By A.R. Royo
“Bali Hai” – there are few terms that evoke the idea of romance more than this exotic location from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “South Pacific.” Ever since the classic 1958 movie of the same name was filmed on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai, the Garden Isle has become synonymous with the idea of dreamy tropical paradise ripe with romance, innocence and happiness.
The actual Hawaiian name for this legendary cinematic backdrop is Mount Makana on Kauai’s north shore. Its magnificent profile marks the beginning of the mystical Na Pali Coast, which provides an exotic setting for romantic sunset cruises, thrilling helicopter flights, and spectacular hiking adventures.
So let your romance flourish on Kauai and choose from two romantic Hawaii luaus with Polynesian shows and three romantic sunset cocktail or dinner cruises.
Experience a romantic Kaui sunset dinner sail while you journey along the incredible Na Pali coast aboard the 65-foot power catamaran “HoloHolo.” Help yourself to a delicious light meal, soft drinks, beer, wine and champagne as the sun sets over the tropical Pacific.
Or take a romantic sunset dinner cruise along Na Pali’s stunning coast that combines windward sailing, beer, wine and cocktails, as well as a delicious buffet dinner and a breathtaking sunset at sea with Captain Andy.
You can also choose a romantic sunset cocktail cruise along Kauai’s Southern Coast where you’ll be treated to live Hawaiian music that floats over you like the trade winds as you enjoy pupus (appetizers), “sneaky tikis,” beer and wine … and each other.
Smith’s Tropical Paradise Luau includes a spectacular ceremony in a torch-lit Lagoon Amphitheater along the famous Wailua River! The hypnotic presentation of the Luau ceremony begins with the traditional blowing of the conch shell and torch lighting. Guests are welcome to gather around for the traditional Hawaiian Imu Ceremony as the Kalua Puaa (roast pork) is unearthed from the underground oven (imu).
Grand Hyatt Kauai Luau, together with Tihati’s Havaiki Nui Polynesian show, makes for an evening you’ll always remember. Havaiki Nui, the great land of promise. Hence, these people of the sea migrated and settled throughout the Pacific establishing what we know today Polynesia – Tahiti, Samoa, Hawaii and the many people of the Pacific. Take this exciting journey of Polynesia through chant, song and dance.
Surrounded by 50 miles of white sand beaches for swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing and romantic walks together, the island of Kauai is the perfect destination to bring your romance center stage in an exotic, tropical setting.