It is no surprise to read that for over 80 years Kauai has been the island destination for movie makers who want to capture the true essence of Hawaiian beauty. Some of the most celebrated films from South Pacific, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic World, Tropic Thunder and so many more, discovered that if they wanted an unspoiled view of tropical perfection, than Kauai, rather than any of the other Hawaiian islands, could deliver. In fact, if you were to take a look at the multi-Oscar nominated The Descendants, you could find the rather splendid George Clooney jogging down the Hanalei Beach on Kauai’s North Shore. Even the gorgeous George cannot improve what is, in essence, an expanse of beautiful shoreline, dotted here and there by some of the loveliest luxury villas in Hawaii.
Hanalei Nalu – Kauai Beach Villas
Let’s take a stroll together to view some of these spectacular properties … but first, let me give you some useful background knowledge about the 50th US state as a whole. Hawaii is a magical destination located in splendid isolation in the North Pacific Ocean. With a balmy tropical climate enjoying glorious temperatures all year round, the Hawaiian archipelago comprises eight main islands and over 120 uninhabited islets.
In Kauai, even the palm trees are laid back
The fourth largest of the main islands is Kauai, known as the Garden Island. It is the oldest of the islands as well as being the one that Captain Cook first discovered on his ramble across the Pacific. Luckily, the most uninspiring name the explorer gifted to this remarkable location: “The Sandwich Islands”, has fallen away and Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, and the other islands have reverted to their more evocative Polynesian names.
Kauai is the jewel in this Pacific paradise just waiting to be explored.
About Mairead Moriarty
Born and raised in Co Kerry, lived in London, New York, San Francisco, Dublin. Owner of one very battered suitcase, a well-worn passport and a million memories.
It seems very fitting for a travel writer that my surname translates as ‘Skilled Navigator’. Apart from an occasion when, aged 3, I got lost in a Supermarket in Tralee, I have managed to live up to my name! Curiosity is probably the driver that has sent me on magical mystery tours around the world. I want to ‘feel’ a place. I want all my senses to be engaged: from the history and geography that has influenced a country or city, the arts and achievements of its natives, anything and everything really. Regardless of whether I am on a local train travelling through Morocco, or poking around in Marconi’s study in Bologna or on a canal boat weaving through the heart of the English countryside, the same rules apply - ask questions, talk to locals, eat what they eat, sit quietly with nature and simply be. Assimilate as much as is possible so as to understand the soul of a place. That is my passion. That is the compass by which I navigate.