"The Garden Isle," Kauai, is aptly named. From the rugged Na Pali coast on the northeastern part of the island, to the beautiful beaches at Poipu, visitors will notice the lush vegetation that gives this island its name. Jurassic Park was filmed on Kauai, and the National Tropical Botanical Gardens are a must-see. Another popular destination is Waimea Canyon, also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.
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Poipu Beach on Kauai's southern shore is a tranquil place for relaxation. Not far from Poipu are the National Tropical Botanical Gardens, and Waialeale (pronounced "why-ah-lay-ah-lay") one of rainiest spots on earth. Poipu's sun and the nearby rain, however, do make for spectacular daily rainbows.
North Shoreloosely translated to "arms embracing the sea," is one of Maui's premier resort areas located at the foot of the verdant Kahalawai, or West Maui mountains. Kapalua's lovely shoreline is lined with five bays and three white-sand beaches, one of which was named "The Best Beach in America" by the University of Maryland's Laboratory of Coastal Research...