Kauai Info Blog

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

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.

June 29, 2014 by, Lindsey

Kauai has been named by USA Today readers and 10Best as one of the top best U.S. Islands of 2014! I am a bit shocked that none of the other Hawaiian Islands were named on this list. It doesn’t surprise me that Kauai made the top ten though! Way to go, Garden Island!

I read the article by USA Today, and for 2014 Kauai came in 8th place. When you stop and think about how many islands there actually are in the United States, it makes eighth place sound great! According to the U.S. Geological Survey, there are 18,617 named islands that are a part of the U.S. and its territories. The excerpt the article explains on Kauai, explains that Kauai has some of the most dramatic natural scenery in the country, from cliffs and deep gorges to waterfalls and the coastline. The beaches are seemingly on another realm of their own greatness and glory. The underwater world surrounding the island is colorful and attractive to divers from all corners of our planet.

I am so proud that Kauai made this list! I am not surprised, but I am mostly humbled at this honor. It was a reader’s choice vote that lead to this conclusion. Kauai is a gorgeous place to visit, travel, explore, and to live. I am so thankful to call this place home. I try and make a point to cherish each day here. For those who have not yet visited this famous island, I highly suggest flying out. You may fall in love with it and wish to never leave, you may make it a point to have an annual family and friends trip to Kauai, or maybe, you will keep Kauai in the back of your mind for a vacation wedding spot. No matter the reason, I hope for your sake that you can come and experience Kauai in all of its glory.

June 23, 2014 by, Lindsey

Going on a vacation to Kauai is wonderful thing. A great time is had by all, really. I heard about a way to make it even *that* much better, and now I just the article to prove it. I knew it was a trending thing to do, but I wasn’t sure how it was really going.

So what am I talking about? Well, the Kauai Humane Society allows people to borrow a shelter dog during their stay on the island. How neat is that?! That’s right, you can borrow a shelter dog from the local animal rescue group. If things work out well, really well, vacationers and their furry friends might just be on the same flight back home!

I think it is just so neat that this borrowing program is going on, and then pets can more likely than not, find their forever home. A simple little field trip can turn into a lifelong friendship. The program is called “Shelter Dogs on Field Trips.” Please follow the link here: http://kauaihumane.org/volunteer/dogfieldtrips to find out more about it.

There are more a more stories coming out of visitors falling in love with these animals (especially the dogs). Just like how I was mentioning the win-win situation with the sea turtles, this is a win-win situation for the animals and for the vacationers. At the very minimum, this program allows for dogs to get some life experience and lets them live a little on the island. Just how you, the vacationer, may be living a little too. ;)

June 21, 2014 by, Lindsey

And here we are. Summer! Yes, yes, yes maybe you thought it already was summer, but now you can officially say it is summer. June 21st rolls around and well, there you have it. Summer Solstice! Happy longest day of the year everyone (in daylight hours that is). From here on out the daylight hours will be getting minutely less and less.

With summer on my mind, all I can think about is the beach! When you are an island as beautiful as Kauai, I find myself day dreaming of the beach often. When I am not on the beach, I am thinking of it pretty often. Just being honest!

With the summer months drawing people to vacation here on the lovely Garden Island, I thought it a good idea to share something that I care a lot about. Wildlife. There are turtles that call Kauai their home. It is in the best interest of beach-goers, and for that of the turtles, that they be viewed from a distance. Do not harm or go near these creatures. I was just reading in an article about how sea turtles are legally protected by both the state of Hawaii and by the federal government.

If you see a sea turtle in the water, get out of the water and view from a distance until you are certain the turtle has left. When you see a turtle on-land, do not touch them. Turtles come onto shore to bask in the sun and/or to lay eggs. Be mindful of turtle nests and do not touch or harm them. These are basic pointers on how to deal with a sea turtle upon seeing them. If anything, stand back, watch, and take some great pictures! That is what I would do.

Most beach goers know about wildlife (particularly sea turtles) and know to respect these magnificent creatures. For those who have not seen a turtle onshore like this, be mindful of their whereabouts and help young children to learn what to do. It really can be a great win-win time when a turtles comes up on shore and both the animals and the people are respectful of the others.

June 10, 2014 by, Lindsey

If you do not know what this coming Saturday is, please keep reading. It is that time of year when state-wide we celebrate Kamehameha! King Kamehameha, or Kamehameha the Great, was the one who conquered the Hawaiian Islands and established the Kingdom of Hawaii back in 1810. I do not consider myself a history buff, but I do know the basics!

Anyway, this weekend is the time we honor, reflect, and celebrate those who have pioneered the way before us. There will be a floral parade procession down streets in Lihue, near the airport. In the parade, the Kamehameha Court arrives typically on horse. This is pretty neat to see people on horseback, all decorated with traditional satin garments, and also the horses flaunting handmade flower leis.

This event begins at 9 am and usually it is an all-day event, as I recall from years past. There will be live entertainment, crafts to do, food to eat, drinks to drink, and demonstrations to see. For those visiting Kauai, I encourage you to strike up a conversation with someone about Kamehameha day and see what their plans are. There are events going on all over the Hawaiian Islands this weekend in honor of Kamehameha Day.

One thing I love is a good book. Kauai has a handful of public libraries across the island, but the one I regularly visit is the one in Princeville. It’s located at 4343 Emmalani Drive, Princeville, HI 96722. The Princeville Public Library always has something going on it seems! And I love it!

This summer has kicked off with their summer reading program for all ages, from toddler to adult. I signed up and have begun my reading log. ;)

For those who are staying on Kauai’s north shore, stop by the library most Friday’s from 10:30am-11am for Toddler Story Time. This is perfect (and free) for those who are looking for ways to stay active with a toddler while staying on the island. I have been in the library during a story time and they sing songs, do finger-play type of games, and books are read. I think it is a great way to promote early literacy and social skills.

Mark your calendars for the library’s encore performance of “Peter Rabbit and the Garden.” Saturday, June 14th at 10:30am there will be a special encore presentation. I need to check with my family, but I want to take my niece to it.

Since I was a kid I always loved the library, from the books to the special events that were held there. Good times and good memories! While you are visiting Princeville this summer, why not check out the public library? I highly suggest it, no matter what age you are.

So I was skimming through my facebook news feed and I came across this article, entitled, “Kauai Is Called The Garden Island — Here’s Why (PHOTOS).” I will be the first to admit that I am not the world’s greatest photographer, and so I would like to share these photos with you all!

Check out this article to get a good glimpse of these gardens here. The panoramic, bird’s eye view pictures are fantastic! They are all by Cameron Brooks Photography. They specialize in aerial view photographs. You will want to maximize your window on your computer so you can really see these images as big as possible.

Kauai is one of Hawaii’s less populated islands as compared to Maui, the Big Island of Hawaii, and Oahu. It is not ALL country, but there sure is a lot of great greenery here! I find that all the more attractive to live here, for I am a bit more on the introverted side. I like to socialize but I also like my peace and quiet–my alone time. There are approximately 66,000 residents on Kauai this article reports. That sounds about right to me.

May 15, 2014 by, Lindsey

The other night I was posting on Lumahai Beach, and I wanted to share about outdoorsy favorite of mine. Wailua Falls. I do not make it over to Lihue too often, but if you are traveling to Kauai and coming through the airport in Lihue, make this stop on your way to or from the airport. You will not be disappointed…

Wailua Falls is located at Maalo Rd, off Hwy 580, Lihue, Kauai, HI. It is not far “off the beaten path” it is very doable really. There is a small parking lot just next to the base viewing point of the falls. It is right there! You can lookup photos online of the falls, but until you are there and experiencing the falls and hearing them with your own ears for yourself, then you have not truly experienced it in my opinion.

There is something I just love about nature and being outdoors. It encompasses all five senses and unites them into one big experience full of life! The sights are extraordinary. Not something most people are used to seeing every day. I think pictures hardly do it justice. Then again, I think this about most sights on Kauai and across the globe. Then talk about the fresh smell! Oh the plants all around and the water in the air… that’s one of my favorite things to smell. Then the sensory experience of touch: the dew in the air and on your skin is very awakening. The sound is soothing. I have found that almost any type of water sound is calming for me though, from waves, to falls, to rivers rushing, etc. And what about taste? Well you could stick out your tongue and taste the dew there, or you could buy some bread from the lady nearby (can you say yummy?).

Whenever I am in Lihue, I take a small detour out of my route to stop by the falls. I was there this past week and I thought I should blog about it. :)

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.

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!

March 26, 2014 by, Lindsey

Today, March 26th, is a special day and a state-wide holiday for Hawaii. Today is Prince Jonah Kuhio Ka-lani-ana-`ole’s birthday! For short, he has been nicknamed “Prince Kuhio.” He was born in 1871 on Kauai, and in his adult life he played a major role in Hawaiian politics. He was born a royal, and was also elected as a delegate to the US Congress. For a more thorough bio on Prince Kuhio, read more here.

What I really want to share about it all of the events going on today in honor of Prince Kuhio Celebration Kauai 2014! If you are on Kauai, you already know that some events have started and the festivities usually span a week or two around his birthday.

There has been a Prince Kuhio Rodeo with barrel racing, goat tying, bull riding, breakaway roping–the whole deal.

At the National Tropical Botanical Garden there was a special guest, Kupuna Mele Brewer, who shared about the art of hula, how to make a lei, and she also shared Hawaiian proverbs.

Other festivities in honor of Prince Kuhio include good food… the Plantation Gardens Restaurant held a royal dinner there earlier last week.

On Saturday there was the annual Prince Kuhio Commemorative Ceremonies with the royal order of Kamehameha at Prince Kuhio Park.

The Garden Island Canoe Racing Association help a long distance race too, in the Prince’s honor. Afterall, he was one to help promote and make a way for Hawaiian canoeing to have its place.

And today, on his actual birthday, at the Kauai Museum they are having a special celebration there.

If you are still interested in joining in on the festivities, at Anahola Beach Park this coming Saturday the 29th there will be a *free* celebration, open to the public. It will be a good time for everyone, I am certain of it! :D Happy Birthday Celebration Prince Kuhio!

March 6, 2014 by, Lindsey

Traveling with children and other special needs people require more resources and equipment for everyday activities. I can understand that when it comes time to travel, you cannot bring everything with you. There is only so much you can pack and fly with. You may want to bring every little thing and every big thing including the kitchen sink, but really you do not need to. I want to share with you Ready Rentals. The lovely people at this company offer rentals of items to people anywhere on Kauai.

For example, say you are staying at a vacation rental and you checked with the property management to see if there is a crib or not. Or maybe you have an elderly person who occasionally needs a wheelchair. This company, Ready Rentals, are the ones to call upon when you find yourself needing an item or two to rent during your stay. They rent out cribs, strollers, rollaway beds, wheelchairs, and beach accessories at weekly and also daily rates. I think it is all very affordable… especially considering the alternatives of going without of buying new.

They offer solid wood cribs for rent with mattress and bottom fitted sheet. Bumpers are an additional charge if you choose to rent that as well. They also have portable cribs, also known as pack-n-plays with the bottom fitted sheet provided. These folks pay attention to the details so that the customer is not left high and dry.

Now for strollers they have quite the variety. Single and double jogging strollers work best on the sand. There is also a lite rider stroller and a tandem double stroller. Prices for strollers and all other items can be rented per day or at per week prices. They are really, very accommodating.

On the topic of children, Ready Rentals offer more infant and toddler equipment items for rent. They have high chairs, booster chairs, baby swings, baby gates, exersaucers, bed rails, and baby frame backpacks. You can just imagine how useful and handy it would be to have these items during you stay on Kauai. If I had a child, I know I would be eyeing that backpack for some hiking outings!

There is a twin sized rollaway bed that can be rented. Full linens can be rented at an additional price too. This is great for vacation rentals that you are going to be staying at and you are just in need of another spot for the last person to sleep. There are two different types of wheel chairs for rent as well. Now for beach accessories, there is quite a variety of goodies there.

Check out Ready Rentals to make your Kauai stay just perfect for those additional resources you will be needing. Renting as opposed to buying is a good way to save on costs while not depriving yourself or your group from enjoying their time. Ready Rentals delivers and picks up. Follow the link I added and click on “Order Form” to place your order, or you can give them a call at 1-800-599-8008.

February 18, 2014 by, Lindsey

Grilling is a popular way to cook food. I love to grill food. I am not the greatest chef nor grill master, but I sure do try! Grilling food is a great way to cook food. Think about it… there is a recipe to follow but it is not quite as technical as baking. Baking is an edible science experiment. Grilling is much more forgiving. Once someone gains enough experience in grilling, that person is worth his or her weight in gold. Let me tell you the grill food on Kauai is worth its weight in gold! So divine.

Now, grill food is a comfort food to most people. There are classics that are cooked on the grill like burgers, fish, vegetables, and more. Comfort food does not necessarily mean hearty and overly-filling, either. Kabobs are one of my favorites to grill. It makes for such a nice medley of meat meets vegetables. What beautiful colors, too.

Another way to mix it up is by having some grilled surf and turf. This is a way of mixing and matching meat combos to cover the whole flavor spectrum to meet your fancy. By having complimentary flavors, you will be making a marvelous spread for you and your guests to enjoy. Just like “sweet” pairs with “salty” nicely, so does surf match well with turf. Grilling is a great way to enhance flavors, so you can get the most juicy flavors out of your fish and meat… and don’t forget your veggies!

Grill food is something you cannot mimic. The different types of food you can put on a grill are seemingly endless. Any kind of meat on a grill turns out as fabulous as ever once you can perfect your technique. Vegetables roast on the grill nicely as well. Grilling food is a great cooking method for traditional foods, but can also make surprisingly well cooked food out of others you might first think are good choices.

Fruits heat up well on the grill too, believe it or not. They top desserts nicely and your friends and family will be coming back for more! Ever tried grilled pineapple? Here is a recipe for Grilled Pineapple Dessert that I love. While the coals are still hot, go ahead and heat up your pineapple rings for this recipe. I like to think of it as getting the most out of my hot coals. :)

Perhaps you are a grill master yourself? While staying on Kauai, the north shore has some perfect vacation rental homes where you can grill out! This is a genius way to save money and still eat your delicious grill food. Invite friends, invite family. I just love coming together at meal time…

January 25, 2014 by, Lindsey

Before I came to live on Kauai, I visited it. I had many questions about it and I wanted to be prepared for my stay. I would assume that many of you lovely folks who have not yet visited Kauai have some questions about your upcoming trip. Please let me help you along, and answer some of those burning questions that you may have. Consider this a FAQ. :)

You may be wondering, “When is a good time to visit Kauai?” Anytime is a good time! The weather is good and it makes for a fantastic vacation spot all year round.

Allow me to answer the question, “When and where can I see whales?” Good news–we are in prime time whale watching season right now. Humpback whales begin arriving just off of Kauai’s shores in December and can still be seen through until April. Also, you can see whales from aboard boats or from the beach.

On a more practical note, you may be wondering, “What clothes to pack/wear for my trip?” Great question! Pack comfortable summer clothes. Casual attire. For ladies, dresses, skirts, shorts and capris are all suitable with casual tops. Tee-shirts are fine, and swimwear is a must to pack! For gentlemen, leave the suits and ties at home unless you are on a business trip or something. Collared shirts or Aloha shirts are acceptable for just about every outing. Slippers/Flip-flops/Sandals are accepted at most every establishment with the exception of some clubs. I suggest packing hiking shoes if you plan to hike any of Kauai’s trails. If you forget something, do not fret, Kauai has stores and malls to provide what you need.

“Is there easy banking access on Kauai?” Yes. ATM’s are frequent and there are full service banks as well.

You may also be thinking about renting a car. “Do you need a car to move about on Kauai?” No, you do not need a car but it would be nice for your convenience to have one. You can also get around by shuttle, taxi, or tour bus. My suggestion lies more with what you plan to do when you get here, and how much of the island you would like to see.

I hope you find this information helpful. Please comment below if you have questions that you would like me to respond to. I will do more of these FAQ posts to help you plan and prepare for your upcoming Kauai vacation.

January 24, 2014 by, Lindsey

Hawaii is a beautiful place to go and stay. You may have already figured that out either through seeing pictures online, looking in a travel guide, or by coming and staying on Kauai. I thought it would be nice to take some time to reveal some interesting facts about Hawaii and Kauai in particular.

Hawaii is known as the “Aloha State,” and very fitting, the state motto: “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.”

Hawaii’s soil is fertile, and so tropical fruits and vegetables grow very well here. Hawaii grows pineapples, bananas, nuts (macadamias are my favorite), coffee (my other favorite) just to highlight a few items. Cane sugar is also another primary agricultural crop that Hawaii grows.

The state flower is the Yellow Hawaiian Hibiscus. It is very popular and pretty. If you cannot picture it in your mind’s eye, you are sure to recognize it after someone shows you a picture or you see it live and in person.

The state fish is the Humuhumunukunukuapua. Can you say that three times fast? I can! It is also known as the Hawaiian Trigger Fish. Check out its neat lips and colorings here. Hawaii’s state animal is the Humpback Whale.

Kauai has some pretty awesome facts too. It is known as, “The Garden Isle.” That makes sense for there is a significant amount of greenery here along with the numereous state parks on Kauai. The climate is comfortable at 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit. Ocean temperatures are 72-80 degrees Fahrenheit … year round! In my opinion, this makes Kauai a very desirable spot to come and visit no matter the time of year. Anytime is a good time! :D

Kauai is my favorite. I do live here so I have a bit of a bias! Kauai has more hiking trails and more miles of beaches than any of the other Hawaiian Islands. Another admirable fact that I relish in, is that buildings cannot be taller than four stories. Why, do you ask? That is the maximum height of a coconut tree. I like that.

January 11, 2014 by, Lindsey

Today I participated in something I had not yet done yet while on Kauai. I went to the 4th Annual Welcome Home Whales Celebration. I have been all about the new year, new beginnings, and trying new things. This was a first and I hope I can attend the celebration next year. I will let you blog followers know in advance. It is not too late to see some whales though–it is whale watching season–one of my favorite seasons next to summer. ;)

Just at the lookout on Kuhio Highway next to Kealia Beach a group of us gathered to welcome the whales back home. Whales migrate and by this time of year they are back visiting Kauai–their breeding grounds. I was told as many as 6 pods of whales return to Kauai to breed . Whale season as you may know is December to May, so to have the event in January the whales are typically all here. That is my understanding at least.

At the ceremony it is a relaxed, calm, and peaceful environment. The welcoming celebration was fluid with music and prose. It is a time for individuals to express themselves and their appreciation for whales. One man played the didgeridoo with a whale painted on it. There were songs and poetry read also. I loved the progression of it all. It was a time of such serenity. I am thankful there are events like this going on, spreading knowledge, increasing awareness for whales’ sake, and to celebrate the cycles of life in nature.

I encourage you to do some whale watching out by the water while we are still in whale watching season. It is thrilling when you get to see a whale breech over the water. They are majestic creatures and you cannot help but appreciate nature and the world around us when you witness something as extraordinary as that.

Have you ever heard of Kalo? Honestly, not a lot of people have. But have you heard of Taro? This term is a bit more common, but both refer to the same plant!

Here on Kauai, Kalo is a very important crop. It was first brought to the Hawaiian islands in 300 different varieties, each of which was different and relatively unique. Today, there are only 100 varieties grown amongst the islands, with quite a few varieties growing right here on Kauai. (After all, we’re the garden isle, right? We have the perfect weather for the Kalo crop!)

The type of Kalo we grow tends to grow best in tropical environments where it can get plenty of water. Here on Kauai, lush vegetation is easy to grow because the mountains bring the mist and the light rains throughout the year. So growing Karo is easier for us than it is for most. Plus, we also have lo’I, which are kalo patches sustained by constant flows of water. (If you want to see such a place and how the irrigation systems work, take a tour of one of our Taro/Kalo plantations. You will be amazed at the engineering involved!)

Now, if you’ve ever eaten Kalo/Taro, then you might have an idea of how it is grown and cooked. But for those of you who don’t know, these plants are long-stemmed with big rounded leaves. They are planted invidiually in the ground, not found as a bush or a tree. And they are poisonous.

Yep. Poisonous. ☺

Of course, we don’t eat them in that state! You see, the leaves need to be plucked off and the root must be WELL cooked in order to remove the calcium oxianate contained in each one. (If you try to eat Kalo raw, you will be in for an unpleasant surprise when your mouth feels like razors are slicing it to pieces and starts to burn. Not good.) In fact, those who harvest Kalo must be very careful as well. They use gloves so the roots don’t irritate their hands.

I’ve often wondered who it was that first looked on such an unpleasant little plant and said, “I bet it wouldn’t be so bad if I cooked it.” Yep. Brave human being, that was. But now we eat Taro/Kalo all the time. It has become a part of our histories and our traditions.

AND, in order to celebrate the amazing plant we call Karo, we are having a FESTIVAL!

This Saturday (December 7th) we will be having our 4th Annual Waipa Kalo Festival! The Festival will run from 10am-5pm and is only $5 for adults and $1 for children. (Entrance fees will go to support the Waipa Foundation. Look them up online for more information.) The fun will take place around the Halulu Fishpond in Waipa (near Hanalei Bay) and will include things to do for every member of your family.

For those who are educationally minded, there will be displays and histories of the Kalo plant and its uses, including demonstrations of harvesting and cooking. There will also be hands-on activities for kids, artist booths for cultural crafts, and great food made of this fabulous plant! (So if you’ve never tasted Kalo/Taro before, now is your chance!) And, of course, there will be live music played ALL DAY LONG! (What’s a Kauai festival without a little music, right?)

It really is going to be a wonderful day. So if you are in Hanalei this weekend, please come by the festival. This Saturday! Halulu Fishpond! 10-5! See you there!

This Sunday (November 17th) is the 21st Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival. The festival starts at noon and continues until 6pm with music performed in the traditional slack key style. What’s more, the festival is free to attendees! So, if you want something interesting to do on Sunday, please come!

The performance will be at Kauai Beach Resort and Spa in Kapaa, which is an over-priced hotel with a nice concert stage. And the theme this year is “Kauai Style.” So you can look forward to the sounds of Kauai and the overwhelming feeling of Aloha while you listen.

Now, the concert is indeed free. However, if you do want to donate to the Ki-Hoalu Foundation, you can. There will be a $10 suggested donation for this all day concert that will be accepted at the door, if my information is correct.

Don’t know what the Ki-Hoalu Foundation is? Well, it’s a non-profit organization established back in 2004 to help promote Hawaiian style guitar, specifically slack key. Slack key is a style of guitar playing that originated in Hawaii and is found no where else in the world, outside of those who came here to learn it. It is a part of our traditions and our culture, and it is beautiful. So if you are Hawaiian, then you know how important it is to support this non-profit and their efforts. And if you’re not Hawaiian, then you can take my word for it. It’s worth it. ☺

Now for the list of performers. Doug and Sandy McMaster will be there, of course. I’ve mentioned them on this blog several times before, as they are probably the best masters of the slack key style on Kauai. Plus, they perform often, so they are the most heard. But there will be other artists there as well, including:

Keale

Pancho Graham

Cindy Combs

Michael Keale

Stephen Inglis

Dennis Kamakahi

Bobby Moderow

Brother Noland

Norman Kaawa

Danny Carvalho

LT Smooth

Dwight Kanae

and Mike Young

So if you want a day of music and fun, please come to Kapaa (outside Lihue) for the Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival. It will be an inspiration and joy.

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.