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Meandering along an ancient Tunnel of Trees, the gateway to Poipu and the South Side of Kauai is like a portal that propels us back in time. Century old Eucalyptus trees tower over Maluhia Road, creating a natural canopy that has withstood the test of time. While the true origin of these trees is debated, the regal ambiance they provide is felt by all. Whether they were planted as a gift to the community by a local pineapple baron, or purely for the providing a windbreak for neighboring sugarcane fields, or perhaps by Queen Emma herself, The Tunnel of Trees is now a gift to all who pass through it, transforming a normal car ride into a majestic expedition.

On the other side of the tunnel, green mountains tumble into golden expanses of once-booming sugar cane and pineapple fields. Now, the hustle and bustle revolves around the stunning beaches, as reliably perfect weather and aquamarine ocean waters lure in snorkelers, surfers, swimmers and beachcombers alike. It’s no wonder why Queen Emma chose Poipu for her summer getaway— it’s easy to feel like royalty when staying on the sunny South Side.

Home to some of Kauai’s best kept secrets, you could spend days just exploring the South Shore. Mahaulepu, located on the eastern edge of Poipu, is the desert-like domain of archeological sites, sacred caves, a tortoise sanctuary and the Mahaulepu Heritage Trail. The western edge of Poipu offers the geological spectacle of Spouting Horn and botanical beauty of Allerton Gardens. In between, downtown Poipu is set to meet all your dining, shopping and adventure desires. Conveniently book a tour or activity… Experience world-class golfing with breathtaking ocean views… peruse the Shops at Kukuiula, Kauai’s classiest shopping center… indulge, from sumptuous snacks to fine dining, satisfy your deepest culinary cravings with an array of restaurants, eateries, bars and cafes.

Skirting the northern boundary of Poipu is quaint Koloa Town. Find solace strolling along the sidewalks and meandering through the shops of Hawaii’s oldest plantation town. Then, if exploration calls, venture onward to discover more of Kauai’s riches! From Kauai’s southern-most point, exploring in any direction is straightforward. A short drive west will bring you to Kauai Coffee Farms, Port Allen, Hanapepe and Salt Ponds beach park. Then, just a bit further down the road and you are in Waimea town, within reaches of Waimea Canyon, Kokee State Park and Polihale State Park.

Not to be missed, Waimea Canyon is known as The Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Formed millions of years ago by volcanic activity and steady erosion, this awe-inspiring canyon is home to flora and fauna that cannot be found anywhere else on the island. Rusty reds and vibrant greens collide on the dramatic canvas of staggering cliffs. From Kokee State Park, at the top of Waimea Canyon, view these cliffs as they dive into the ocean below along the Napali Coast or hike to your heart’s desire on dozens of trails.  Back at the bottom of the canyon, if you make your way to the very end of the road on the West Side, the grand expanse of Polihale State Park provides a sense of peace in the golden glow of sunset.

Poipu The Sunny South side!

With a bounty of riches to be experienced, Poipu presents a majestic location to call home during your vacation. Regal yet reasonable condos for couples allow for romantic and graceful getaways, while larger houses with 3+ bedrooms offer ideal comfort, amenities and ambiance for multi-generational or multi-family holidays. There is something for everyone here. Known for its perfect weather, accessibility and bountiful offerings, Poipu has remained a hot spot throughout history.