November 20, 2014 by, Lindsey

Thanksgiving. Is. Coming.

It is the middle to end of November. It’s all downhill from here…

Where will you be this Thanksgiving? Let me share with you one option that might fit your fancy on Kauai. At the Bhakti Yoga Shack at 5:30pm is a vegan Thanksgiving celebration. Not everyone eats meat, and so this is very accommodating for those who would like to partake in a Thanksgiving meal without any animal products (and is therefore vegan).

Contact Radha at 808-551-6610 for more information. Let me tell you more about what I know though… This is a potluck-style Thanksgiving. In other words, bring a vegan dish to share with others as they will bring a dish to share with you as well. The evening starts with a meditation circle with live music, then the Thanksgiving dinner will be shared among friends. This is a family-friendly event, and everyone is welcome. What better way to spend Thanksgiving than with a group of people who are welcoming and friendly? That is something I love about Thanksgiving.

No matter where or when or how or with whom you are partaking in Thanksgiving with this season, I wish you a very happy and thankful Thanksgiving!

I get that it can be tricky to pick a place to stay when you are planning your trip to Kauai, Hawaii. There are plenty of good options to choose from. Some do stand out more than others, for more reasons than one. Trust me on this one, and check out Hanalei Bay Villa 23. This is a villa that is the perfect mix of all things Kauai. This vacation rental rests in Princeville, on the edge of Hanalei Bay and Puu Poa Point. The golf course is one way, the water is the other, and you are near both wildlife seclusion but also just minutes from town. See why I said perfect?

Here is the address of this two bedroom, two and a half bath villa: 5454 Ka Haku Road, Princeville, HI 96722. It has garden, mountain, and golf course views! It sleeps four people comfortably with a king bed and a full bed in the bedrooms. If you need to, this rental can sleep up to six people.

Paradise never sounded so good for the reasonable price of $1,170 per week plus taxes and cleaning fees. Nightly rates are also an option. Check out pictures of this beautiful cottage overlooking the mountains and the Makai Golf Course, by clicking the link above.

Hanalei Bay Villa 23 is loaded with the comforts of home and all of the amenities needed while on vacation. It brags of a fully equipped kitchen. Imagine what that means while on vacation…cooking at home, dining in, saving money, meeting special dietary needs as needed. To have a place to call home to go back to, and to be able to cook full meals with use of freezer, fridge, oven, stovetop, dishwasher makes life less-stressful and less-anxious. There is no rush when you get to be on your own time schedule and you are able to cook foods purchased from the grocery store nearby.

Villa 23 also hosts other perks such as TV and DVD player, ceiling fans in the bedrooms and the living room. Free Wi-Fi is through-out the home and there is a landline phone for use as well to guests. There is a high efficiency washer and dryer in this unit. You may have thought the fully loaded kitchen was great, and now you know there are private laundry services in-house. You might get used to living here!

November 6, 2014 by, Lindsey

Sunday, November 9th from 9am to noon is a volunteer opportunity too good to pass up. I think so at least. It is the first of 4 volunteer days to help set up an educational farm and sustainable agriculture research center that will be made available to the community. It is a part of the Kauai School Garden Network that teaches hands-on, kinesthetic learning to school-aged children.

There are three locations to volunteer at:

~ Kilauea at Malama Kauai Community Farm

~ Wai Koa Plantation

~ Kalihiwai Ridge

The more the merrier! It is a free event, child-friendly too. Come one come all to get your hands dirty, make a difference, and more than likely make a new friend in the process. Residents and visitors alike are welcome to come. If you have a green-thumb, great! Come! If you do not, that is okay too. You are not responsible for keeping a plant alive, but rather just to prepare the way for plants to grow. The work and time put into this project will lead to children getting some hands-on gardening activity and education in due time. That concept alone is a glorious thing… to teach the upcoming generations about sustainable agriculture and farm education. Very cool!

These volunteer days are being organized by the community-based nonprofit organization, Malama Kauai. Find out what they are all about here: http://www.malamakauai.org/mk/

For questions pertaining to this volunteer opportunity, call 808-828-0685 and ask to speak with Megan.

November 5, 2014 by, Lindsey

If Zumba is not your style, then perhaps a fine arts exhibit is? Options are nice–just saying. This coming weekend on Friday and Saturday is the Annual Princeville Community Fine Arts Exhibit. It will be held at the Princeville Community Center, located at 4334 Emmalani Drive, Princeville, HI 96722. If it suits you better, here is the location on Google maps.

It is an indoor event with fine art such as paintings, drawings, sculptures, and other media pieces by arts in the area. Most of the artists will be there; that is my understanding. Friday night from 4-8pm the exhibit will be open, and then Saturday afternoon from 1 to 4pm is the plan. This event is totally free! I love it when I get to say that. :)

From what I hear, last year was a low-key, fun time was had by all kind-of time. All are welcome to attend. This is a great place for conversations to be had, connections made and homemade, handmade art to be enjoyed. This would be the place to go if you are looking for a unique gift for someone, if their art is indeed for sale at the exhibit–not just on display. Talking with the artist makes for a neat atmosphere as well. It puts a new twist on the piece I think, for I think it has become more and more uncommon for someone to meet the artist behind the artwork. After getting to know the creator, it may help you understand their intent or inspiration for the piece. I like the concept of connecting the dots between the artist and his or her artwork.

October 29, 2014 by, Lindsey

So my niece the other day told me to “try new things.” That is what they were telling her at school, to eat a healthier diet I think. I agreed with her and said “yes, it can be good to try new things.” This lead to me to thinking about visitors coming to Kauai and now here I am blogging about it. :)

I saw the article in the newspaper and I did not have to think twice about it. Try new things, and the topic of breadfruit came up. Breadfruit? Yes, ulu. Ulu is the Hawaiian word for breadfruit, and really, yes that is the name of the fruit!

Anyway, the article I read was about a plant nursery here on Kauai and they highlighted the talk about breadfruit. See the article here if you wish: http://thegardenisland.com/lifestyles/opinion/the-ins-and-outs-of-breadfruit/article_536b27f0-51dd-11e4-a516-af10bb863938.html

Visitors to Kauai more than likely have not heard of this food. Well, it is a fruit that is very diverse and forgiving. By forgiving, I mean that it can be eaten tastefully at any stage of its development. Yes, the flavor differs, but hey, not everyone like to eat the same food varieties. In the article, there are tips on what to look for when purchasing a breadfruit, how to store it, and how to prepare it in the kitchen.

Breadfruit is notorious as well. It is energy rich with protein, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and carbohydrates. The fruit grows on trees, and the tree itself can produce hundreds of pounds of fruit each year. This fruit is a classic Hawaiian food item, and I encourage visitors to come and try it while they enjoy their stay on the island.

October 27, 2014 by, Lindsey

I have some great news for Kauai residents and visitors alike. The North Shore Shuttle service has launched earlier this month, and this is such welcoming news.

For residents, this is a shuttle/van system that can conveniently take you places where you want to go. For visitors, this may be even better news! When I travel somewhere new, I don’t know the land, the roads, even a general sense of direction for me is completely gone. My family jokes about this with me, and I have come to laugh along too. So if it were me coming to Kauai, I would be so very thankful for someone else to shuttle me around!

The shuttle service runs on the North Shore, and moves about between Princeville, Hanalei, Wainiha, Haena, and Kee. Fares for visitors are just $2 each way, and residents are charged $1. This is very reasonable… I like it for it is paid transportation and navigation all in one! Experience Kauai is the name of the shuttle service. There are two shuttles and one runs from 6am to 6pm and the other, from 9am to 9pm.

To see the full tours and shuttles schedule, check out their main website at http://kauaishuttles.com/tours-and-shuttles/. You can better see where the shuttles go to and from, as well as see their airport shuttle service. They offer 14 seater vans for most of the commuting, not a bus. They so on-call shuttle service, as well as plan-ahead appointments. I personally vote for the latter, as I am such a planner. This will likely ensure reduced fees instead of doing a last minute call for a higher price if you know what I mean…

Wondering where a good place to stay is while you are visiting Kauai? A home away from home is the right answer. Going to a vacation rental home with all of the amenities is the way to go. It is luxurious to have your own space, privacy, and to be honest–to have your own kitchen and laundry room! A vacation rental home like the Princeville Garden House is an ideal option for a family or a group of 6.

Princeville Garden House

Located at 4862 Victoria Loop, Princeville, HI 96722, this home is on a quiet loop in Princeville that has garden and mountain views with a golf course nearby. It is a three bedroom, three bath home that has many comforts like home. Bedrooms have ceiling fans, oh and there are two master bedrooms! Recall how I said this was perfect for a dual family getaway? The third bedroom hosts a queen sofa bed with an upgraded mattress.

The living room has a home theater system, the kitchen is a full sized kitchen with top appliances and elbow room for cookin’. Wireless internet is throughout the house, and there is a flat screen TV as well. Out back there is a private backyard with a slate flooring, outdoor furniture, a gas grill, a hammock, and more. Oh, yes, there is a lime, orange, and avocado tree as well. If you are staying, help yourself to the ripe fruit! What attention-to-detail-perks ;) love it!

For a week’s stay, prices start at $1350. If you break that down, for a week’s stay that’s less than $200 per night. That is easy on the budget; then if you were to split the unit for a couple’s getaway, imagine that price squarely cut in half. This is very doable, is my point. If saving money is something you seek out, think about cooking in the kitchen. Really, consider how many meals can now be cooked at your vacation rental on your own time schedule, with groceries you have purchased from the store. I’ll say it again: this is even more so easy on the budget.