Archive for April, 2012

April 30, 2012 by, Emily

I’ve been asked a few times so far if Kauai has an “off season.” And I’ll admit that it’s a hard question for me to answer. Therefore, I have decided to answer it here and now. The answer is: yes and no.

Yes – Kauai does technically have an “off season” if you mean a time when there are fewer tourists that visit. For instance, we get a lot of tourists here in the summer when families don’t have kids in school. We also get a lot of traffic during Spring Break, when college students want to party in a tropical climate. And, strangely, we get quite a bit of holiday traffic, when people want to avoid cold weather and their in-laws. However, during the early fall months and the spring, we have fewer people visiting. So technically, these months would be the “off season.”

No – But Kauai is always lovely and always has stuff going on. There isn’t a week that goes by where events, luaus, festivals, and fun activities aren’t happening on our little island. The temperature of the water is always in the 70s, even in the winter. And the beaches are always beautiful with white sand and crystal clear waters. So technically, there isn’t an “off season,” if you mean a time of year when Kauai is less enjoyable to visit.

See why it’s a hard question to answer? On the plus side, for those of you who want to come to Kauai when there aren’t as many people visiting, you can come in the non-summer months (avoiding Spring Break to be safe). In fact, right now is a great time to come to Kauai. Spring Break has just ended and it isn’t quite summer yet. But it is spring, which means the tropical flowers are blooming, the waters are warm, the people are friendly, and the activities are frequent. Now is the perfect time to come and visit us… in our supposed “off season.” :)

If you have ever had cancer or know someone who has had cancer, then you have probably heard of Relay for Life. Typically, Relay for Life is an American Cancer Society fundraiser that shows support for those with cancer and their families by having a walk/run. Each year, cancer victims, cancer survivors, and their families come out in droves to support/advocate for finding a cure. And each year those same people light candles and place them in bags with the names of loved ones printed upon them, lighting a flame of hope for the future.

Well, here on Kauai, our Relay for Life event is coming up on Saturday the 28th. Things will start at the Hanapepe Soccer Field at 6pm sharp and will go through Sunday morning the 29th at 6am. Why the long night? Well, walkers/runners will experience this up-all-night sensation to represent the long fight of those with cancer. And while you do not have to join the teams who will be participating long into the night and far into the morning, you can show your support by purchasing baked goods, dinner items, craft items, and by participating in workshops, classes, and games.

There will be many things to do during this ACS event and it’s such a good cause. There will even be live entertainment by local bands. So please come out and support those who fight everyday with this killer called cancer. It’s a great opportunity to support our community, teach your family about cancer, and give others the one thing we all need in life: hope.

If you want to come and stay on Kauai with your small family, you will need a bit of stretching out space. Fitting 3-4 people in a hotel room is not fun and it’s expensive, especially if you decide to get two rooms. But you don’t want a large vacation rental home either. That would just be too much space. What you need is a place like the Cliffs 4206, which is a part of the Cliffs at Princeville complex.

What is special about the Cliffs? Well, these condos are just the right size for small families or couples seeking some relaxation. The Cliffs 4206 is a 1 bedroom condo with 2 bathrooms and a queen-sized pull-out couch in the living room. So, while parents can luxuriate in a King-sized bed, private bathroom, and private lanai at night, the kids can stay comfortably on the bed in the living room with their own bathroom and enough space to stretch out.

In addition to the sleeping arrangements, this condo has all of the amenities you might want for your stay: a fully equipped kitchen, living room with large flat panel tv, high speed internet, comfortable furniture, and enough windows with a view of the ocean that you just might get sick of looking at it. Plus, there are quite a few amenities for the families in the condos to share, like a pool, spa, ½ basketball court, volleyball court, tennis court, playground, mini putting green, and barbeques galore. Seriously, this place is great.

If you want to go out and enjoy all that Kauai has to offer, you’re right in Princeville, where you will find the best beaches, water sport opportunities, stores, restaurants, and adventures on the island. Plus, the Cliffs offers rentals for anything you might need, such as bicycles, boogie boards, snorkeling equipment, and more. So you’ll be completely set to take on the world during the day and then come back to your private condo each evening for some rest and relaxation.

Are you staying in Princeville and want a fun and interesting show to attend? How about some belly dancing awesomeness? Well, if you are planning on being on Kauai on Saturday, April 21st, then you can see The Mirage staring Kalae of Shakti Dance Movement.

Kalae is a talented and beautiful artist with amazing moves. Her dances are like fluid motion set to light on the stage. Plus, she’s really nice. You will truly enjoy this show and you’ll get to see many of the other belly dancers on the island (who happen to be in the Garden Nile Belly Dance Troupe) as well.

The show starts at 7pm at the Church of the Pacific in Princeville. If you want a good seat, however, you should come by 6:30 when the doors open. Tickets are available on the Garden Nile Belly Dancer’s website for $10 apiece, though the price will be $15 at the door.

And, if you really enjoy yourself and want to try some great dance moves yourself, Kalae will be giving a Belly Dance Workshop the next day: April 22nd! You can register for that class as well on the Garden Nile website.

April 19, 2012 by, Emily

Okay, so there was an amazing concert that I attended today and I didn’t tell you about it in advance. There is a good reason for that though: it sold out too quickly! When I heard about it, I immediately got tickets. But by the time I was going to blog about it, I checked back and the concert was sold out. That was back in March. Today was the day of the concert and it was… amazing.

Cause who doesn’t LOVE Jack Johnson?!

Yes, Jack Johnson performed here tonight at the Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center. The concert was $50 per person, so you should really be thanking me for saving you money. (Okay yes, you can feel free to hate me. I am writing this blog to brag about getting to go, after all.)

Let me just say that Jack Johnson is amazing and wonderful and Hawaiian! And his concert proceeds went toward the Kokua Hawaii Foundation, which was great. And he invited John and Paula Fuga on tour with him, and they were good too. But I’ll admit that I had eyes only for Jack, which did make my fiancée who bought me the ticket and took me to the concert a bit uncomfortable. :)

Okay, I’m pretty much done bragging. BUT keep in mind that performances happen here on Kauai all the time. And if you want to come to one, you’ll have to be quick as tickets sell out pretty fast. A good suggestion is to keep an eye on the Performing Arts Center’s website if you know you will be coming to visit us here on Kauai. You never know when an amazing opportunity will present itself.

Want to go to a concert for only $20? Are you going to be on Kauai for one of the Sundays this month? Do you enjoy Slack Key Guitar?

If you have answered yes to these questions, then come and visit the Hanalei Community Center at 3pm during a Sunday this month and listen to a slack key and ukulele concert. There will be a different theme each Sunday afternoon (this week is Menehune Moonrise), but the same two artists will be performing each time: Doug and Sandy McMaster. And every Sunday there will also be a free prize drawing for those in attendance.

According to what I’ve heard, everyone who is over the age of 12 has really liked it. There are typically quite a few positive comments from residents and visitors alike. Plus, the community center is right here in Hanalei, which makes it easy to find and simple to get to. (Turn left on Malolo Road, which is an access road on the edge of the soccer fields and Waioli Park. Malolo Road is about a block past the shopping center. The parking lot is on the left and is gravel. The building is brown.)

So come and hear some beautiful melodies and feel the music of Aloha.

Last month, I talked about Alii Kai and it’s great location and amenities. However, that was Alii Kai 8E. Today, I want to talk about another great Alii Kai rental that is sure to be the perfect place for you and your family: Alii Kai 5103.

For one thing, Alii Kai 5103 is in Princeville, which is one of the most popular towns on Kauai. In Princeville, you can find concerts, nice restaurants, crystal clear waters, the best beaches on the island, water sports, equipment rentals, hiking trails, shopping centers, and even a few friends. And if you stay at Alii Kai, you will be right in the thick of things.

And Alii Kai also has a great view of the water, located on a bluff overlooking the beautiful waters surrounding the island. Not only that, but there is a large lawn where your family can play touch football or enjoy an evening picnic underneath the stars.

Of course, the house itself is also lovely. With 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, there is enough room for a family of four or two couples vacationing together. And each room of the house has a beautiful ocean view, so you don’t have to argue over who gets which bedroom. The lanai is a great place to relax and have a cold drink at the end of a busy day spent enjoying all that Kauai has to offer. And, let’s be honest, at only $900 a week, this place is a steal.

So if you need a place to stay for your Kauai vacation, consider Alii Kai 5103.

If you like to exercise and you don’t mind a non-competitive run, then the 2012 First Hawaiian Bank Troy Barboza Law Enforcement Torch Run is for you. (Yes, that’s the actual name and it’s a mouthful. But you can call it the Torch Run for short.)

The Torch Run will take place this Saturday, April 14, at 7:30am sharp. For those who still need to register, registration starts at 7am and costs only $25, which includes a participation t-shirt. All proceeds from the Torch Run will go toward Special Olympics Hawaii.

If you want to participate, the Torch Run starts at First Hawaiian Bank in Lihue and will end at Vidinha Stadium. It will be a beautiful day and a spectacular run, and you will get all of the added benefits of supporting a wonderful cause! So really, it’s the best possible way you can spend your Saturday morning.

April 8, 2012 by, Emily

I really love it when someone chooses to comment on my blog. Whether that person is unhappy with something I’ve written (I could always use the constructive criticism) or is thrilled with the information (which I prefer), it’s always nice to see my readers’ responses.

However, if you are going to comment on my blog just to get a link to your company’s website out there, there are a couple things you need to know.

1. If you are commenting on my blog just so you can place a link to your website into the blog commenting section, I will delete your post.

2. However, if you are based in Kauai as a business and you want to get information about your company out there, why not send me an email (or even a comment) and ask me if I can post about your company on my blog. I love writing about businesses and opportunities on Kauai! So, unless I have had a bad experience with your company, I will probably visit you and write about the experience. And yes, I will include a link to your website in the blog.

3. Unless you are a hotel or another condo rental business here on Kauai. I don’t believe that visitors should stay in hotels because they are overpriced and don’t provide enough space for real people. So I won’t advocate them. And I chose the Kauai vacation rentals company I’m partnered with very carefully. And since we are now partnered in this blog venture, I am unable to advocate for any other rental agency… nor would I want to. I did my research very well and chose the company I believe to be the best on the island.

I hope that answers a few questions for you and gives you an idea of what to expect when you comment for your business. And for everyone else who reads this blog, please feel free to leave me a comment or two! I really do love to hear from my readers.

If you are going to be on Kauai for Easter, then you will probably want a few activities to go and do with your family. Well, never fear – that’s why I’m here.

For the religious amongst you, there are several churches on Kauai for you to choose from who will be offering Easter services on Sunday morning. While a complete list of churches and attendance times is a bit much to put in this blog, you can easily look up local service times in a phone book or ask around when you get here for a good church in your neighborhood. The residents here will be more than happy to invite you along with them this Easter.

Now, let’s discuss Easter breakfast/lunch. This year, you can head to The Garden Café in Kilauea and enjoy as much food as you want for only $35. (I know I sound like a restaurant ad, but let me explain.) The Garden Café is located at Common Ground, which used to be the Guava Kai Plantation. This Sunday, brunch will be served there from 9am-2pm and you can eat your fill of smoked salmon benedict, prime rib, omelets, desserts, and more.

Then, starting at 10am, there will be an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids (only $20 admission) and live Easter baskets made with living organic wheatgrass can also be purchased to house decorated eggs. For the adults, a live band (Soul Good Music Family) will be playing, so you will be sure to enjoy your time there. After all, what is better than great food, good music, live entertainment, and a kid-friendly atmosphere? Of course, this will probably be a popular Easter locale, so reservations are a must.

Then, for the rest of the day, you can enjoy the sights and sounds of Kauai at just about any location you choose. The beaches are beautiful this time of year and are teeming with new life as Spring commences. The hiking trails are just waiting to be explored and several of the tour lines will still be running during the holiday weekend as well. And, if you want to stay a few days, we have several holiday vacation rental homes on the island that you can rent while you’re here.

So Happy Easter everyone! I hope you enjoy your holiday on Kauai.

April 4, 2012 by, Emily

Okay drag racers and drag racing fans, we have a new date/time for Opening Day here on Kauai. I know that some of you were disappointed when the last Opening Day was canceled, but hopefully this time everything will go smoothly.

This weekend, April 6th and 7th, the official drag racing season will begin anew! Friday and Saturday, the gates will open at 11am and the racing will go until 9pm. Each day, the cost of entrance is $12 with kids 12 and under getting in for free. And all of this will, once again, take place at the Kauai Raceway Park in Kekaha.

If you are interested in racing, time trials are from 2-6pm and competition begins at 7pm. Please contact Bobby Barros at (808) 635-6034 if you want more information or visit their website. If you just want to watch, however, remember that families are welcome and there will be food vendors on site. Please remember to bring cool drinks and sunscreen as the track is in direct sunlight and that can be hard on your skin, especially for kids.

I hope you all have fun at the races! Enjoy!

April 1, 2012 by, Emily

We just pulled the funniest prank for April Fools Day! It was great. My fiancée and I have been getting a lot of flack from our families about the fact that we haven’t set a date for the wedding yet. So we decided to get them back. Here’s how it went down.

Early this morning, we sent a text to our families telling them that we had broken off the engagement. We simply couldn’t come to terms with all of the pressure and decided to go our separate ways. We started getting return texts right away, with our families trying to comfort us. We even got a few responses about it being “all his/her fault,” which was great!

Then, about mid-day, I sent out a text to both families. To my family, I wrote that I just wasn’t sure what to do now because, while I hadn’t told them this before, I’m pregnant and I don’t want to do this alone. And to his family, I asked them to talk to him because, while I hadn’t told anyone this before, I’m pregnant. As you can imagine, this started a whole new uproar with all sorts of insults, comforting words, and immediate texts to my fiancée.

Then, about an hour ago, we sent a text to everyone saying that everything was okay. We decided to get back together for the sake of the baby. AND, because I wanted to be able to fit into my wedding dress on my wedding day, we moved up the wedding. So, they no longer have to bug us about setting a date… WE ELOPED!

It was mass chaos. For the most part, no one figured out that it was an April Fools Day joke until that last text. And sadly, there are still members of our family who think we got married today and are now taking back all of the negative things they said about me or him in the last few hours. It is awesome.

I think we’ll give them another hour before we text “Happy April Fools!” to everyone.

Happy April Fools!!