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The friendly skies: The 50th state is not all sunshine and roses. Many a visitor from the continental U.S. has flown all the way there to find rain, drizzle, and more rain. Kauai is no exception: Mount Waialeale, near its center, is one of the wettest spots in the world. But the island's leeward (south and west) coasts are a good bet for dry, sunny weather, with temperatures hovering around 84 degrees Fahrenheit year-round.
On the ground: Situate yourself at the 121-room Koa Kea Hotel & Resort on the "always sunny south shore" and you'll be within easy reach of Waimea Canyon, a 14-mile-long, one-mile-wide, and 3,600-foot-deep gash carved in part by the rain that hits the other part of the island. The Nespresso machine in your room will help get you out the door for a morning hike or surf lesson (Margo Oberg, a seven-time world champion, has run a surf school in the area since 1977). Or, you could just kick back on your private oceanfront lanai and contemplate a dip in the wading pools of Poipu Beach.
Koa Kea Hotel & Resort
2251 Poipu Road
Tel: 802 828 8888
Doubles from $349.
Margo Oberg Surf School
Tel: 808 332 6100
Private lesson $125 for two hours.