What's it Like to Live in Poipu?

Posted Wednesday, July 3, 2019 by Courtney Dennis

The Poipu area attracts a select group of homebuyers in search of ideal weather, stunning scenery, and a uniquely Hawaiian experience. Gorgeous beaches, magnificent golf courses, and upscale dining and shopping define this region on the sunny south side of Kauai. The oldest of the Hawaiian Islands, Kauai is also the smallest and least developed of the four major islands in the chain.



Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach was conceived around the concept of resort-style living for both full-time and part-time residents. Situated on Poipu Road with two paths leading to the ocean, the community is only a short stroll from excellent restaurants and shopping in The Shops at Kukuiula, and a short drive from three fabulous golf courses. Within the resort itself, amenities range from three pools with waterfalls, five hot tubs, waterslides, cabanas, a spa, a fitness center, and a sizable green space for outdoor recreation, to a sundry shop, a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk, housekeeping, and a business center.



An elevator from a lush garden entrance opens to a private entryway at Koloa Landing unit 2402, a two-bedroom, two-bath, top-floor condo. Fully furnished and complete with central air conditioning, its floor plan features en suite bedrooms separated by shared living spaces, for maximum privacy. The kitchen, which boasts Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, rich wood cabinetry, ample granite counters, and natural tile floors, flows into an open-concept dining and living area that transitions out to a spacious lanai with tropical views.

But what would life really be like in Poipu?

Kauai may have welcomed its first settlers from the Marquesas Islands, Tahiti, and Samoa as early as 500 A.D., with Polynesian migration to the island continuing for hundreds of years afterward. Poipu’s neighboring town of Koloa eventually established itself as a whaling port in the early 1800s, and in 1835, it became the site of the first sugar mill on the island. Since the end of sugar production on Kauai in the early 2000s, tourism has driven the economy, and because of its fantastic weather and spectacular scenery, much of the tourism has centered around Poipu.



The renowned Tree Tunnel, a section of Maluhia Road lined with 100-year-old eucalyptus trees, leads to the Poipu/Koloa region and serves as an introduction to its scenery, which also includes not only Pacific Ocean panoramas, but raw pasture lands and distant mountain landscapes. Some 15 of Old Koloa Town’s plantation-era buildings have been preserved and now house boutiques, gift shops, and surf shops, along with restaurants like La Spezia, Garden Isle Grille, and Lappert’s Ice Cream. Today’s Koloa is also home to a public elementary school, several parks, and a weekly farmers’ market every Thursday.

Just south and makai (toward the ocean) of Koloa, Poipu stretches out in the form of exquisitely landscaped resort properties, perfectly manicured golf courses, and striking wild beauty. For residents and visitors alike, The Shops at Kukuiula provide everything from art galleries to a gourmet farmers’ market; from fine dining possibilities like Merriman’s Fish House and Roy Yamaguchi’s Eating House 1849 to casual choices like Tortilla Republic Grill & Margarita Bar and Bubba’s Burgers; and from well-known shopping options like Tori Richard and Tommy Bahama to local gems like Mahina clothing boutique and SoHa home décor. A mere half-mile from Koloa Landing, Poipu Shopping Village offers additional restaurant choices like Keoki’s Paradise, local shops like Na Hoku jewelers and Honolua Surf Company, and even hula performances every Monday and Thursday evening.

Conveniences such as grocery stores, doctors’ offices, hardware stores, auto repair shops, and a library can also be found in the Poipu/Koloa area. Just 30 minutes away, residents can access larger stores like Costco and Walmart, as well as Kauai’s airport, major hospital, and community college, in the county seat of Lihue.



So, what about the beaches?

Once named America’s Best Beach by the Travel Channel, picturesque Poipu Beach has particularly favorable conditions for swimming and snorkeling, along with a chance to catch a glimpse of Hawaiian monk seals napping on the sand. Brennecke’s Beach is consistently good for swimming, snorkeling, and spotting sea turtles, while Prince Kuhio Beach (referred to by locals as PK’s) and Lawai Beach provide opportunities for surfing and body boarding. Kukuiula Harbor offers a grassy lawn and sandy beach with protected waters and mountain views, and an array of other nearby beaches boast golden sands, swaying palms, and sea cliffs bordered by green pastures.

And what else will I find in and around Poipu?



Poipu delivers on recreation and relaxation in the form of exceptional golf at The Club at Kukuiula, Poipu Bay Golf Course and Kiahuna Golf Club, as well as luxurious spas like Anara at the Grand Hyatt and the Spa at Koloa Landing. Fishing charters and sunset cruises leave from Kukuiula Harbor, and for those who enjoy exploring natural wonders, the famed Spouting Horn blowhole, the largest limestone cave in the state, and historic fishponds are also nearby. Those looking for other outings and adventures will find options from walking tours and tastings at Kauai Coffee Company to a 10-mile walk or bike ride on the Koloa Heritage Trail.

Major annual events in the region include the Kauai Brewers Festival each April, the Koloa Plantation Days celebration each July, and the Kauai Marathon and Half-Marathon each September. When it’s time for a change of scenery, residents can experience Waimea Canyon, known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, less than an hour away. And just a 75-minute drive leads to lovely Princeville and Hanalei on Kauai’s verdant north shore.

To learn more about this featured listing or life in Poipu, please contact Sean Ahearn.