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.

July 7, 2014 by, Lindsey

Ok, I know I just shared the other day about the acai bowl, and it lead me to thinking about other favorites I have on Hawaii. Have you ever had the pleasure of drinking POG? It is a n acronym for Passion Fruit, Orange, and Guava. It is a delicious mixture of juice and fruit puree into a tasty drink. I looked up POG and educated myself a little bit more about the product. (Click on POG nutritional facts for more detailed product information.) It is a Meadow Gold product and it can be found for sale on the Hawaiian Islands. I believe you could find it for sale online, but it may be tricky to find. I recommend buying some POG while you are staying in Kauai. Go to your local grocery, and look for it and try it! I’ve heard the saying “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” And I am going to borrow that wording and apply it to Hawaii. ;) When in Hawaii, do as the Hawaiians do. On that note, try POG!

I know it may seem silly to blog about POG, but really, it is one thing in my life that has good memories attached to it. I grew up with the drink, love it to this day, and cannot imagine some breakfast meals without it. It is like a family tradition, if you will, to have it in the house. If you are wanting the full experience of Hawaii, come on out, stay awhile at a vacation home on Kauai, and stock up on groceries for your stay. When you do go shopping, be sure to pick up a jug or a can of POG. It will be one of those nice little details that makes your trip a beautiful immersion experience.

July 6, 2014 by, Lindsey

On this beautiful Sunday morning, I’d like to share a little bit about breakfast. I have always liked breakfast foods since I was little. I really like it when we have breakfast for dinner. Have you ever done that? Well, I thought it would be fun to tell you about one of my favorite breakfast meals: acai bowls.

What is an acai bowl, you may ask? It is a tasty all in one kind of meal that is craveable at any time of the day, really. I have an acai bowl for dinner some nights. The acai bowl uses acai berries which are mashed up and purred into the consistency of a thick smoothie. You can add milk and other thinners if you’d like. Then on top goes, well, whatever you’d like! I have topped my acai bowl with granola, berries, nuts, coconut, and other fruits I have in the house. Fruit and granola seem to be the most popular on acai bowls at restaurants I have noticed.

I have learned how to make an acai bowl over the years. For newbies, I suggest going to a juice or smoothie bar and having them serve one up for you. Try it! If you like it, begin to make one at home for yourself. The technique and process will take time to get a hang of, but I know that in time you will improve (I did)!

If you are looking to try an acai bowl on Kauai, look up a nearby Jamba Juice–they have ‘em. If you nearby Kapaa, checkout the all organic “The Coconut Cup Juice Bar & Café” for one. Then, if you have tried one, like it, or are willing to give another try at home, look up some recipes online. Here is a beginner acai recipe that I have used and altered to my liking over the years. I feel like an artist when I put together an acai bowl for myself. There is an art to acai I have found. ;)