The island of Kauai is the westernmost inhabited portion of the Hawaiian islands that one can visit, and the Hawaiian islands are located further from any continent than any other islands in the world. Kauai’s location, combined with its sub-tropical weather, its Hawaiian culture, its unique fruits, and its stunning landscape can make PCAB seem like a study abroad program that maintains the comforts of a familiar language, familiar products in stores, and ease of communication with the “mainland”. Unlike most massage programs, most of our students travel thousands of miles to attend our program, the westernmost massage school in the world.

Activities

Kauai offers an endless array of beautiful adventures.  The size and population of Kauai is less than Oahu, Maui, or the Big Island, but it possesses more beachline than all of the other Hawaiian islands combined.  Kauai also has the only navigable river in the state, Waimea Canyon (also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific), and the world-famous NaPali coast trail to Kalalau Valley, which is consistently rated the most beautiful coastal trail in the world year after year by National Geographic.  Opportunities for surfing, scuba diving, paddle boarding, zip lining, hiking, enjoying waterfalls, beach volleyball, biking along coastal trails, and ultimate frisbee are readily available.

Weather

The weather in Kauai is very consistent and balmy.  Most days involve both sunshine, rain, and rainbows.  The winter months *usually* have more rain and wind, while spring and summer have more sun, but this pattern is by no means dependable.  Winter highs are usually in the mid-70s while summer highs are usually in the low 80s.  Average nighttime temperatures in the winter are in the upper 60s.  There’s no place in the USA that maintains such steady temperatures year round, other than Puerto Rico.  Some say Kauai is like coastal Costa Rica without the hot temperatures.

Culture

Kauai is a rural community composed of 60,000 people that live primarily along the perimeter of the island. There is an approximately equal mix of ancestries (European, Japanese, Filipino, Chinese, and Hawaiian). The small size of the island as well as its recent political history and the economic realities of living on a remote island all combine to create a politically engaged citizenry with an aloha spirit. The area near our location has many organic farms and farmers markets, including Kilauea on Thursdays and Saturdays, Hanalei on Saturdays, and Kapaa on Wednesdays. There are also restaurants and a grocery store within a mile, and 2 health food stores 10 minutes away, and monthly Art Walks in Kilauea and Kapa’a.

Housing

The best way to find housing on the island is to check the newspaper, online newsletters, local publications, bulletin boards, and ask everyone you know who lives here.

The newspaper is The Garden Island News – 808-245-3681

Bulletin boards:

  • Kapaa: Hoku Whole Foods
  • Anahola: Post Office
  • Kilauea: Healthy Hut
  • Princeville: Foodland

Online:

We will be setting up a Facebook group for your class and will notify you of that group sometime in September.

While searching for housing, note that the following areas are all within a 40 minute drive from where classes are held (closest to furthest): Princeville, Hanalei, Kilauea, Moloa’a, Anahola, Kapa’a/Kapahi, Wailua.

Suggestions for short term stay till you find something more permanent:

All are in Kapaa (about 40 min. drive from class)

Camping: There are many wonderful beaches here. Camping is permitted on some of them. You’ll need to get a camp permit. There is a 60-day cumulative limit per year on camping and a max of 2 weeks at a time. During the 2 weeks you have to leave one night/week for maintenance. $3/night/person. Free for residents. Call 808-241-4463 for more info. The closest campgrounds to us are Anini beach to the north, and Anahola Beach to the south. Each is about 5 – 10 miles away. Go to the Parks & Rec. website for more info and to download application for permits.

You could even ask people you meet and people in class if they know of anywhere you could pitch a tent.  There are also some farms in the area that may have a work/trade position open for living on the farm (usually a camp site or very rustic accommodations) in exchange for some hours during the week, working on the farm. Most farms want at least 10 – 15 hrs /wk of work/trade.

***If none of the accommodations you find are appealing, you may want to consider doing a short term vacation type rental for a week or two, or camp out for a short time, and see what possibilities open up once you’re here. Usually there are several people in class who are looking for housing and are open to sharing spaces with other students. During the first days of class many of these options open up. The going rates for renting a room in a home with others, sharing facilities, etc., is between $500 & $1000 depending on the home, whether utilities are included, and whether you have your own kitchen and/or bathroom.

Keep in mind that Kauai is a very transient place. Rentals come and go all the time, so if you don’t find anything right away, something will most likely turn up soon.

Transportation

Hitch-hiking is legal and fairly reliable here, and much safer than on the mainland.

Kauai Bus has a stop in Princeville, which is a little less than a mile north of our location. Check the schedule for Hanalei on the Kauai Bus website. You may put your bike on the bus rack if there’s room.

Bicycling is OK – the bicycle facilities are not the best, but you can certainly bike from Princeville. You CANNOT bicycle from Kilauea or Hanalei.

Car-pooling is highly recommended. During the first week of class those with cars can set up arrangements to help out those without them.

Buy a vehicle. There are always listings on the Heartbeat of Kauai newsletter, the newspaper, and Craig’s List – all listed above.

Many people park their ‘For Sale’ vehicles on the street corners as well. We’ve had some students find used vans and then live in them and use for transportation. Again, people are always coming and going here, and there are many dependable cars for sale under $1000, and of course better, more-dependable autos at higher prices. Some students buy motor bikes and street-legal scooters.

Rent a car

  • Island Cars 800-246-6009  – near airport & much cheaper than the big guys, which are all located in Lihue.

Share a vehicle with another student. You’ll have the same schedule and it keeps costs down.

We appreciate the opportunity to help you in whatever way we can. Remember, class time is from 8:15am to 5:15pm, 3-4 days per week. That leaves you plenty of time for exploring and relaxing in this awesome paradise wonderland, or to have a part-time job.