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Where is Puu Poa Located?

Puu Poa is located on the beautiful north shore of Kauai in the Princeville resort. The address is 5454 Ka Haku Road, Princeville, HI, 96722.



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How far is Puu Poa from the Airport?

Puu Poa is 30 miles from the airport. It's a pleasant 55 minute drive.

From Lihue airport turn right and head north on Kuhio Highway. You'll drive through the towns of Wailua, Kapaa, Anahola, and Kilauea. 1.5 miles after the Princeville Golf Course is the turn off to Princeville. You'll drive past the fountain and continue all the way to the end of the road. Puu Poa condos are located just before the St. Regis Resort.

Does Puu Poa Have an Elevator?

No, there are stairs for both the 2nd floor and ground floor units. To access the ground floor units you will need to go down a flight of stairs.

Does Puu Poa have a BBQ Area?

There is no common BBQ area but some units have their own BBQ grills.

Does Puu Poa have Laundry Facilities?

All the units at Puu Poa have an in-suite washer/dryer. Princeville does not have a Laundromat.

What Beaches are near Puu Poa?

Hideaways Beach is right below the complex. This is a wonderful little beach that offers snorkeling in the summer months. The path to Hideaways is quite steep so it's not suitable for people with mobility problems. The following video shows the path.




In front of the St. Regis Hotel is Puu Poa beach - a 5 minute walk from the condo. The beach is accessed by taking stairs that are next to the hotel. The beach offers beautiful sunset views and some snorkeling.

Next door to Puu Poa are the Pali Ke Kua condominiums which give access to a beach that is next to Hideaways. This beach doesn't have swimming or snorkeling, but it offers sun tanning and you can get a good workout walking the steep cement path leading to the beach.

Within a 10 minute drive from Princeville are several fantastic beaches including Hanalei Bay, Anini beach, and Secret beach.

What Shopping is near Puu Poa?

Princeville Shopping Center is a short drive away. Here you'll find a Foodland, Lappert's Ice Cream, Ace Hardware, a gas station (that sells pizza and local grass fed beef), First Hawaiian Bank, a neat little toy store called Magic Dragon Toy and Art Supply, and several other stores to browse. Sign up or use a Maikai card (free points card) at Foodland to save money on groceries.

In Hanalei you'll find many interesting tourist shops where you'll be able to buy swim suits, snorkel gear, surf equipment and souvenirs. There's also a health food store and fish market.

Kilauea, also a 10 minute drive from Princeville, has a good pharmacy, a small health food store, a fish market, and more tourist shops.

What Farmer's Markets are Near Puu Poa?

Kauai's north shore has several great farmer's markets. This is the best way to get fresh local fruits and vegetables. Be sure to bring cash as well as your own bags. It's not customary to haggle on prices at the markets.

Saturdays - 9:30 a.m. in Hanalei, park on the soccer field (Waioli park)
Saturdays - 11:30 a.m. in Kilauea, behind the post office
Tuesdays - 2 p.m. in Hanalei, Waipa Foundation grounds (pass Hanalei school, over the little bridge)
Thursdays - 4:30 p.m. in Kilauea, at the Kong Lung Center turn right to reach the Kilauea Neighborhood Center.

What Attractions are Near Puu Poa?

The St. Regis hotel is located next to Puu Poa. This is one of the best places to watch the sunset. A few times every winter the surf on the north shore exceeds 25 feet. From the grounds of the St. Regis you can watch as surfers tow-in to the waves with jet skis.

The Queen's Bath is a 3 minute drive from Puu Poa (located at the end of Punahele Road). A short hike through forest and over lava rocks leads to a natural tide beside the ocean. This area can be dangerous, especially in the winter (October through April), so be sure to read the following Queen's Bath safety guidelines if you decide to visit.

The Kilauea Lighthouse and Wildlife Refuge is a 15 minute drive from Princeville. The lighthouse has wonderful views of the coast and it's the best place on the north shore to see whales (November through April). The entrance fee is $5 per person.

There are three botanical gardens on the north shore: the Limahuli garden in Haena, the Ahonui Botanical Garden in Princeville, and the Na Aina Kai Garden in Kilauea.

Just outside Kilauea is Kauai Mini Golf. This is not the typical miniature golf course. The 18-hole putting green style course is in a garden setting that represents different eras of Hawaii’s culture.

For hiking, the amazing Kalalau trail begins at the end of the Highway in Haena. You can hike the first 30 minutes for wonderful views of the coast and Ke'e beach, or do an 8 hour (road trip) hike to Hanakapiai falls.

And of course for those who enjoy beach exploration, there are miles of beach to explore.

Surfing at Puu Poa

There is a reef surf break at Hideaways beach, but it's not suitable for beginner surfers. Instead, head to Hanalei Bay which has the best surfing on Kauai. You'll find many surf instructors and several places to rent boards.

When is Whale Watching Season?

The humpback whales migrate to the warmer waters of Hawaii during the winter and can be seen from November through April. You'll probably even spot some whales from your lanai at Puu Poa (all units have ocean views).

Does Puu Poa have Air Conditioning?

No, but thanks to consistent trade winds and the ocean bluff location temperatures tend to remain comfortable throughout the year.

What Restaurants are near Puu Poa?

There are a couple restaurants next door at the St. Regis Hotel. Most people head to Hanalei for dinner where you'll find many interesting choices including Postcards, Hanalei Dolphin, BarAcuda, and Buchons. In Haena is the Mediterranean Gourmet which has a weekly Luau. There are also a couple restaurants in the Princeville Center, including a food court area with Mexican and Thai food.

What are the ocean views like from building #2?

Puu Poa units #113 and #114 are in this building. This building is located on the right side of the cliff. Here is a video showing the ocean views.




What web cams does Kauai have?

Take a look at the following Kauai surf cam, as well as these Kauai web cams.