In response to Brandon Tucker's column titled "Golf vacation on intimate Kauai proves not all Hawaiian Islands are created equal":
My wife and I just returned from celebrating our 25th anniversary in Kauai and Maui. This article hit the nail on the head.
Between the natural beauty, incredibly hospitable population, great beaches and golf courses, who missed the nightlife? Poipu Bay was a perfect setting to watch the whales from virtually every hole on the back nine, as well as a few on the front. A birdie on 18 was the iceing on the cake as they say.
My biggest mistake was waiting 25 years to go there! I would think twice about visiting the Caribbean, even though it is closer to the East Coast where I live, due to the attitude of the locals. Great service in all restaurants, hotels and golf courses made this an exceptional experience, and one that I will talk about for years to come. Maui was also great, but for a genuine Aloha experience, include Kauai in your planning.
If you can make it in February through early March, the whales are abundant and can be seen virtually everywhere. I would compare the visual experience with Pebble Beach but more accessible and by far more reasonable from a cost perspective. Princeville to the north is too beautiful for words, and of course, the golf was great to say the least. There is truly something for every level of player on Kauai!
April 10, 2008