Archive for May, 2012

May 28, 2012 by, Emily

Every year, there is a specific day that we turn our focus toward our homeland heroes, those men and women who gave their all to protect our freedoms. That day is today: Memorial Day.

I, for one, don’t care what your political affiliations are. I don’t care if you support the war effort or if you think our country needs to have a smaller military and bring our troops home. I don’t want to hear it. Not today. Because, while you might not agree with military decisions all the time (or even some of the time), never make light of what our soldiers have done for us.

Sure, they are all human and humans sometimes make mistakes. But these men and women were willing to put their lives on the line for you. They died to protect us, to protect our country, to protect the liberty we all have just because we were born Americans. They don’t even know you. They don’t know your families or your friends. But they risk life and limb every day to ensure your freedom and your well-being.

So don’t let politics get in the way of their sacrifice. Don’t disregard their heroism or their bravery just because you might not agree with someone else’s decisions. Focus on their decisions. Our fallen heroes died to save you. That is the greatest gift a man or woman can give. They did it for you and for your families. Take today to remember that. Take today and honor the dead.

Want a free, family-oriented, fun outing with your kids while you visit Kauai? Well, the Banana Poka Round-Up is on Sunday, May 27, from 10am to 3pm and it is just the thing for a day of adventure and activity.

This year, the Banana Poka Round-Up will be held in Kokee State Park at Kanaloahuluhulu Meadow. This is a beautiful park on the West side of Kauai, so it is a bit of a drive from just about everywhere on the island. However, with all of the activity during this forest fair, attending the Round-Up will be well-worth the drive. Plus, if you want to visit Waimea Canyon or see the sights, you will be close by.

So let’s talk more about the event. For one thing, this event is free and outdoors. So you can enjoy the tropical weather while having fun with your whole family… for free! And if you really want to see more of the island and enjoy the outdoors, you can participate in the family hike, which is just one of the many activities that you can take part in once you arrive. Just remember to bring some sunscreen for the kids.

More activities during this educational forest fair include basket making, visiting exhibits, the Pedel to the Meadow bicycle race, a crowing contest, and more. And, as always with a Kauai fair, there will be live music for your family to enjoy. So come and join us for a day of outdoor excitement and activity. Learn to make a basket, hike around the forest, bike with the best of them, and crow to your heart’s content. In other words, come and have some fun with your family. You’ll be glad that you did.

PS. If you want to find out more information about the bicycle race, you can go online to the Pedal to the Meadow website. There, you can register for the race or just browse through the information provided.

When you picture yourself staying on Kauai, what do you see? Most people have an image of waking up in the morning and enjoying a cup of coffee outside on a private patio overlooking the sun coming up on the ocean. You want to watch the waves crash on the beach and see the whales and dolphins playing in the water. That is a Hawaiian vacation at its best. And that is exactly what you can have if you stay at the Cliffs 9201.

Now, most of the vacation rentals on Kauai that I talk about are great places to stay for you and your family. But this one is just for you and your significant other, and I especially like it for the relaxation factor. You can literally wake up in the morning and enjoy a cup of Kauai’s finest coffee from the comfort of your private lanai while watching the dolphins play in the water. Because it’s located up high on the cliffs, you have a panoramic view of the North Side of the island. Plus, it comes with quite a few perks.

With only one bedroom, this is the perfect little get-away. You get the privacy of your own vacation home, a fully equipped kitchen, two bathrooms (so no fighting over the bathroom in the mornings), and a master suite with a King-sized bed. Plus, the living room is equipped with an entertainment center including a TV, DVD player, Stereo system, and free high speed Internet. Plus, there is a washer/dryer unit in the condo itself, so you can pack light and not worry about running out of clothes.

The condo is spacious with a mirrored living room, which is a singular and unique addition to the home. Plus, all of the furniture is comfortable. And if you want a relaxing location for your vacation, comfy furniture is a must. Furthermore, if you want to leave the house for the day and enjoy some of what Kauai has to offer, this condo is located in Princeville, the best town on the North Side of the island. In Princeville, you can find adventure, activities, and the best beaches on the island, include the famous Hanalei Bay.

So if this sounds like the place for you, call and find out more about this property today. It’s really a great place to spend your vacation.

I really enjoy festivals. Maybe that’s why I talk about them so often in this blog. And this upcoming festival is no different. From May 24-27, the Kamanawa Foundation will be hosting a Kauai Polynesian Festival. This festival will be a great opportunity for you to have fun on Kauai with your whole family.

First of all, if you don’t know much about Polynesian history or culture, this is your chance to learn. The Hawaiian Islands are full of colorful culture and enchanting historical stories that will keep you captivated and begging for more. Plus, we here on Kauai know exactly how to present such fun and fascinating information so you are never bored. From dance competitions to workshops, you will have a blast and learn all about Kauai’s culture at the same time.

In addition to the dance competitions and educational opportunities, there will also be crafts, food, live music, and other entertainment. (Let’s just say that we know how to throw a party.) So, not only will you have fun, but your kids will also have fun. Now, how many events can you say that about?

This cultural festival will take place at the Vidinha Stadium in Lihue. If you need more information, you can contact Kapu Kinimaka-Alquiza at (808) 335-6466. Enjoy the festival!

Have you ever had a conversation with a dead guy? Okay, that was worded poorly. ☺ Have you ever had a conversation with a historical figure? Have you ever wanted to have a conversation with a historical figure? Well, you’re in luck! Prince Humehume (sent to you by the Kanuikapono Public Charter School) is going to tell you all about Kauai on May 19th at 6pm on the Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center in Puhi.

Okay, there are three things you need to know. For one thing, there is also a matinee celebration at noon. That showing is only $15 ($20 at the door) and students can attend for only $10 ($15 at the door). So, if you want to get to know Prince George Humehume Kaumualii but you just don’t have the money to do it, here is your chance.

The second thing you should probably know is that the real Prince Humehume is no longer with us. He is a historical figure, so he can’t truly be at the performing arts center to chat with you. However, using historical information and a bit of dramatic flare, there will be a performance featuring a representation of Prince Humehume. During this performance, the “Prince” will tell you all about Kauai, educating and entertaining at the same time.

And the last thing you should keep in mind is that the 6pm performance is your last chance to see this amazing show. The 6pm performance will include dinner and will cost a bit more than the noon showing. The cost for adults will be $75 ($80 at the door) and the cost for students will be $50 ($55 at the door). And believe me – this performance should be well worth it.

So come and see the show with me! It should be a performance to remember.

I’ve talked on this blog before about treating yourself to a spa day every once in a while. Spa days can help you keep yourself stress-free, relatively. They can also be a luxury that you might not always get the chance to enjoy. So why not?

Well, this blog is for those of you who aren’t sure you can afford a spa experience. Did you know that the Zonta Club of Hanalei is having an annual Luxury Ladies Spa Day on May 19th? The cost is only $125 a person and includes so much your head will spin. (Not literally – but if it does literally spin, then you definitely need a spa day!)

For one day, you can be completely pampered by experts in the field. The Kauai Nani Estate is located in Kalihiwai Ridge Estates, an exclusive North Shore location and the host of the Zonta Club’s Luxury Ladies Spa Day. During their annual event, they will offer massages, facials, yoga, flower arranging, art classes, water exercise, Pilates, Zumba, a silent auction, and much more. (And yes, I did get this directly from their ad.) Plus, they are serving a catered gourmet lunch.

So, for only $125, you can have a day of complete relaxation and a delicious gourmet meal. Doesn’t that sound amazing? Husbands, don’t you want to treat your wives to a full spa day while you go out and enjoy the world-class golf courses that Kauai has to offer? Women, don’t you want to truly enjoy your stay on Kauai? Then sign up for a spa day through the Zonta Club of Hanalei.

If you still don’t know what to do for your mom on Mothers Day, then I have one more idea. (There are several more things going on this weekend, but I’ve run out of time to write about them. ☺) How about you treat your mom to a nice brunch?

Moms love brunches. Something about the combination of lunch and breakfast speaks to a mom’s soul. (Okay, maybe that is a bit over-kill, but brunch is still a great idea.) And Kauai Beach Resort is having a $40 a person brunch this Mothers Day from 9am to 1pm.

Kauai Beach Resort may be overpriced when you’re looking for a place to stay, but Chef Mark Sassone is an amazing chef. That’s why I know that his menu for the Mothers Day Brunch is sure to be wonderful. So why not enjoy it?

You can call the restaurant today and make your reservations. Have a great Mothers Day and enjoy your brunch!

If your mom is young, vibrant, and a fan of live music, how about spending Friday night at Small Town Coffee in Kapaa? This event is called Strings & Wings and will be featuring original music by local musicians! Plus, it’s free to attend.

This is not a Mothers Day show, but it will be a great opportunity to enjoy the musical stylings of Emma Lee and Heidi Holmes while drinking hot (or cold) beverages and chatting with your mom. Now, I’ll admit that this is an event that I thought would be great for my own mom, a woman who gave me my love for live music and who loves the opportunity to sit and chat for hours. And if your mom is anything like mine, then this is the event for you.

Of course, if your mom is nothing like mine, then this might not be the right event for you. But don’t worry – there are more events happening this weekend that I will be happy to tell you about. So stay tuned!

Mothers Day is a wonderful time to show your mom (or the person who has been like a mom to you) exactly how you feel. From flowers to presents, moms deserve the very best. So how about a trip to Kauai? There’s nothing like a beautiful island surrounded by crystal clear waters to show your mom you care.

And, if you’re going to be on Kauai, you’ll probably want a few ideas for what you and your mom can do together. I mean, you could hang out at the beach the whole time or hike up into the lush mountains to check out the amazing views. Or you can attend an event or two while you’re here.

So, over the next few days, I’m going to be highlighting a few events that your mom might enjoy. And the first of which is the Kauai Orchid Society’s 20th Annual Mother’s Day Orchid Show and Sale.

If your mom likes orchids, then head to the Kukui Grove shopping center in Lihue on either Friday, May 11th, at 1pm or Saturday, May 12, at 9am. This show and sale will be open for several hours both days (until 7pm on Friday and 5pm on Saturday), so you will have plenty of time to view the award winning orchids and shop for a few while you’re there.

Let me put this a different way – If you were thinking of sending your mom flowers this year, how about taking her to the show to pick out her own orchids instead? She’ll love the flowers and the quality time she gets to spend with you. And this event is free and open to everyone, so it won’t even cost you to get in!

Okay, this is just the first of many suggestions for Mothers Day. So stay tuned for more updates and enjoy the orchid show!

Okay ladies, do you love fashion? I do. I love shopping for new clothes, though I really can’t afford anything designer. It’s great just getting to look at them and drool though, you know? I guess that’s why I enjoy fashion shows so much. And luckily for me, and for you, there is a fashion show coming to Kauai in just a few days!!

The Chick Boss Fashion Fiesta is coming to the Aston Aloha Beach Hotel in Wailua on Wednesday, May 9th, at 5:30pm. Admission at the door is $30 and includes pupus, a gift bag, and a donation for a drawing ticket. What is the ticket for? Well, how does a great prize worth over $500 sound? Good, right? So not only do you get to look at pretty clothes, but you also get some gifts and a potential prize!

And, if you really want to feel good about going to this fashion show, keep in mind that all proceeds go straight to the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. This is a great organization that pairs older men and women with kids and teens who need family, guidance, and support. It has kept kids from falling into the wrong crowd, from dropping out of high school, and from living a life of loneliness.

So come to the fashion show, drool over the clothes and the jewelry with me, enjoy your gifts, and support a great organization.

Here on Kauai, we have our own version of “May Day.” And no, there typically isn’t a May Pole in sight. At our celebrations, we embrace the essence of Aloha!

Today, I’m going to a May Day Concert called “Na Lei Hiwahiwa Elima.” It will be a celebration of the beauty of the lei, traditionally made with location flowers that bloom all the brighter in the Spring. And how will we celebrate? Well, in true Hawaiian fashion of course!

There will be music and dancing, and a great time will probably be had by all. So if you are on Kauai tonight and you have nothing to do from 6-9pm, how about driving to Lihue and attending this fun concert at the Kauai Beach Resort! The cost is only $20 per person, and the proceeds will go to the Malie Foundation. Plus, I’m sure you will enjoy yourself.

Happy May Day!

And for the Science Fiction nerds amongst us… Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth Be With You!

Well, actually we have a lot of good schools around here. But the idea of finding the perfect school is a big draw for most families. Parents spend hours, days, and sometimes even months or years researching the right educational system for their children. And it is my firm belief that parents should have the right to choose what school/system is best for their child.

Having said that, you should know that there is a private school in Kapaa called St. Catherine School. From what I’ve heard it is a great school and provides an excellent opportunity for kids to learn in a friendly and faith-based environment. And this school does its best to offer tuition assistance for families who can’t quite afford a private school but who want their children to benefit from one. So, whether or not I share their faith, I can respect how they help the kids in our small island community.

Where am I going with this? Well, if you like carnivals, then there is an event that St. Catherine School is hosting that you might enjoy. In order to raise money for their tuition assistance program, St. Catherine School is having a community carnival this Friday and Saturday (May 4-5) at their campus. Residents and visitors are all welcome and, while admission is free, donations are appreciated.

As with any Kauai event, there will be live music, cultural entertainment, and fun for the whole family. The carnival will have games, a country store, activities, craft booths, an auction, food booths, and a ton more. So, if you have kids and you don’t have plans from 5-11pm on Friday or Saturday, this is a great event to attend. Come either day or both days and enjoy some family time to support a great program.