When you need to slow down and reconnect with nature, the lush island of Kauai (the northernmost of Hawaii’s four major islands) is a sanctuary from the stresses of the outside world. Centered around an expanse of almost impenetrable volcanic peaks and thick rainforest, the island is ringed by sprawling green resorts, taro plantations, and sleepy surfing communities—all overlooking the vibrant blue ocean. Outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers can explore the striking red rock formations of Waimea Canyon —otherwise known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific—or the steep seaside cliff trails of the Napali Coast. In the evenings, the sound of traditional ukuelele music drifts from outdoor plazas, and the surging waves sing a watery lullaby.
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