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Tropical Weddings and Honeymoons in a Private Resort and Wildlife Refuge

Located in a wildlife refuge, on its own private lake, Kilauea Lakeside Estate, Kauai is a beautiful, secluded retreat for weddings and honeymoons.


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Hawaii's only private lakeside resort, this luxury ecological hideaway is nestled on a five- acre peninsula of botanical gardens surrounded by a private twenty acre freshwater lake with over 1,000 feet of lake frontage and a private white sand beach. The estate is landscaped with lush tropical foliage with over 150 varieties of flowers such as orchids, bromeliads, gingers and heliconias as well as mango, banana, papaya and over fifty other fruit trees. Adjacent to the Kilauea Point Wildlife Refuge and ten miles of secluded white sand beaches, the resort offers a variety of water sports including boating, kayaking, great bass and catfish fishing, and a one-hole, three-par practice golf facility and putting green.

The property is a perfect alternative for guests who desire the luxury of a five-star resort with the peace and seclusion of a private retreat.  Many couples have treated their guests to a weeklong series of events at Kilauea Lakeside Estate including spa days, kayaking, mini-golf tournaments and fishing contests. A variety of other soft adventure activities and specialty tours are available in the nearby communities of Kilauea, Princeville and Hanalei.

Kilauea lakeside Estate offers a full range of wedding services including a wedding coordinator, minister, entertainment, catering, flowers, photography and videography. A full variety of traditional events from Polynesian shows, musical events, luaus , and any individually arranged events desired are also available. Honeymooners have the entire property to themselves for a totally private tropical getaway.

 

Private Kauai Resort Offers Adventure Activities In a Wildlife Refuge

Located in a wildlife refuge, on it's own private lake, Kilauea Lakeside Estate, Kauai,  is the perfect option for active travelers.

This secluded, luxury hideaway is nestled on  a five- acre peninsula of botanical gardens surrounded by a private twenty acre freshwater lake with over 1,000 feet of lake frontage and a private white sand beach. The estate is landscaped with lush tropical foliage including over 150 varieties of flowers such as orchids, bromeliads, gingers and heliconias as well as mango, banana, papaya and over fifty other fruit trees. Adjacent to the Kilauea Point Wildlife Refuge and ten miles of secluded white sand beaches.

Kilauea Lakeside Estate guests can go bass and catfishing in the resort's private lake. Fishing instruction, boats and gear are provided, and  lucky anglers may reel in a good sized catch suitable for dinner. Water lovers also can indulge in kayaking, canoeing, rowing and swimming, while golf buffs test their skills at the property's practice golf and putting facility. In addition, hiking, biking, horseback riding, a hugh variety of ocean sports and other adventures are just minutes away. The property is adjacent to the Kilauea Point Wildlife Refuge and ten miles of secluded white sand beaches.

Outdoorsmen wishing to venture beyond the tranquil confines of Kilauea Lakeside Estates lake can sign up for guided open-ocean kayak tours of the nearby magnificent Na Pali coast. Ultralight flights with Birds of Paradise offer a heart-thumping adventure for guests seeking an exciting way to soar around the island. Scuba divers can explore Kauai's reefs with Ocean Quest and Fathon Five Divers ,or see dolphins, sea turtles, many varieties of hugh fish, and humpback whales in winter at various dive sites and near the forbidden island of Niihau with Bubbles Below Dive Company. Surfing instruction is available across the street at Kilauea Bay and nearby Hanalei Bay. Just one hour away, Kauai ATV tours takes thrill seekers on exhilarating rides through miles of virgin land near Koloa town's former sugar plantation. Boating adventures, fishing charters, helicopter rides,  and many other great outdoor adventures and specialty tours can be arranged by Kilauea Lakeside Estate.

Minutes away from Kilauea Lakeside Estate is the 203-acre Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Hawaii's largest wildlife sanctuary. It has been designated  a marine life conservation district, so the coral and undersea life here are plentiful. Spinner dolphins, whales, and green sea turtles can be seen frolicking in the waves. The refuge is a favored nesting site for large colonies of wedge-tailed shearwaters, red-footed boobies, egrets, the great frigate birds and many other species of tropical seabirds. The birding at Kilauea Lakeside Estate is also excellent as many of these birds feed out of the resorts lake. There are also forty varieties of tropical birds on the property, including hundreds of white snowy egrets and approximately thirty Nene , the Hawaiian Goose, Hawaii's State bird.
Afterwards unwind with your choice of lakeside yoga, healing and spa treatments, including traditional Hawaiian lomilomi massage, which employs gentle strokes and kneading techniques to relieve muscle tension.

The property is a perfect alternative for guests who desire the luxury of a five-star resort with the peace and seclusion of a private retreat. Discover Hawaiian Culture, Flora and Wildlife at Kilauea Lakeside Estate

Guests of Kilauea Lakeside Estate enjoy an extensive program of complimentary Hawaiian activities.Tour's of the historical sites on the property point out ancient Hawaiian rock walls and remnants of the Kilauea Sugar Plantation as well as in the surrounding Kilauea area.

During the resort's garden tour, guests admire over 150 varieties of Hawaiian flowers, including orchids, gingers, heliconias and bromeliads as well as over 50 varieties of tropical fruit trees including bananas, papayas, mangos and coconuts. Flower arranging and the cutting and harvesting of tropical fruits on the property are other fun diversions.

A tropical rain forest borders one side of Kilauea Lakeside Estate, which is adjacent to Hawaii's largest wildlife preserve,203-acre Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge.  The 20-acre lake that surrounds the property is a major food source for the seabirds that make their home in the refuge, including red-footed boobies, tropic birds, frigate birds, shearwaters, albatross, egrets and the endangered nene, Hawaii's state bird. In fact, the refuge harbors the largest colony of seabirds in Hawaii. Its visitors center, which is open daily, welcomes avid bird-watchers and those interested in learning more about Kauai's natural history. Another attraction in the wildlife refuge is Kilauea Lighthouse, which was built in the early 1900s .The peninsula upon which the lighthouse stands has been replanted with Native Hawaiian vegetation.

In addition to bird-watching on the lake, Kilauea Lakeside Estate guests can go canoeing, rowing, swimming and fishing. The resort's staff provides fishing instruction, boats and gear; lucky anglers may reel in a bass or catfish of suitable size for dinner. Adventurers wishing to venture beyond the tranquil confines of the lake can sign up for guided open-ocean kayak tours of the magnificent Na Pali coast. Meanwhile, those seeking to unwind can indulge in their choice of lakeside spa treatments, including traditional Hawaiian lomilomi massage, which employs gentle strokes and kneading techniques to relieve muscle tension.

 

Sleepy Kilauea Offers a Vibrant Taste of Local Life

Kilauea is the northernmost point of the inhabited Hawaiian Islands. It is about a 30-minute drive from Kauai's Lihue Airport and three minutes from Kilauea Lakeside Estate. From 1877-1969, when Kilauea Sugar Plantation was in operation, the community was a bustling hub of activity on the north shore. Today, it measures just a few blocks long and retains a quiet, rural demeanor. Produce farms and nurseries have replaced cane, and roadside vendors sell fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers at bargain prices. Be sure to sample the delicious, refreshing fruit smoothies at Mango Mama's or Banana Joe's fruit stands; mango and papaya are perennial favorites.

The following is a wrap-up of Kilauea's other "don't miss" attractions:

  • Guava Kai guava plantation offers free self-guided tours of its orchard. Open daily, the 480- acre plantation also has a visitors center that provides samples of guava juice, jam and other products. A video describing the growing and processing of guava is screened continuously throughout the day.
  • Kong Lung store located in an old plantation building dating back to 1877, this boutique has been nicknamed "Gump's in the Canefield." Its fabulous wares include stylish Island clothing,
    books, arts and crafts, jewelry and unique gifts.
  • Farmer's Market. Open from 11:30a.m. to 1:30p.m. every Saturday, this alfresco market entices shoppers with just-harvested fruits, vegetables, flowers and other produce. The Farmer's Market Store next to the Kong Lung is open daily for excellent take-out meals, blue-ribbon produce, and quality specialty foods and wines.
  • Kilauea Bakery has a wonderful selection of fresh breads and pastries each morning as well as pizzas, salads and sandwiches throughout the day. It's known for its crisp, delicious bread sticks, whose flavors include, sesame, chili pepper, onion, and garlic.
  • Lighthouse Bistro Restaurant features has live music most evenings and a fabulous upscale menu of meats, pastas and local fish.
  • 203 acre Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, Hawaii's largest wildlife sanctuary,  is a marine life conservation district, so the coral and undersea life here are plentiful. Spinner dolphins and green sea turtles can be seen frolicking in the waves. The refuge is a favored nesting site for large colonies of wedge-tailed shearwaters, red-footed boobies, egrets, the great frigate birds and many other species of tropical seabirds.
  • Kilauea Lighthouse, A National Historic Landmark, offers a breathtaking panoramic view Kauai's rugged north shore coastline.
  • Kilauea's historic movie theater, which is housed in one of the former Kilauea Sugar Plantation buildings dating back to the late 19th century, is open nightly for first run and artistic movies.
  • Beaches. The area surrounding Kilauea is lined with 10 miles of secluded white sand beaches that are never crowded, including Kalihiwai Bay, Secret Beach, Kilauea Beach and Larsen's Beach. Kalihiwai and Kilauea Bay have rivers that are great for swimming and kayaking.
  • Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. Hawaii's largest wildlife sanctuary. The entire area is a marine life conservation district, so the coral and undersea life are plentiful. Spinner dolphins and green sea turtles can be seen frolicking in the waves. The refuge is a favored nesting site for large colonies of wedge-tailed shearwaters, red-footed boobies, egrets, the great frigate birds and many other species of tropical seabirds.
  • Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens & Sculpture Park boasts twelve magnificent gardens accented with bronze sculptures, waterfalls, gazebos, topiary, arbors and a koi-filled lagoon. This spectacular Eden is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.Five different tours ranging from 1.5 hours to five hours in length are available; advance reservations are required. The gardens are conveniently located approximately one mile from Kilauea lakeside Estate.

 

Kilauea Lakeside Estate NEWS RELEASE: Steve Hunt, owner and developer of Kilauea Lakeside Estate talks about the realization of a dream.

Even  though I was born and schooled in California I have been a part-time resident of Kauai my entire life, over fifty years. My Great Uncle, Joseph Poindexter, was Governor of the Territory of Hawaii (1934-1942) before the islands became a State.

While I have been involved in the development of a number of large resorts in the United States,  I have created Kilauea Lakeside Estate as a peaceful sanctuary for Kauai visitors who desire a private and unique Hawaiian experience. Because of its secluded  location on a peninsula that is surrounded by water on three sides,  this property has been a refuge for centuries for a wide variety of wildlife, including the nene, an endangered species that is now Hawaii's state bird.
The Hawaiians who lived here long ago grew taro, fished in the lake, and passed their days in peace and contentment just as the guests I host do today. Terraced rock walls and foundations of ancient homesites can be seen on the hillsides surrounding the estate. Between 1877 until 1969 the land was owned by the Kilauea Sugar Plantation who grew cane nearby and whose workers used this picturesque property as a place of rest and recreation.

In the twenty years since I acquired this property from the owners of the sugar plantation it has been my mission to develop, enhance and maintain this site ecologically as a hideaway that's in harmony with nature. In this unique sanctuary, visitors to Kauai can learn about, appreciate and understand the Hawaiian culture. I invite my guests to pick fresh fruit from the orchards to enjoy as snacks, harvest fish from the lake for their meals, and discover the many birds and intriguing wildlife that live on the grounds and in the neighboring Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge.

Whether it be families, honeymooners, or corporate groups, I hope guests will immerse themselves in the beauty of this place, and in so doing reconnect with nature, themselves and their loved ones, so that they can live life in joy and peace in much the same way the Hawaiians did on this very property hundreds of years ago.

The warm hospitality we share, known by kamaaina or local residents as the aloha spirit, makes a stay at Kilauea Lakeside Estate a truly special Hawaiian experience.