Island golfer’s paradise
Wainani at Poipu — which means “crashing waves” in the Hawaiian language — is on the south shore of the island of Kauai in Hawaii.
The island offers eight world-renowned golf courses, including Wainani’s Robert Trent Jones Jr.designed course at Kiahuna Golf Club, where the homes being auctioned Dec. 28 are located.
Poipu Bay Golf Course is also nearby. It was the home of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf from 1994 to 2007.
The area offers five-star hotels and world-class resorts, beautiful sandy beaches and warm, turquoise oceans.
Known as the Garden Isle, Kauai is the wettest of the Hawaiian islands.
But more rain is on the north shore and at the centre of the island, where Mount Waialeale has experienced more than 1,000 centimetres of rain per year.
The south shore and beach areas have as little as 18 centimetres of rain per year. Average winter temperatures overall are about 24 C and average winter rainfall is in the seven to 15 centimetres range per month.
The result of the rainfall is lush, tropical rainforests and mountain canyons with spectacular waterfalls.
These include Waimea Canyon State Park, better known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacif ic, so named by American author Mark Twain.
The fourth largest of the main Hawaiian islands, Kauai is 1,456 square kilometres and had a population of 58,303 in 2000. It is located 170 kilometres northwest of Oahu.
Homes in the auction back on to the Kiahuna golf course.
Waves send spray over the nearby coastline in Kauai.