When you are coming to stay on Kauai, you want both a quality place and a reasonable price. I can understand this, as I myself live on a budget. What I like about Kamahana 12, a vacation rental in Princeville, is that it fits the bill when it comes to needs and wants.

Kamahana is an all-ground level vacation rental in a resort community in Princeville. It is a one bedroom, one bath unit hosting a queen sized bed in the bedroom and also a bonus queen sized futon in the living room. Therefore, 2-4 people could easily sleep here.

It hosts a full kitchen, and for the price of $840 per week I think the folks who stay here are coming out ahead. Talk about getting your money’s worth! That is a great deal all things considered. Oh and there is a shared pool area and BBQ. Something else I find attractive about this unit is the back patio (lanai) faces the ocean… and yes you have an ocean view! Being this close, there is a seasonal hiker’s trail to the water’s edge that can be used.

Kamahana 12 makes for a great place to call home while you are visiting “The Garden Island.” While there is plenty to do on Kauai’s north shore, Princeville is what I would call the highlight city. This is the place where you can do all of your shopping and recreational activities just about. It will be nice to be staying in Princeville for that is where a lot of the activities are. Popular beaches are just a few minutes’ drive away, as are the two golf courses. There is a children’s park nearby as well as many dining and shopping venues.

July 20, 2014 by, Lindsey

Well the school year is coming for those who have children in that age range. About a month out now. For those who attend a college, the fall semester is coming up as well. I suppose there is always summer school, too. Ok, enough about the reminders…

What I have been thinking about lately is a bucket list. You know, that list of things you want to do before you die? Sometimes I think of my bucket list in terms of years, as in, things I want to do before the end of the year. Summer is beginning to wrap up and there are still so many summer things that I want to do! It’s a good thing Kauai hosts a long, warm summer.

If Kauai is on your bucket list of places to go and explore, consider making it out here before the end of summer, or the end of the year. There is room for you, I promise.

I have always wanted to take a spontaneous vacation, book a seat on a plane and just go. I am such a planner and I get hyped up on the revving up to the event that I don’t know if I ever could do a spontaneous trip. Then again, if someone else planned it and surprised it on me (and they had all of the trip’s details worked out ) then I suppose I could go along.

What I am trying to say, is that I encourage you to check off some of those things on your life’s bucket list. Going to Hawaii is on a lot of people’s list, as it should be, and now is as good as time as any.

July 18, 2014 by, Lindsey

Well, I am still on cloud 9 a little bit for our Island rankings on Travel + Leisure Magazine’s Best of 2014 List. On that note, I thought I might share about another great beach on Kauai, Kee Beach!

Kee Beach is in Haena, on Kauai’s north shore. The beach starts the beginning of the Napali Coast, and Kee has a reef that keeps it inclusive, if you will. The reef makes for great snorkeling and swimming adventures. The water is clear, clean, and shallow for most of it. More good news: this beach is great for children and families. There is a lifeguard on duty, and there are restrooms and showers.

Where is this beautiful beach? It’s at the end of Highway 560. There is parking available, but know that this parking lot is also used by Kalalau trail hikers. If you prefer to hike, this is a great base camp; if you prefer to go in the water, go out and have a good time in the water or simply soaking in the sun and the view. Let me tell you though, the sand on this beach is divine! It is extra fine, which I love.

Guess what I just read online? Kauai has been named by the internationally acclaimed Travel + Leisure Magazine as the 3rd Best Overall Island… in the world! This is big news I think, to get this kind of recognition. Then again, when I see that sunset on the north shore, why am I not surprised? As I understand it, this is an award based on all aspects of the islands from the city life, country life, eateries on the island, etc.

I am so lucky and blessed to be able to live here. I am thankful that my life has lead up to this very moment. Living on Kauai is the greatest and I am happy to see tourists come and soak up some of Kauai. If you are reading this and have not yet come to Kauai, I encourage you to get it on your to do list… or your bucket list.

Kauai North Shore

Staying on Kauai’s gorgeous north shore is easier than you may think. There are vacation rentals available… even ground level condos with a view. It may sound unheard of, but really such a place does exist! Emmalani Court 212 is a fantastic example of this. Let me explain…

Emmalani Court 212 is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo that houses a king, queen, and twin sized bed as well as a sofa-sleeper. If you add it all up, this place sleeps 5-7 people. It is just across from the Makai Golf Course, and you have ocean views as well. How neat is that?!

The vacation rental has air conditioning, large flat screen TVs, books (yay!), games, beach toys and a cooler to borrow. It has a full kitchen and is complete with a washer and dryer. Sounds like a home away from home if you ask me.

The complex Emmalani Court 212 is in offers a nicely landscaped yard, a pool, Jaccuzi, barbeque, and a clubhouse room for any large gathering or special occasion. There is no road noise at this unit, for it sits back off the road and behind other units. If you were to step out the back patio you would hear birds and distant waves. When I was there meeting up with some old friends I am pretty sure I heard some chickens when we were out back.

For all that you get for this place, the price is very affordable if you ask me. Click on the link in this article and I have linked it to the page for more information and the calendar of available rental dates. I want to go on and say more good things about it, but I am going to call it a day on the blog. ;)

Summertime is always full of so many wonderful activities. There is bound to be something going on, on Kauai’s north shore. This coming Saturday, July 12th there is a “Super Summer Event” at the Princeville Golf Course. If you golf, this is the perfect excuse to come on out! If you do not golf, or your family or friends do not golf, not to worry. There is a craft fair, live music, a wine and beer garden, and food trucks. I hear the Princeville Golf Shop will be having a sale there as well…

All of these activities have windows throughout the day of when they will be going on:

– The craft fair will begin at 9am and end at 4pm.

– The Princeville Golf Club Shop will have their sale from 8am to 5pm.

– The events on the lawn with the food vendors and live music commences at 11am and goes until 4pm.

– Then there is one more added event from 10am to 2pm that I want to tell you about. There will be professional golf club fitters on the greens to help participants get fitted for a club. They are calling it “Demo Day.” I, myself do not golf, but I can appreciate something like this where professionals are out helping those new to the game or testing the waters on a new set of clubs. I like it when people help other people. :)

I say come one, come all, come beginners, come seasoned pros. Come residents of Kauai, come travelers alike. The more the merrier. Call the Princeville Golf Shop for more information (808) 826-5001.

July 9, 2014 by, Lindsey

What is your favorite movie? Do you know where it was filmed? You might just be surprised at how many movies have been filmed on the strikingly gorgeous landscape of Kauai.

Here are some of my favorite movies that have been filmed here:

• Avatar (2011)

• Soul Surfer (2011)

• Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Ties (2011)

• Dragonfly (2002)

• Jurassic Park (1993); The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997); Jurassic Park III (2001)

• Mighty Joe Young (1998)

• Lord of the Flies (1990)

For the complete list, click on this link: http://filmkauai.com/movies-made-on-kauai/. It encompasses all films from 1934 up to 2011.

I have been on the lookout for the next film to make this list! Just as I carry on with my day, watching the news, and going to the beach I sometimes think to myself if anyone is filming. Sometimes I see things that make me suspicious, as if folks were filming, and then I wait to hear about it later on. It’s not something I seek out, but I am mindful of it and it is sort of a little game I play by myself and keep an eye out for. While you stay on Kauai you might just see some paparazzi action for yourself. It wouldn’t be the first time that has happened here.