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Alright… those of you who are into fitness, pay attention. Those of you who are not into fitness but like to have fun, pay attention. Fitness meets fun at this upcoming event that I just saw on the calendar. For those who are coming to Kauai as visitors, please come and join in the fun! Consider this your personal invitation from me :)

Saturday, August 30th from 7am to 3pm at Wai’oli Beach Park “Pinetrees” Hanalei on Kauai’s North Shore is this year’s Fitness Fair and SUP Sprint. That title might sound intimidating, but trust me, it is not. It really is a fitness fair for all people or all ages.

There are two main events (besides the live music which I will get to as well). First is the SUP Sprint on Hanalei Bay. This is a BYO-SUP (bring your own SUP) event for a half mile route. It is all in good fun.

Second is the fit challenge consisting of three 1-minute timed events. How easy is that? The three events are jump rope, push-ups and sit-ups. Did I mention it is all in good fun? I cannot do that many push-ups…really though, I max-out after about 10 seconds. On that note, let me mention there are both male and female friendly competitions that also breaks down by age group: kids 12 and under, teen 13-19, adult 20-39, and adult over 40.

Click here for the registration form.

Last but not least, this is a family friendly competition, but it is noteworthy that there are prizes based on registration. Participation waivers will need to be signed upon check in on the day of the event, Saturday. Now I just need to decide if I am going to participate or not…. :) maybe?

August 19, 2014 by, Lindsey

Do you recall my previous post about how Kauai vacationers can take a dog on a field trip while they are staying on the Garden Island? If you do not, check it out here, “A Doggie Vacation.” What can happen is the Kauai Humane Society will have dogs (and cats I believe) that are available to go on long-term field trips while tourists stay on Kauai. At the end of their trip, the dog (or cat) can then be adopted or returned to the shelter, no strings attached. If anything, it is a benefit for the dog (or cat) to live a little and for the vacationers to host a lovely pet while they are on staying on Kauai. It’s a real win-win situation.

What new information I wanted to blog about, is that there is a leash-free North Shore Dog Park ! Like most dog parks, there is a section for large dogs and a section for small dogs. The North Shore Dog Park is located at 5445 Kahiliholo Road in Kilauea, just off of Kuhio Hwy 56. This is a very nice dog park I must say! It is ADA accessible I should also note. It is a dawn till dusk park, and is open year-round. This is a great way to get out, exercise your dog and talk with other dog-lovers in the community. I highly recommended it. See here for the Dog Park Rules. I reviewed them myself and they are typical of any dog park, really. Good to know nonetheless.

August 15, 2014 by, Lindsey

EEK!! :D 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!

Here is Jason Mraz – I’m Yours [Official Music Video].

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!

I have the perfect event for a Sunday Funday this coming weekend. It is the 2nd Annual Music & Mango Festival brought to you by the Waipa Foundation. This organization has been going strong now for over 20 years, connecting the community with hands on sustainable farming. They are all about the land and the resources, and using them responsibly. Here’s their webpage if you’d like to learn more about this great organization: www.waipafoundation.org

So this Sunday, August 17th at the Halulu Fishpond in Hanalei is where the festival will be held. Activities begin at 11am and it goes until 5pm. Adults admission is $10 and kids ages 3-18 are just $1. It is a family friendly event, and it is also noteworthy that it is held outdoors. There will still be easy handicap access though.

What is all of the hype about? Well, mangos and some good music! There will be food booths, crafts, auctions going on, mini-classes and hands-on workshops. There will be cultural displays as well as live entertainment and live music, of course.

Here’s what I suggest you bring if you are planning to attend: Admission money, spending money, a beach blanket or lawn chairs for the family to relax in, protection from the sun such as a hat and sunscreen, and other specialty needs as it pertains to your family or group (ie stroller, extra water bottles, etc). See you there?!

August 10, 2014 by, Lindsey

I saw this in my newsfeed this morning, and knew I had to blog about it. I think it is so neat and something that we could all learn from! Here’s the specs on this upcoming event…

What It’s a free class on Hawaiian Medicinal Plants (La’au Lapa’au). Here is the link to the facebook site.

Who This class is hosted and taught by Gabriel Monaghan. (I wonder how long he has been doing this, and what credential backing he has to prove his research and everything. Well, I guess I’ll find out!)

Where It is this Wednesday night at the Hanalei Community Center (also referred to as Hale Halawai ‘Ohana ‘OHanalei). 55299 Kuhio Hwy C, Hanalei, Hawaii 96714 is the address.

When The free first class is this Wednesday, August 13th from 5pm to about 6:30pm. The post I saw says there are 12 classes for a fee, but this first introductory class is free and open to the public.

Why Why is this news worthy? I know there are medicinal healing abilities in plants. I am oh so curious to know more about the plants around us and how I can use them. At the very minimum, my curiosity has peaked and I want to know what kind of info this guy has to say.

I love a room with a view. I love a vacation rental with a view! If you are thinking about coming to stay on Kauai, consider my recommendation as follows: Puu Poa 410 on Kauai’s north shore. On the edge where Princeville meets the ocean, is Puu Poa there with the view and also the Bali Hai views as well.

For a vacation rental that comfortably sleeps up to six people, the price is right. It starts as low as $1950 per week. With two bedrooms–one with a King sized bed, and one with twin sized beds–your family or group is sure to embrace the sleeping arrangements. There is also a sofa sleeper, so that adds two more people to your party. I like the diversity this vacation rental has to offer. It would suit a family of four to six people, as well as an extended family group.

Ok, bedrooms are covered… there are also two full bathrooms, which works out perfectly. The kitchen is fully equipped and ready to go. All it needs are some guests! There is Wi-Fi, a TV and a DVD player. This can come in handy if your group has young children and they absolutely must have their favorite recorded shows and movies. It makes for some easy going down-time while at your vacation rental. While the show is playing, or they are napping, the adults can be on the patio. The view alone is attractive and will draw you outside toward it.

There are other Pua Poa rooms, but they share a common area of tennis courts and a swimming pool. Here is a view of the pool… oh and yes, that is the ocean right there, too. :)

Pua Poa 410 Pool

August 8, 2014 by, Lindsey

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.

Most people love live music. There is a certain ambiance that is created and you realize how alive and invigorating it is to have a live performance rather than hearing songs on the radio. What I am trying to say, is that I have really come to enjoy live music over the years. As my maturity in music has evolved as I have gotten older, I am much more appreciative of live performances.

This Friday, August 8th at the Hanalei Community Center there will be the “Mountain to Sea Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Concert” that is the show you do not want to miss! Really, this has gotten high ratings and good reviews on sites like TripAdvisor. I heard about this concert coming to town, and I find it odd that I have not been to one of their live shows before. Anyway, the show starts at 4PM at the Hanalei Community Center. Tickets are priced for adults at $20 per person, and then seniors and kids are $15 each, children age 5 and under are free admission.

For more information and to purchase your tickets online, follow this link. This is the Number One Best Live Show in Hawaii after all, as voted by Hawaii Magazine Readers’ Choice. I think this is the year I make my debut at this concert! How about you?

August 3, 2014 by, Lindsey

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.

When you are coming to stay on Kauai, you want both a quality place and a reasonable price. I can understand this, as I myself live on a budget. What I like about Kamahana 12, a vacation rental in Princeville, is that it fits the bill when it comes to needs and wants.

Kamahana is an all-ground level vacation rental in a resort community in Princeville. It is a one bedroom, one bath unit hosting a queen sized bed in the bedroom and also a bonus queen sized futon in the living room. Therefore, 2-4 people could easily sleep here.

It hosts a full kitchen, and for the price of $840 per week I think the folks who stay here are coming out ahead. Talk about getting your money’s worth! That is a great deal all things considered. Oh and there is a shared pool area and BBQ. Something else I find attractive about this unit is the back patio (lanai) faces the ocean… and yes you have an ocean view! Being this close, there is a seasonal hiker’s trail to the water’s edge that can be used.

Kamahana 12 makes for a great place to call home while you are visiting “The Garden Island.” While there is plenty to do on Kauai’s north shore, Princeville is what I would call the highlight city. This is the place where you can do all of your shopping and recreational activities just about. It will be nice to be staying in Princeville for that is where a lot of the activities are. Popular beaches are just a few minutes’ drive away, as are the two golf courses. There is a children’s park nearby as well as many dining and shopping venues.

If you are anything like me, you simply love the beach. The ocean, the waves, the sand, the sun, the whole package! I am pleased to share that one of my favorite events is back this year, back on the beach. The Sand Castle Contest in Hanalei is coming up on Saturday, August 2nd from 11am to 4pm.

I am excited to watch these artists at work. I do not compete myself, no, I am one to observe and appreciate the skill and effort put into these pieces of art. This is a free contest and all artists are welcome. Yes, that means kids through adults, all are welcome to compete. Years past have been very easy going where it comes not feel like a competition at all, more like groups coming out and ‘playing’ in the sand. Individuals are welcome, as well as teams of any size and age range. I love that about this friendly competition. Note that there are prizes, but really I think the experience is the gemstone here.

This is a family friendly event in Hanalei Bay. Schedule it into your plans that Saturday and enjoy some good times out by the water’s edge with some great sand art. I am adding this to my planner, that’s for sure.

Want to volunteer? There are many jobs to do to help prepare for this event before, during and after. Click here if you want to know more about this neat opportunity, or to know more about the event in general. Also see some pictures from past years contests. :)

This Saturday the 26th is the annual Hanalei Bay Swim Challenge! Staying on Kauai’s north shore? Do you like to swim in races or maybe just like to cheer on the swimmers? This event is perfect to attend. If you have a swimmer in your family, click here for Race Registration. This is a family friendly event, and all swimmers are welcome. For more general information for attendees, read more at this link for General Information.

I personally have not competed in the swim challenge, but I know plenty of folks who have. It is a good time and a high energy environment. I like that they have spots for the kids as well. I was cruising around on their website, and I found that there is indeed a 1000 meter route and a 3000 meter course for adults. The start of this event is near Hanalei Pier, just next to Hanalei Beach Park.

This is the ocean, and safety is the first priority. This event has been and will be well monitored both from the shoreline and out in the water with jet skis and paddle boards. With as much media attention as this swim challenge gets, there is sure to be more than enough lifeguards and other safety officials there.

July 20, 2014 by, Lindsey

Well the school year is coming for those who have children in that age range. About a month out now. For those who attend a college, the fall semester is coming up as well. I suppose there is always summer school, too. Ok, enough about the reminders…

What I have been thinking about lately is a bucket list. You know, that list of things you want to do before you die? Sometimes I think of my bucket list in terms of years, as in, things I want to do before the end of the year. Summer is beginning to wrap up and there are still so many summer things that I want to do! It’s a good thing Kauai hosts a long, warm summer.

If Kauai is on your bucket list of places to go and explore, consider making it out here before the end of summer, or the end of the year. There is room for you, I promise.

I have always wanted to take a spontaneous vacation, book a seat on a plane and just go. I am such a planner and I get hyped up on the revving up to the event that I don’t know if I ever could do a spontaneous trip. Then again, if someone else planned it and surprised it on me (and they had all of the trip’s details worked out ) then I suppose I could go along.

What I am trying to say, is that I encourage you to check off some of those things on your life’s bucket list. Going to Hawaii is on a lot of people’s list, as it should be, and now is as good as time as any.

July 18, 2014 by, Lindsey

Well, I am still on cloud 9 a little bit for our Island rankings on Travel + Leisure Magazine’s Best of 2014 List. On that note, I thought I might share about another great beach on Kauai, Kee Beach!

Kee Beach is in Haena, on Kauai’s north shore. The beach starts the beginning of the Napali Coast, and Kee has a reef that keeps it inclusive, if you will. The reef makes for great snorkeling and swimming adventures. The water is clear, clean, and shallow for most of it. More good news: this beach is great for children and families. There is a lifeguard on duty, and there are restrooms and showers.

Where is this beautiful beach? It’s at the end of Highway 560. There is parking available, but know that this parking lot is also used by Kalalau trail hikers. If you prefer to hike, this is a great base camp; if you prefer to go in the water, go out and have a good time in the water or simply soaking in the sun and the view. Let me tell you though, the sand on this beach is divine! It is extra fine, which I love.

Guess what I just read online? Kauai has been named by the internationally acclaimed Travel + Leisure Magazine as the 3rd Best Overall Island… in the world! This is big news I think, to get this kind of recognition. Then again, when I see that sunset on the north shore, why am I not surprised? As I understand it, this is an award based on all aspects of the islands from the city life, country life, eateries on the island, etc.

I am so lucky and blessed to be able to live here. I am thankful that my life has lead up to this very moment. Living on Kauai is the greatest and I am happy to see tourists come and soak up some of Kauai. If you are reading this and have not yet come to Kauai, I encourage you to get it on your to do list… or your bucket list.

Kauai North Shore

Staying on Kauai’s gorgeous north shore is easier than you may think. There are vacation rentals available… even ground level condos with a view. It may sound unheard of, but really such a place does exist! Emmalani Court 212 is a fantastic example of this. Let me explain…

Emmalani Court 212 is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo that houses a king, queen, and twin sized bed as well as a sofa-sleeper. If you add it all up, this place sleeps 5-7 people. It is just across from the Makai Golf Course, and you have ocean views as well. How neat is that?!

The vacation rental has air conditioning, large flat screen TVs, books (yay!), games, beach toys and a cooler to borrow. It has a full kitchen and is complete with a washer and dryer. Sounds like a home away from home if you ask me.

The complex Emmalani Court 212 is in offers a nicely landscaped yard, a pool, Jaccuzi, barbeque, and a clubhouse room for any large gathering or special occasion. There is no road noise at this unit, for it sits back off the road and behind other units. If you were to step out the back patio you would hear birds and distant waves. When I was there meeting up with some old friends I am pretty sure I heard some chickens when we were out back.

For all that you get for this place, the price is very affordable if you ask me. Click on the link in this article and I have linked it to the page for more information and the calendar of available rental dates. I want to go on and say more good things about it, but I am going to call it a day on the blog. ;)

Summertime is always full of so many wonderful activities. There is bound to be something going on, on Kauai’s north shore. This coming Saturday, July 12th there is a “Super Summer Event” at the Princeville Golf Course. If you golf, this is the perfect excuse to come on out! If you do not golf, or your family or friends do not golf, not to worry. There is a craft fair, live music, a wine and beer garden, and food trucks. I hear the Princeville Golf Shop will be having a sale there as well…

All of these activities have windows throughout the day of when they will be going on:

– The craft fair will begin at 9am and end at 4pm.

– The Princeville Golf Club Shop will have their sale from 8am to 5pm.

– The events on the lawn with the food vendors and live music commences at 11am and goes until 4pm.

– Then there is one more added event from 10am to 2pm that I want to tell you about. There will be professional golf club fitters on the greens to help participants get fitted for a club. They are calling it “Demo Day.” I, myself do not golf, but I can appreciate something like this where professionals are out helping those new to the game or testing the waters on a new set of clubs. I like it when people help other people. :)

I say come one, come all, come beginners, come seasoned pros. Come residents of Kauai, come travelers alike. The more the merrier. Call the Princeville Golf Shop for more information (808) 826-5001.

July 9, 2014 by, Lindsey

What is your favorite movie? Do you know where it was filmed? You might just be surprised at how many movies have been filmed on the strikingly gorgeous landscape of Kauai.

Here are some of my favorite movies that have been filmed here:

• Avatar (2011)

• Soul Surfer (2011)

• Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Ties (2011)

• Dragonfly (2002)

• Jurassic Park (1993); The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997); Jurassic Park III (2001)

• Mighty Joe Young (1998)

• Lord of the Flies (1990)

For the complete list, click on this link: http://filmkauai.com/movies-made-on-kauai/. It encompasses all films from 1934 up to 2011.

I have been on the lookout for the next film to make this list! Just as I carry on with my day, watching the news, and going to the beach I sometimes think to myself if anyone is filming. Sometimes I see things that make me suspicious, as if folks were filming, and then I wait to hear about it later on. It’s not something I seek out, but I am mindful of it and it is sort of a little game I play by myself and keep an eye out for. While you stay on Kauai you might just see some paparazzi action for yourself. It wouldn’t be the first time that has happened here.

July 7, 2014 by, Lindsey

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

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

July 6, 2014 by, Lindsey

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

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

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

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