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Do you know what kapa is? I’m sure you’ve seen it before but you may not know what it is. Perhaps I have sparked your curiosity though, eh?
Airing tonight on PBS Hawaii is Hawaiian Masterpieces: Ka Hana Kapa . Airing at 9pm HST. The preview is the link above in this post, and I wonder if you can view the whole thing online, perhaps once it has already aired. I think that is how it works. Watch the couple minute preview to get a dose of kapa education, and if you’d like, tune in later to see the full episode.
In other news, have a happy Thursday. Here a gorgeous plant I took a picture of the other day. I’d say Happy Aloha Friday, but it’s a wee bit premature!
I stumbled upon this website I am about to share with you. It is all about Kauai’s roads, drive times, distances to and from major cities, and more. I read through it and found it to be truthful, and well, helpful! That is why I am gladly sharing it with you, the readers of my blog.
New to Kauai? Planning your first trip, or your annual trip? You may be wondering about what it is like being on an island. Yes, there are cars, roadways, and everything else you would expect when it comes to roadways. You can rent a car while you are here, you can use a taxi service, or the Kauai bus as a mode of transportation. Even bike riding is an efficient way to get around in a local community if you are not planning on going far.
Ok, so for the site, follow this link here and see some estimated drive times to and from places. They also have a highway cheat sheet of highway numbers corresponding o the nicknames they have been given. If you are not familiar with Hawaiian, the numbers may suit you just fine, and folks will know the highways you are talking about as well.
Remember Kauai has some wonderfully rugged parts as well, so you cannot take a fully circular coastal tour. The Na Pali coast makes this not possible. The North Shore is where I suggest going for a mix of everything including the views, scenery and beaches.
Hawaii is a state that enforces the use of hands free devices while driving. Also noteworthy, is that children under the age of eight years old or eighty pounds must be in a car seat or booster seat. These are pretty much standard national laws as far as I know.
You might be surprised how many times I get asked questions about Kauai. This is what leads me to blog today. Here come some Kauai FAQ’s round number 2…
Q: Where is a good place to eat?
Depending on where I am when I get asked this question, I immediately stop and look around and point to the nearest eatery that I have eaten at before. Everywhere I have eaten is good eats. You might think I’m joking, but really, it’s hard to go wrong here. I usually ask the person what type of cuisine they like, or what type of dining experience they are looking for (formal, casual, quick). My advice: no worries in asking, but just try an eatery and see for yourself!
Q: Is it safe to go in the ocean?
The ocean is safe to go in and swim in, yes, but there are times when it would be an unwise choice. Always obey lifeguards, postings regarding tides and sea life, as well as warning flags. Sometimes it is not a good time to go into the water. Most other times it is completely fine. Be smart, use common sense, and be respectful to others and the environment around you. That’s the advice I like to give.
Q: Do people on Kauai speak English?
I get this question more so over the internet and my blog than I do live and in person. The answer is yes, I’d say most people on Kauai speak English. Furthermore, there are also those on Kauai who speak Hawaiian, Japanese and Mandarin. Just like anywhere else a world traveler would go these days though, you are bound to come across someone knowing a foreign language.
And there you have it, some more FAQ that I get, answered for you! You’re welcome
Princeville on Kauai’s North Shore is a luxurious place to stay on vacation. They have vacation rentals of all different types, so whatever meets your fancy. Pali Ke Kua 225 is one of the ones I like to brag about. It is oh so nice AND the right price!
Pali Ke Kua is a vacation rental unit hosting two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a private lanai (porch), and gorgeous ocean views. The bedroom situation has a king sixed bed, and then two doubles. If need be, there are beds enough to sleep 6 people comfortably. The bathrooms are modern and accommodating. Check out the picture slide show at the link above. The vacation rental complex, Pali Ke Kua, has a community pool, jetted hot tub, barbeque grill and a picnic area. The views… did I mention the view from this unit is divine?! Ocean. Front. Yes. Please! Did I mention there is a secluded beach, with this community having beach access? Yes, to Hideaways beach is the one. It is a great beach for snorkeling, swimming, or sunbathing. Sunbathing may have been an automatic thought of what a beach is good for, but I thought I’d say it again anyways.
More than just a place to sleep, access a secluded beach, grill-out, and swim in a swimming pool, Pali Ke Kua also brags of a full kitchen (ready for action) and a washer and dryer in unit. It is like your vacation home– it is a vacation home. It is perfect for families, extended families, or even couples on double date vacations to go out and getaway.
For those of you regulars who follow my blog, I’d like to take a moment to update you on something near and dear to my heart: the Kauai Humane Society. They have hit it big (news-wise) by landing in a post by the Huffington Post. See the article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/19/app-to-take-a-shelter-dog-for-a-walk_n_6712652.html
For those of you who are relatively new to my blog, let me fill you in real quick. Awhile ago I wrote about an article, inspired by the Kauai Humane Society (KHS) that offers a way for visitors, residents, anyone really to be able to stop by the shelter and take a dog for a walk. They can talk the dog for a walk, take the dog with them out for a few hours, or they can opt to take the dog on a mini-vacation for a few days or so. How neat is that? Well, these dogs are of course up for adoption as well. They are shelter dogs, and they are lovable!
So this one story, of a KHS adoption of a dog, named Big Z, hit social media like wildfire! His story was mentioned in the Huffington Post article. What the big ground breaking news now, is that his owners have created an app for that! An app for what? An app that lists shelter dogs nearest you that are available to take a walk. The app is called “Walkzee” which is a cute little combination of walk and Z, as in their dog Big Z. Cute tribute name I think!
Ok, now before you go to look and download the app, let me tell you that this app will not hit your app store until June of this year. It is coming though, and maybe just in time for your summer vacation to Kauai.
Kauai has a lot to brag about. Let me do some of the bragging!
In Kilauea there is a soap and candle shop that makes their products here on Kauai with solar power. How neat is that? They are the Island Soap & Candle Works Company who make high quality soaps, candles and other goodies. Yes I love that they produce and use solar powered energy, and I also love that these good folks are part of the Kauai Made organization that supports and promotes merchants that manufacture, produce, and sell Kauai-made products. That’s what led me to toot their own horn for them…
Here is their website (http://www.islandsoap.com/) that you can order from, if you will not be able to come and visit the shop live and in person in Kilauea, Kauai. They use natural palm oil in most of their products. To go into more detail, I suggest checking out their website. Keep in mind that they offer handmade soaps, skin care products, massage oils, bath products, lip balms, candles, and they have gift basket collections and items paired together as well.
If you are looking for a unique gift, go ahead and try their products out! I have always been a fan of all natural, so they have me sold on this. I have heard nothing but great reviews of this place as well, so that was part of my inspiration to blog about ‘em.