17 Oct 2017
Every day is a special day on the beautiful island of Kauai. Aloha Friday, in particular, marks the end of the work week (for those not already on vacation!), and the beginning of the weekend. Oh the places you'll go and the things you can do with the entire island at your fingertips! To help, we've narrowed down on our personal favorite activities and occasions. Whether you're looking to unwind or find the perfect way to cap off your stay on the island, here are 7 ways to add a little bit of aloha to your Friday.
1. Hanapepe Art Walk
Every Friday night Kauai's biggest little town lights up with festivities. From eclectic artisans, local foodies, to the quaint shops lining the half-mile street; if you want a chance to bathe in the culture, you're invited to take a stroll down Hanapepe Road. It's lively, vibrant, and has some of the best vendors on the island in one spot. There is something here for everyone.
2. Old-fashioned Luau
It may seem like the stereotypical thing to do, but you can't deny its allure, especially on Aloha Friday. Smith's Tropical Paradise Luau is all about tradition, while the Luau Kalamaku at the historic Kilohana Plantation stands as the only theatrical luau on the island. You can't go wrong with either. Have a mai tai, partake in the feast, and listen to the stories of Old Hawaii.
3. Boat Tour
The Napali Coast is the main attraction for all boat tours on Kauai – a spectacular 11 mile coastline that will leave you in awe. Whale watching, diving & snorkeling, or simply sightseeing the low-hanging valleys; charters will certainly make an adventure out of the occasion. If you're looking for a more intimate affair, try a sunset cruise. It's guaranteed to make you fall in love with the island if you haven't already.
4. Helicopter Ride
Worried you might not get a chance to see all of Kauai? Any of the island's helicopter tours can help with that, quite literally. You'll get a bird's eye view of the Garden Isle, perfect for the sheer fun of it or to look back on your vacation so far. Who knows, from that vantage, you might even be inspired to undertake some new adventures that you wouldn't have otherwise considered when you're back on the ground.
5. Fine Dining
Friday is also payday, so why not splurge on a fancy meal? You deserve it! Look no further than Oasis on the Beach, a true fine dining experience with a decadent menu full of Hawaiian cuisine (you can also try Beach House or Red Salt for good measure). It's Friday. Don't just go to any restaurant; go to the restaurant. There are plenty of amazing options to choose from!
6. Happy Hour
Bars and lounges are the perfect places to unwind. Karaoke, live bands, and impromptu dancing on top of drink specials; what more could you ask for? Duke's Barefoot Bar and Tahiti Nui are local hotspots and tourist favorites. Designate a driver and head on over!
7. Go to the Beach.
Nothing screams Aloha Friday more than a day at the beach. Kauai, in particular, has some of the best beaches in the state. In the world, many say. Don't just stay for the tan. Linger a little while longer for the green flash of the sunset, or stay until you've got a memory card full of photos. Because your tan will wear off and the sand will eventually run out in your pockets, but you will forever remember the magnificent view of the horizon and the sound of waves crashing along the shore.