Even when rain pelts the Garden Isle, the sun normally pokes through on the arid south coast. Two miles of shore are pocketed with sandy coves and backed by high-end condos (Suite Paradise is the place to book) and luxury resorts like the Sheraton and Grand Hyatt. Magic hour is at sunset where surfers take in the last rays, serenaded (in this shot) by the aloha music of the luau at the Sheraton, which is right at the beach.
The hills of Poipu have more cacti than palms, but if you find yourself on Kauai seeking sun, check it out. Several coastal paths, both along the resorts and a wild coast, offer an opportunity to get some exercise with a view. Kauai Trailblazer has the descriptions, beginning on page 110.