April 15, 2014 by, Lindsey

Did everyone see the “blood moon” the other night? It was a special night to see the blood moon, or the total lunar eclipse . Here is my favorite image of it. My camera phone did not do it justice, but I like this one of the blood moon. I saw it this morning on my facebook news feed.

So it came up last night just before 7pm Hawaiian Standard Time. Then close to 8pm is when it began to get it reddish, orange-ish hue. It sure was neat to see. I also like the fact that I did not have to wake up from my slumber at oh say 3am to see it. It was conveniently timed here on Kauai!

This total lunar eclipse is what everyone was and is talking about. I think it was neat to see, and I liked brushing up on my science knowledge to understand how this exactly happened. It is not the first time this has happened and it will not be the last. To my understanding , this is the first of four eclipses between now and September of next year. Pretty neat they are all clustered together like this. Next up on the calendar is April 28th’s annular eclipse. This is when the moon will partially block the sun and the sun will look like only a ring of fire. I’m looking forward to this next one!

April 9, 2014 by, Lindsey

As loyal readers to my blog know, I love fresh food. I love locally grown food. If it is organic then you know I am all in! I found out about this awesome dairy farm when I was at the Hanalei farmer’s market one Saturday awhile back. The Kauai Kunana Dairy Farm in Kilauea on Kauai’s north shore is my dream come true!

This goat dairy farm makes all kinds of products for the home, as well as food products …and they grow fresh produce. I just found out that they are starting a membership where once a week members (and seasonal members) can come pickup their box of fresh produce as well as the option to get a few other home goods such as milk, cheese, honey, eggs, baked goods, lotions and soaps made from goat’s milk, etc. The good folks at this dairy are kind and in business to sell what they have grown and created.

For those who are just passing through on Kauai, like staying at a rental on the north shore, this is a great place to go on your first day here. Stock up with fresh produce and things for your vacation home’s kitchen. They also have tours! So go get your food here and get a tour that is family friendly and interactive. It was nice to see some kids outside feeding the goats for fun. The samplings will ensure you buy their delicious goodies. They had me at hello! ;)

The folks at Kauai Kunana Diary are very earth-friendly in their practices on the farm. They have won awards and are leading the way in green and sustainable practices. I love supporting them and all they do. Now that I have done the tour, I can appreciate their business even more. I look forward to seeing them at the farmer’s market and I plan to go to Kilauea to visit or to take friends on the tour.

They are located at 4552 Kapuna Road, Kilauea, HI 96754. They do not have regular business hours, but feel free to send them an email at kauaikunanadairy@gmail.com. That is what I have done. That or I call ahead for a special order: 808-651-5046 and ask for Ryan.

Looking for things to do on Kauai’s north shore? How about kayaking? This is not the kind of kayaking that has rapids or something like that, this kind of kayaking is more like paddling around. If you are not a fitness buff, then this may feel like an upper body workout a bit… like it was for me.

Kayaking on Hanalei River is a fun thing to do, and it’s family friendly. There are kayaks for rent (that seat up to three people is the most I have seen). There are folks out there with children too, so you can bring them along if you think they are ready, good listeners, and who want to go out on the water. I have seen kids as young as about four years old, if that helps any.

There are multiple locations on the north shore to get out and on the water. Hanalei River is the one I like to kayak on. The water is easy and smooth. The landscape is breathtaking! You are bound to see wildlife such as turtles and birds. It is like an estuary out there.

With any kayaking adventure, I recommend going prepared. Sunscreen is a must, a water bottle, maybe a sunhat or other type of shade. Wear clothes that you would be okay getting wet in as far as shorts and shoes. You can bring your cell phone if you wish. There is a thing called a “dry bag” case that is available for rent at most all kayak rental shops. It is large enough to hold a few small possessions to keep dry, such as a phone, wallet, and a key ring. In case the inside of the boat gets wet, these items will be just fine. If you think this is a good investment for your lifestyle, go ahead a buy a dry bag, or bring the one you already own.

There is always something good going on in Princeville. That is part of why I recommend vacationing and staying on this shoreline town. For a family of four, Puamana in Princeville is just the right vacation rental to come and stay at. This two-story condo sleeps four people comfortably and does not miss a beat when it comes to meeting your family’s needs.

Puamana 2D is the condominium vacation rental located at 3880 Wyllie Road, Princeville, HI. It is an end unit, and you could very well call it a townhouse. At this beautiful location you will get to experience both a mountain and a tropical garden view. Oh, and the golf course is nearby too. The Anini beach path is a five minute walk away, too. Didn’t I say that this place does not miss a thing?!

It is a two bedroom, two bath condo. A king bed is in the master and a queen is in the other bedroom downstairs. Every room is furnished with linens and all of the little details that count. There are plenty of bathroom linens as well. The clothes washer and dryer there are also nice to have, for you can do your laundry on an as-need basis, and not worry about running out of clothes or returning to your home with luggage full of clothes that need to be laundered.

The kitchen is ready to go! You do need to stock it with food, but everything else you need is right there at your fingertips. This makes it easy to have your meals first thing in the morning, or late at night while the kids are in bed for example. I think having a kitchen in-home is great for families with young children who can be routy at meals sometimes, or for the person who has specialty dietary needs. Having access around the clock to a full sized kitchen is the best when you are on vacation. Not too many places can brag about that!

There is so much more that this rental has to offer: a gas barbeque, a pool onsite, a private patio, television, phone, the whole nine-yards. Rates for Puamana 2D start as low as $840 per week. That is as low as $120 per day! That is a very competitive price that will be tough to beat considering all of the accommodations this place has to offer. Feel free to call Oceanfront Realty at 808-826-6478 and ask about seasonal prices, discounts, and availability. Nightly rates are also an option–it is not limited to only weekly rates. Puamana really is a great condo to stay at while you and your family come to visit Princeville and the surrounding areas on the beautiful Kauai.

Today was the grand opening of Fish Eye Kauai in Princeville! Fish Eye Kauai is an art gallery that has on display a variety of art mediums. The grand opening today was a big success. The atmosphere was great, the weather was just right (there were some light showers, but no big deal) and the live music was welcoming. I enjoyed touring through the gallery and snacking on some hors d’oeuvres (yes I had to spell check that one…). This is a family friendly art gallery that has pieces on display for purchase. I think it is a great tribute to Princeville to have a place like this nestled into the community.

At Fish Eye they specialize in photographic prints featuring underwater photographs of Kauai by Scuba Tom. Also known as Thomas Green, this is his first gallery! How exciting to be a part of such a great gallery at the grand opening. Tom shares the gallery with a few other local artists. There are a lot of photographs (my personal favorite) and also carvings and creations. Oh–and there is jewelry as well!

Princeville is one of the best places to come and stay on Kauai, in my opinion. Hmm perhaps that is why I am living on the north shore! Come check out this place if you are wanting to see some talented artists’ work. Fish Eye is on the Kuhio Highway in Princeville. Check out their webpage here for directions, hours of operation, the whole thing…

March 30, 2014 by, Lindsey

If you live on Kauai then you know exactly what I am talking about when I say “shave ice” …for those of you who are going to be coming to Kauai soon or are here visiting, let me tell you now: please treat yourself to some shave ice…

Shave ice is beautifully shaved ice that I like to describe as “fluffy, soft, smooth and fine.” This is not a snow cone or a slushy or anything like that. It is so significantly better that it really does not compare to those. Shave ice is delicious and it comes in a wide variety of flavors. Syrups are added to give the shave ice its flavor.

There is also the option to get ice cream with your shave ice. I recommend the ice cream. Why? Because I like ice cream. The ice cream is also your choice, so pick carefully and pair well with your syrups. When in doubt, ask the person serving you what they like and they will be sure to recommend a good combination.

Where can you get shave ice? On the north shore here, there is a place called Shave Ice Paradise. They set up shop at 5-5183 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI 96714. Type that into your GPS or smart phone and they are open most afternoons on into the evening. I like–no wait, I love their shave ice with Macadamia nut ice cream and coconut syrup. Heaven in a cup. Look here for their other syrup flavors.

Another hot spot to go for shave ice is at Wishing Well Shave Ice in Hanalei. Here is their address 5-5066 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI 96714. There are more flavors on the menu, but I say equally as good as Paradise. If one is not open, go to the other, really. When you need some shave ice in your life, you just need it. And then you’ll need seconds! That is what I always have to talk myself out of: seconds… each time I have shave ice.

There are other tasty shave ice locations on Kauai’s north shore, I just highlighted two today. I will name others in later blogs and other types of eateries as well. I just had to share about shave ice so you too can experience it–and the sooner the better.

March 26, 2014 by, Lindsey

Today, March 26th, is a special day and a state-wide holiday for Hawaii. Today is Prince Jonah Kuhio Ka-lani-ana-`ole’s birthday! For short, he has been nicknamed “Prince Kuhio.” He was born in 1871 on Kauai, and in his adult life he played a major role in Hawaiian politics. He was born a royal, and was also elected as a delegate to the US Congress. For a more thorough bio on Prince Kuhio, read more here.

What I really want to share about it all of the events going on today in honor of Prince Kuhio Celebration Kauai 2014! If you are on Kauai, you already know that some events have started and the festivities usually span a week or two around his birthday.

There has been a Prince Kuhio Rodeo with barrel racing, goat tying, bull riding, breakaway roping–the whole deal.

At the National Tropical Botanical Garden there was a special guest, Kupuna Mele Brewer, who shared about the art of hula, how to make a lei, and she also shared Hawaiian proverbs.

Other festivities in honor of Prince Kuhio include good food… the Plantation Gardens Restaurant held a royal dinner there earlier last week.

On Saturday there was the annual Prince Kuhio Commemorative Ceremonies with the royal order of Kamehameha at Prince Kuhio Park.

The Garden Island Canoe Racing Association help a long distance race too, in the Prince’s honor. Afterall, he was one to help promote and make a way for Hawaiian canoeing to have its place.

And today, on his actual birthday, at the Kauai Museum they are having a special celebration there.

If you are still interested in joining in on the festivities, at Anahola Beach Park this coming Saturday the 29th there will be a *free* celebration, open to the public. It will be a good time for everyone, I am certain of it! :D Happy Birthday Celebration Prince Kuhio!