Archive for November, 2011

If you are planning on visiting Kauai over the holidays and need a nice vacation rental home for your whole family, I have a recommendation for you. Consider staying at Anahola Aloha Beach House on the East side of the island. You will only be a short jaunt from the North side of the island where all of the fun happens. Plus, you will absolutely LOVE this rental. Let me tell you about it.

To start off with, this rental has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and a pull-out couch for extra guests. This means that this rental can sleep 11 people comfortably, and there is plenty of space if you want to bring the kids and place sleeping bags on the floor.

Speaking of space, this place truly is spacious, and I’m not just referring to the vaulted ceilings! There are two master suites and a media room downstairs, each having its own TV with DVD player for late night movies and group hangouts. And then upstairs has the fully equipped kitchen, living room, and dining room, each with a view of the beautiful Anahola Bay! In fact, if you are up for a walk, you are just a short hike from the bay itself. So you can spend your days combing the sand and spend your evenings watching the bay from your lanai.

Don’t want to simply lounge on a chair to watch the ocean? Well, that’s fine. This rental has a hot tub, allowing you to sip a cool drink while sitting in hot, moving water while you enjoy the view. After you finish with the hot tub, you can come inside and sit down to dinner, a dinner you can make yourself in the large kitchen complete with every appliance you will need to make a spectacular meal. (And if you are the type of cook who loves counter space, you will simply drool over this kitchen.)

Need table linens and dinnerware? They’re provided. Need a washer and dryer to clean sandy clothes? They’re provided. Need a vacation home that sleeps 11+, is a short drive to Kilauea and Kapaa, is a short walk to the beach, and that starts at only $3000/week? Well, this house provides that. All you have to do is rent it.

November 24, 2011 by, Emily

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite times of the year. I mean, who wouldn’t love it? It’s a time to get together with close family or friends, to celebrate the things that we are thankful for in our everyday lives, and to eat LOTS of food. If there were gifts involved, it would be the best holiday of all time!

Gifts aside, though, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. While my family has gotten a bit spread out over time, we all make an effort to come back together again and enjoy the day (and often times the entire weekend) with one another. Sure, there are a few hardships involved. For instance, the flight to New York this year cost some money and, since my fiancée came with me, it was double the normal cost. And not everyone in my family always gets along. We aren’t a Hallmark family who never fights and manages to always make up around the holidays. But for the most part, the joys far outweigh the hardships.

So this year as you sit around a large table eating turkey and stuffing with your family, your friends, or a bunch of complete strangers who invited you to their table, remember to be thankful for the things that you have and not worry about the things that you don’t have. After all, there are 364 other days in the year for you to worry. Just for this one day, be thankful and have joy.

There is an activity here on Kauai that we do the first Saturday of every month starting at 9am. It’s something that most residents of Hanalei look forward with anticipation and something that I’ve decided to share with all of you.

It’s a swap meet!

Okay, that sounded a bit “little old lady” of me to insist that an entire town would love swap meets. But honestly, you would love them too if you were in the market for a nice longboard or some snorkeling gear. The first Saturday of each month is the Water Sports Swapmeet and residents from all over the island come to buy and sell their used equipment.

Now if you are a tourist reading this, don’t think that this will be a waste of your time. You can find some amazing deals at this swap meet and locate surfboards in mint condition. Owning your own gear is a great way to save some money on rentals and truly be a part of the water riding community. Plus, you can always check your new gear as baggage on the plane home.

So are you planning a trip to Kauai around the first weekend of December, January, February, March, etc? Well, then visit 5-5161 Kuhio Hwy in Hanalei. Come rain or shine, we’ll be here from 9-noon.

November 18, 2011 by, Emily

Okay, this post is going to be a bit of a plug for a friend. But don’t worry – this event will still be fun, especially if you have children.

The Koloa Pop Warner Junior Midgets Ohana Day Fundraiser is coming up. Never heard of it? Well, that’s okay. You see, it’s a fundraiser to get this talented group of kids some traveling money to go to the Nationals Competition in Orlando Florida.

The fundraiser will take place at Koloa Ball Park on November 20th (a Sunday) from 11am to 3pm. Activities will include hula, live entertainment, live music, food booths, and even a water slide for the kids! Fun, right? And it only costs $20/person at the gate or $15 if you buy tickets early. (Tickets are available at Kujo’s Mini Mart and Mokihana Travel.)

Sure, this might not be the most adventurous of activities, and you could probably use that time to go windsurfing or take a helicopter tour. But if you come to this event, you will be supporting a bunch of great kids. So please consider it. They need to raise quite a bit of money, and they will really benefit from your support.

Now here is an event for those of us who love a good game of golf. The 7th Annual KVMH Charitable Golf Tournament will be taking place in Poipu on Saturday, November 19th, from 7am until 1pm.

This sporting event will not be at my favorite golf course in Princeville, but will instead be taking place at Poipu Bay Golf Course. The entrance fee is only $100 and will include green fees, lunch at the Grand Hyatt, use of a golf cart, and much more. There will be prize drawings, door prizes, prizes for the best dressed golf bag, awards, food, and free mulligans to those who dress their best golf club in a Thanksgiving outfit!

Seriously, what could be more fun than a day of golf on a tropical island with a large lunch served afterward? It’s like heaven, right? So come to Kauai and check it out. You might just win a prize or two!

Do the words “private villa” mean anything to you? Well, they will once I tell you about Hanalei Bay Villa 12, a beautiful vacation rental with views of the bay and the mountains.

Hanalei Bay Villa 12 is located right near the heart of Princeville, so you will be close to shopping, restaurants, rental shops, movie stores, and much more. Plus, it has a majestic view of the bay with the lush mountainsides rising up behind it. Of course, you can see all of this from your private lanai, but that isn’t all there is to this rental.

Each room of this lovely home is fully furnished and equipped for your needs. Would you like to watch a movie when you get home? No problem. The Master suite has a TV with DVD and VCR hookup. Want to cook for yourself using locally grown foods? Okay. There is a fully equipped kitchen with all the cooking implements you will need. Want to check Facebook or lookup fun things to do around Kauai? Great! If you bring your laptop, this rental offers free high speed internet. Did you only have enough room in your suitcase for a few changes of clothes? Again, no problem. There is a washer/dryer unit in your villa for all of your laundering needs.

This three bedroom, two and a half bath villa is perfect for a family of 6 or less. And at only $1225/week, it’s reasonably priced as well. So if you want to be a bit spoiled during your stay here on Kauai, look up Hanalei Bay Villa 12 for your next visit.

November 11, 2011 by, Emily

Today is the day that we choose to honor our veterans who have risked (and at times lost) their lives for our country’s existence. So, if you would, please take a moment as you read this to reflect on what it has cost to keep our country free.

Whether you agree with every political decision made over the past 50 years or not, well, that’s not the issue here. This day is about the brave men and women who have stepped up to do their part for their friends, their families, and for complete strangers everywhere. They are true heroes, regardless of race, color, religion, or creed.

Today I will be honoring the veterans who have come before me in our family line, those who gave their lives for this country and for Kauai. I hope that, wherever you are, you will do the same.

Okay sports fans, who is in the mood to run? Why do I ask? Well, on November 12, the Rotary Club of Kauai will be holding their 9th Annual Old Koloa Sugar Mill Run!

This run will start at Anne Knudsen Park at 7am for the 10 mile, 7:15 for the 10K and 5K run, and 7:30 for the 5K walk. And if you want to participate, it pays to sign up early. After all, it’s $30 online if you sign up before the 10th, but it’s $40 if you wait and sign up the morning of the event. Plus, if you sign up just before the run, your free t-shirt might not fit; you’ll be stuck with the leftovers.

Want to hear the best part? Okay, maybe it’s only the best part for me since I need to be motivated to run long distances. But my point is that there is a continental breakfast for the participants that will be served after the races at 9am. That is also the time when the winners of the runs will be announced. (Sorry walkers – no prizes for you.)

Awards will be given for each of the three racing categories (10-mile, 10K, 5K) to both male and female finishers. There will also be medals given to age group winners. So, if you want to make this a race with the whole family, go for it! And if you family just wants to come and watch, that’s fine too. They can even join in on the continental breakfast for only $5/person.

So sign up today and run to your heart’s content!

Okay, I was looking over a list of upcoming events here on Kauai and I realized there was just too much to write about! We have a lot going on this month, and you could come and be a part of it. In order to tempt you to visit, here is a small list of some of the musical events you will love.

Today! – November 6th You can enjoy a live concert featuring Te Vaka! This concert and performance is $35 for general seating or $40 if you purchase your tickets at the door. So if you want to see these Polynesian Superstars, visit the Kauai Marriott Hotel in Lihue from 7-9pm.

Veterans Day – November 11th There will be a benefit concert at St. Michael and All Angels Church in Lihue. This event will be honoring the Hawaii King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma and costs $25/ticket. Performers include Edward Punua, Jeff Mira, Haunani Kaui, Linda Tani, and more. This will be an evening event with drinks and a silent auction at 6pm, the concert at 7pm, and desert at 8:15pm.

November 12-13 The 11th annual Kauai Homegrown Music Festival will be taking palce in Kealia. Many different artists will be performing, as this is the largest 2-day festival for Kauai musicians. Artists will include The Throwdowns, Skunkdog, Jeff Caldwell Band, Attery Alley, Burning Bush, and many many more. A weekend pass for both days is only $30, which is a great deal considering how many concerts you will be experiencing. You can buy tickets here.

November 13 If you are a quartet fan, this one is for you. The Doric String Quartet will be performing a concert at the Kauai Community College of Performing Arts in Puhi from 3pm-5:30pm. This group has performed worldwide and will be conducting educational workshops in the local schools during their visit.

November 20 From 12pm until 6pm, the 19th Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Festival “Kauai Style” will be rocking Lihue at the Kauai Beach Resort. 15 of the finest Slck Key Guitar artists will be performing, some of whom are internationally known. There will be music, food, crafts, exhibits, and lots of festival merchandise for purchase as well.

So there you have it! If you love music, Kauai is definitely the place for you this month.

Great news for chocolate lovers! Tomorrow, November 5th, there will be a chocolate making workshop and seminar at the Garden Island Chocolate Factory. Yum! This seminar/workshop will run from 9am-3pm and will feature two main parts: lecture and lab.

During the seminar, you can learn all about the different aspects of making and growing chocolate, from the tree to the candy aisle. Topics include growing, roasting, tempering, panning, and gourmet food pairings. This will be a great lecture for those who are interested in the entire process involved in chocolate making and not just the flavor of our favorite food.

And, for those who want to try their hand at this culinary creation, there will be an intensive workshop where all participants will make their own chocolate. Kauai has its own source of cacao beans, which are perfect for chocolate creations, and if you attend you will be learning to make three major types of Theobroma Cacao. Each attendee will take home a half-pound of chocolate as well as tasting the chocolate throughout the day.

Of course, for this much chocolaty goodness, there is some cost involved. For the day, attending this event will run you $169/person. Of course, if you bring a friend, the cost goes down to $149/person. So come and enjoy a day of bliss, creating the most wonderful substance on earth… well, next to coffee of course! ☺

Who doesn’t love a good parade, right? I for one find them highly entertaining, especially when there is truly something to celebrate.

This year, Kauai is celebrating Veteran’s Day in style, if not a bit early. On November 5th, there will be a Veteran’s Day Parade in Kapaa Town honoring the veterans of Kauai. This even will take place from 10am until 2pm and will be free for the whole family. Plus, there will be much more to it than just a parade.

Before and after the parade, you can stroll amongst the craft and food booths, purchasing local products and tasting our culinary wonders. There will also be live music throughout the entire event, so you can be sure to enjoy your time. The parade itself will be a tribute to our veterans, both alive and dead, who fought bravely to protect our freedom and our rights.

So come to Kauai and visit Kapaa for this fun filled event.

November 2, 2011 by, Emily

Do you enjoy looking at beautiful things? Is art your passion? Well, if you answered yes to either of these things, I have an event for you. This month, from the 3rd to the 8th, Kauai’s Kukui Grove Shopping Center will be hosting an abstract art exhibit.

This exhibit will feature works by a wonderful painter, Kirsten Jackson, and will be open each day from 11am until the evening. Kirsten Jackson puts his emotions, his thoughts, and his internal contemplations onto the canvas as he presents all that he has in oil paint. And his works are simply inspired. I truly believe that any artist will enjoy this exhibit.

If you want to attend, the showing will be in Lihue at the Kauai Society of Artists, located in the Kukui Grove Shopping Center. Closing times vary from day to day, but come before 5pm and you won’t have a problem.