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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I just wanted to wish you all a wonderful holiday spent with your family and friends. And I hope that you will take this opportunity and tell the important people in your life just how much they mean to you. After all, while you might be thankful for them everyday, you might not always communicate that effectively. Today gives you a chance to really let them know how awesome they truly are.
Babe, if you’re reading this (which you typically don’t, but one never knows…), I am SO thankful for you. I love the man you are, the way you take care of me and still allow me my independence, and for the way you swept me off my feet. I’m so thankful that we get to spend Thanksgiving together this year and the next and the next and the next, until the end of time. Love you!
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
If you want to spend some time in Lihue during your vacation, then I can’t really blame you. While Princeville is definitely the most beautiful area of the island, Lihue is the largest town. The airport is there, along with the Veterans Center. So there will be a few craft fairs and other activities in Lihue, just like the ones I mentioned in my last two posts. And if you want to attend an activity in Lihue, then I suggest you spend a day or two on the South side of the island. What’s the best vacation rental on that side? Oh, it’s most definitely Hale Huna.
Now, I know I’ve mentioned Hale Huna before, but it’s just so nice I want to mention it again. What makes it so nice? Well, let me tell you:
Did you know that Hale Huna is on a private cul-de-sac? It’s true! This amazing 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom house is at the end of a cul-de-sac, right near the ocean.
Did you know that it can sleep 8+ people? Yep, with 4 bedroms, this house can sleep 8 adults comfortably. Plus, there is plenty of space to include extra people by blowing up an air mattress of having someone sleep on the couch. It’s a large property with lots of room to stretch out.
Did you know that there are tennis courts? Since this property is located on the greenbelt walkway of Poipu Kai Resort, you get access to all of their amenities. So you can play tennis on their courts, go swimming in their pool, enjoy their spa, and eat at the resort restaurant if you want to! All without losing your privacy or having to pay the exorbitant fees associated with staying in a tiny room at the resort.
Did you know that the kitchen is fully-equipped? Set-up in a Kauai style with shades of browns and whites, this kitchen has everything you’ll need. There are dishes, utensils, cookware, appliances, and even a center island so you can do your prep work without wasting counter space. There is even a large dining table complete with place-settings for 8.
And there’s more. This house is a short walk from 3 different beaches. It comes equipped with ceiling fans to keep the humidity of our tropical island at bay. It features 3 separate televisions with DVD players, so you don’t have to go out to find entertainment. It also has DSL and WIFI for those who need to stay in contact with home/work/Facebook/my blog while here. Plus, there is a large outdoor patio and lawn area with tables and chairs and a BBQ. What can be better?
So, if plantation style woods, intricate chandeliers, comfortable furniture, and prime placement are things you enjoy, please consider staying at Hale Huna . This house has plenty of room, allowing you to live your life and invite 6 or 7 of your closest friends. And it’s worth it.
When you’re on vacation, you don’t just want to stay in a hotel room with no space to stretch out and nothing to do. You want to stay somewhere with lots of space, some great amenities, and something to do while you’re there. And that’s why I’m posting today about one of the most beautiful homes for rent on Kauai: Taro Plantation.
This 4 bedroom, 3 bath house is massive. Each room has comfortable furniture that perfectly fits the space, owing to an excellent interior decorator. And each space in the house continues the elegant theme of natural woods, soft tones, and upscale grandeur that are so apparent when you first walk in.
Included in that grandeur are antiques from China and Indonesia, moving pieces that provide a sense of awe and cultural depth to the house. Plus, there are stained glass windows that diffuse the light and inspire with shades of joy.
The bedrooms are suites really. The master suite has a king-sized poster bed, beautiful furniture, and the most impressive bathroom I’ve ever seen, with large tiles leading into a walk-in bathing area. The other bedrooms have queen-sized beds, so no one will have to sleep in a tiny space. Owing to this, the house itself can sleep 8 adults comfortably, and one more if your guest doesn’t mind sleeping on the couch.
But the rooms aren’t the best part. The living space is substantial and comfortable. The living room has cable tv and a DVD player for quiet nights at home. Plus, the house is equipped with high speed internet, so you can bring your laptops and read my blog as you sit in your beautiful vacation home in comfort. And, best of all, there is a large gourmet kitchen that includes all of the best appliances, cookware, dishes, and utensils you will need to feed everyone you bring with you. Off the kitchen is a large dining room that seats 8 and you will find everything you need to lay out a beautiful dinner in the kitchen shelves.
And that doesn’t even begin to take the outside into account. This house is built in a secluded spot in Hanalei Valley, right past Swan Lake. To get there, you will drive through beautiful taro fields and waterways, leading to a house right in the midst of nature. Each morning, you can step out onto the spacious lanai (patio) and enjoy a cup of Kauai Coffee while you watch the waterfowl play in the water. And, if you’d like to take a dip in a refreshing pool, there is a large pool on the property where you can swim contentedly. There is even a poolside dining area, a beautifully laid out section of tile where you can BBQ (it’s a gas grill) and eat while having a pool party.
Now, this all sounds very secluded and far away from civilization, right? But fortunately, while it’s tucked away far enough to be private, this home is only a short walk away from town. Hanalei Town has just about everything you’ll need while you stay with us, from restaurants to grocery stores, from gift shops to equipment rentals. So no matter what you’d like to do while here, you’ll be close to the action. Plus, if you walk (or drive) just a bit further, you will reach Hanalei Bay, the most beautiful beach on earth.
Honestly, this house is the best of the best. However, the price is much lower than one would expect to pay for an elegant mansion home in the heart of Kauai. For only $4000 a week, you can stay in this amazing home. And sometimes they run specials, meaning you can get an even better deal on the house! It’s worth a look, right?
So if you want to come to Kauai and stay in style, please consider Taro Plantation. You will be so pampered here, you won’t want to leave!
Today, we celebrate those in our lives who have fought for our freedom and who still fight today. Today we encourage those who have given their time, their will, and their free time to patrolling our boarders, to putting their lives in danger, and to putting off time with their families in order to ensure the safety of ours. Today, we thank our veterans for their service and their honor.
Since I’ve been a little girl listening to my grandfather’s stories, I have always wanted to be a solder. He told me stories of valor, of honor, and of justice. I learned that, when the cause is just, the world can be made right. It felt good to have that knowledge. I felt safe and secure.
What I didn’t hear as a child were the stories of the war, of the fights on the bloodiest beaches, of the seriousness of the world, of how things have never been the same since. I didn’t know what it took to keep our country free, to give me the freedoms that I have to vote, to dream, to live my life, and to listen to words spoken without hindrance or limitation. It was impossible to understand then that freedom is rarely free. But I’m not a child anymore.
When I grew up, I understood the cost of dedication, the price of honor, and the sacrifice of the soldiers who lived their lives to protect mine. It was humbling. And to be honest, I wasn’t sure I could do it. While I dreamed of serving as a child, I knew as an adult that only the most dedicated could truly serve and only the most heroic could continually wear the uniform day after day, despite what those days might bring. And so I write these words as a civilian, not a brave warrior. And I pray that one day I can truly express to the soldiers in my life how much I appreciate their service, their lives put on the line for mine.
So please join me in celebrating our veterans, today and everyday throughout the year. They are the reason that we can protest wars, complain about our liberties, vote for the government we want, and achieve economic success. They are the reason we can live in freedom. They are our heroes.
Get it? Like “well that’s interesting” only I said whale. Because… it’s WHALE SEASON! ☺
(Yes, I realize that I can be a bit nerdy every once in a while, but I’m seriously excited that it’s whale season once again. So bare with me.)
Every November, we see more and more whales migrating around the island. And it brings some excitement and a sense of wonder to my world. I love witnessing the enormity of the journey, the pristine beauty of the world’s largest creatures cutting through the water, and the glistening sun bouncing off of their features as they pursue the path of their natural instincts, swimming toward the open water.
The beauty of whale season is a perfect time for island tourists as well. After all, who wouldn’t want to wake up in their home rental and look out the window to see these mammoth sea beasts bursting through the waves? They make life more splendid, especially if you have never seen a whale up close before. And, if you didn’t know, it’s good luck to have a whale surface for you. It means prosperity and happiness all year long.
So if you have been wanting to visit Kauai, now is a great time to come. There will be luaus, town events, concerts, festivals, parties, holiday cheer, and hundreds of large mammals floating through the water, waiting for a kindly tourist on a whale watching tour to meet them. It’s truly a wonderful time, this November-January season. And I hope you will all join me in celebrating right here on the North Shore, my home.
And, if you are on Kauai tonight and feel like celebrating with us, come to the Whales Homecoming Slack Key Concert at the Hanalei Community Center. The concert starts at 4pm and has a fee of $20. The music, however, is priceless and will be a gift offered to the audience by the McMasters, artists who have given their lives to the pursuit of traditional slack key and the knowledge of customs past down from generations past. They are truly dedicated musicians, histories, story tellers, and friends. I hope you’ll be able to come and witness this event in person.
Now, I’ve been recommending a lot of tours, which are fun, challenging, exciting, adventurous, and not exactly free. And if you’re worried about spending all of your vacation money on tours, please don’t. I have a simple and easy way of saving you money on your vacation. All you have to do is stay at Kamahana 18 instead of in a hotel.
Now, hotels are great. I mean, there are a million rooms, so you’ll probably get one if you ask. And there is typically a ballroom or event room downstairs where they sometimes host entertainers, for a price. But the downside is that each room is $200-$500 a night! Yikes! And if you have a large family, you might need a couple of rooms. Plus, those rooms are tiny little things with a bedroom and bathroom only. You’ll have no room to stretch, relax, and enjoy your evening.
On the other hand, Kamahana 18 is a vacation condo that you can rent per night or by the week. For an entire week’s stay, you will only have to pay $810. That’s 7 days of vacation lodging for only $810 plus tax. Can you believe it? But it gets better.
Renting your own condo means you can have privacy and a place to stretch out and relax. Instead of one bedroom and a bathroom, this vacation rental has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living room, a kitchen, a dining room, and your own private patio! In other words, you get an entire house to make your own for the week. And that house has some great amenities.
Location – Sure, a hotel might be in the city near the beach. And if you are on a high enough floor and facing the right direction, you can see the ocean. But Kamahana 18 is on the golf course with an excellent view of the cliffs and the Kilauea Lighthouse! (Which is a great place to visit, by the way. The history and beauty of the place really shouldn’t be ignored.) So while relaxing on your patio, you can star out into the ocean’s soothing blues and enjoy the manicured greens.
Size – If you have kids, this place is perfect. You’ll have your own master suite with a Queen-sized bed and a private bathroom, so you get some privacy during your stay. And your kids can share the other bathroom and the 2nd bedroom, which has 2 twin beds. Plus, there is a family area with a kitchen, dining room, and comfortable living room furniture to hang out during the day with your kids and watch TV.
Extras – And if the price, location, and size aren’t selling points on their own, keep in mind that you will also have access to a fully-equipped kitchen. This means that all the utensils, dinnerware, cookware, and appliances you’ll need are right there, waiting to be used. The laundry room has a washer and dryer, so you don’t have to worry about taking a bunch of dirty clothes home in your luggage. And there is free high speed internet, so you can check my blog for fun activities and festival ideas while you’re here!
Do you see why this condo is SO much better than a hotel? And it’s clearly a WHOLE lot cheaper. So if you want to go on a bunch of tours or spend your money on nice restaurants in town, you can!!
It’s always important to use your money wisely. And renting a condo is a great way to accomplish that.
Now I realize that the last activity I wrote about was in Lihue. And while I don’t normally recommend staying on the South-East side of the island, sometimes it’s handy to be close to an activity you plan to attend. And while I don’t recommend staying in Lihue (it’s loud and busy and not usually private), I can recommend a great vacation rental home in Anahola, north of Lihue: Anahola Aloha Beach House.
So what makes this beach house special? Well, the view is probably its most dominant feature. And I’m not just talking about the interior view of amazing architecture and aesthetically pleasing design. No, I’m referring to the fact that this house is directly on the beach. Yep, that’s right. Your view is of palm trees and sculptured lawns reaching down to the white sandy beach and crystal clear waters.
At this beach home, you will be an extremely short walk away from Anahola Bay. This is a wonderful beach for swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, and other water sports. That’s because there is a protective outlying reef that keeps the water from being too choppy. There is even a lifeguard on duty at Anahola Beach, though that is closer to the public beach side. And from the sand itself, you will have an amazing view of the mountains of Kalalea.
Of course, the interior of the home is just as important as its location. After all, the location can be perfect but, if you don’t have a comfortable place to relax, you won’t enjoy your vacation nearly enough. And we do want you to enjoy your stay. So, let’s talk about amenities.
This vacation home is comfortable, modern, has custom wooden features, and has an amazing kitchen. The kitchen is filled with white appliances that perfectly off-set the wooden cupboards. And everything else you’ll need to eat a meal in the home (from cookware and utensils to dishes and a large dining room table with linens) are included. So you’ll have no problem making meals and enjoying the conveniences of this modern house.
There are four bedrooms and three bathrooms, meaning there is plenty of space for a large family or a group of friends to come and spend the week. Two of the bedrooms are suits that include a King-sized bed and full bathroom. The other two rooms have queen-sized or Double beds and they share a bathroom. There is also a sofa-sleeper in the living room, so you can bring extra friends. In total, this vacation home can sleep up to 11 people comfortably. But wait – there’s more.
There is a living room where you can relax and unwind during the day, but there is also an entertainment room that has a flat screen TV with DVD player. And while there are TVs with DVD players in all the guest rooms, this is a great room for getting together for a movie night.
And don’t worry about running out of clean clothes. This home has its own washer and dryer, so you won’t have to pack so much stuff. (This will leave plenty of room in your luggage for souvenirs and will also allow you to clean all of your clothes before you go home, meaning less work once you return to your real life.) There is also a private hot tub on the lanai, so you can relax under the stars each night while sipping wine and dreaming of a quiet life.
And, this is the best part, you can stay here for only $3500 a week! This means that each person on this trip will only have to pay $45/night to stay at a mansion home with a hot tub on an amazing Kauai beach. Seriously! Finding a hotel like this would cost $1000 a night! Can you say “Amazingly Good Deal!” (Of course, this is the price during October only. During the summer and during Thanksgiving week, the price is $4500, and during Christmas/New Years, the price is $5500. So plan your trip accordingly.)
Now, can you see any reason why you wouldn’t want to stay here? I can’t. So come and enjoy yourself… and bring your friends!