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Kauai's Poipu Beach

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Family Fun at Kauai's Poipu Beach

    Last  year, a $70,000 play ground was completed at Poipu Beach Park, featuring a two-pod design – one area for children ages two to five, the other for older children ages five to twelve. The playground is fully ADA accessible and is close to Poipu Beach’s popular, “keiki pond,” a protected area along the beach where toddlers and young children can enjoy the ocean.
    Older children, teens and adults find many activities too including swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, boogie boarding, surfing and beachcombing.
    Added options for families with children as young as seven years old include bicycling, fishing, golf, tennis, ATV (all terrain vehicle) excursions, and horseback rides to the beach. Surfing lessons are available for children as young as five, and even toddlers can be included in a kayak trip up a serene river with a hike to a hidden waterfall.  
     Be sure to visit the Botanical Gardens of Kauai’s south shore taking a guided or self-guided tour. Poipu also offers a variety of historic trails for independent hikes, as well as guided walks including the two-mile Mahaulepu Trail,
a shoreline trail part of The Kauai Historical Society’s guided‚ “Archaeology and Dune Walk,” and the Koloa Heritage Trail which provides a self-guided tour that covers thirteen historic sites in the Poipu/Koloa area.
    Dining options are abundant, and kid’s menus are available at most restaurants and Poipu’s resorts. Or take the family to Poipu Beach Park for a sunset picnic.
    Poipu cultural and annual events include Koloa Plantation Days during the last week of July celebrates Kauai’s sugar plantation heritage. The Prince Kuhio Celebration takes place the last week of March and the Hawaiiana Festival the first week of October. Poipu Shopping Village presents a free Polynesian dance show every Thursday throughout the year.
    Many of Poipu’s hotels, condos, and inns offer babysitting services, and some provide specially-designed family packages or programs at their properties.

Activities & Programs

ATV Off-Road Tours

    Kauai ATV – Venture into Kauai’s tropical paradise on an ATV guided by experts. Drive the back roads of Poipu; explore tunnels, vistas, coves, waterfalls and scenic valleys. Kids ages 5 and older allowed; must be 16 or older to drive the ATV. (808) 742-2734;

Bicycle Tours & River Kayaking

    Outfitter’s Kauai – Offers a variety of outdoor excursions appropriate for adults and kids from toddlers to teens. Enjoy river kayaking, combined kayaking/hikes to a waterfall, and downhill bicycle tours from the top of Waimea Canyon to the beach. (808) 742-9667;

Educational Tours

    Kauai Coffee Visitors Center – Hawaii’s largest coffee estate features a visitor center and museum where children can learn how coffee is grown, harvested and processed. (808) 335-0813;

    National Tropical Botanical Garden - Explore lush gardens with several water features in two distinct gardens nestled in Lawai Valley.  (808) 742-2623;

    Koloa Heritage Trail – A self-guided tour offering a unique look into the Koloa District. Takes you through several cultural, historical and geographical sites, which you can enjoy at your own pace by car, bike or on foot. (808) 332-7324;


    Kiahuna Golf – (808) 742-9595

    Poipu Bay Golf Course – Junior rates, clinics, youth rental equipment available. (808) 742-8711;

    Lawai Beach Resort – features a miniature golf course for kids of all ages. (808) 240-5100;

Nature Tours

     Hiking Kauai Nature Tours – offers natural and cultural history of Kauai and the Hawaiian Archipelago. Hike through unique environments that offer exceptional views and photo opportunities. Children 6 and older with some hiking ex-perience allowed. (808) 742-7498;

Horseback Riding

    CJM Stables – horseback riding excursions for ages 7 and older. Picnic rides and beach rides with swimming. (808) 742-6096; www.cjm

Luaus/Hula Shows

    Drums of Paradise Luau – Take a cultural journey through Polynesia. Learn the stories of Hawaii’s ancestors through music and hula. Traditional Hawaiian luau. 5 years and under are free. (808) 742-6260;

    Tiare Tahiti Dance Review – Free Tahitian Dance Reviews are presented every Tuesday and Thursday at 5 p.m. at Poipu Shopping Village. (808) 742-2831.


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