Have a few must-sees on Kauai? Share them here in “Local Favorites.” We invite kama’aina to submit a list. It’ll be an anonymous column so that the writer can share candidly a few favorite things. This is a chance to plug a talented massage therapist, stylist, clothing designer or restaurateur. It can include an irresistible dessert, pupu or hike. You name it.
Here is what you do: Send a list of 10 items, with a sentence for each, describing what you love about it. Provide good photos, even better. If chosen, you’ll receive a $25 restaurant gift certificate. Email HYPERLINK “mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org” email@example.com.
1. Dean McRaine: Kaua’i Ceramic Artist
Lightwave Pottery is located in the heart of Kapa’a in an industrial setting that doesn’t suit the whimsy of the works to be found there. Dean’s bright, funky studio is packed with both functional and decorative art. Visit lightwavepottery.com to see his intricate colored clay wares and dragon sculpture. To find the studio, turn mauka on Kipuni Place and follow the signage. He also offers classes in ceramics. To register email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Moalepe Trail in Wailua Homesteads
Great view of Waialeale to the west and the ocean to the east. Plus there’s a nice picnic spot within 30 minutes of the trailhead. I rarely run into other people on this hike. You can hike in and out or shuttle cars to Olohena Rd. and hike the full 4.5 miles between Moalepe and Kuilau Ridge trails. Turn off the highway on to Kuumoo Rd. by Wailua River. The trailhead is just beyond mile marker six.
3. Java Kai in Hanalei
Great coffee, great service and rocking baked goods. I love this place for the kind smiles and strong brew. It’s in the Hanalei Center that used to be an old school house.
5-5183c Kuhio Hwy; 826-6717; email@example.com.
4. Kupuna Sabra Kauka
Sabra Kauka is a teacher at Island School and often invited to perform blessings for various activities and new businesses on Kauai. She is an island treasure.
5. Hindu Monastery, Wailua Homesteads
This sanctuary is tucked into a track of homes in Wailua. Visitors are welcome from 9 to noon daily and limited to a self-guided tour of the grounds. Twenty-one monks live on and maintain the 363-acre property, therefore reservations are required for the monthly guided tour of the hand-carved stone temple under construction. There’s also a very affordable India themed gift shop. Call 1-888-735-1619 for tour dates or visit himalayanacademy.com for more information.