I get it. Vacations are a luxury type of expense. A Hawaii vacation does not have to break the bank though! There are vacation rentals very reasonably priced for what they offer you. Hanalei Bay Resort 3305-6 is a one bedroom, one bath vacation rental condo unit that has all that you need for your stay. It has breath-taking view of the ocean and of Bali Hai.

Hanalei Bay Resort 3305-6 is a one bedroom (king sized bed) and one bath (full sized bathroom) that also hosts a kitchenette, high speed internet, air conditioning (if needed), living room, and porch (lanai) where you can sit and enjoy the view. This is a perfect getaway for a couple, a family of 3, or for a single person.

Check out its location at 5380 Honoiki Rd, Princeville, HI 96722. The views are right there, big and panoramic! Ok, so you know how I was talking about Hawaiian vacations and price? Well, this vacation rental is a mere $1505 per week, and some seasonal rates make it even lower. They offer nightly rates as well if you were not planning on staying a full week. I vote for at least a week when you come to stay and play on the great island of Kauai. For more information on booking this space for yourself, visit the link I attached above in this article.

January 17, 2015 by, Lindsey

The Hawaiian Islands have a lot to offer. Sometimes it can be difficult to choose which island or islands you’d like to visit. Well I am a problem solver! Let me introduce you to Island Air . Here is the link: https://www.islandair.com/

This is a Hawaiian-Island-only airline that hops between islands. It travels to and from: –Lihue, Kauai –Lanai City, Lanai –Kahului, Maui –Honolulu, Oahu

Like with any other flight, they are a full-service airline. Baggage, special assistance, infants on board, travel with pets, unaccompanied minors, the whole deal… they do it all.

I can understand that if you are traveling to Hawaii that you may want to see more than just one island. Kauai MUST be on that list by the way! ;) It comes highly recommended by yours truly. So once you have made it this far to Hawaii, I can understand wanting to travel to one or two or all of the islands. The four listed above are the major, most populated ones.

For visitors coming to Kauai, I think the options may seem a bit overwhelming when it comes to the topic of: where to stay. Just like any traveler going any place new, you want to pick a good spot to go that is close to the activities and things that you want to do. You also want to hit the sweet spot where price meets quality. Sure a splurge every now and then is fabulous (trust me) but for the most part, people are on a budget. I totally get and respect that. I myself live on a budget so I know what you mean when you say that price matters, and has an impact on your decision when it comes to choosing visitor housing.

A vacation rental on Kauai’s North Shore is what I recommend. I’ll save my in-depth reasons for another post, but straight to the point: vacation rentals allow you to get the most bang for your buck. Those are my words in a quick summary!

Puu Poa 102 is a condo vacation rental that has been recently updated. It is ideal for a family as it hosts 2 bedrooms (one as the master with a bathroom and a king sized bed, and the other bedroom hosting 2 twin beds). If you need just a bit more sleeping room, the couch is convertible queen sofa sleeper. There is an additional bathroom for the non-master bedroom guests.

Alright, now that everyone is situated for sleeping, let me tell you about the views! Puu Poa 102 is located on the bluff of Princeville. You have ocean views to gaze at. Look up the exact address if you’d like: 5454 Ka Haku Road, Princeville, HI 96722. I would do it myself, and then I can compare this vacation rental home location to some of the other activities I will be parting in on the island.

There are many accommodations this condo has… the complex offers a swimming pool and tennis court. The condo in particular is equipped with outdoor equipment for the renters use: boogie boards, tennis racquets, snorkels, chairs, coolers, and more. Puu Poa 102 also has the standard: Wi-Fi, flat screen TV with DVD player and movie library.

A trip to Hawaii may be in your near future. It may not. It may be further out. Looking, gathering facts, thinking about it all adds up and helps you to make a more informed decision. Check out all that Kauai has to offer, and feel free to ask me any questions about the Garden Island in the comments section.

January 14, 2015 by, Lindsey

So maybe you want to visit Hawaii but you do not know where to start. Where do you begin when it comes to a place that you have heard to many marvelous things about? It can even seem a bit overwhelming at first. For those of you who are planners, here is site, supposedly Kauai’s Official Travel Site at http://www.gohawaii.com/en/kauai/. I poked around on it and it was accurate enough and easy to navigate. The pictures… oh the pictures are what always get me. Love ‘em!

Anyway, if you are thinking about, entertaining the thought, or simply wishing to visit Hawaii one day sooner or later, take a gander at this website. They refer to Kauai as “Hawaii’s Island of Discovery” and I like that. I know it as “The Garden Island” but Hawaii’s Island of Discovery is suiting as well. I like it. On this site they provide links to other places, so you can find out about topics that interest you.

It is neat how this site approaches things… for example you can search by guidebooks, regions, experiences, or you can plan a trip. I went ahead and clicked on experiences because that peaked my curiosity the most. There was quite a list to choose from, and I thought it was so neat. Do you want a romantic experience? Perhaps a wedding or a honeymoon experience? There are ecotourism, adventures, and family experiences to choose from. Very neat stuff and I like the categories of how they break-down Kauai into experiences you can make into a reality. Again, my inner-planner found it nice to think of Kauai like this, where I could plan out the experience I desire. Hmmm I wonder if I should learn more about these links and have one of these “experiences” for myself! Ha! I’m entertaining the thought ;)

January 9, 2015 by, Lindsey

I will just come on out and say it. I am an animal lover. I have loved animals since as far back as I can remember. There was never a time when I would not be excited to see or to care for an animal. Over the course of my life I like to help out when and where I can.

That being said, I absolutely must share this YouTube video that came across my path. I want to share this to help spread the word about what people can do to help pet populations. Here is the link the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzNOXKvaOTQ

If you are unable to view the short clip for whatever reason, allow me to explain in text. The Kauai Humane Society has a Pet Transfer Program linked with Alaska Airlines. The basic idea is that puppies, kittens, dogs and cats that are living on Kauai who are not adopted out are able to fly to shelters that have high adoption rates on the mainland. Very cool, right?!

So why it is important to spread the word, is that the Kauai Humane Society is looking for volunteers to escort the animal during the flight. When it is time to check-in for your flight, a volunteer will meet you with the dog or cat. Then on the other receiving side of your flight, a volunteer will meet you there to pick up the pet. Escorts are what they are looking for and needing! Oh, and for those flying Alaska Airlines this is pre-arranged and they have successfully completed these trips before.

There are high adoption rated shelters across the United States, but for purposes of the Pet Transfer Program on Kauai, they are seeking escorts who are flying into one of the following airports: Oakland, California; Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington. If you are on a non-stop flight to the mainland, give the Kauai Humane Society a call and see if you can help! Here is their phone number for more info: 808-632-0610.

My mom always taught me that it never hurts to ask. I’d go ahead and ask on this one if you have a non-stop Alaska Airlines flight leaving Kauai going to your final destination.

New year. New beginnings. Fresh starts. I love the feeling of a new year. It make me feel like I just got a haircut, or just got the house cleaned or something. Is it just me or does a new year somehow feel refreshing?

I saw this post today in my news feed on Facebook, and it reminded me yet again of that new beginnings feeling. Check out the photo by Mike Williams. It was taken today at the Kilauea Point Natural History Association. The lighthouse in the back ground is Kilauea Point. It is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Of course the whale in the photo is just minding his or her own business in the water, but regardless I like the whale and the lighthouse in the backdrop.

To learn more about Kilauea Point, visit their website at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/kilauea_point/. There is an easy to navigate section for visitors, seasonal wildlife, an about page and more. The whale photo–I know I keep going back to it–but it sure is a majestic image to behold. It is not every day you get to see a whale do that. Of course it is more common to see that off of Kauai’s north shore coast than other places I suppose!

Hope you and yours had a happy new year! And may this year be a happy year indeed.

December 30, 2014 by, Lindsey

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Here is a photo I took and managed to get on my blog here. I like to think I am best at sharing with my words and thoughts, but then I see a picture or take a picture and I am reminded that a pictures says a thousand words.

It has come time again for the end of the year to wind up and for the new year to begin. I cannot believe how fast it seems time goes these days. When I am with family and friends, those moments are what I hold onto. Then time passes and when I do not see the little ones for a time, and then I see them again in a month or so I notice how much they have grown! The little ones change so much faster than the adults. That is the largest factor I think, of why time seems to go by so quickly.

So here it is, the end of 2014 with 2015 just on the horizon. Which, by the way, I love the horizon. Something about sunrises and sunsets are what get me the most. Get me to thinking is what they do. A time for reflection and self-reflection at that. I think about what I want to accomplish in the next year. If I can, I try to even have goals for five to ten years out. Then I step back and see what I can do right now, in the moment to make that dream a reality for the future.

I am not one to make new year’s resolutions. I am not going to lie though, I think about it. I think about what lifestyle changes I want to make. I think about what changes I wish to soon implement. I cannot restrict myself to calendar days for those types of things though. When the timing is right in my life and I am motivated to make a change, then I just do it. I do not wait for the new year.

What I like most about this time of year is the time with family, the time to re-focus my sights, the time of self-reflection. I would encourage everyone to take the time to think about what changes, goals, ambitions, even what pleasures they wish to pursue in the new year. It might even be a trip to Kauai that is on your bucket list! ;)