Hawaii Like a Local is an interview series to help visitors to Hawaii start exploring less like a tourist and more like a local. This week’s guest is Rae-Marie May, owner and manager of Kauai Vacation Rental at Honu Point.
What island do you call home?
Kauai, The Garden Island
What’s your “Hawaii life” like?
My husband and I first came to the islands in 1980 and fell in love with Kauai. From that point on we came over whenever we could and eventually bought some property. In 2000 we moved over full time and now call Kauai our home. We live on the mountain side of the highway opposite the Princeville Resort on the north shore. Four years ago, we built a home on our beautiful, bluff lot we bought in 1987. The intention is to move into it once we can’t take care of the 23 acres we live on, but in the meantime, we decided to rent it out as a luxury vacation rental. I work very hard to give our guests the best vacation experience possible. We love our Kauai life and it gives me great pleasure to share it with our guests.
What’s your favorite thing to do on your island?
Enjoy the weather and the beauty of the north shore by riding bikes, taking walks, or reading at the beach. I also enjoy getting together with friends to create our own entertainment and fun.
What are your favorite local “gems” on the island?
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What are some places you always take friends and family when they visit?
The road from Princeville to Ke’e is one of the most beautiful in the world. It has been closed since the April (2018) floods but is projected to be completed by October (2018). I love Kalihiwai Beach as it is never crowded with trees for shade, and you may park right next to the sand. We have several beautiful gardens on the north shore and the walk to the stone dam is a must. When Honu Point is not rented we always take our family and friends over to enjoy the infinity edge pool!
Where would you go for a staycation on the island?
What does your perfect day on the island look like?
Rain in the morning, sunshine throughout the day with cool trade winds. With that kind of weather any day is perfect.
What’s one “touristy” thing on your island that’s totally worth doing?
Boat ride down the Na Pali Coast
Lightning Round Favorites
Favorite beach: Kalihiwai
Favorite hike: Kalalau Trail
Favorite snorkel spot: SeaLodge Beach, right below Honu Point
Favorite restaurant to celebrate something special: Hukilau Restaurant in Kapaa or The Bistro in Kilauea
Favorite spot to watch sunrise or sunset: Honu Point or Hanalei Bay
Your most frequented eatery: Kilauea Fish Market
Favorite shaved ice: The Wishing Well in Hanalei
Favorite happy hour: Tahiti Nui in Hanalei
Favorite breakfast spot: Hanalei Bread Company
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