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I’ve been blogging a lot about a budget lately, so I was excited to share this FREE upcoming event! It is called Project Learning Tree (PLT). You may have heard about it. It is an educator workshop that will be held at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens Headquarters, at 3530 Papalina Road, Kalaheo, Kauai. It is next Saturday, January 31st from 9am to 3:30pm.
I did say it is free, but the event notice I saw had an asterisk, noting that there is a hold fee upon registration. Upon arrival for the workshop, that hold fee will then be returned to you. This is just to ensure attendance and hold your spot in a way. If you are on the fence about if you can make it or not, I would be sure to either clear your schedule and make it happen, or otherwise leave the registration open for another person and skip this event altogether.
So, this is an adult workshop, thus the tag line “Educator Workshop.” You will receive snacks and coffee, as well as a PLT curriculum guide for school grades K-8. There is additional information in the packet including posters and grant opportunities! This is such a great resource for educators…
Participants will be able to access the National Tropical Botanical Gardens. They will get to immerse themselves in this environment. The ability to interact and share ideas talking about PLT is one of a kind. To do it on Kauai, Hawaii is all the more fun and enjoyable. What an experience to be able to remember, treasure, and learn from.
If you are interested to register, or want to know more information (more than what I have shared) here is the link to follow: http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dofaw/education/plt/.
The Hawaiian Islands have a lot to offer. Sometimes it can be difficult to choose which island or islands you’d like to visit. Well I am a problem solver! Let me introduce you to Island Air . Here is the link: https://www.islandair.com/
This is a Hawaiian-Island-only airline that hops between islands. It travels to and from: –Lihue, Kauai –Lanai City, Lanai –Kahului, Maui –Honolulu, Oahu
Like with any other flight, they are a full-service airline. Baggage, special assistance, infants on board, travel with pets, unaccompanied minors, the whole deal… they do it all.
I can understand that if you are traveling to Hawaii that you may want to see more than just one island. Kauai MUST be on that list by the way! It comes highly recommended by yours truly. So once you have made it this far to Hawaii, I can understand wanting to travel to one or two or all of the islands. The four listed above are the major, most populated ones.
So maybe you want to visit Hawaii but you do not know where to start. Where do you begin when it comes to a place that you have heard to many marvelous things about? It can even seem a bit overwhelming at first. For those of you who are planners, here is site, supposedly Kauai’s Official Travel Site at http://www.gohawaii.com/en/kauai/. I poked around on it and it was accurate enough and easy to navigate. The pictures… oh the pictures are what always get me. Love ‘em!
Anyway, if you are thinking about, entertaining the thought, or simply wishing to visit Hawaii one day sooner or later, take a gander at this website. They refer to Kauai as “Hawaii’s Island of Discovery” and I like that. I know it as “The Garden Island” but Hawaii’s Island of Discovery is suiting as well. I like it. On this site they provide links to other places, so you can find out about topics that interest you.
It is neat how this site approaches things… for example you can search by guidebooks, regions, experiences, or you can plan a trip. I went ahead and clicked on experiences because that peaked my curiosity the most. There was quite a list to choose from, and I thought it was so neat. Do you want a romantic experience? Perhaps a wedding or a honeymoon experience? There are ecotourism, adventures, and family experiences to choose from. Very neat stuff and I like the categories of how they break-down Kauai into experiences you can make into a reality. Again, my inner-planner found it nice to think of Kauai like this, where I could plan out the experience I desire. Hmmm I wonder if I should learn more about these links and have one of these “experiences” for myself! Ha! I’m entertaining the thought
I will just come on out and say it. I am an animal lover. I have loved animals since as far back as I can remember. There was never a time when I would not be excited to see or to care for an animal. Over the course of my life I like to help out when and where I can.
That being said, I absolutely must share this YouTube video that came across my path. I want to share this to help spread the word about what people can do to help pet populations. Here is the link the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzNOXKvaOTQ
If you are unable to view the short clip for whatever reason, allow me to explain in text. The Kauai Humane Society has a Pet Transfer Program linked with Alaska Airlines. The basic idea is that puppies, kittens, dogs and cats that are living on Kauai who are not adopted out are able to fly to shelters that have high adoption rates on the mainland. Very cool, right?!
So why it is important to spread the word, is that the Kauai Humane Society is looking for volunteers to escort the animal during the flight. When it is time to check-in for your flight, a volunteer will meet you with the dog or cat. Then on the other receiving side of your flight, a volunteer will meet you there to pick up the pet. Escorts are what they are looking for and needing! Oh, and for those flying Alaska Airlines this is pre-arranged and they have successfully completed these trips before.
There are high adoption rated shelters across the United States, but for purposes of the Pet Transfer Program on Kauai, they are seeking escorts who are flying into one of the following airports: Oakland, California; Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington. If you are on a non-stop flight to the mainland, give the Kauai Humane Society a call and see if you can help! Here is their phone number for more info: 808-632-0610.
My mom always taught me that it never hurts to ask. I’d go ahead and ask on this one if you have a non-stop Alaska Airlines flight leaving Kauai going to your final destination.
New year. New beginnings. Fresh starts. I love the feeling of a new year. It make me feel like I just got a haircut, or just got the house cleaned or something. Is it just me or does a new year somehow feel refreshing?
I saw this post today in my news feed on Facebook, and it reminded me yet again of that new beginnings feeling. Check out the photo by Mike Williams. It was taken today at the Kilauea Point Natural History Association. The lighthouse in the back ground is Kilauea Point. It is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Of course the whale in the photo is just minding his or her own business in the water, but regardless I like the whale and the lighthouse in the backdrop.
To learn more about Kilauea Point, visit their website at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/kilauea_point/. There is an easy to navigate section for visitors, seasonal wildlife, an about page and more. The whale photo–I know I keep going back to it–but it sure is a majestic image to behold. It is not every day you get to see a whale do that. Of course it is more common to see that off of Kauai’s north shore coast than other places I suppose!
Hope you and yours had a happy new year! And may this year be a happy year indeed.
Did you hear the one about “The Biggest Loser?” The episodes are airing now of the weight loss contestants competing and training on The Garden Island. They call it “Kauai, Biggest Loser Style.”
If you have not seen or heard of the popular television show, that is okay. It is a weight loss show where people’s lifestyles are turned upside-down and they are taught new healthy habits of both exercise and diet. The contestants train all week long, and then once a week they weigh-in to measure progress. What makes it a game is that the person who is not performing the best in term of percentage of body weight loss, they get eliminated each week. The last person at the end of it all who has lost the most total percentage of weight is deemed the biggest loser. They win cash prizes too I think, so that is the extra incentive to win, next to getting fit and healthy.
If you want to see what I am talking about, NBC airs the show and you can see the first Kauai episode at this link: http://www.nbc.com/the-biggest-loser/episode-guide/season-16/kauai-part-1/1613
Note it says it’s available for viewing until the end of February 2015.
So what I am excited about is that the show has come to Kauai to film and have their contestants train on the white sandy beaches and everything. The video footage is breathtaking. You’ll get to see the terrain of Kauai like you may have never seen it before. The views and the footage they got is pretty amazing. I’m just not used to seeing the island from the views the producers and videographers have captured!
Oh–and what the contestants do is all pretty amazing. They get to stay two weeks on Kauai, and I read that they are on the beach working out, kayaking, and facing some inner emotions rope swinging and rappelling down a waterfall. Very fun stuff and I will be tuning in to see how everything goes…
This lovely announcement popped up in my facebook news feed and I wanted to share it with you all! At the Healthy Hut Market & Cafe in Kilauea, HI they are having samples, giveaways and demos as a way of customer appreciation TODAY from 11am to 4pm. This is for today, Thursday December 18th only.
If this is the first time hear of the place, then trust me, this is the absolutely perfect time to come and try it all out. If you have been going here for forever, you know this too is the perfect time to come out and join in the fun. It is a juice bar meets a health market. Healthy Hut Market & Cafe has fresh, organic foods to indulge in. And trust me, oh I indulge!
It’s located at 4480 Ho’okui Road, Kilauea, HI. Here is the Healthy Hut Market & Cafe yelp page too, if you want to get some more feedback from others who have visited there. (Four out of five stars is pretty good!) They have been in business for over two years now, and I foresee them having many more to come. The kind people there are doing a great job, and they are providing me something I am a bit passionate about: health food.
By health food I do not mean diet foods or low cal this or that. I mean they have real, wholesome and fresh food that nourishes your body. They are a store that sells natural products and they promote local farmers markets. Do not even get me started on the GMO food topics either… these folks understand what foods are actually good for you. I need more Healthy Hut’s in my life.
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.
I have some great news for Kauai residents and visitors alike. The North Shore Shuttle service has launched earlier this month, and this is such welcoming news.
For residents, this is a shuttle/van system that can conveniently take you places where you want to go. For visitors, this may be even better news! When I travel somewhere new, I don’t know the land, the roads, even a general sense of direction for me is completely gone. My family jokes about this with me, and I have come to laugh along too. So if it were me coming to Kauai, I would be so very thankful for someone else to shuttle me around!
The shuttle service runs on the North Shore, and moves about between Princeville, Hanalei, Wainiha, Haena, and Kee. Fares for visitors are just $2 each way, and residents are charged $1. This is very reasonable… I like it for it is paid transportation and navigation all in one! Experience Kauai is the name of the shuttle service. There are two shuttles and one runs from 6am to 6pm and the other, from 9am to 9pm.
To see the full tours and shuttles schedule, check out their main website at http://kauaishuttles.com/tours-and-shuttles/. You can better see where the shuttles go to and from, as well as see their airport shuttle service. They offer 14 seater vans for most of the commuting, not a bus. They so on-call shuttle service, as well as plan-ahead appointments. I personally vote for the latter, as I am such a planner. This will likely ensure reduced fees instead of doing a last minute call for a higher price if you know what I mean…
Happy October everyone! I saw this in my news feed on facebook and knew immediately I’d like to share it on my blog. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152890147871756 to NPR’s time lapse video of what the total eclipse of the moon will look like Wednesday morning at different time zones. If only they had Hawaiian Time on there! That is okay, Hawaiian Time Zone is three hours prior to the Pacific Time Zone.
In order to see this upcoming eclipse, Hawaiian time it will either be a late night, or an early morning. To see the beginning of it, approximately 11:30pm HT it will begin to have its red umbra color. The eclipse will last until about 3:00am HT. Like I said–an early morning. I think I will opt for the stay up later option to catch it as it begins to turn it’s red hue. Some call it the blood moon for its red tone. So beautiful. I am attracted to pretty things and gorgeous views. This is a rarity in the sky to see the moon like this and then to be near the water’s edge. I also like how this is something universal that many across the land can see and enjoy.
Waterfalls are simply breath-taking (in a good sense of the phrase) and gorgeous. I can get lost in a waterfall oh so easily. And by lost, I mean one of those awe-striking moments where you are completely absorbed by it. If awesome means “awe inspiring” then Opaekaa is awesome to its core!
Opaekaa Falls is one of the major waterfalls on Kauai that is most easily accessible for viewing. It is literally a drive, park, view kind of access. There is even parking and restrooms for visitors of the falls.
If you are on Kauai’s east side, up Kuamoo Road, you will see signs indicating the Falls are coming up. It is technically in Wailua. If you are looking for it, you will find it. If you are not looking for it, but are paying attention to the roadways, signs, and natural beauty surrounding you, you will find it. Here is what Trip Advisor has to say about the falls…
For those history buffs who are wondering the meaning of or origin of the name Opaekaa, it means “rolling shrimp.” At one point in time, the stream that flows from the falls had a lot of shrimp in it.
From the lookout you will get a grand view of these falls. If you choose to, you can walk uphill a ways and on the other side of the road you will get a nice view of the Wailua River and the valley that it rest in.
Charge your camera battery! You will not want to miss out on capturing this kind of beauty. As a rule of thumb, I suggest charging your camera and cell phone battery each night so that the next day you have plenty of life in your devices to snap some great photos.
It’s that time of year again… for the USA’s annual Miss America Pageant! I want to give a shout-out to the beautiful and brainy Miss Stephanie Steuri who is this year’s Miss Hawaii! See her video clip and I encourage you to vote for her.
Click here to see her introduction and Vote for Miss Hawaii 2014 Stephanie Steuri.
The contestants from each state have already been selected, what the voting at the link above is for, is for voting come the final round! The rules for voting are as follows “There is a limit of one (1) vote per person per contestant, regardless of method of voting. Voting closes at 11:59 pm ET on Thursday, September 11, 2014.” (Miss America Organization, 2014).
The national broadcast will be live on ABC network, Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 3pm HAST. I will probably be working at that time, and I will not be blogging then, so I thought it best to say something about it now.
I’m rooting for my home-team, right? Let’s go Stephanie Steuri, Miss Hawaii 2014! #MissAmerica #MissAmericaCompetition2014
EEK!! Ok, I may be a little late to the game, but I absolutely without a doubt had to share this video with you all. (Better late than never, right?)
Check your volume, turn it up, and get ready to make your viewing screen full screen for whatever device you are viewing this on!
This is a popular song, but I am just now seeing the music video! Without a doubt this is Kauai! There are some great shots and views of Kauai in this music video. Check it out, and sing a long if you know the song. Yep, I knew I always liked this tune!
Happy Aloha Friday, everyone! Fridays are nice, they are the end of the work week for most people. That is what makes them so pleasant and welcoming. Fridays are like the gateway to the weekend, full of fun and exciting or laid-back and easy going days. These are the days off from work that are so desirable.
Most Fridays on Kauai are days when the “aloha shirt” is welcomed. Actually, aloha shirts are commonplace most any day of the week, but Fridays I think I can count just a few more than usual. An aloha shirt is a lightweight shirt with a bright Hawaiian print on it. There are some vintage ones that are more toned-down colors, but they still have great Hawaiian prints on them. Flowers are common, others may have surf boards, turtles, or palm trees for example. For a better visual, I Google-image searched “aloha shirt” and here are the results.
Here’s a fun fact for you on this Aloha Friday… the aloha shirt became trademarked in 1937. Everywhere you go on the Islands of Hawaii you will see these fun shirts, aloha shirts. If you do not have an aloha shirt (yet), you can be sure to find one when you visit Kauai.
Here is a darling place I wanted to blog about and share with the world, the Banana Patch Studio at Kong Lung Center in Kilauea. This is the place to go if you are looking for something homemade or hand painted. You will find a souvenir (or two or three or four) for someone or perhaps for yourself. They have home décor as well and the style is all things Hawaiian.
One of my favorite items they have are the “Hawaiian Style” little placards that say something like, “Mahalo for removing your shoes” and then you place that in the entry way of your home so visitors can see it. It is a very kind way to let them know that you would like them to enter your home with no shoes. I have seen these in people’s homes, and I like the different styles I have seen, with the hand painted images on them. Check out the Banana Patch Studio website and you can see what I am talking about.
Did I mention? This company is a Kauai Made member, meaning that all that they sell is made here on Kauai. I love homemade. If you are coming to Kauai and looking for something authentic from Kauai, go to a shop like this and you will not be disappointed.
Banana Patch Studio has two locations. One is a studio and gallery in Hanapepe, and the other is on Kauai’s north shore at 2474 Kaneke Street, Kilauea, Kauai. HI 96754. I looked up their store hours, too: Monday – Saturday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and then Sunday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.