtaking natural scenery and plenty of activities for visitors to enjoy. Here are 25 things you won't want to miss during your stay on Kauai! 

There are a lot of videos on YouTube with lists of the "Best Things" to do on Kauai.  I've watched a lot of them, and every video that I've watched is made by someone who doesn't live on Kauai, and 99% of the time has also never been to Kauai before. 

I thought it was time that someone who lives here who's has done just about every excursion on Kauai and has eaten at almost every restaurant make a "Best Of" list for those coming to visit Kauai. 

Here's my list of the Top 25 Must Do things on Kauai.

Top 25 Must do Things on Kauai


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Are you looking for a kauai home for sale that offers privacy, serenity, and stunning views? If so, this single-family home on 1.23 acres of tropical paradise may be the perfect fit. Located in the Rolling Hills subdivision above Kapaa town, the property offers stunning mountain views. The home itself features vaulted ceilings and an open concept floor plan that is drenched in natural light. With three bedrooms and two bathrooms, there is plenty of space for a family or guests. And the large lanai is perfect for entertaining or simply relaxing and enjoying the beautiful kauai weather. If you're looking for kauai real estate that offers peace, privacy, and incredible views, this home is definitely worth considering.Front of HomeHouse Video

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The County of Kauai is very serious about shutting down illegal vacation rentals.  To assist with this they have partnered with a third party software system to ascertain who is advertising their illegal vacation rentals online.

While doing this the third party software has shut down many legal vacation rentals.  The reason for this is the way the property's TMK (TAX MAP KEY) number has been entered into VRBO or AirBnB.

A TMK number is the tax ID number the County of Kauai gives to every property on Kauai.  If you don't know your TMK number you can find it by looking for your property on the County of Kauai's website or your property tax bill.

An example of a TMK number is 4-1-1-001-001-0001.  The first number "4" designates the…

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This is a great article in the WSJ published on April 12, 2019.  It goes through the pros and cons of paying cash, or getting a loan for your luxury property.

Yes, There is a Right Time to Take on Debt for Your Luxury Home

In Kauai's real estate market we do have a much higher percentage of cash buyers than you would in a more conventional market.

Generally getting a loan for over 4 or 5 million is very difficult.  There are a few lenders that specialize in high end financing and can go much higher that this (20M+).  My clients who have used their services have also received more favorable terms that most loans can offer. 

If this is something that you are interested in exploring for Kauai, please reach out to me so I can asses which…

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It seems like there are a lot of people looking for a "good deal" that they can get in Haena while the road is closed.

The road west of Hanalei being closed as been tough on a lot of property owners.  The country has determined that while the road is closed the legal vacation rentals can not be used.  There are beachfront properties there that rent for $1,000 a night and up that have been stilling empty for almost a year now.

Some of my clients are tired of waiting for the road to reopen and are ready to make a deal.  If this is something you're interested in please reach out to me.Haena


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There are several oceanfront property that I will soon be listing publicly in the Kauai MLS.  Here you can learn about them before anyone else!

Here are the first two.  

One is a beach house in Haena.  It's a two bedroom, two bathroom home on the beach.  It is on a good sized lot with a lot of privacy.  The lot has guest house rights and the house has a TVR (vacation rental license).  Here's a clip of me opening the door and walking out on the lanai.


The second one is a two bedroom, two bathroom oceanfront condo in sunny Poipu!  It's in Poipu Shores which has the most amazing pool!  Here's a picture of the pool at Poipu Shores!

Pool on the Ocean at Poipu Shores
The condo at Poipu Shores is currently used as a very active vacation rental!

If you're interested in either…

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As I turned off the Kuhio Hwy yesterday and drove through the Tunnel of Trees I started to reflect on what a special place the south side of Kauai is.

I was driving through the Tunnel of Tress on my way to an inspection of a oceanfront condo I listed for sale for the Owner and where I also represent the Buyer.  The market on Kauai right now is very hot!  Here's a snapshot of the oceanfront real estate market in the Poipu/Koloa area.

There are currently 15 oceanfront homes and condos for sale in Poipu.

Four of those are single family homes range in price from $1.865M to $6.990M.  They also range in both quality of built and current condition of property.  Two of then have TVRs or a Vacation Rental License.  They have been on the market…

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Real estate in Poipu and Koloa on Kauai's south side is the most popular area to own a vacation rental condo on Kauai.

Although the north side of Kauai is considered more beautiful, the south side has more sun.  Often when people come to Kauai on vacation they want sun.  They don't want to go somewhere it might rain 50% of the time. Which means they generally want to rent something on the south side. 

I currently have several oceanfront off market pocket listings on the south side!

These ones are not only on the water, but they are walkable to restaurants, shopping, snorkeling spots, and a sandy beach!

Here's a video walk through on one of them:

Oceanfront Pocket Listing

Reach out to me if you're interested for more details.  This will…

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Elite Pacific Properties, the leading luxury brokerage in Hawaii has just past a recording breaking 1 Billion dollars in Sales for 2017.  Agents with Elite also have the highest average sales per agent of the top six firms in the state!

In the history on Hawaii real estate only three brokerages have ever sold over 1 billion in a year.  We the agents that make up Elite Pacific Properties are extremely happy to be a part of this exciting accomplishment!

As an agent with Elite and the #1 Realtor for beachfront property on Kauai it's is extremely rewarding and satisfyng to work for a company with the amount of integrity and vision that Elite has.  Paul Mayer the co-founder and managing partner has his mission written out at the bottom of every email he…

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