Join Holo Holo Charters and the National Tropical Botanical Gardens on this truly one-of-a-kind Native Hawaiian cultural experience you will never forget. Fill the void for an authentic traditional Hawaiian activity as we take you off-the-beaten path for a unique land and sea exploration.
Ancient Hawaiians viewed water as the essence of life. In the past, the ahupua’a, a Native Hawaiian sustainable system, worked because everyone had a clear understanding of their kuleana or one’s responsibilities. This lifestyle system was a non-verbal agreement among the inhabitants to protect all the natural resources necessary for life, food and housing, from the mountains to the ocean. It was understood by everyone, and thus everyone was well cared for.
After a quick check-in at Holo Holo Charters in historic Port Allen, we will transport you through a private entrance in Kalaheo to the National Tropical Botanical Gardens for a unique look at one of the largest collections of native Hawaiian flora in existence. Journey along a winding back road, from the top of a mountain down into an emerald-green valley, blanketed with a lush forest of approximately 15,000 living native Hawaiian plants.
Take a short hike to the bottom of a beautiful waterfall. Breathe in the fresh air, while enjoying a private hula show by award winning Halau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leina’ala.
Learn about the history of the Lawa’i Ahupua’a, a native Hawaiian sustainable system, and the very important role kalo, otherwise known as taro, is to the Hawaiian people both past and present.
Visit Hale Ho’ona’auau, a traditional Hawaiian home that was constructed from materials completely harvested within the McBryde Garden and built by hand according to the Hawaiian customs.
Walk through a canoe garden and learn about the hokule’a, or star compass, that was used to navigate the seas by the early Polynesian voyagers. Find out what canoe plants they brought with them when they settled in their new land over 500 years ago.
You will be transported back to Port Allen to end the rest of your peaceful afternoon with a Hawaiian-Style Sunset Dinner Sail along Poipu’s sunny south shore. Feel Kaua’i’s aloha as you listen to traditional Hawaiian music while taking in breathtaking views of the Lawa’i Valley’s ahupua’a from the water. Sample authentic Hawaiian poi while savoring the delicious flavors of a local-style buffet. Unwind with a traditional Koloa Rum Mai Tai as you witness the sun gently setting into the sea.
Edamame (Hawaiian sea salt on the side) and Fresh Pineapple Slices
Sweet Potato Haupia
Beverages Include: Beer, Wine, Mai Tai’s, Champagne, Water, Assorted Soft Drinks and Island Juices
Your Tour Includes
Aloha ‘Aina (Land)
A guided scenic mountain and canoe garden tour
Hike to a secluded waterfall
Canoe plant snack tasting
Private hula show by award winning Halau Ka Lei Mokihana o Leina’ala
Aloha Kai (Ocean)
A 2 hour Sunset Sail
A local bento-style buffet dinner
Traditional Hawaiian music
Marine Life and the chance to see humpback whales (in season)
Complimentary beverages include: Koloa Rum Mai Tai’s, beer, wine, island juices and water
A 3 hour guided Hawaiian historical exploration tour at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens combined with our 2 hour Aloha Sunset Dinner Sail
Check in at 1:30 pm. at our Port Allen location (time varies by season)
This tour destination typically visits the historic South Side of Kauai, weather permitting. *This tour does not visit the Napali Coast
For safety, no children under 5 allowed on this tour
Tax not included
For safety, no pregnant women or children under 5 allowed on this tour.
Note that tours often fill up 3-5 days in advance. Booking your tour early in your vacation window is a good idea in case weather forces us to postpone your tour.
To reserve Leila for private group tours of the South Shore or the Napali Coast:: Contact Us today!
Disclaimer: This is a once-and-a-lifetime adventure. It may not be suitable for individuals who are physically challenged. Those that suffer from motion sickness should take precautions. Safety and your experience are always our top priority. Ocean conditions can sometimes turn rough, therefore all tour routes and destinations are subject to change due to weather. Snorkeling depends on ocean conditions. Please review our full Passenger Policy here.
Leila: Our Sleek Sailing Catamaran
With her sleek construction and design, Leila slips quickly and smoothly through the waters. The catamaran design allows for level sailing. With no more than 10 degrees of “heel,” you won’t be sailing sideways.
Although Leila’s two-hull design is based on a historical prototype, she truly is a modern, state-of-the-art vessel. The space-age epoxy/glass construction used to build Holo Holo was used in making Leila as well. This composite makes for a strong and safe structure. The mast and sail are of the best quality and modern design.
Leila has two entry/exit points for convenient movement on and off the boat while snorkeling. She also has two heads (bathrooms), one located on each side of the boat and are spacious enough to change from “sailing” to “swimming” attire.
Leila has all the modern luxuries and, at 28′ wide, there is ample room for lounging. She’s licensed to carry 45 people, but we keep it down to 37 to give you plenty of space to take in the views.
“Kauai may be called the garden island but viewing this beautiful island from the sea really gives a fuller appreciation for its magnificent rugged coast.“