When one thinks about Hawaii, most will conjure thoughts of Honolulu on the island of Oahu, The picturesque Maui, or the volcanic Big Island. That's 3 islands of Hawaii and you haven't even thought about my favourite island out of all them - Kauai. I'm turn about telling you about this island because I really hope Kauai continues to be a secret for the select few that knows about its wonders. Thing is, if you've been to Honolulu and Maui, you know that there are A LOT of tourists. On the other end of the spectrum you have the sheer raw beauty of Kauai, an island that doesn't take itself too seriously and likes to be under the radar. Here are my picks for things to do in Kauai in 3 days if you're short on time. Kauai's laid-back atmosphere, endless strips of beach, lack of big commercial areas, rich culture, dramatic scenery, and world-class hiking are the reasons why I keep going back to this island. The allure is the fact that I can do some of the crazy adventurous outdoors but also slow the clock down to do a whole lot of nothing at one of the many secret beaches or watch another brilliant sunset. The emerald valleys that twist and fold like accordions towards the Na Pali Coast present a jaw-dropping landscape. Then factor in the tropical rainforests, cascading waterfalls, and jagged canyons weathered by time and you really start wondering where you actually are. In the small towns, you'll find an store here and there and of course a Foodland is never too far away but after that you'll encounter small local restaurants, and trendy upstarts. It feels like a place for locals. You can just take your time and not be troubled with the trappings of everyday life and material things. At the end of the day, Kauai is an island where you'll never see a tour bus, locals are friendly, towns are small, and beaches will call your name. For those that are driving, make sure to get the best deals on car rentals by using a car rental coupon code. Also, if you're love to learn about the island as you drive, make sure to pick up the Kauai audio guide app. The Kalalau Trail is a famous 11 mile (22 miles round trip)trek that starts from Ke'e Beach in the North Shore and runs along the Na Pali Coast (often called Napali Coast as well). The full hike zig-zags you through lush jungle, valleys, steep cliffs, and unexpected streams.For most people that come to Kauai, the Kalalau Trail is a perfect day trip where you hike in 2 miles to get to Hanakapi’ai Beach, detour up to the 100-foot Hanakapi’ai waterfall which is perfect for a refreshing dip. This alone will be quite the journey as you switchback through the contour of the start of the jagged coast and includes a stream that you will have to leap frog over with the helps of rocks that lead your way. It’s all worth it though because it’s one of the few ways by foot that you can truly enjoy the grandness of the coast.The full epic-ness of this hike doesn’t happen until you do the full multi-day hike which requires a permit from the state’s Department of Land and Natural Resources. It’s an arduous trek that isn’t for the feint of heart as you’ll have to scale sketchy full drop off ridges but you are rewarded with completely isolated beaches, dramatic mountains and seaside caves. Shave ice is a staple on Hawaii and when it comes to the best, I have to recommend JoJo’s. While I still think Maui’s Ululani’s and Oahu’s Matsumoto’s are better overall (primarily because of mochi), I loved JoJo’s combination flavours which comes with their own mac nut ice cream which is absolutely to die for.Ke’e Beach – If you plan on doing Kalalau as a day hike, make sure you start early and plan to spend time at the beach that is right in front of the trailhead. It’s a great place to snorkel and also has some of the most incredible sunsets on the island.