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Kauai Sights

Smith's Tropical Paradise

  • Rte. 56 Map It
  • Kapaa
  • Garden/Arboretum

Updated 03/21/2014

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Nestled next to Wailua Marina along the mighty Wailua River, this 30-acre botanical and cultural garden offers a glimpse of exotic foliage, including fruit orchards, a bamboo rain forest, and tropical lagoons. Take the tram and enjoy a narrated tour or stroll along the mile-long pathways. It's a popular spot for wedding receptions and other large events, and its four-times-weekly luau is one of the island's oldest and best.

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Rte. 56, just south of Wailua River, Kapaa, Hawaii, United States

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Updated 03/21/2014


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Jul 18, 2005

Been there, Done that

We only went here since it was our first ever Hawaiian vacation, and we felt we had to do ONE lu'au. Since our expectations were low (expected it to be "Touristy," and it was), we had a pretty good time. My 15-yr.old son couldn't stand how touristy the whole experience was, but my 12-yr. old daughter loved it! My husband & I found it to be exactly what we were expecting. Before the IMU cereomony and lu'au, you have an hour to stroll the grounds, which

was a pleasant experience. Everything here is very organized and scheduled. The Smith family has been doing this a long time, and they know how to handle the huge crowd they serve. The food was good (the meats were excellent, especially the pork), and we enjoyed the live music while dining. Many of the family members work the Lu'au, and they were very personable and friendly (grandma held my dinner plate while I filled my desert plate). The post-dinner show was very good (not great), with many normal looking local girls. You eat in a large dining hall, which was OK, but a bit shabby (clean, but well-worn). I would've like a sit-at-the beach dining experience like you see at the movies. Taken for what it was, it was a good experience to do once, but its not something I would be dying to do again.

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