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.

August 3, 2014 by, Lindsey

Here is a darling place I wanted to blog about and share with the world, the Banana Patch Studio at Kong Lung Center in Kilauea. This is the place to go if you are looking for something homemade or hand painted. You will find a souvenir (or two or three or four) for someone or perhaps for yourself. They have home décor as well and the style is all things Hawaiian.

One of my favorite items they have are the “Hawaiian Style” little placards that say something like, “Mahalo for removing your shoes” and then you place that in the entry way of your home so visitors can see it. It is a very kind way to let them know that you would like them to enter your home with no shoes. I have seen these in people’s homes, and I like the different styles I have seen, with the hand painted images on them. Check out the Banana Patch Studio website and you can see what I am talking about. :)

Did I mention? This company is a Kauai Made member, meaning that all that they sell is made here on Kauai. I love homemade. If you are coming to Kauai and looking for something authentic from Kauai, go to a shop like this and you will not be disappointed.

Banana Patch Studio has two locations. One is a studio and gallery in Hanapepe, and the other is on Kauai’s north shore at 2474 Kaneke Street, Kilauea, Kauai. HI 96754. I looked up their store hours, too: Monday – Saturday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and then Sunday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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.