It’s that time of year again… for the USA’s annual Miss America Pageant! I want to give a shout-out to the beautiful and brainy Miss Stephanie Steuri who is this year’s Miss Hawaii! See her video clip and I encourage you to vote for her.

Click here to see her introduction and Vote for Miss Hawaii 2014 Stephanie Steuri.

The contestants from each state have already been selected, what the voting at the link above is for, is for voting come the final round! The rules for voting are as follows “There is a limit of one (1) vote per person per contestant, regardless of method of voting. Voting closes at 11:59 pm ET on Thursday, September 11, 2014.” (Miss America Organization, 2014).

The national broadcast will be live on ABC network, Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 3pm HAST. I will probably be working at that time, and I will not be blogging then, so I thought it best to say something about it now.

I’m rooting for my home-team, right? Let’s go Stephanie Steuri, Miss Hawaii 2014! #MissAmerica #MissAmericaCompetition2014

I just saw some gorgeous pictures of Plantation at Princeville 1111 and I just love it! The décor is just gorgeous in my opinion; it is a contemporary Hawaiian Plantation styled condo, and is fully furnished for vacation renters. Everything in this condo is sleek, attractive, and oh so welcoming! It is the perfect place for a family of 4-6 to come and stay. Plantation at Princeville 1111 master

This vacation rental condo is located at 4771 Pepelani Loop, Princeville, HI 96722 which is on Kauai’s luxurious north shore. It is just minutes to the world-famous Hanalei Bay and all of the other north shore beaches. Also in Princeville, are shopping centers to grab some groceries, children’s parks, the public library and it is very close to the Makai and Prince Golf Courses. Did I mention that this was a fantastic location? ;)

As for the insides of this vacation rental, you are all set! It is a fully furnished condo, with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. There is a master bedroom that hosts a king-sized bed, there is another bedroom that hosts 2 twin-sized beds, and there is a sofa sleeper in the living room should you need. In total, you can have up to 6 adults/children.

Kauai has great temperatures… in fact Kauai has such comfortable temperatures most homes do not have air conditioning. This may be news to some folks. Anyway, for the comfort of the vacation renters, there are two air conditioning units in the master bedroom as well as in the living room. Plantation at Princeville 1111 is wired with cable TV and a DVD player. The kitchen is gorgeous and ready to go. Just pop into town for some groceries and you are set!

There is also a full-sized (yes, I said full-sized) washer and dryer in unit as well. This works out well for families with kids, as well as those who just want to get their laundry done and not have to do it all post-vacation. How neat is that? This condo really is luxurious, and for the low weekly price of about $1170 it is very affordable and provides the family or group with all of the comforts and conveniences of a home. I find this to be a highly desirable vacation rental!

August 19, 2014 by, Lindsey

Do you recall my previous post about how Kauai vacationers can take a dog on a field trip while they are staying on the Garden Island? If you do not, check it out here, “A Doggie Vacation.” What can happen is the Kauai Humane Society will have dogs (and cats I believe) that are available to go on long-term field trips while tourists stay on Kauai. At the end of their trip, the dog (or cat) can then be adopted or returned to the shelter, no strings attached. If anything, it is a benefit for the dog (or cat) to live a little and for the vacationers to host a lovely pet while they are on staying on Kauai. It’s a real win-win situation.

What new information I wanted to blog about, is that there is a leash-free North Shore Dog Park ! Like most dog parks, there is a section for large dogs and a section for small dogs. The North Shore Dog Park is located at 5445 Kahiliholo Road in Kilauea, just off of Kuhio Hwy 56. This is a very nice dog park I must say! It is ADA accessible I should also note. It is a dawn till dusk park, and is open year-round. This is a great way to get out, exercise your dog and talk with other dog-lovers in the community. I highly recommended it. See here for the Dog Park Rules. I reviewed them myself and they are typical of any dog park, really. Good to know nonetheless.

August 15, 2014 by, Lindsey

EEK!! :D Ok, I may be a little late to the game, but I absolutely without a doubt had to share this video with you all. (Better late than never, right?)

Check your volume, turn it up, and get ready to make your viewing screen full screen for whatever device you are viewing this on!

Here is Jason Mraz – I’m Yours [Official Music Video].

This is a popular song, but I am just now seeing the music video! Without a doubt this is Kauai! There are some great shots and views of Kauai in this music video. Check it out, and sing a long if you know the song. Yep, I knew I always liked this tune!

August 10, 2014 by, Lindsey

I saw this in my newsfeed this morning, and knew I had to blog about it. I think it is so neat and something that we could all learn from! Here’s the specs on this upcoming event…

What It’s a free class on Hawaiian Medicinal Plants (La’au Lapa’au). Here is the link to the facebook site.

Who This class is hosted and taught by Gabriel Monaghan. (I wonder how long he has been doing this, and what credential backing he has to prove his research and everything. Well, I guess I’ll find out!)

Where It is this Wednesday night at the Hanalei Community Center (also referred to as Hale Halawai ‘Ohana ‘OHanalei). 55299 Kuhio Hwy C, Hanalei, Hawaii 96714 is the address.

When The free first class is this Wednesday, August 13th from 5pm to about 6:30pm. The post I saw says there are 12 classes for a fee, but this first introductory class is free and open to the public.

Why Why is this news worthy? I know there are medicinal healing abilities in plants. I am oh so curious to know more about the plants around us and how I can use them. At the very minimum, my curiosity has peaked and I want to know what kind of info this guy has to say.

I love a room with a view. I love a vacation rental with a view! If you are thinking about coming to stay on Kauai, consider my recommendation as follows: Puu Poa 410 on Kauai’s north shore. On the edge where Princeville meets the ocean, is Puu Poa there with the view and also the Bali Hai views as well.

For a vacation rental that comfortably sleeps up to six people, the price is right. It starts as low as $1950 per week. With two bedrooms–one with a King sized bed, and one with twin sized beds–your family or group is sure to embrace the sleeping arrangements. There is also a sofa sleeper, so that adds two more people to your party. I like the diversity this vacation rental has to offer. It would suit a family of four to six people, as well as an extended family group.

Ok, bedrooms are covered… there are also two full bathrooms, which works out perfectly. The kitchen is fully equipped and ready to go. All it needs are some guests! There is Wi-Fi, a TV and a DVD player. This can come in handy if your group has young children and they absolutely must have their favorite recorded shows and movies. It makes for some easy going down-time while at your vacation rental. While the show is playing, or they are napping, the adults can be on the patio. The view alone is attractive and will draw you outside toward it.

There are other Pua Poa rooms, but they share a common area of tennis courts and a swimming pool. Here is a view of the pool… oh and yes, that is the ocean right there, too. :)

Pua Poa 410 Pool

August 8, 2014 by, Lindsey

Happy Aloha Friday, everyone! Fridays are nice, they are the end of the work week for most people. That is what makes them so pleasant and welcoming. Fridays are like the gateway to the weekend, full of fun and exciting or laid-back and easy going days. These are the days off from work that are so desirable.

Most Fridays on Kauai are days when the “aloha shirt” is welcomed. Actually, aloha shirts are commonplace most any day of the week, but Fridays I think I can count just a few more than usual. An aloha shirt is a lightweight shirt with a bright Hawaiian print on it. There are some vintage ones that are more toned-down colors, but they still have great Hawaiian prints on them. Flowers are common, others may have surf boards, turtles, or palm trees for example. For a better visual, I Google-image searched “aloha shirt” and here are the results.

Here’s a fun fact for you on this Aloha Friday… the aloha shirt became trademarked in 1937. Everywhere you go on the Islands of Hawaii you will see these fun shirts, aloha shirts. If you do not have an aloha shirt (yet), you can be sure to find one when you visit Kauai.