Tucked between mauka and makai—the mountain and the ocean—Kukuiʻula’s location on Kauaʻi’s sunny south shore makes it a gateway to adventure for all who enjoy the outdoors. At this low-key, relaxed retreat, the word adventure has many definitions, enough to fit how you feel each day.
Whether it’s a morning of stillness as Kukuiʻula wakes up, or an afternoon of sheer fun with family, the Makai Pools make it easy to have quality time in the water. In the infinity-edge pool, bask in the sun and ocean breeze on a lounger that’s half-submerged in the cool, freshwater. Adjacent saltwater pools flow together, like the streams that flow from Kauaʻi’s mountains to the Pacific Ocean, connected by cascading waterfalls and a water slide that leads to a sand-bottomed pool fringed by the shore of a manmade beach. Joyous keiki, serene sunbathers, and everyone in between enjoy the opportunity of immersing themselves in the pools’ liquid relaxation.
Explore the heights of the Garden Island, from the mountain trails of Kokeʻe State Park with its canyon rims and ocean panoramas to the Nā Pali Coast’s rippled landscape. Meander through Kukuiʻula’s sunny backyard along ocean cliffs and white-sand beaches. Head out to the east side to hike on Nounou Mountain, also known as the Sleeping Giant. Enjoy the pleasure of your own company, or allow our Huakaʻi Outfitters to plan and lead you on the hiking or biking adventure of a lifetime.
Our team of adventure experts, Huakaʻi Outfitters can provide you with all the equipment you need to master a new sport, set off on a family excursion, or help you discover some of the most beautiful locations on the island for adventure. Guides have a full calendar of planned activities each week, including privately booked supervised on-site keiki adventures. Their deep knowledge of Kauaʻi makes them your go-to experts for creating one-of-a-kind, custom experiences.
Set out into gentle ocean waves to take one-on-one surf, stand-up paddle (SUP), or canoe sessions to develop your water skills, or venture out with a guide to skirt the south shore. Test your mettle against the local fish when you take a guided kayak fishing excursion or go deep-sea fishing on the Club’s 32-foot Yellowfin boat, Māhealani. Your victory tastes even sweeter when ʻUmeke Kitchen + Bar prepares your catch for you. If you prefer extended beach time, ask Huakaʻi Outfitters to set up a luxe day camp for you, with gear, refreshments, and shade tents.
Enjoy the coastline in the manner of Polynesian ancestors by joining an excursion aboard Kailele, our sailing canoe. Customized half-and full-day adventures on Māhealani stay close to home or journey to the Nā Pali Coast, and can also include crabbing, snorkeling, dolphin watching, sea cave exploring, or just enjoying the good life.
No matter how you may define adventure, every day at Kukuiʻula is a new opportunity to discover Kauaʻi, from the majestic heights of its mountains to the vast blue ocean, and every place in between.