Archive for December, 2011

Fireworks are great and they are family friendly. But if you are over 21 and you want to have a bit more fun on New Years Eve, why not go to a party?

This year, Kilohana’s Luau Pavillion in Lihue is hosting an indoor celebration, complete with live music and a lot of dancing! The purpose of the celebration is to honor Kilohana’s 25 Years of Tradition, to benefit the YMCA, and to let us have a bunch of fun. The night will start off with some tunes by Kawili, the opening band. Then will come the awesomeness of MAKANA.

Will there be alcohol? Yes. Does this mean that no one under 21 can be admitted? Yes. So if you are looking for a family event to attend, this isn’t it. However, if you want to party, dance, drink, and kiss someone at midnight, this is your event.

The party will go from 7pm New Years Eve until 1am New Years Day. The price of admission is $35 at the door or $30 if you buy your ticket in advance. So come to Lihue and dance the night away with us. I can practically guarantee a great time!

See you in 2012!

Wasn’t Christmas wonderful? Seriously, I love spending time with my family and friends, decorating the tree, singing carols, eating until I burst, enjoying the spirit of the season, and generally having a great time. And when it’s over, I’m sad a little. It’s like riding a high of happiness and then having your wave fizzle out.

But that’s why we celebrate New Years.

Okay, that isn’t why we celebrate exactly, but it sure helps. After Christmas, we know that we can look forward and ahead to New Years and all of the refreshing change that a new year brings. Resolutions get written, fresh starts are made, and 2012 is about to begin.

If you are on Kauai, you can come out and celebrate this wonderful changing with us. Saturday, December 31st at Poipu Beach Park, there will be a fireworks display to ring in the New Year. This high-flying, brightly-colored, evening event will take place at 9:30pm, so you’ll want to be in position to watch the fun.

Usually, I head down to the beach with a towel, find a sandy spot, and cuddle up under a blanket for a fireworks event. Then I can watch the whole sky filled with lights. You can do the same. Simply drive to Poipu and find a good spot. Bring some friends or your loved ones, and enjoy your last evening of 2011.

December 25, 2011 by, Emily

Merry Christmas to all of you out there in blogland!

This year, let’s really focus on the reason for the season: family and friends coming together to celebrate and enjoy the holiday. So try not to stress about work, avoid drinking and driving, and learn to get along with your cousin Jamie. Why? Because this holiday is all about relaxing, family, Aloha, and presents!

Hehe… okay, maybe not about presents. But you know what I mean!

Merry Christmas to my readers and Happy Holidays to everyone.

Okay, maybe you just made plans to come to Kauai for the end of the year. Maybe you decided last minute and are now trying to find a nice hotel in your price range? Maybe you went to the hotel you had booked and realized just how expensive it was? Maybe your wall-mates in the room next to yours are extremely loud every night? Whatever the reason, you need to find a nice condo on Kauai to use during your stay. So have you considered Hanalei Bay Villa 15?

You know what? You probably haven’t! But you should. If you are going to be staying on the island with your small family or a couple friends, this is the place for you. Why? Well, let me list the reasons for you.

Comfort – This place is cozy. The furniture is all comfortable and nice. The style is island and the colors are fun and warm. And if you care nothing about the look, how about the fact that you get two bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, a living room, a full kitchen, a lanai, and a backyard to use. MUCH better than a hotel room, yes?

Cost – A hotel on Kauai around the holidays is expensive. Okay, it’s more than expensive; it’s like buying a car expensive. So if you want to be able to afford your vacation, a condo or vacation home is much better for you. Hanalei Bay Villa 15 is actually a cottage, so it has that homey quality that is so lack in many places. Plus, it’s only $1,330 a week! Seriously, that’s each week, not each night! Price some hotels and you’ll see how good a deal this place is.

Amenities – A hotel room will give you a mini bar (which costs money), a television (that can be heard through the walls), and a downstairs lobby and restaurant (which will be filled with the hundreds of other guests and will typically cost you money). With #15, you get views of Hanalei Bay and the mountains, a fully equipped kitchen, 2 TVs, a DVD player, a washer/dryer in your cottage, free wireless internet, and enough room to stretch out in. And the best part: you won’t have to do anything in front of a bunch of strangers.

Wouldn’t this be a great place to bring your family? Wouldn’t this be a great place for you to stay this holiday season? Don’t you want to call and book it now?

Have you ever wanted to hear some really fabulous music by a Hawaiian resident? Have you heard of John Cruz? If you have, I have the event for you!

Right after Christmas on December 28th, John Cruz will be here on Kauai for a benefit concert at the Princeville St. Regis!!! (That’s a local resort for those of you who aren’t from around here.) I’m so excited for this concert. This is an amazing musician who truly understands Aloha. Plus, my fiancée already bought the tickets. :)

He will be raising money for the Hanalei School and the price of admission is $50 a person. If you want to come, you can find the tickets for sale at several different locations all around Kauai: Magic Dragon Toy and Art Supply (in Princeville), Kauai Music and Sound (in Kapaa), Hanalei Surf Co. (in Hanalei), and Hanalei Strings and Things (also in Hanalei). I will be there. You should come too. And it’s for a great cause! Who wouldn’t want to support our schools?

If you haven’t heard of John Cruz, you either are not from Kauai or you have been living under a rock.  But that’s okay! I can fix that. You can find a lot of his music on iTunes or YouTube. In fact, here is a link to one of his famous songs: Island Style. If you like what you hear, come and join us on the 28th at the St. Regis in Princeville.

December 13, 2011 by, Emily

Well, today I discovered an activity here on Kauai that I have never done before: the annual Christmas Bird Count. A friend was telling me about this little event. Let me relay what I have learned.

Each year, a group of Kokee Museum workers and volunteers join together to trek into the wild unknowns on Kauai and count birds. According to my friend, this is a fun day of bird watching and hiking, perfect for the outdoory type. She is a birdwatcher, so this event is perfect for her each year. She also takes her brother with her, who doesn’t care about birds but loves exercise. It’s a great bonding day for them.

So, if you are a birdwatcher or a hiker and you are going to be on Kauai on Saturday, December 17th, head to the Kokee Museum! You’ll have a great time and meet some new friends.

Want to vacation in style for Christmas? Then you should come and stay at Hale Ola Guest House for the holidays and enjoy the luxurious comfort that a private home can provide.

Most people think that vacationing on Kauai is expensive. But honestly, you can save a fortune if you simply rent a vacation home instead of purchasing a hotel room for the week. Instead of paying $1,000 a night for a nice room, why not pay $2,400 for an entire week and enjoy the privacy and comfort of your own home-away-from-home?

The Hale Ola Guest House is a lovely house in Hanalei with a close proximity to the ocean and a scenic view from each window. We are talking historic beachfront property here people, and it could be all yours during your winter vacation. Amenities for this property include cable TV, DVD/VCR, CD player, beach access, a private lanai, and nearness to Hanalei Town and all it has to offer. Plus, you won’t have to worry about the neighbors in the hotel room next to yours keeping you up all night.

This is a nice vacation home with historic significance, but don’t worry – it is up to date and ready for a resident or two. With two bedrooms, one bathroom, and a complete kitchen, any small family or set of couples would enjoy spending their time here. But spending time indoors isn’t what Kauai is all about. That’s why you can walk a short pathway down to the beach and spend the day soaking up the sun and playing in the water.

You can learn to surf, get a tan, go out to eat every night, and enjoy a private breakfast in your own living room the next morning. Thus is the wonder of a vacation home. So if you plan to visit Kauai, consider this beautiful Guest House for your lodging needs.

This year, I’m planning on attending as many Christmas events as I can. So when I heard about the Kauai Chorale’s Christmas Concert, my exact words were, “Sign me up!” I love to listen to live musical performances, and a large choir filled with vibrant voices is as good as it gets.

Do you enjoy hearing Christmas carols? How about Hanukkah songs or traditional holiday music? Well, this Kauai Chorale presentation will have it all. AND the Kauai Orchestra Ensemble will be accompanying the singers!

So, if you need a family event to attend or you want to hear some wonderful choir music for Christmas, the St. Regis Resort in Princeville is definitely the place to be on December 11th. Of course, if you live closer to Lihue and you want to hear this concert, you can also attend the Saturday showing on December 10th at Kauai Community College. Both concerts will take place from 7-9pm and the cost for the public will be $10 at the door (or $5 for students).

I just love the Christmas season because there are so many things to see and event to attend. I’m almost never bored around this time of year and I get to see a lot of Santa. (He probably enjoys hanging out on a warm tropical island after the North Pole and all.)

Tonight there will be a wonderful celebration in Hanapepe Town Park. This holiday celebration will be chuck full of crafts, food, live entertainment, games, Santa, and more. Want to hear more? Good!

Starting at 4:30, you can visit Hanapepe for fun and live music. Many choirs, carolers, and bands will be playing live all throughout the night, and food venders will be open for your munching pleasure. You can also wander through craft booths and find the perfect last minute Christmas gift for someone you know.

At 6pm, there will be a Christmas Pet Costume Contest for all of those animal lovers out there who simply didn’t want to leave their furry friends at home. You can bring your pet and bring on the holiday cheer, dressing them in the Christmas spirit. Any animal from gerbils to dogs can enter and prizes will be given.

Then, at 6:30, Santa will appear and light the Christmas tree! Music will continue to play throughout the night as friends and families wander through the beautiful Hanapepe Town Park and experience the wonder of Christmas.

So if you are going to be on Kauai tonight and want to celebrate with us, visit Hanapepe from 4:30-9:00pm and enjoy this free event.

If you are planning to be on Kauai around the 8th through the 11th or any day in between, there is an event coming up that you just have to see. Koloa Union Church will be performing a family musical for the season every night at 7pm: SCROOGE.

Now, I’m going to say right off the bat that I don’t know how good it will be. This isn’t a play that they put on every year and I’ve never been to a play in their church before. But I’m expecting great things.

First of all, this is a free event with a free will offering taken after the play (as far as I know). So, if you hate it, you don’t have to pay for it. And if you want to support their efforts, you can give what you can.

From what I’ve heard, this musical will be based on the writings of Charles Dickens and will be a family-friendly event. Church and community members will be working together to show you the spirit of Christmas, and who would want to pass up the chance to see a live play?

I’m going to see it this year, and I hope that you’ll swing by the Koloa Union Chuch on Poipu Road and see it with me.

So what are you doing tonight? Are you sitting at home with no where to go? Do you want to do something fun and family oriented to do? Do you like Christmas lights?

Today kicks off another season of the Festival of Lights, every Friday–Sunday evening at 6PM until Christmas. I think I probably wrote about this festival last year, because I always go at least one night of the month. But I’m going to write about it again for those of you who might not have read this blog a year ago.

The Festival of Lights on Kauai is a wonderful tradition on Kauai of fun, family, lights, Santa, art, and awesome! Held in Kauai’s Historic County Building, come and watch as the entire area is decked in lights and comes alive with Christmas spirit. The interior of the building will be ready for Christmas with large and small decorations to grab the imagination of your whole family. Plus, with a theme like “Santa’s Gone Kauaiian,” it should be a ton of fun.

First of all, this festival celebrates the beautiful Christmas Folk Art of Auntie Josie Chansky. So you can walk around and see her creations: a true Kauaiian national treasure. You can also wander amongst our own special island Christmas touches, like Christmas waterfalls and scenes cut into ice. Santa will surf into the party on a sleigh pulled by roosters (and for those of you who missed my posts about chickens, let me just tell you that the roosters will fit the theme nicely). And each Christmas tree will be decorated with a different theme.

And don’t worry – you won’t be bored. I’ve been to lighting ceremonies at Christmas that completely wasted my time. We stood around forever, Santa came, he flipped a switch, lights came on, and Santa wished everyone a Merry Christmas. That was it. Then everyone went home. This is not like that. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be around to greet everyone, there will be celebrating and maybe even a little performance by Santa, and the night will stick in your memories as one to remember.

Want to learn more about this festival? Well, you can visit the official website for more information.

December 1, 2011 by, Emily

Can you believe it? Christmas is just around the corner! It’s December here on the island of Kauai and already there are more Christmas decorations and fewer frowns. It’s a magical time of the year, especially when you live in a place where the weather stays beautiful.

Have you considered coming to Kauai this Christmas?

I’ll let you in on a little secret here: Kauai is perfect for a holiday trip. While the novelty of snow is fun once in a while, I remember visiting my brother for Christmas and freezing to death one year. The snow was pretty, but I was COLD. I ended up stuck in the house the entire visit, and I am not a “sit around and do nothing” type of person.

On Kauai, however, the weather is perfect. (This is a tropical island after all.) The sun comes out and activities commence as normal. When my brother comes to visit me for Christmas, we snorkel, play some golf, hang out on the beach, go out to dinner once or twice, and celebrate in style. Of course, we have traditions too.

In my family, it is tradition to put up a Christmas tree, open presents at midnight on Christmas morning, and to stay in pjs all day long. I usually deck out the entire lanai with twinkle lights so it’s like entering an enchanted Christmas fairy-tale at night. And with the weather a beautiful 70 degrees, sitting on the lanai and enjoying the feeling of Christmas is easy as pie.

So if you want a change this Christmas season, visit Kauai for Christmas. We have lots of fun Christmas things to do here on the island, plus you can vacation in style on our warm sunny beaches. Believe me – this is the only way to relax.