The Pono Kai takes reservations up to a year in advance. If you want to get a certain floor or building it is always best to book as soon as you can to get the best choice. The most popular times are when school is out so if you need those dates, plan early. December is a month that always books fast and January through March is popular because that is whale watching season. Remember January through March can also be the rainiest months but that is why Kauai is so lush and has great waterfalls. Some of the best months to visit are September and October, although September can be hotter but airfares can be cheaper. If you have any questions about any of these Please feel free to send me an email. We're always here to answer any questions.
Kauai is one of the best places to purchase these Niihau works of art. Niihau is known as the forbidden island because it was sold to a private party in 1864 and only native Hawaiians and the descendants of the original purchasers inhabit the island. Making these shell Lei's is an art that has been passed down on Niihau. The Lei's of Niihau are made from the highest quality shells that wash up on the shores of Niihau. Gathering and separating the shells is very time consuming and is one of the reasons that these works of art hold or increase in value. Make sure you buy from a reputable seller and you should get a certificate of authenticity that will tell you the stringers name. Below is a link with much more information about the history and where you can find reputable sellers on Kauai.
Jeff & Kim Silvers