For Nature Lovers, Hawaiian ‘Garden Island’ Beckons.
Dog adoptions, farmers markets, art night
Doughty’s guidebook suggested dropping by the Kauai Humane Society outside Lihue for an unusual tourist experience: taking a shelter dog out for a day.
I chose Suzy, a mixed-breed dog, to the Spouting Horn blowhole at Koloa and to Kalapaki Beach at Lihue, where she loved walking across the sand and floating in the water on her 6-foot leash.
Los Angeles Times reporter Martha Groves wrote more extensively about this wonderful free program.
Farmers markets are held in different towns on the island every day but Sunday. Fresh produce and flowers abound, and there are food carts serving up island cuisine. I discovered the Sugarloaf white pineapple at the Saturday Lihue market at Kauai Community College. Sweet, without the acid of golden pineapples, it’s the best pineapple I’ve ever eaten, and you can bring pineapples back on the plane.
Every Friday night, a town on the southwest side of the island holds Art Night in Hanapepe. Galleries stay open until 9 p.m. and there are plenty of street-side diners and carts to attract the crowds of people walking the town’s main street. Read this account from Brian Cantwell from the Seattle Times.