Archive for March, 2012

Tonight at Kauai Beach Resort (in Lihue), there will be a concert featuring two amazing performers: Nathan Aweau and Jeff Peterson. Both of these men are extremely talented, as you can tell from their live performances in the links above. And they are both going to give a great concert tonight, here on Kauai.

So are you visiting Kauai this weekend? Do you live here and simply haven’t heard about the concert yet? Well, then you should come to Lihue and enjoy some music starting at 7pm, though I recommend coming a bit early to get a good seat. Concert admission is $30 at the door, but the music will be well worth it.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to hula? Well, if you aren’t from Hawaii, chances are that you haven’t gotten the chance to learn. But you’re in luck! I know of quite a few hula classes on Kauai and, if you’re staying in Princeville, this one is for you.

The “Halau Hula Na Lei Kupua” class meets every Tuesday night from 7-8:30pm at Church of the Pacific. This class is an entry level class for new hula students and visitors alike, and it will go over the finer points of hula as well as the moves necessary to complete a basic hula dance. You will also learn some chants, some basic language lessons, and some legends.

If you’re interested in joining the class for the day or even for a few weeks, you can call Fern at 828-1342 or 639-0964 for more information about the class, class costs, and what sort of lessons will be learned.

Easter is fast approaching. Do you want to know how I know? Well, yes, the calendar does seem to tell me. But I actually figured it was getting close when I saw the schedule for the island Easter Egg Hunts.

This year, there will be four large Easter Egg hunts, the first two of which will take place this month on the 31st. So if you have kids and will be on Kauai this weekend, here is an event your kids are sure to enjoy.

The first hunt is at 10am at Vidinha Soccer Field. There will be thousands of eggs, so your children will be sure to find at least a few. Plus, you’ll get to meet other families with children and have a great time.

The second hunt for the month will be at 1pm at the Hanalei Soccer Field. At this hunt, there will also be thousands of eggs, so don’t worry about your children being disappointed – they won’t be.

At both events, your kids will get the opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny, watch a puppet show and a kids dance group, enter some prize drawings, and hear the Easter story. So not only will there be eggs and candy, but there will also be fun for the whole family.

The next two Easter Egg Hunts will be on April 7th: 10am at the Hanapepe Football Field and 1pm at the Waimea Athletic Field. I hope you can come to at least one, as I’m sure kids of all ages will enjoy the festivities.

So I’ve been getting a bit of grief from a few of my friends here on Kauai because I didn’t mention that the Garden Island Orchid Society will be having their Annual Spring Fantasy Show at the same time as the Kauai Art and Orchids Festival. Okay, I say grief but I really mean teasing. I guess I got so caught up in telling you about the festival that I forgot to mention the rest. So… here is the rest.

Every year, the Garden Island Orchid Society has a Spring Fantasy Show. Each year, the show is a bit different, but the times coinside with the times of the Art and Orchids Festival (Friday from 1pm to 7pm; Saturday from 9am to 4pm). This year, the exhibits and displays for the show will be in the United Church of Christ in Hanapepe, while Historic Hanapepe will be hosting the rest of the festival.

At the church, you will find food booths, show orchids, crafts, and shopping opportunities. The entire show is free, but food booths and craft booths will charge for their products and services. And, of course, the show is a central piece in the Kauai Art and Orchids Festival… which is probably why I got teased so much for not mentioning it. I just figured that, when you came out to see the orchids, you would take in the show as a part of the festival. Apparently, my friends think you need more coaching than that. ☺

So anyway, you should come to the festival and see the Spring Fantasy Show. Every year, I go to the show and see the prize-winning orchids. They are always breath-taking and worth the visit.

On Kauai, we have many hotels, several villas, and quite a few resorts. But the best places to stay are often the vacation rental homes. For one thing, they are cheaper per week than getting a hotel room or staying at a resort. And for another thing, they offer you a lot more room and many more amenities than most other places. So, if you are coming to visit Kauai, consider Alii Kai 8E for your stay.

Alii Kai is a group of condos in Princeville, the best town on Kauai. At Alii Kai 8E, you will be surrounded by the lush views of tropical landscaping, be within walking distance to some beautiful tennis courts, and you can even see the ocean from the condo. Of course, I recommend 8E specifically because it has a cozy yet spacious appearance with many windows to keep the space light and bright throughout the year.

Alii Kai 8E is a 2 bedroom/2 bathroom condo with enough space to sleep 4 comfortably. This makes 8E the perfect place for a small family or two couples to stay. Plus the living room has a pullout couch for additional sleeping space if needed.

Amenities for this condo include a fully equipped kitchen, landscaping, a communal swimming pool and tennis courts, a washer/dryer unit in the condo, free high speed internet and a TV/DVD unit. But the best part of this condo is the price: only $875 for an entire week! So if you come to Kauai, you can spend your money on what really matters and not on an outrageous hotel bill.

I love the look of orchids. No matter what happens in my life, I seem to always be drawn to this flower whether I’m happy or sad. They just seem to exude a personality all their own and their uniqueness gives me pause and a cause for reflection.

Why tell you this? I mean, do you really care that I like a certain flower? Well, maybe not. But if you like orchids like I do, and if you are on Kauai on Friday and Saturday, March 30th and 31st, then I have just the event for you.

The Kauai Orchid and Art Festival will be the last two days in March in Hanapepe and will be the perfect place to see a wide variety of orchids, not to mention the people who grow them. This year, the festival will include art exhibits, free music concerts, food, and much more. There will be demonstrations, craft booths, and lots to do and see.

So if you like orchids or if you just want something to do that weekend, visit the festival in Hanapepe starting at 1pm on Friday and 9am on Saturday. I hope to see you there!

March 17, 2012 by, Emily

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, a time to celebrate with some friends, fun, and maybe a bit of green beer. And it’s a day to wear green! I completely forgot that until my fiancée came to pick me up today. That man can PINTCH!

So wherever you are, go out and celebrate today. I know I will! And don’t forget to put on some green before you leave the house. Trust me – you’ll thank me later.

St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday here on Kauai where you can wear green and have a great time at the 3rd Annual St. Patty’s Day Bash! So if you are on the island of Kauai on March 17th, plan to visit Lihue for some live music, Irish food, cocktails, dunk booths, and some free giveaways. There will also be free snow cones, green cotton candy and face painting.

So let’s get down to basics…

Where: Rob’s Good Times Grill (on Rice Street)

When: 1-5pm for family friendly fun; 5pm-2am for extra exuberant fun

Why: Because St. Patrick’s Day brings out the Irish in all of us. So why not celebrate with some green food, good drinks, and a few new friends.

First of all, for all of you who wanted to go to the drag racing event last Saturday, I’m so sorry it was canceled. I didn’t hear about it until the last minute when it was too late to update you all. So if you went out to the raceway and nothing was there, I can only tell you that they haven’t set a new date yet. But when they do, I’ll try to keep you updated.

Secondly, I want to talk about a new event (one that won’t be canceled) that you can attend while visiting Kauai: the Prince Kuhio Celebration!

The celebration itself actually started yesterday and will continue for the next two weeks with something new and fun to do each day. There will be canoe racing, cultural demonstrations, Kahiko hula, a luau, a royal dinner, a rodeo, spearfishing and free diving competitions, and much more. There is even a website for this event where you can get an exact schedule of events, so you know which activities you can attend.

The best part is that, most of these events are free of charge. This means you can bring your whole family and enjoy a few days of fun without spending any of your hard earned cash. So come and visit us for this time of celebration and remember one of our greatest monarchs: Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole.

Cars are fast. Drag racing is fun. And Kauai has a Raceway Park. Do I need to say more?

Okay, I really do. In Kekaha, you will find the Kauai Raceway Park. It’s off the Kaumualii Highway after mile marker 28. And if you love to race, then you should come to our drag racing event this Saturday (March 10th) starting at 11am.

According to the flier I saw, this is a family-friendly event. There is quarter-mile bracket racing for all classes: Jr. Dragster, Street Bikes, Street Class, Sport Compact, Muscle V8, Pro ET and Top Gun. The time trials are from 2-6pm and the competition officially begins at 7pm for those who qualify.

Now, if you are visiting Kauai, you probably didn’t bring your drag racing vehicle with you. However, if you enjoy the races, then this might be a great chance for you to come and watch. And if you live on Kauai, bring your vehicle and see how you do!

However, this event will cost you. Entrance fees are $12 per person (though kids under 12 are free). There will also be food booths where you can purchase refreshments.

Hardwood floors. Hot tub. High Definition Plasma TV. Vaulted ceilings. Free Wireless DSL.

Do I have your attention? Then you are going to love staying at Aloha Lani.

Aloha Lani is a beautiful new vacation rental home in Princeville overlooking the golf course. So if you want to come to Kauai and stay somewhere truly luxurious, then this is the spot to choose. For only $1,900 a week, this vacation home and all that it has can be yours. Now, let’s talk amenities.

In addition to the amazing items listed above, you will find many more amazing things in this fabulous vacation rental. First of all, the kitchen is fully equipped with everything you’ll need if you want to cook a few meals. The living room is large and includes not only a plasma tv but also a DVD player for movie nights. And there is a large gaming table for 8 where you can enjoy a few hands of cards or play board games with your kids. And if you are worried about those humid tropical days, then never fear – this house has central air conditioning.

There are two sleeping wings in the house and each wing has two bedrooms. The bedrooms are large, almost like suits, and each bedroom has its own bathroom. So, you could bring your whole family or make this a couple’s retreat for up to 4 couples!

Outside, there is a private lanai (or patio) with views of the mountains and the golf course. Plus, a large hot tub where you can spend the evenings watching the stars and enjoying the tropical air. And if you want to walk into Princeville, that won’t be a problem. This home is a short walk from the Princeville Shopping Center and a short drive from a handful of beaches and hiking trails. And if you play golf, you’ll love this location, as you are a short distance away from the Princeville Makai golf course!

I don’t think the owners were kidding when they advertised this place as a little piece of Heaven. Believe me – this is a house of luxury and comfort. It’s the perfect place for a golf retreat, family vacation, small family reunion, or couples retreat, and it is one of my favorite vacation rentals on Kauai.

Do you like to bowl? I’m not very good, but I love to bowl for some reason. For a long while, bowling was the only form of exercise I got and my arm would be SO sore the next morning. Now, however, I don’t get as sore but my game hasn’t gotten any better. The highest score I’ve ever had is a 102.

But that’s beside the point. If you enjoy bowling or if you want an activity to do here on Kauai with your whole family, then how about you come to Lihue Bowling Center this Saturday (March 3rd) and Bowl for Kids’ Sake.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake is a fundraising event for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program here on the island. For years, this amazing program has been mentoring youth and inspiring at-risk children to become community oriented, caring members of society. And for the past three years, we have been bowling to raise money for this program.

The theme this year is Totally Awesome 80s! And to be honest, it’s going to be retro and awesome. The bowling will begin at 3pm at the Lihue Bowling Center and go until 9pm, so there will be plenty of time for your family to get a game or two in. Plus, there will be t-shirts you can buy, prize drawings, and other fun things to do.

If I remember right from last year, you’re going to want to call the Lihue Bowling Center in advance and get reservations if you actually want to bowl. Why? Well, this is a big fundraiser and there will be a lot of people. So making a reservation will be the best way to bowl… unless you want to wait for a few hours before you get a lane.

So come and join us for some bowling fun and support the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program. And, if you aren’t planning on being on Kauai this Saturday, you can still enjoy a game or two of bowling at the Lihue Bowling Center any time.