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I just came across this article by the Huffington Post. It is not super recent, but I found it entertaining, so I thought I could blog about it and entertain the rest of you with it. It is informational and educational after all!

It’s called: “27 Words To Learn Before You Visit Hawaii

Feel free to follow the link above for the full article. As for now, I’d like to highlight some of my favorite words. They are my favorites off the list for a variety of reasons. Some I just like. Some are commonly misunderstood by travelers and I’d like to shed some light on them. Some words are just interesting, and some are important to know. Ok, enough of the jib-jab, let’s talk….

Mahalo. It means thank you. You will see this a lot of places, even on trash bins. It’s in context as in “thank you” for not littering.

Aloha. This is very common. It is a greeting of good intentions, feelings, and welcoming saying.

Ohana. Yes, as the Disney Lilo & Stich movie interprets it, “ohana” does mean family. Please know that ohana can mean more than family, like the relationship beyond blood, like close friends and loved ones.

Ono. Delicious, tasty, good food. When food is ono, it is very good. When you see this word near food terms, it is a good thing.

Da kine. Have you heard of a whatchamacallit? A widget? It’s like another word for thing or item.

Have a looksie at the other words on the list. Too bad the comments got closed on that article, I was going through it and enjoying the comments listed of words that were left out and other comments. Let me know in the comments below… I won’t close them. ;)

Kauai is a great place to come and stay. Some folks come and stay, and stay, and stay and simply cannot go away. Kauai has a certain draw to it that people cannot get enough of. I get it. I love Kauai for all that it is. If you are wanting to come and stay, like a vacation, do it! The perfect one bedroom, two bath vacation rental condo is just right. It hosts a king sized bed, fully equipped kitchen and laundry services.

The Cliffs 9201 is a modern, clean styled condo with magnificent oceanfront views. I think there are extra windows in this place just so you can enjoy and see more of that brilliant blue water. Am I right or am I right?

Cliffs 9201 used Dec 2014

This is a very desirable condo rental. Click on the link above and see the pictures for yourself. With ceiling fans, the views, the space, the accommodations…. I could go on and on and on. With the view you will catch some great sunrises and sunsets. It is very romantic I might add! For one week it is just $1050 starting plus taxes and a cleaning fee. Seven nights, that’s starting as low as 150 per night. On Kauai? I think you get the picture of what I am getting at. This is a fabulous deal.

It is located on Kauai’s North Shore in Princeville, which is full of fun things to do. Hanalei Bay is just a few miles away, and the water is well, right there as well. Beaches are nearby; after all you can see the ocean from your room.

Check out the Cliffs condo 9201 for the Hawaiian experience you have been dreaming of going on. I think it makes for a great honeymoon spot, anniversary spot, or simply a couple’s getaway time. Even with a young child this condo is very comfortable and you would be able to get just as much out of your stay.

November 20, 2014 by, Lindsey

Thanksgiving. Is. Coming.

It is the middle to end of November. It’s all downhill from here…

Where will you be this Thanksgiving? Let me share with you one option that might fit your fancy on Kauai. At the Bhakti Yoga Shack at 5:30pm is a vegan Thanksgiving celebration. Not everyone eats meat, and so this is very accommodating for those who would like to partake in a Thanksgiving meal without any animal products (and is therefore vegan).

Contact Radha at 808-551-6610 for more information. Let me tell you more about what I know though… This is a potluck-style Thanksgiving. In other words, bring a vegan dish to share with others as they will bring a dish to share with you as well. The evening starts with a meditation circle with live music, then the Thanksgiving dinner will be shared among friends. This is a family-friendly event, and everyone is welcome. What better way to spend Thanksgiving than with a group of people who are welcoming and friendly? That is something I love about Thanksgiving.

No matter where or when or how or with whom you are partaking in Thanksgiving with this season, I wish you a very happy and thankful Thanksgiving!

I get that it can be tricky to pick a place to stay when you are planning your trip to Kauai, Hawaii. There are plenty of good options to choose from. Some do stand out more than others, for more reasons than one. Trust me on this one, and check out Hanalei Bay Villa 23. This is a villa that is the perfect mix of all things Kauai. This vacation rental rests in Princeville, on the edge of Hanalei Bay and Puu Poa Point. The golf course is one way, the water is the other, and you are near both wildlife seclusion but also just minutes from town. See why I said perfect?

Here is the address of this two bedroom, two and a half bath villa: 5454 Ka Haku Road, Princeville, HI 96722. It has garden, mountain, and golf course views! It sleeps four people comfortably with a king bed and a full bed in the bedrooms. If you need to, this rental can sleep up to six people.

Paradise never sounded so good for the reasonable price of $1,170 per week plus taxes and cleaning fees. Nightly rates are also an option. Check out pictures of this beautiful cottage overlooking the mountains and the Makai Golf Course, by clicking the link above.

Hanalei Bay Villa 23 is loaded with the comforts of home and all of the amenities needed while on vacation. It brags of a fully equipped kitchen. Imagine what that means while on vacation…cooking at home, dining in, saving money, meeting special dietary needs as needed. To have a place to call home to go back to, and to be able to cook full meals with use of freezer, fridge, oven, stovetop, dishwasher makes life less-stressful and less-anxious. There is no rush when you get to be on your own time schedule and you are able to cook foods purchased from the grocery store nearby.

Villa 23 also hosts other perks such as TV and DVD player, ceiling fans in the bedrooms and the living room. Free Wi-Fi is through-out the home and there is a landline phone for use as well to guests. There is a high efficiency washer and dryer in this unit. You may have thought the fully loaded kitchen was great, and now you know there are private laundry services in-house. You might get used to living here!

November 6, 2014 by, Lindsey

Sunday, November 9th from 9am to noon is a volunteer opportunity too good to pass up. I think so at least. It is the first of 4 volunteer days to help set up an educational farm and sustainable agriculture research center that will be made available to the community. It is a part of the Kauai School Garden Network that teaches hands-on, kinesthetic learning to school-aged children.

There are three locations to volunteer at:

~ Kilauea at Malama Kauai Community Farm

~ Wai Koa Plantation

~ Kalihiwai Ridge

The more the merrier! It is a free event, child-friendly too. Come one come all to get your hands dirty, make a difference, and more than likely make a new friend in the process. Residents and visitors alike are welcome to come. If you have a green-thumb, great! Come! If you do not, that is okay too. You are not responsible for keeping a plant alive, but rather just to prepare the way for plants to grow. The work and time put into this project will lead to children getting some hands-on gardening activity and education in due time. That concept alone is a glorious thing… to teach the upcoming generations about sustainable agriculture and farm education. Very cool!

These volunteer days are being organized by the community-based nonprofit organization, Malama Kauai. Find out what they are all about here: http://www.malamakauai.org/mk/

For questions pertaining to this volunteer opportunity, call 808-828-0685 and ask to speak with Megan.

November 5, 2014 by, Lindsey

If Zumba is not your style, then perhaps a fine arts exhibit is? Options are nice–just saying. This coming weekend on Friday and Saturday is the Annual Princeville Community Fine Arts Exhibit. It will be held at the Princeville Community Center, located at 4334 Emmalani Drive, Princeville, HI 96722. If it suits you better, here is the location on Google maps.

It is an indoor event with fine art such as paintings, drawings, sculptures, and other media pieces by arts in the area. Most of the artists will be there; that is my understanding. Friday night from 4-8pm the exhibit will be open, and then Saturday afternoon from 1 to 4pm is the plan. This event is totally free! I love it when I get to say that. :)

From what I hear, last year was a low-key, fun time was had by all kind-of time. All are welcome to attend. This is a great place for conversations to be had, connections made and homemade, handmade art to be enjoyed. This would be the place to go if you are looking for a unique gift for someone, if their art is indeed for sale at the exhibit–not just on display. Talking with the artist makes for a neat atmosphere as well. It puts a new twist on the piece I think, for I think it has become more and more uncommon for someone to meet the artist behind the artwork. After getting to know the creator, it may help you understand their intent or inspiration for the piece. I like the concept of connecting the dots between the artist and his or her artwork.

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.