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.

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.