Marijuana (or Pakalolo, Kona Gold or Maui Wowie, as the locals would say) has been legal in Hawaii for medicinal patients since 2000. The law allows patients to grow up to seven of their own plants. You must have a qualifying debilitating medical condition and your “329 Card.”
Best Spot to Cure the Munchies:
Marijuana is not the only crop grown on this lush tropical paradise. There are many farmer’s markets around the island where you can sample exotic fruits such as papaya. You can also visit farms yourself. A’akukui Ranch and Kauai Kunana Dairy are two good options. Another must-eat local grind is the famous Puka Dog, featured by the Travel Channel as one of the Top Ten Hot Dog Stands in America.
All of you shrimp lovers out there, you can eat your heart out at Shrimp Station in Waimea. It boasts the best Coconut Shrimp on the planet, which you can pair with dozens of combinations from garlic, Thai, Cajun, shrimp tacos, shrimp burgers and more. And don’t forget to save room for Shave ice, with passionate fans insisting Jo-Jo’s is the finest on the island.
Best Place to get the Giggles:
One activity bound to put a smile on your face is a luau, a grand celebration of food, entertainment and Polynesian culture. Try traditional Hawaiian dishes such as Kalua Pig, Coconut Pudding and Poi. Luaus might showcase songs, storytelling as well as thrilling fire dancers. If you are looking for a fun-filled Friday Night, make sure you check out the Hanapepe Friday Night Festival and Art Walk. This small local street fair is friendly and inviting, with shops, arts and crafts, and food trucks.
Best Moment of Zen:
One of Kauai’s best kept secrets is the peaceful Hanalai Bay, which features two miles of soft white sand set with a backdrop of stunning mountains. Listen to the waves crash while you listen to the waves lapping on the beach, which is usually not crowded. An early morning visit to the majestic 173-foot Wailua Falls is also inspiring. For a totally different experience, surround yourself with blue ocean and float gently among thousands of bright, colorful tropical fish and green sea turtles on a snorkeling excursion.
Best Outdoor Adventure:
Get an up close look at dolphins, turtles, and other wildlife in their national habitat on the Na Pali Coast Boat Tour. Hiking the coast along the Kalalau Trail will leave you breathless, but is an incredible way to experience the cliffs that rise over 4,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean.
Grab a guide or go on your own kayaking trip. You can take a leisurely paddle on the Wailua River or get cozy with nature and forgo some of the amenities of home. Glamping – not quite hotel, but not exactly “roughing-it” camping – is a perfect way to wake up to the sound of waves and birds just outside your comfy bed. Check out some amazing home away from home glamping options for your next stay.