Is­land golfer’s par­adise

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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 Jones­signed 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.

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