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I just came across this article by the Huffington Post. It is not super recent, but I found it entertaining, so I thought I could blog about it and entertain the rest of you with it. It is informational and educational after all!
It’s called: “27 Words To Learn Before You Visit Hawaii”
Feel free to follow the link above for the full article. As for now, I’d like to highlight some of my favorite words. They are my favorites off the list for a variety of reasons. Some I just like. Some are commonly misunderstood by travelers and I’d like to shed some light on them. Some words are just interesting, and some are important to know. Ok, enough of the jib-jab, let’s talk….
Mahalo. It means thank you. You will see this a lot of places, even on trash bins. It’s in context as in “thank you” for not littering.
Aloha. This is very common. It is a greeting of good intentions, feelings, and welcoming saying.
Ohana. Yes, as the Disney Lilo & Stich movie interprets it, “ohana” does mean family. Please know that ohana can mean more than family, like the relationship beyond blood, like close friends and loved ones.
Ono. Delicious, tasty, good food. When food is ono, it is very good. When you see this word near food terms, it is a good thing.
Da kine. Have you heard of a whatchamacallit? A widget? It’s like another word for thing or item.
Have a looksie at the other words on the list. Too bad the comments got closed on that article, I was going through it and enjoying the comments listed of words that were left out and other comments. Let me know in the comments below… I won’t close them.
Holiday storytelling and nutritious snacks? Oh I’m there! It’s that time of year again for Friday Nights with Santa in Hanapepe. Ok, so I’m just a little bit late to the game, as one of the Friday nights has already passed. There will be events this Friday the 12th, the 19th, and the 26th. They all start at 6:30pm and go until 8pm. For more information see the link to the flyer here: http://www.storybook.org/santa-visits-storybook-theatre-friday-nights-in-december/.
Where is it you ask? It’s at the Story Book Theatre located at 3814 Hanapepe Road. As a kind note, I do want to add that this is a free event. If you are able to give, they are accepting donations. There will be storytelling, pictures with Santa, and healthy snacks served. Please bring your own camera so you can snap your own pics and have them on-hand for yourself. If you get in soon enough, to the event this Saturday, you should be able to get holiday cards made to send out to loved ones? Just a thought.
Holiday cards are something of a tradition that I have carried on with me through my adult years. I find a nostalgia, an ambiance of sending out handwritten cards that I just love. I get to send my love to those I care about. I get to personalize each one and it is times like this when I get to share my heart with the receiving family. I love to receive cards as well! I cherish them and probably display them way too long most would consider. Holiday cards after New Year’s? Yeah, that may be extending it a bit too long, but I just love the cards and the kind words that are in them.
I want to take a moment to encourage you, yes YOU to spend time with family, friends, loved ones this holiday season. It may mean going to a Storybook Theatre on a Friday night with the family, or sending out holiday cards. It may mean baking cookies for the neighbors or inviting them over for tea, cider, or hot chocolate one evening. May your holidays be filled with love this season. I mean that in the most sincere way possible. Happy Holidays to you and yours!
It is that time of year again, for the annual Waipa Kalo Festival !
To some, this may make perfect sense. I also understand that some folks may not know what Waipa and Kalo mean. First things first. Waipa refers to the foundation that is putting on this event. The Waipa Foundation values connecting people with the land and natural resources around them. Secondly, Kalo is part of the taro plant. It is an edible, starchy, nutrient rich plant that is grown in Hawaii as well as other places around the world.
Ok, so back to the festival… this is like a strawberry festival or an orange festival, but it is a kalo festival. Get it?
The festival is for everything kalo! It is happening this Sunday, December 7th on Hanalei Bay. Activities commence at 11am and go until about 5pm. There will be live entertainment and music. It is very family friendly I might add. Some of the highlighted events include a waterslide and a recipe contest. Of course there will be other activities for kids to keep them entertained and busy.
For just $5 for adults ages 18 and up, and $1 for kids, this is an event you do not want to miss. It is an affordable price for all of the fun you get! Bring a beach blanket, sunwear, and enjoy the day on the beach and with some good community company. Proceeds benefit the Waipa Foundation.
Well, just like that it is December. We all saw it coming. After all December does come every year. On that note, breakfast with Santa is on the horizon. I just love events that extend the holiday season!
Breakfast with Santa is this Saturday, December 6th from 8am to 10am at Gaylords at Kilohana. Reservations are required… call 808-639-5656 to save your seat. Kids costs $18 to attend, and adults it is $23. This price includes breakfast, photos, and activities. This is something fun to do for your family, especially for the little ones. All proceeds support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kauai. What a good cause, and a win-win situation.
I remember going to Santa breakfast events in the past, when I was a kid. Most memories I have are from when I was an older-kid though. My family and I would go, and my younger siblings eyes would light up when Santa made his grand appearance. It was absolutely priceless to see those expressions on their faces. What a neat event to be a part of. If we are being totally honest, I do still enjoy a Santa breakfast. I pay particular attention to the younger kids. Sure, some have stranger-danger at certain ages, but for the most part the kids want to see Santa and have their picture taken.
What a way to kick of the holiday season. Come one, come all and enjoy a family friendly good time at the Breakfast with Santa event.
Hello Thanksgiving Day fans out there! If there’s one thing I like to blog about, it’s food. I also have been trying to become more active. For the sake of my health, feeling better, fitting into my clothes better, I have been trying to exercise more.
So there is Kauai’s Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day morning. It makes sense right? Exercise in the morning, then feast in the afternoon. It seems logical to me. This way when I am enjoying all of the delicious food at the dinner table, I won’t have to feel so guilty as if I have been stuffing my face all day (no pun intended with the stuffing joke!
It is a bit of an early rise, at 6:45am. It is at the Kapaa Beach Park. It is FREE! It is not too late to register either. You could decide the night before that you’d like to participate. Why? Because it is onsite registration only! Even if you wake up early Thanksgiving morning (really early I mean) you can still go and join in the turkey trot.
It is an informal, non-competitive 5k, 10k, fun walk, fun run, or bike ride course. I like that it is minimal pressure and really just something motivating to get out with a group of people to exercise. I like that the purpose is to get out there and exercise. I am not over the top competitive and it is intimidating for me to participate in things like this when others are so over the top aggressive in competing. This is not the case with the Turkey Trot.
If possible, on the flyer I saw, it suggests (or asks) that participants bring canned food for donation. Very appropriate is what I have to say about that! It is a suggestion, not a requirement. Why not though? When you are able to give, I say do it. The cans will add up.
Thanksgiving. Is. Coming.
It is the middle to end of November. It’s all downhill from here…
Where will you be this Thanksgiving? Let me share with you one option that might fit your fancy on Kauai. At the Bhakti Yoga Shack at 5:30pm is a vegan Thanksgiving celebration. Not everyone eats meat, and so this is very accommodating for those who would like to partake in a Thanksgiving meal without any animal products (and is therefore vegan).
Contact Radha at 808-551-6610 for more information. Let me tell you more about what I know though… This is a potluck-style Thanksgiving. In other words, bring a vegan dish to share with others as they will bring a dish to share with you as well. The evening starts with a meditation circle with live music, then the Thanksgiving dinner will be shared among friends. This is a family-friendly event, and everyone is welcome. What better way to spend Thanksgiving than with a group of people who are welcoming and friendly? That is something I love about Thanksgiving.
No matter where or when or how or with whom you are partaking in Thanksgiving with this season, I wish you a very happy and thankful Thanksgiving!
Sunday, November 9th from 9am to noon is a volunteer opportunity too good to pass up. I think so at least. It is the first of 4 volunteer days to help set up an educational farm and sustainable agriculture research center that will be made available to the community. It is a part of the Kauai School Garden Network that teaches hands-on, kinesthetic learning to school-aged children.
There are three locations to volunteer at:
~ Kilauea at Malama Kauai Community Farm
~ Wai Koa Plantation
~ Kalihiwai Ridge
The more the merrier! It is a free event, child-friendly too. Come one come all to get your hands dirty, make a difference, and more than likely make a new friend in the process. Residents and visitors alike are welcome to come. If you have a green-thumb, great! Come! If you do not, that is okay too. You are not responsible for keeping a plant alive, but rather just to prepare the way for plants to grow. The work and time put into this project will lead to children getting some hands-on gardening activity and education in due time. That concept alone is a glorious thing… to teach the upcoming generations about sustainable agriculture and farm education. Very cool!
These volunteer days are being organized by the community-based nonprofit organization, Malama Kauai. Find out what they are all about here: http://www.malamakauai.org/mk/
For questions pertaining to this volunteer opportunity, call 808-828-0685 and ask to speak with Megan.
So my niece the other day told me to “try new things.” That is what they were telling her at school, to eat a healthier diet I think. I agreed with her and said “yes, it can be good to try new things.” This lead to me to thinking about visitors coming to Kauai and now here I am blogging about it.
I saw the article in the newspaper and I did not have to think twice about it. Try new things, and the topic of breadfruit came up. Breadfruit? Yes, ulu. Ulu is the Hawaiian word for breadfruit, and really, yes that is the name of the fruit!
Anyway, the article I read was about a plant nursery here on Kauai and they highlighted the talk about breadfruit. See the article here if you wish: http://thegardenisland.com/lifestyles/opinion/the-ins-and-outs-of-breadfruit/article_536b27f0-51dd-11e4-a516-af10bb863938.html
Visitors to Kauai more than likely have not heard of this food. Well, it is a fruit that is very diverse and forgiving. By forgiving, I mean that it can be eaten tastefully at any stage of its development. Yes, the flavor differs, but hey, not everyone like to eat the same food varieties. In the article, there are tips on what to look for when purchasing a breadfruit, how to store it, and how to prepare it in the kitchen.
Breadfruit is notorious as well. It is energy rich with protein, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and carbohydrates. The fruit grows on trees, and the tree itself can produce hundreds of pounds of fruit each year. This fruit is a classic Hawaiian food item, and I encourage visitors to come and try it while they enjoy their stay on the island.
Ok, so the other day I shared about a family friendly fall festival on Kauai, and that started a domino or a snowball effect in my mind! I wanted to share about more Halloween happenings on Kauai. Here are my tips:
If you are staying on Kauai, as a visitor, I suggest trick-or-treating in your neighborhood. If you are staying at a resort or a hotel or something of that nature, you will be in like-company. What I am trying to say, is that trick-or-treating there will be unfruitful. Your kids will likely be disappointed. What I suggest is staying at a vacation rental and trick-or-treating in that more traditional neighborhood. That will ensure your kids are happy; on Halloween night that is part of the whole goal!
There are other community events going on. Depending on your preferences–and likely you children’s ages–there are events going on all over Kauai. From haunted houses to harvest festivals, there is something for everyone. You just have to be on the lookout for an event near you. If you want to have a night in, easy! Just pick up some candy from the store, leave your porch or front light on, and plan for trick-or-treaters to stop on by.
Happy Halloween from me to you and yours!
Fall is in the air, and I just heard of a local fall festival going on this Friday and Saturday. It’s the 14th Annual Kauai Christian Academy’s Fall Festival hosted at their campus at 4000 Lighthouse Road, Kilaueua. If you thought it, you guessed right–the school is located on the side, on the way to the Kilauea Lighthouse. If you have not been there, I encourage you to check it out and in the daylight
For little ones, this will be something special. I have family who have gone to this in years past and they have enjoyed it. There are plenty of activities:
…and Kettle Corn and Shave Ice, of course! There will also be a silent auction to benefit the school.
Halloween is just around the corner at this point, and it can be fun to extend the holiday out to the surrounding weekends. Why not, after all? This event I know is a family friendly, carnival themed atmosphere for families to dress up, come out and have a good time. On both days, the 24th and the 25th activities start at 4pm and go til 9pm.
It’s coming, so I’m blogging about it now! Coming up October 4th and 5th is the 18th Annual Coconut Festival. This festival is about all things coconut. From games to entertainment, to games and cooking demonstrations, this is the place to be that weekend! Events and activities start at 9am on Saturday, and then 10am on Sunday. It is at Kapaa Beach Park, which is next to the library.
This is an affordable family friendly event (in my opinion). Kids ages 12 and under are free, and all others it’s just $5. It is an outdoor event, so plan accordingly with sunscreen and things as you wish.
I have been to this annual event in the past, and I remember nonstop live music, hula dancers, and other live entertainment that is all family friendly. There was also a petting zoo for kids and inflatable bounce houses/obstacle course bouncers. Oh, and it’s called the coconut festival, right? There are all things coconut everywhere, too! Have you tried coconut ice cream? I highly recommend it. What about coconut pie? There’s a pie eating contest for that
There really is something there for everyone. From food to fun to history, I’m confident you will walk away from this festival knowing something that you didn’t know before. It’s part of being a lifelong learner. And I like that.
For more info on this event, check out the KBA, which is the Kapaa Business Association who is sponsoring this event. Here’s their website: http://www.kbakauai.org/Pages/coconut-festival.html
Speaking of restaurants (can you tell food is on my mind?) I thought I would share about one of my favorite and inexpensive restaurants on Kauai. I am all about good food, but I also keep to my personal budget. I can imagine for travelers that sticking to a budget might be part of the vacation plan. So let me present to you one of my favorites that is good for the wallet and good for the belly
Bubba’s can be found all over Kauai, but I frequent the ones on Kauai’s North Shore. This is not your ordinary burger place… they offer fresh, grass-fed Kauai beef burgers on their menu! See Bubba’s menu here for the serious inquirer. Let your eyes find their way to the milkshakes on the menu as well, and you will not be disappointed with their real ice cream.
This is a great place, really. Location, price, quality of the food… yes, yes and yes again! They have been in business since 1936 and are good at what they do. Bubba’s saying is “Always juicy, never greasy.” I sure like it that way. They are very a very family friendly place, and the atmosphere is just right in my opinion. Check them out in Hanalei
I’d like to give a shout-out to the restaurants on Kauai’s north shore who have gone Styrofoam (polystyrene foam) free:
Kilauea Fish Market
Build A Burger
Aloha Juice Bar
Shave Ice Paradise
Na Pali Art Gallery and Coffee
…and the list keeps growing! Feel free to comment on this post to share with everyone the other restaurants that have gone polystyrene foam free. It is a step in the renewable or reusable resources direction.
Staying on Kauai’s north shore is luxurious and beautiful. I also like it so much because of the community events and things to do. This Saturday is the Kilauea Art Night! It came up in my news feed on facebook, and I have linked that page to the phrase above.
Perhaps you do not have a facebook account. No big deal. Let me tell you more…
This event in Kilauea on Kauai is an art night with vendors, live music, tasty treats to eat and delicious drinks to drink. Have you ever had coconut ice cream? Mango? I simply cannot resist…
Anyway, it is Saturday, August 30th from 4 to 8pm. It is located at 4270 Kilauea Rd Stone Building, Kilauea, Hawaii. Some people call it art night, others refer to it as an art walk. Basically, there are monthly art walk nights on some Saturdays in the summer. This Saturday is one of them! It is a great reason to get out on the town, enjoy the weather, the community, and some great art originals. The times I have been, I always see people I know. It is a great atmosphere for both kids and adults alike.
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.
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.
Usually I am on my game and can share about some fun and interesting things to do on Kauai, but this one is last minute! I have just the thing for folks to do on Kauai’s north shore for tomorrow night, Saturday, June 21st. At Tahiti Nui, a great eatery, there will be a live performance by Guadi! They are calling it a Summer Solstice Show. After all, it is the first day of summer tomorrow.
Tahiti Nui is in Hanalei, located at 5-5134 Kuhio Highway. This public concert begins in the evening (9pm), and I suggest getting there sooner rather than later. Get something tasty to eat at Tahiti Nui like their baby back ribs, or their Garden Isle salad. They are also a cocktail lounge, so if that is something you would like to purchase, for those age 21 and up go right on ahead. Also on the menu are beer and wine.
If you are in the area, I think this would be a great thing to go to, for you night owls. If you are not in the area, it is worth your time to come on up and check out Guadi, Tahiti Nui, and the rest of Kauai’s north shore. Here in Hanalei with the bay and everything, it is not a place you should pass on through. Come on over, stay awhile!
Hanalei Bay is a gorgeous place to come and stay… and to play and learn too! Why not learn about Kauai’s history and indulge yourself into some knowledge? The Hoopulapula Haraguchi Rice Mill and Taro Farm has a tour that is just what you were asking for when you asked for an informative, historical indulgence into Kauai’s past.
The tours are by appointment only, so follow the link to get connected and set your tour date with the good people at the Haraguchi Rice Mill (www.haraguchiricemill.org). Or you can call them at (808) 651-3399. While I’m at it and looking up their exact information, here is their address too: 5-5070 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI 96714.
So this facility is part rice mill, part taro farm. There used to be acreage that supported rice, but that has since turned into an active taro farm. What is taro you may ask? Taro (or kalo) is a plant that produces what is called “poi.” Poi is a common staple food on Hawaii. From what I know about it, it is very nutritious, hypo-allergenic, and gentle on sensitive tummies. I know some who have used it as a milk substitute even. Ok, perhaps you know a bit more about taro now.
I do not want to give away all of the neat and interesting facts about this family owned farm, but I will tell you that you will not regret going! For the tour, dress accordingly and be prepared to get your shoes wet or maybe even muddy. This is a hands-on, interactive, and very informative tour. I was able to appreciate the Haraguchi’s dedication and work ethic to this historical place as they continue to farm this precious land.
Well, I sit here now having a quiet evening at home. It was a busy day for me on this Mother’s Day. I got to be with my mom most of the day and spend some quality family time with her. It was a relaxing day in that there were no demands on me, nor were there on her. It was a day of rejuvenation and time invested into our relationship. Now that I am an adult (and have been for some time now,) we have become good friends, my mom and me. It is neat to look back and see that shift in our relationship from parent to child, from friend to friend. Do not get me wrong, I will always be her baby girl she tells me, but it is different now that I am an adult and I am pioneering my own path in life.
First we started the day off with sleeping in. Yes, a lazy start. It was rather nice. I literally had nothing on my calendar but the number 11 on the page and the tiny printed words “Mother’s Day” that came on the calendar when I bought it. My mom and I met up for lunch at The Hanalei Gourmet. It was just the right mix of formal meets affordable for me. Yes, I bought her meal! Then we went to Relish (also in Hanalei) to get a mani-pedi. I am glad I booked us an appointment when I did. After that we headed for the beach. We went for a stroll along the beach and joined up with my dad and some other family friends. It was so natural, so easy today. I like it when I have nothing on the calendar and still things seem to go just as planned. That is what made me want to blog about today. It was just so carefree, simple, and yet so perfect. I wish now I had more vacation time so I could have more days like today. Days with family and friends. I cherish days like this.
Happy Mother’s Day!
I know I have been on a foodie fix lately, as far as posts go. What can I say? We all need to eat, and so the conversation continues on. Dining out is fun. It is necessary a bit, too. There are times though, that it might be preferable to eat at home or to pack a lunch.
There is nothing wrong with eating out, it is just that homemade food can sound more appealing at times. I wanted to blog about this, for those who are staying on Kauai and visiting here as well. When you just want to have a night in, to eat at home, to prepare a meal from ingredients you purchased at a grocery store, then this is the blog to read.
Here is my tip on grocery shopping while on Kauai, for those who want to save money on their food budget. Here it is: shop at Costco. I know, I know it may not sound all that glamorous, but I have been here long enough to know where to grocery shop for bulk items.
Don’t have a membership? Perhaps now is the time to get one. There is one store on Kauai, and it’s in Lihue. For those who have been here before, they may want to stop on by the day they arrive at the airport, and then make it to their vacation rental. This way, you are prepared and can enjoy more of your time instead of doing errands and things.
Costco prices are great, and they have organic options as well, which I like. If you have a large family, a large group, or kids with you while you are staying on Kauai, I highly recommend doing a large chunk of your shopping at Costco.
Now that you will have a stocked pantry and refrigerator, you will be able to leisurely wake up at your vacation rental, make breakfast for your family, and not be rushed to the start of your day. When I go on vacation, I know I like to take my time and be in my pajamas in the morning. I like to eat out, yes! But I also like to stay within my budget and walk up to a refrigerator and grab a bite to eat.