The catamaran drifts gently away from the pier as a soothing ukulele player begins to play. The beautiful sound sets a magical tone for our Lana’i sunset cruise. The Hawaiian music continues as the sails are raised. After our ukulele player finishes a few songs, he stops by to say aloha and I Immediately sense his good nature and willingness to share his story.
Low-hanging Spanish moss shelters a sleepy two-lane road as you get close to the Lowcountry island of Kiawah. It’s a private community with limited access making it a truly off the beaten path destination. Once on this barrier island, your drive winds alongside shaded bike paths and past the lush greens of famous golf courses before making a right turn into The Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.
After quickly unpacking and nothing on my agenda for a couple of hours, I found I needed to recover from my three-hour flight. So, I relaxed in my really sweet one-bedroom suite and reached for my phone for a bit of social media surfing. But it was nowhere to be found. Cue the panic!
Cruising along a quiet road on Kauai’s west side, I’m offered a glimpse into the Hawaiian countryside. Filling my view are green rolling hills, cows grazing, and papaya fields. Sparsely developed, this is what I imagine more of Hawaii used to look like before its booming tourist industry kicked in. It pleases me to see there is a quieter side to this island paradise.