October 14, 2014 by, Lindsey

Coming up this weekend…

Princess Ka’iulani Keiki Festival is here! This is a celebration festival that honors a princess. Storybook Theatre of Hawaii is hosting the 9th annual festival in Hanapepe Town. Activities start on Friday night at 7pm with the feature film, “In the Footsteps of Our Princess” at the Hanapepe Hawaiian Congregational Church. That is the main event that day; then, on Saturday the 18th from 12noon to 4pm is the main festivities. There will be a hula, a costumed children’s parade down Main Street, Hawaiian music, and then following the parade the Princess will read a story at the Storybook Theatre before attending the rest of the party. By party, it is really a commemorative birthday party that will be held at Sparky’s Garden.

If this is something you would like to take part in, the Hanapepe Hawaiian Congregational Church is located at 3815 Hanapepe Road. The Storybook Theatre is located at 3814 Hanapepe Road, Hanapepe, Kauai… just next door over. If you have any questions or anything, I have looked up the contact info: office@storybook.org

October 10, 2014 by, Lindsey

I enjoy some good history from time to time. I like the hands-on, interactive type of history personally. I can watch the History Channel when a topic interesting comes on, but it doesn’t seem to hold my attention. What I like best are the live and in person history lessons. No, I am not talking about time travel to go back in time (lol) but I do like to in-person see the sights and places that are full of history. When there are stories and interesting facts about a place, I like to connect the dots, hear the stories and see the actual sites of the places in the stories.

The Grove Farm Museum near the airport in Lihue is a place where I (and you) can get your history fix! They have tours Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 2pm. Cost is $20. Please call ahead and ask to speak with Carol at 808-245-3202 to make your reservation. Yes, you do need a reservation for the days and times I listed above.

So what is this place you may ask? Well, it is a site preserved of one of Hawaii’s sugar plantation buildings. It is furnished and has one of a kind collections inside. It is surrounded with orchards and pasture; after all, it is a sugar plantation home! The tour I went on was about 2 hours long, and not rushed at all. It was nice pace but our tour guide was not flustered, rushed, or in a hurry to get the tour over with. I liked that a lot :)

Princeville is a popular place to stay and play when visiting Kauai. It is one of the larger cities on the North Shore. Good news is that is borders the ocean, too. When you come to Kauai, you want to be by the ocean, right? Short answer: yes! Pali Ke Kua 124 is a luxurious vacation rental condo with big ocean views. If for some reason you don’t believe me, have a look for yourself:

Pali Ke Kua 124

Pali Ke Kua is at 5300 Ka Haku Road, Princeville, HI 96722. It is close to the water, but in the other direction it is close to town to pickup groceries for the condo, or if you want to do some shopping. Restaurants of all kinds from truck vendors to fine dining is in Princeville. We are all on Hawaiian time, relaxing and having a good time!

This condo is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath vacation rental that goes for $1350 per week. This is easily affordable, and should you opt for this one as a couple’s double date getaway vacation, split the price in half and you will be shocked at how much money you are saving. Even then at that rate for a family of 4 or 6, this is a winning deal. Everyone can have their own space in the evening, night, and then to get ready in the morning? It will be worth it! There are 2 bedrooms with a queen sized bed in each, and then there is a sofa sleeper.

Also indoors, there are the classics: Wi-Fi, Tv with DVD player, fully kitchen and full bathrooms. Out towards the back, facing the water, is a lanai, or a back patio. This is inviting for so many reasons. You will dream up every reason just to go out back to be closer to the water, to hear the waves, to smell that fresh air…

As you can tell from the picture, the condo is fully furnished with modern fixtures, appliances, and linens. Quite frankly, it is an attractive unit, if I may say so myself. It is a condo, and what comes with the property features are also a pool and Jacuzzi, a paved path to the beach and picnic and barbeque areas.

October 2, 2014 by, Lindsey

Happy October everyone! I saw this in my news feed on facebook and knew immediately I’d like to share it on my blog. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152890147871756 to NPR’s time lapse video of what the total eclipse of the moon will look like Wednesday morning at different time zones. If only they had Hawaiian Time on there! That is okay, Hawaiian Time Zone is three hours prior to the Pacific Time Zone.

In order to see this upcoming eclipse, Hawaiian time it will either be a late night, or an early morning. To see the beginning of it, approximately 11:30pm HT it will begin to have its red umbra color. The eclipse will last until about 3:00am HT. Like I said–an early morning. I think I will opt for the stay up later option to catch it as it begins to turn it’s red hue. Some call it the blood moon for its red tone. So beautiful. I am attracted to pretty things and gorgeous views. This is a rarity in the sky to see the moon like this and then to be near the water’s edge. I also like how this is something universal that many across the land can see and enjoy.

September 26, 2014 by, Lindsey

Looking for something to do this coming weekend? Remember the Waioli Mission House and Church I blogged about earlier? If not, read about it here: http://www.kauai-vacation-rentals.com/waioli-mission-house-church/

Anyway, tomorrow, Saturday September 27th is Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day, and admission to tour the 1836 Waioli Mission House is free! I just love the word free, for the most part. From 9am to 3pm admission and guided tours are free on the this one day only. If you are in Hanalei or on the Kauai’s North Shore in general, you won’t want to miss this opportunity.

Now that I mention it, I have not been in awhile! I think I will make the time to tour the mission house and get a mini history lesson while I’m at it. I love hearing stories, and the folks who used to live here sure have a lot of stories to tell. The guided tours are nice, and I like to hear the questions and answers as well. I can be a bit shy in crowds, so I usually do the listening. If I do have a question, I am the one to say it in my head over and over until I am satisfied with how I phrased it. I am a detailed person and I can get pretty specific in my questions and thoughts! If you happen to be on the tour when I am there, I’ll be the quiet and observant one! ;)

September 25, 2014 by, Lindsey

Want to go to the beach? Can’t seem to decide on which one? I want to give a shout-out to Lumahai Beach in Hanalei, on Kauai’s North Shore.

Lumahai brags of white sandy beaches. Oh that glorious sand is fantastic! I was there just the other day and I enjoyed falling in love with this beach again; the waves, the rocks, the sand. I usually see people just walking the shoreline at sunset. Very romantic spot!

This is not one of those overly populated beaches either, there is not too much influence of humans here, so it is picturesque and all natural in its element. I suggest other beaches for swimming and snorkeling. If you want to feel like you are one of the first people to step foot on a beach, this is the one for you!

If perhaps your or someone in your group is unable to get to the water’s edge for some beach walking, maybe the lookout point from the main road will suffice. It provides a great lookout and photography spot that I recommend. You can also find Lumahai Beach on numerous postcards on Kauai if that is something you prefer to do.

So get on out there and live a little! That is what I was up to this past weekend. I tend to do a lot of thinking during my beach walks, and the water’s rise and fall comforts me and soothes my soul. It is a way for me to think, to heal, to rejuvenate. I encourage my readers to do the same.

Kauai views are the best. I of course have a biased opinion, but there are others that agree with me. After seeing some Kauai views live and in person you may very well agree with me too!

Cliffs 7305

Staying at a vacation rental in the popular location of Princeville, Kauai is a fabulous place to stay. Whether it be for work, travel, vacation, couple’s getaway, this really is a nice place to call home while on Kauai. The ocean views are brilliant in color and the greenery around is just so vibrant. Pictures are alright, but they do not do the Cliffs 7305 justice. I say you’d have to experience this kind of view in person. The whole sensory overload is just amazing. Being perched up high like that on the cliffs gives a sense of presence, a sense of control. Like how a bird perches itself in a tree, the Cliffs have the same effect.

The vacation rental itself is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath top floor unit of the Cliffs. There is a master suite, and a loft with an office and an additional king sized bed. This rental sleeps 6 people comfortably though, for there is a sofa sleeper in the living room. See what I mean now about a honeymoon suite, couple’s getaway, or a family vacation? This place fits the bill, and for only $1110 per week it is an attractive place to be in more ways than one.