Captain Louis Salibi, right, and first mate Errol Pak throw a shaka onboard the Kalapakai Kai II, right before leaving Nawiliwili Harbor for a sunset cruise. The passengers get to sip cocktails and enjoy pupus while learning about the history and culture of the area. Louis’ father, Kamal Salibi, founded Kaua‘i Beach Boys in 1983. The company offers surfing and stand-up paddling lessons, outrigger canoe rides and beach gear rentals at Kalapaki Beach. Since 2018, they offer sunset cruises on the 50-foot catamaran Kalapaki Kai II, visiting Kalapaki and Nawiliwili Bay, Hā‘upu Range, Hulē‘ia River and Ninini Point. If Kanaloa, the Hawaiian god of the ocean, keeps the waters calm, the cruise will go beyond Nawiliwili Bay where passengers may see dolphins and even whales during the winter migration season. At Hulē‘ia River, they’ll visit the Hulē‘ia National Wildlife Refuge, full of Hawaiian endemic bird species, and the culturally significant Alakoko Fishpond, recently restored by the folks at the nonprofit organization Mālama Hulē‘ia. Call (808) 246-6333 for more information or visit to book a sunset cruise or any of their beach activities. Photo by Léo Azambuja


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