September 26, 2014 by, Lindsey

Looking for something to do this coming weekend? Remember the Waioli Mission House and Church I blogged about earlier? If not, read about it here: http://www.kauai-vacation-rentals.com/waioli-mission-house-church/

Anyway, tomorrow, Saturday September 27th is Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day, and admission to tour the 1836 Waioli Mission House is free! I just love the word free, for the most part. From 9am to 3pm admission and guided tours are free on the this one day only. If you are in Hanalei or on the Kauai’s North Shore in general, you won’t want to miss this opportunity.

Now that I mention it, I have not been in awhile! I think I will make the time to tour the mission house and get a mini history lesson while I’m at it. I love hearing stories, and the folks who used to live here sure have a lot of stories to tell. The guided tours are nice, and I like to hear the questions and answers as well. I can be a bit shy in crowds, so I usually do the listening. If I do have a question, I am the one to say it in my head over and over until I am satisfied with how I phrased it. I am a detailed person and I can get pretty specific in my questions and thoughts! If you happen to be on the tour when I am there, I’ll be the quiet and observant one! ;)

September 25, 2014 by, Lindsey

Want to go to the beach? Can’t seem to decide on which one? I want to give a shout-out to Lumahai Beach in Hanalei, on Kauai’s North Shore.

Lumahai brags of white sandy beaches. Oh that glorious sand is fantastic! I was there just the other day and I enjoyed falling in love with this beach again; the waves, the rocks, the sand. I usually see people just walking the shoreline at sunset. Very romantic spot!

This is not one of those overly populated beaches either, there is not too much influence of humans here, so it is picturesque and all natural in its element. I suggest other beaches for swimming and snorkeling. If you want to feel like you are one of the first people to step foot on a beach, this is the one for you!

If perhaps your or someone in your group is unable to get to the water’s edge for some beach walking, maybe the lookout point from the main road will suffice. It provides a great lookout and photography spot that I recommend. You can also find Lumahai Beach on numerous postcards on Kauai if that is something you prefer to do.

So get on out there and live a little! That is what I was up to this past weekend. I tend to do a lot of thinking during my beach walks, and the water’s rise and fall comforts me and soothes my soul. It is a way for me to think, to heal, to rejuvenate. I encourage my readers to do the same.

Kauai views are the best. I of course have a biased opinion, but there are others that agree with me. After seeing some Kauai views live and in person you may very well agree with me too!

Cliffs 7305

Staying at a vacation rental in the popular location of Princeville, Kauai is a fabulous place to stay. Whether it be for work, travel, vacation, couple’s getaway, this really is a nice place to call home while on Kauai. The ocean views are brilliant in color and the greenery around is just so vibrant. Pictures are alright, but they do not do the Cliffs 7305 justice. I say you’d have to experience this kind of view in person. The whole sensory overload is just amazing. Being perched up high like that on the cliffs gives a sense of presence, a sense of control. Like how a bird perches itself in a tree, the Cliffs have the same effect.

The vacation rental itself is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath top floor unit of the Cliffs. There is a master suite, and a loft with an office and an additional king sized bed. This rental sleeps 6 people comfortably though, for there is a sofa sleeper in the living room. See what I mean now about a honeymoon suite, couple’s getaway, or a family vacation? This place fits the bill, and for only $1110 per week it is an attractive place to be in more ways than one.

September 20, 2014 by, Lindsey

Speaking of restaurants (can you tell food is on my mind?) I thought I would share about one of my favorite and inexpensive restaurants on Kauai. I am all about good food, but I also keep to my personal budget. I can imagine for travelers that sticking to a budget might be part of the vacation plan. So let me present to you one of my favorites that is good for the wallet and good for the belly ;)

Bubba’s Burgers

Bubba’s can be found all over Kauai, but I frequent the ones on Kauai’s North Shore. This is not your ordinary burger place… they offer fresh, grass-fed Kauai beef burgers on their menu! See Bubba’s menu here for the serious inquirer. Let your eyes find their way to the milkshakes on the menu as well, and you will not be disappointed with their real ice cream.

This is a great place, really. Location, price, quality of the food… yes, yes and yes again! They have been in business since 1936 and are good at what they do. Bubba’s saying is “Always juicy, never greasy.” I sure like it that way. They are very a very family friendly place, and the atmosphere is just right in my opinion. Check them out in Hanalei :)

September 20, 2014 by, Lindsey

I’d like to give a shout-out to the restaurants on Kauai’s north shore who have gone Styrofoam (polystyrene foam) free:

Bubba’s

Kilauea Bakery

Lighthouse Bistro

Kilauea Fish Market

Barracuda

Java Kai

Hanalei Dolphin

Hanalei Pizza

Common Ground

La Petite

Mediterranean Gourmet

Sushi Girl

Build A Burger

Tahiti Nui

Aloha Juice Bar

Postcards café

Shave Ice Paradise

Na Pali Art Gallery and Coffee

Nanea Restaurant

Tropical Taco

…and the list keeps growing! Feel free to comment on this post to share with everyone the other restaurants that have gone polystyrene foam free. It is a step in the renewable or reusable resources direction.

Looking for some things to do on Kauai’s north shore? Well, you don’t have to look too hard to find ‘em. Follow my blog and I will share with you things to do, activities, news of events going on, as well as some places to stay.

Today I thought it would be nice to highlight the Waioli Mission House and Church in Hanalei. Here is the trip advisor link to the Mission House. It is a famous Hanalei Town landmark, built in 1837. It is officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places. What is so special about this place? It is rich in history–let me tell you!

Abner and Lucy Wilcox were missionaries back in 1837 and this was their home. It has a lava rock chimney and is furnished with timely koa furniture. They couple had eight sons, all born in this house. Oh and what I find fascinating is the clock on the wall that was put up in1866 (my sources tell me) that keeps perfect time still! Also on the property is the Waioli Huiia Church, which started operations in 1834.

From a historical standpoint these two structures stand out to me as special. I love to see history alive. It has always been neat to walk through old places like that, to literally walk in other people’s footsteps from long ago. In another sense, it makes me all the more grateful for what amenities we have today! I’m just being honest. :)

September 14, 2014 by, Lindsey

Yikes! Okay, I know this is a bit last minute, but that is how some things in life go! I just found out that in honor of Miss Hawaii, Stephanie Steuri, there will be a viewing celebration at Rob’s Good Time Grill today around the dinnertime hours! This is when the official pageant will air live on television.

This would be perfect if you are heading out of the Lihue airport this evening and were looking for a place to eat before you go. Why not take the time to go get some tasty grill food and to see what the rest of the nation will be watching?

Let me back up a little bit… Remember the one I was telling you about in an earlier blog post? Stephanie Steuri? (See my previous blog post at http://www.kauai-vacation-rentals.com/miss-hawaii-miss-america-2014/ to find out more info.) She is from Kauai and is representing Hawaii in this year’s Miss America Pageant. I am anxious to see not how she does, but to see if the judges can see her inner and outer beauty in the short amount of time there is as they ‘judge’ her. I am not traveling today, but I will likely watch and cheer Stephanie on from home. :)