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Traveling with children and other special needs people require more resources and equipment for everyday activities. I can understand that when it comes time to travel, you cannot bring everything with you. There is only so much you can pack and fly with. You may want to bring every little thing and every big thing including the kitchen sink, but really you do not need to. I want to share with you Ready Rentals . The lovely people at this company offer rentals of items to people anywhere on Kauai.
For example, say you are staying at a vacation rental and you checked with the property management to see if there is a crib or not. Or maybe you have an elderly person who occasionally needs a wheelchair. This company, Ready Rentals , are the ones to call upon when you find yourself needing an item or two to rent during your stay. They rent out cribs, strollers, rollaway beds, wheelchairs, and beach accessories at weekly and also daily rates. I think it is all very affordable… especially considering the alternatives of going without of buying new.
They offer solid wood cribs for rent with mattress and bottom fitted sheet. Bumpers are an additional charge if you choose to rent that as well. They also have portable cribs, also known as pack-n-plays with the bottom fitted sheet provided. These folks pay attention to the details so that the customer is not left high and dry.
Now for strollers they have quite the variety. Single and double jogging strollers work best on the sand. There is also a lite rider stroller and a tandem double stroller. Prices for strollers and all other items can be rented per day or at per week prices. They are really, very accommodating.
On the topic of children, Ready Rentals offer more infant and toddler equipment items for rent. They have high chairs, booster chairs, baby swings, baby gates, exersaucers, bed rails, and baby frame backpacks. You can just imagine how useful and handy it would be to have these items during you stay on Kauai. If I had a child, I know I would be eyeing that backpack for some hiking outings!
There is a twin sized rollaway bed that can be rented. Full linens can be rented at an additional price too. This is great for vacation rentals that you are going to be staying at and you are just in need of another spot for the last person to sleep. There are two different types of wheel chairs for rent as well. Now for beach accessories, there is quite a variety of goodies there.
Check out Ready Rentals to make your Kauai stay just perfect for those additional resources you will be needing. Renting as opposed to buying is a good way to save on costs while not depriving yourself or your group from enjoying their time. Ready Rentals delivers and picks up. Follow the link I added and click on “Order Form” to place your order, or you can give them a call at 1-800-599-8008.
As you may know, I am always looking for things to do on Kauai, and I love to blog and share my findings! To keep up with all that is happening on Kauai’s north shore, staying on the north end of the island is best. I came across the Princeville Nalu House! This house is great… I am confident you will enjoy your stay while here. From $1,200 per week, you do not want to pass up this rental opportunity.
The Nalu House is in Princeville, a major city on Kauai, filled with shopping centers, restaurants, golf courses and it is ridiculously close to the beach. The house is a single-story home on a residential street. It is at: 5112 Kapiolani Loop, Princeville, HI. Thought some folks may want to look it up for themselves. It is on a quiet, residential loop. How perfect is that for a family vacation?
Okay, the house itself is a single story dwelling. This is ideal for families with small children and also those with elderly family members. By having no stairs, this makes for a safer and more family-friendly environment where everyone can move about the home with ease. The house has a garage to house your rental car (should you opt to get one).
Princeville Nalu House gets to boast of two bathrooms and two full bathrooms. The master bedroom has a California King bed (that’s the largest kind bed I know of) and it has a spacious on-suite bathroom. The other bedroom holds a queen bed. Now there is an additional room off of the garage that has a full sized bed. So really, this home sleeps six people when all of the beds are full.
The floor plan in welcoming and has a logical flow to it. I like it when floor plans and the general set up are logical! It also has high ceilings which are great for ambiance and the breeze to have room to flow on into your living space. From inside the home, you get to look out onto lush garden views. Nearby homes are not too close either. They are a comfortable and appropriate distance away. There is a relaxing sense of privacy at this vacation rental home.
This home is fully functioning as you would expect any other home to be. It has a full sized washer and dryer. That will be nice to not have to go home and have suitcases full of dirty clothes. Oh! The kitchen is gorgeous and fully stocked for use. There is Wi-Fi! See, told you it was an up and running rental home with all of the details you may take for granted.
If you step out the back sliding door onto the lanai (deck), you will get to experience the outdoors in full! There is outdoor furniture and a grill for use. It is so tempting just to lay out there and sunbathe. Do it! Something else I really liked about this place, is that there are fruit trees on the property. Yes–you can help yourself to them! I love touches like that to a rental home. You just cannot beat the whole house–the whole property–effect!
There is a double person hammock out on the grass. I opted to take the hammock all to myself and cozy with a light blanket and my current book in the evening. It was just the right combination of everything: the breeze, the smells, the sounds, the sway of the hammock… it was all I wanted. I got to take this rental for a test-drive and it sooooo passed.
Tomorrow, February 28th is Read Across Kauai Day! It has already turned into a week-long affair promoting literacy, but tomorrow is the official day. Every day is a good day to promote literacy I think. Even reading online, like a blog, is a good thing. Read Across America Day is officially March 2nd. That is a Sunday this year, so schools are participating this week, the week prior. This is also Dr. Seuss Day; this tradition started for his birthday is the second of March. (Now you know the back story!)
In honor of Read Across Kauai Day, I thought it would be fitting to share with you readers, some books from Kauai authors. “King of the Beach” written by Mark Huff and illustrated by Swapan Debnath, is a children’s book about cooperation and imagination as a boy pretends that he is the king of the beach, with his little sister at his side playing along too. This dynamic duo have also put together a children’s book entitled, “The Sheltering Place” which tells the tale of three animals that live on Kauai. It shares a lesson on selfishness.
There is also an adorable book for kids that I have read, called, “Knuckles The Hound of Hanalei.” It s written by Susan Dierker and is illustrated by Melinda Sandler. What I love about this colorful children’s book is that it has a glossary at the back to help children know and understand Hawaiian words used in the book. What a great teaching book! For preschool, kindergarten, and even early elementary school teachers, I recommend this as a great teacher’s gift for the classroom.
These authors ,as well as others, will be out and about doing book readings at schools tomorrow, all across the island. Thanks to the members of the Kauai Children’s Authors Guild, hundreds of children on Kauai will be receiving books to take home! It is a day to celebrate reading and literacy.
Kauai has made great improvements over the years to cater to alternative forms of transportation. One of which is the North Shore Path for bicyclists, walkers, runners, and others. Back in 2012, the North Shore Path (NSP) was unveiled. It is a beautiful paved path connecting the communities of Kilauea, Princeville, and Hanalei along the North Shore. Now that you know some basics of this nature-filled path, let me tell you more…
This path has been something welcomed by the community. It offers an alternative to motorized vehicles as a way for transportation. It promotes exercise, health and wellness, and a more united sense of community. I have been out on the NSP and I like it when I come across others on the path, along the way to my destination. I always see friendly faces when I am on it. Sometimes I go out and bike on it for pure exercise. Other times I have used it to make a leisurely commute on my bicycle.
The path really is an extensive trail that is composed of some road sharing and some alternative paths so you can more efficiently get to your destination. In the Princeville area on into Hanalei Bay there are some parts of the path near the water, too. If you have a bike and you are anywhere near the North Shore, this is something you must do.
Perhaps you are going to be vacationing in the Hanalei area and you will not have a bicycle with you. Not to worry! There are bicycle rental shops in the area! In Hanalei there is Pedal n Paddle. Click on the link to see prices and cruise their site to get their exact physical address. The folks there are very nice and helpful–I recommend them!
If you do not wish to bike the NSP then please, walk it! If you have little ones, stroll on it! It is something outdoorsy, free to do and it keeps us all moving. I know I look for ways to add exercise into my day. If you are on vacation, this is a great way to help keep fit.
What a beautiful ending to a great couple of weeks watching the Olympics Games. Closing ceremonies are a time of reflection, appreciation, and celebration. These Sochi 2014 Games were fierce! For those who played in the games, congratulations on your achievements. I marvel at both the summer and winter games when they come around. Personally, I enjoy the summer Olympics simply for the fact that I am on Kauai–love the water, love the sun, and love to watch some good competition that I am more familiar with. hehe!
All of this hype around the Sochi 2014 Games lead me to think about all of the Olympians who have come out of Hawaii.
I came across Lindsey Berg, a two-time Olympian in Beijing and London wining silver medals at both of those games. She also has won two gold medals with her team in the FIVB World Grand Prix women’s volleyball competition. She was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii! I look forward to see if she will be at the Summer Games in Rio 2016.
Another bright star out of Hawaii is the young and talented gymnast, Kyla Ross. She won the gold medal with her team in the 2012 London Summer Olympics. She is just eighteen years old, so I hope we get to see her compete in the upcoming games.
This next lady is pretty amazing. She is the first female Hawaiian wrestler to medal at the Olympics. Pretty impressive! She won bronze at the London Games and in other competitions placed in first. I wonder if we will see her again or not. Either way, she has already has created a legacy.
The last but not least stand-out star from Hawaii is Clay Stanley. He attended the University of Hawai’i and plays competitively (very competitively) on the United States’ Men’s Volleyball Team. In Beijing 2008 he won gold with his teammates. Another neat fact I found out about him, is that his father was also an Olympian. How neat is that? Father-son Olympians both in U.S.A. men’s volleyball.
Up next on the Olympiad Calendar is the Summer Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. There is already a webpage up. Check it out. Those who have that Olympic dream set on their hearts and minds are already training for these games. As this season comes to a close I look forward to watching athletes compete in Rio 2016.
Taking a family vacation is one of the best ways to relax. It is a great way to make memories that last a lifetime. Inviting extended family can exponentially increase the memories. Time is precious, as all of us adults have come to realize. Take a family vacation to Hawaii, and stay at a Kauai vacation rental, Villas of Kamalii 11. Click on the link and see these gorgeous pictures! This is the best location of the Villas of Kamalii. Let me tell you…
The location of this rental condo is perfect. It is located on a private greenbelt and golf course! There are no other buildings in view. You will feel like you are in your own private three bedroom, three bath fully furnished home. The golf course, garden and mountain views will make you feel like you have the hillside all to yourself. Do not get the wrong impression though! Although you are away from society as far as views and noise, you are located close to the Princeville Center, the Makai Golf Course, and a two-mile walking trail. It is the right mix of privacy and closeness to society in a vacation rental.
Again, this 3 bed 3 bath condo sleeps six people comfortably (not including couch space for those little ones who wiggle into the head count). The décor is contemporary and comfortable. The rooms are fully furnished with linens, dishes, hand soap, TP… the whole deal. There are flat screen TV’s, internet, full sized washer and dryer and a barbeque as well. Bonus–it comes stocked with beach toys! I told you it would feel like a vacation home.
Kamalii 11 rents for $1080 per week plus applicable taxes and a refundable deposit. For all that you are getting for your stay, this is worth it. If you are coming with a large family or an extended family, the price then becomes completely reasonable for each family going. To split up the price in halves or thirds makes it outrageously affordable.
Check your calendars and check online at the link above in this post to see available dates for Villas of Kamalii 11. Click Book Now and then the Rates & Availability tab. April is when the next availabilities are, so call up your family and plan your vacation now. It may work well for you and your children to come over their Spring Break from school, which will be the latter half of April.
Grilling is a popular way to cook food. I love to grill food. I am not the greatest chef nor grill master, but I sure do try! Grilling food is a great way to cook food. Think about it… there is a recipe to follow but it is not quite as technical as baking. Baking is an edible science experiment. Grilling is much more forgiving. Once someone gains enough experience in grilling, that person is worth his or her weight in gold. Let me tell you the grill food on Kauai is worth its weight in gold! So divine.
Now, grill food is a comfort food to most people. There are classics that are cooked on the grill like burgers, fish, vegetables, and more. Comfort food does not necessarily mean hearty and overly-filling, either. Kabobs are one of my favorites to grill. It makes for such a nice medley of meat meets vegetables. What beautiful colors, too.
Another way to mix it up is by having some grilled surf and turf. This is a way of mixing and matching meat combos to cover the whole flavor spectrum to meet your fancy. By having complimentary flavors, you will be making a marvelous spread for you and your guests to enjoy. Just like “sweet” pairs with “salty” nicely, so does surf match well with turf. Grilling is a great way to enhance flavors, so you can get the most juicy flavors out of your fish and meat… and don’t forget your veggies!
Grill food is something you cannot mimic. The different types of food you can put on a grill are seemingly endless. Any kind of meat on a grill turns out as fabulous as ever once you can perfect your technique. Vegetables roast on the grill nicely as well. Grilling food is a great cooking method for traditional foods, but can also make surprisingly well cooked food out of others you might first think are good choices.
Fruits heat up well on the grill too, believe it or not. They top desserts nicely and your friends and family will be coming back for more! Ever tried grilled pineapple? Here is a recipe for Grilled Pineapple Dessert that I love. While the coals are still hot, go ahead and heat up your pineapple rings for this recipe. I like to think of it as getting the most out of my hot coals.
Perhaps you are a grill master yourself? While staying on Kauai, the north shore has some perfect vacation rental homes where you can grill out! This is a genius way to save money and still eat your delicious grill food. Invite friends, invite family. I just love coming together at meal time…