If you get a chance to visit Kauai and get the bug to go fly, please check out Wings over Kauai. They offer fixed wing tours of the island in their C-172 or G8 Airvan. Many areas of this island are not accessible by car and can best be seen from the air.
You can simply ride along, look out the windows, or be PIC (in the 172) with CFI-PHD Bruce Coulombe. He has accumulated 7,000 of his 17,000 hours flying around the island and he knows all the good spots to see.
We spent a little over an hour with Dr. Bruce and truly enjoyed the trip. Kauai is not that big. You can cruise along the tour route in the 172 and see everything in about an hour. Tours are operated out of Lihue airport (PHLI) which is class D. The tours are done under VFR. Considerable effort is expended to avoid the extensive air tour traffic by reporting positions at known checkpoints. Tours are also conducted with great sensitivity to minimizing noise to residents as there are extensive helicopter air tours of the island.
Our C-172 experience was 1/2 the price of a rotary wing tour. We got to see some spectacular scenery and it was a bonus to have 1.1 in the logbook as PIC in Kauai. We highly recommend Wings over Kauai.
Ted & Cindy