April 21, 2014 by, Lindsey

From the condos at Sealodge in Princeville, I wanted to mention that you have a view of a lighthouse, the Kilauea Point Lighthouse off of Kilauea Road, Kilauea. It is a lovely point where lighthouse meets history and it’s an animal sanctuary. There are informative signs that tell of its history, and the lighthouse and scenery seem to speak for themselves.

For some reason people do not think about lighthouses on the island of Kauai, but really, they are here! Lighthouses serve two basic purposes: to guide ships into the shore safely, and then to warn other ships that there is land here–do not crash into it! That is the basic way I think about lighthouses.

Kilauea Lighthouse is at a nice spot on the island. From people I have spoken with, they have said that they liked visiting it the day they arrived on Kauai. If you pay the five dollars you can walk out to the lighthouse itself. It makes for a nice walk, where you can stretch your legs and smell the ocean air after a long flight.

The views are breathtaking! The photo opportunities are fantastic. I love it there. Pull out the nice camera for this, if you have one. Photos will only attempt to do this scenic spot justice though. I do not have the best camera in the world, but still, the whole sensory landscape is just too much to fit into a camera’s photo! I still try to capture the moment though. :) If you have them, bring your binoculars. Depending on the time of day and the season, you may be able to see whales in the ocean and nesting birds in their sanctuary environment nearby.

Oh–also about the tickets for five dollars per person, if you are active duty military, I know with ID you can get in for free! That includes you and your guests. Why? Because it is a national park. “Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge” is its legal name. See this webpage for more information. Not to worry if you are not in the military… plan and call ahead (808-828-1413). On select weekends admission is free, so give them a call and see what is coming up.

The ocean. Some people are just drawn to the ocean. It is what they need. It is where they like to be. When you travel to Kauai, most people will want to go to the ocean. Some individuals are drawn to the ocean and simply do not want to leave. If this sounds like you or your significant other, I suggest getting a vacation rental home near the water. Get as close to the ocean as possible. Get close enough that at night as you fall asleep you will be able to hear the waves crash and roll out. The getaway condo at Sealodge fits the bill.

Sealodge E4

This is a condo that is nestled into a small complex up on the ocean bluffs in Princeville. The water is just below the bluffs as you are perched appropriately on the cliff. The rise up on the bluffs makes it magnificent and oh so glorious! Sitting out on the lanai is so invigorating, so awakening, I just love it! Depending on the season, weekly rates start at low as $700 per week. Check and see what dates are available and what weekly and nightly rates currently are.

What you get for the price is a one bedroom one bath condo. There is a full kitchen, cable television, a laundry washer and dryer, and also a sleeper sofa. This is ideal for a couple’s getaway or for a family of four (sleeps two per bed/queen sofa sleeper). There is also a shared pool and a barbeque area onsite to share with other vacation renters.

The views! The location in Princeville! The price… it is all so attractive. Look at these pictures from Sealodge E4 and tell me how desirable this is!

April 16, 2014 by, Lindsey

Well I know Easter is coming, but this is also my birthday month! (Happy birthday to me tomorrow!) I found myself trying to be savvy online, and looking for places where I can get a free drink or a free something on my birthday. Who doesn’t like free, without compromising on quality… am I right? Anyway, since I looked up this stuff, I thought I would blog about it. Here are some freebies you can get on your birthday while on Kauai…

Starbucks. This might be common knowledge by now, but when you sign up as a gold card member (a registered Starbucks card holder) then you are in their system and are mailed a free drink car in the mail. Any hand crafted drink is yours, free! Add a shot of espresso, add another if you’d like, make it a venti, ad caramel and vanilla.. it is all up to you. There is even a story about this going too far! Read this for a laugh. I cringed first, actually.

Burger King. This only applies for a child, but hey–you gotta save money when and where you can, am I right or am I right? So when you register your child with Burger King online, you will also be prompted to enter in his or her birthday. On their birthday they will receive a free kid’s meal!

McDonald’s. I am not 100% sure, but I know that McDonald’s also does a free happy meal for kid’s on their birthday. I am just not sure if they have to be registered.

What I also witnessed, is that most places you go to eat or drink at, if you make it known that it is your birthday or your child’s birthday, folks will usually do something special. This is not guaranteed, but most restaurants will give you something. Some may ask for ID for birthday proof, and some may not. What I do know, is that it is kind to include the price of the dessert (or the free meal or whatever birthday freebie you got) to include that price in your tipping amount. It is always kind when someone brings you something special on your big day. I know I like it!

April 15, 2014 by, Lindsey

Did everyone see the “blood moon” the other night? It was a special night to see the blood moon, or the total lunar eclipse . Here is my favorite image of it. My camera phone did not do it justice, but I like this one of the blood moon. I saw it this morning on my facebook news feed.

So it came up last night just before 7pm Hawaiian Standard Time. Then close to 8pm is when it began to get it reddish, orange-ish hue. It sure was neat to see. I also like the fact that I did not have to wake up from my slumber at oh say 3am to see it. It was conveniently timed here on Kauai!

This total lunar eclipse is what everyone was and is talking about. I think it was neat to see, and I liked brushing up on my science knowledge to understand how this exactly happened. It is not the first time this has happened and it will not be the last. To my understanding , this is the first of four eclipses between now and September of next year. Pretty neat they are all clustered together like this. Next up on the calendar is April 28th’s annular eclipse. This is when the moon will partially block the sun and the sun will look like only a ring of fire. I’m looking forward to this next one!

April 9, 2014 by, Lindsey

As loyal readers to my blog know, I love fresh food. I love locally grown food. If it is organic then you know I am all in! I found out about this awesome dairy farm when I was at the Hanalei farmer’s market one Saturday awhile back. The Kauai Kunana Dairy Farm in Kilauea on Kauai’s north shore is my dream come true!

This goat dairy farm makes all kinds of products for the home, as well as food products …and they grow fresh produce. I just found out that they are starting a membership where once a week members (and seasonal members) can come pickup their box of fresh produce as well as the option to get a few other home goods such as milk, cheese, honey, eggs, baked goods, lotions and soaps made from goat’s milk, etc. The good folks at this dairy are kind and in business to sell what they have grown and created.

For those who are just passing through on Kauai, like staying at a rental on the north shore, this is a great place to go on your first day here. Stock up with fresh produce and things for your vacation home’s kitchen. They also have tours! So go get your food here and get a tour that is family friendly and interactive. It was nice to see some kids outside feeding the goats for fun. The samplings will ensure you buy their delicious goodies. They had me at hello! ;)

The folks at Kauai Kunana Diary are very earth-friendly in their practices on the farm. They have won awards and are leading the way in green and sustainable practices. I love supporting them and all they do. Now that I have done the tour, I can appreciate their business even more. I look forward to seeing them at the farmer’s market and I plan to go to Kilauea to visit or to take friends on the tour.

They are located at 4552 Kapuna Road, Kilauea, HI 96754. They do not have regular business hours, but feel free to send them an email at kauaikunanadairy@gmail.com. That is what I have done. That or I call ahead for a special order: 808-651-5046 and ask for Ryan.

Looking for things to do on Kauai’s north shore? How about kayaking? This is not the kind of kayaking that has rapids or something like that, this kind of kayaking is more like paddling around. If you are not a fitness buff, then this may feel like an upper body workout a bit… like it was for me.

Kayaking on Hanalei River is a fun thing to do, and it’s family friendly. There are kayaks for rent (that seat up to three people is the most I have seen). There are folks out there with children too, so you can bring them along if you think they are ready, good listeners, and who want to go out on the water. I have seen kids as young as about four years old, if that helps any.

There are multiple locations on the north shore to get out and on the water. Hanalei River is the one I like to kayak on. The water is easy and smooth. The landscape is breathtaking! You are bound to see wildlife such as turtles and birds. It is like an estuary out there.

With any kayaking adventure, I recommend going prepared. Sunscreen is a must, a water bottle, maybe a sunhat or other type of shade. Wear clothes that you would be okay getting wet in as far as shorts and shoes. You can bring your cell phone if you wish. There is a thing called a “dry bag” case that is available for rent at most all kayak rental shops. It is large enough to hold a few small possessions to keep dry, such as a phone, wallet, and a key ring. In case the inside of the boat gets wet, these items will be just fine. If you think this is a good investment for your lifestyle, go ahead a buy a dry bag, or bring the one you already own.

There is always something good going on in Princeville. That is part of why I recommend vacationing and staying on this shoreline town. For a family of four, Puamana in Princeville is just the right vacation rental to come and stay at. This two-story condo sleeps four people comfortably and does not miss a beat when it comes to meeting your family’s needs.

Puamana 2D is the condominium vacation rental located at 3880 Wyllie Road, Princeville, HI. It is an end unit, and you could very well call it a townhouse. At this beautiful location you will get to experience both a mountain and a tropical garden view. Oh, and the golf course is nearby too. The Anini beach path is a five minute walk away, too. Didn’t I say that this place does not miss a thing?!

It is a two bedroom, two bath condo. A king bed is in the master and a queen is in the other bedroom downstairs. Every room is furnished with linens and all of the little details that count. There are plenty of bathroom linens as well. The clothes washer and dryer there are also nice to have, for you can do your laundry on an as-need basis, and not worry about running out of clothes or returning to your home with luggage full of clothes that need to be laundered.

The kitchen is ready to go! You do need to stock it with food, but everything else you need is right there at your fingertips. This makes it easy to have your meals first thing in the morning, or late at night while the kids are in bed for example. I think having a kitchen in-home is great for families with young children who can be routy at meals sometimes, or for the person who has specialty dietary needs. Having access around the clock to a full sized kitchen is the best when you are on vacation. Not too many places can brag about that!

There is so much more that this rental has to offer: a gas barbeque, a pool onsite, a private patio, television, phone, the whole nine-yards. Rates for Puamana 2D start as low as $840 per week. That is as low as $120 per day! That is a very competitive price that will be tough to beat considering all of the accommodations this place has to offer. Feel free to call Oceanfront Realty at 808-826-6478 and ask about seasonal prices, discounts, and availability. Nightly rates are also an option–it is not limited to only weekly rates. Puamana really is a great condo to stay at while you and your family come to visit Princeville and the surrounding areas on the beautiful Kauai.