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February 23, 2015 by, pVille-227
February 19, 2015 by, Lindsey

For those of you regulars who follow my blog, I’d like to take a moment to update you on something near and dear to my heart: the Kauai Humane Society. They have hit it big (news-wise) by landing in a post by the Huffington Post. See the article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/19/app-to-take-a-shelter-dog-for-a-walk_n_6712652.html

For those of you who are relatively new to my blog, let me fill you in real quick. Awhile ago I wrote about an article, inspired by the Kauai Humane Society (KHS) that offers a way for visitors, residents, anyone really to be able to stop by the shelter and take a dog for a walk. They can talk the dog for a walk, take the dog with them out for a few hours, or they can opt to take the dog on a mini-vacation for a few days or so. How neat is that? Well, these dogs are of course up for adoption as well. They are shelter dogs, and they are lovable!

So this one story, of a KHS adoption of a dog, named Big Z, hit social media like wildfire! His story was mentioned in the Huffington Post article. What the big ground breaking news now, is that his owners have created an app for that! An app for what? An app that lists shelter dogs nearest you that are available to take a walk. The app is called “ Walkzee ” which is a cute little combination of walk and Z, as in their dog Big Z. Cute tribute name I think! :)

Ok, now before you go to look and download the app, let me tell you that this app will not hit your app store until June of this year. It is coming though, and maybe just in time for your summer vacation to Kauai.

February 16, 2015 by, Lindsey

It started February 14th, Valentine’s Day. It ends February 21st. It is the annual Waimea Town Celebration!! This is a fabulous time to come and play and participate in fun, recreational activities and entertainment events. The community comes together for this week-long celebration and has a memorable time doing it all.

No, you do not have to be a part of every single activity, no. That is not the purpose of this event. The purpose is more so to boost community involvement, support nonprofit organizations, and to do fun athletic activities.

Sunday February 15th – King Kaumuali’i Festival is this day. Admission is free, food and drinks available for purchase. This special festival encompasses hula performances, and a 3-act play depicting historic events from the King’s life.

Monday February 16th – Waimea Film Festival takes place today for a full day of documentaries and international screenings at the Waimea Theater. Tickets range from 6-8$ per film or a 25$ day pass is available as well. Follow this link to see what’s playing, and at what time: http://www.waimeatheater.com/special-events-1.html

Wednesday February 18th – This year’s Ambassador of Aloha 2015, Mrs. Nalani Brun will be presenting at the Waimea Theater to share her support of annual festivals and her past experiences.

Thursday February 19th – They are calling it “Tales and Treats” at the Waimea Theater, where Story Teller Joseph Keoki Punohu will be sharing some sweet treats and also some spooky tales. Tickets are 10$.

Friday and Saturday February 20-21 – So much is going on this day… I will make a brief list of the highlights: Silent Auction at the Waimea Theater, Ukulele Contest at Old Waimea Mill, Ice Cream Eating Contest at the Mill also, Surf Ski Races from McBryde to Waimea Landing, Fun Runs of different distances to end at the Waimea Plantation Cottages, Hat Lei Contest at the West Kauai Visitor’s Center, Basketball tournament at Waimea Canyon Park Basketball Courts, Softball Tournament at Waimea Athletic Field, a Roundup Rodeo at the Old Waimea Dairy site, and also the Heritage of Aloha event with free live entertainment at the Old Waimea Mill

It is a fun, fun week we are in! Look up what events and activities you are most interested to get involved in!

February 16, 2015 by, Lindsey

Kauai has a lot to brag about. Let me do some of the bragging! ;)

In Kilauea there is a soap and candle shop that makes their products here on Kauai with solar power. How neat is that? They are the Island Soap & Candle Works Company who make high quality soaps, candles and other goodies. Yes I love that they produce and use solar powered energy, and I also love that these good folks are part of the Kauai Made organization that supports and promotes merchants that manufacture, produce, and sell Kauai-made products. That’s what led me to toot their own horn for them…

Here is their website (http://www.islandsoap.com/) that you can order from, if you will not be able to come and visit the shop live and in person in Kilauea, Kauai. They use natural palm oil in most of their products. To go into more detail, I suggest checking out their website. Keep in mind that they offer handmade soaps, skin care products, massage oils, bath products, lip balms, candles, and they have gift basket collections and items paired together as well.

If you are looking for a unique gift, go ahead and try their products out! I have always been a fan of all natural, so they have me sold on this. I have heard nothing but great reviews of this place as well, so that was part of my inspiration to blog about ‘em.

February 13, 2015 by, Lindsey

When you come to Kauai, the beach is most likely one of the places you’d like to visit. And maybe not just one beach or any beach, but multiple beaches. If I were in a visitor’s shoes and not living on Kauai, I would want to visit more than one, well more than two beaches during my stay. Kauai’s beaches are gorgeous! Some are great for swimming, others snorkeling or surfing. Some are ideal for a walk along the shore. There is quite a variety of beaches to meet the fancy of what you are looking for.

With that in mind, I’d like to take a moment to talk about reefs… coral reefs to be exact. Coral reefs are living things. They are alive! If you go to a beach with the intent to snorkel, please respect the reef. Kicking, touching, stepping on it can cause damage to the corals.

Another reminder, is that fish do not need feeding. I know this can be a common misconception that it is fun to feed the fish, but really the ocean provides what the fish need. Feeding them people food can cause disruptive behavior in fishes and is all around undesirable. Marine life whether fish or coral underwater (or other living creatures for that matter) as well as marine life along the shore like turtles and monk seals should be respected and left alone. Do not approach these animals and always respect their habitat.

So, you’ve been thinking about your Kauai vacation, eh? It is on the horizon and you are going to write it down on your calendar with the dates you are going just as soon as you book your airplane tickets and your place to stay. Allow me to assist you with the “where to stay” part of the equation. Alii Kai 6101. It is a vacation rental that is your home away from home.

Alii Kai 6101 is a two bedroom, two bath vacation rental unit on the ground floor with two large patios (lanais). It has ocean front views from both of the bedrooms! How perfect is that?! There is a soft grassy lawn that overlooks the ocean bluff. The patios, the private bedrooms, the views… it is perfect! Oh and there is free high speed internet access at Alii Kai as well as the standard DVD, TV, full sized washer and dryer and a fully equipped kitchen. When you stay at a vacation rental like this one, it is luxurious to be in a home that has all that you need in your own space. Case in point: the kitchen. Maybe you have family with you that have special dietary needs, maybe you are on your “babymoon” and would like access to the kitchen at all times of the night… whatever your reasons are, it is extremely nice and convenient to have access to a full sixed, fully equipped kitchen under the same roof as where you are sleeping.

Back to the bedrooms, there is a master suite with a king sized bed and the full private bath of course. The second bedroom has two twin beds to accommodate guests, and there is a pull out sofa in the living room should you need to sleep more than 4 people while staying on Kauai. Six people, comfortably housed for the price of $1575 per week is a great price. By week I do mean a full seven days. That breaks down to $225 per night. In other words, for 6 people that’s under $40 per person per night. We are talking about The Garden Island of Kauai here, with ocean front views and all the comforts of home. This is a deal!

February 9, 2015 by, Lindsey

I told you love was in the air! Not just for Valentine’s day reasons, but I am excited to announce that the famous Kauai resident and professional surfer Bethany Hamilton is expecting! Her and her husband, Adam Dirks just announced that their first child, a baby boy, is due in June of this year!

(As a refresher: Bethany is real life star behind the inspirational film “Soul Surfer” that hit the big screen in 2011.)

She is already about 22 weeks along, and early June is the due date. I watched the soon to be parent’s little video clip that was put together and they are absolutely adorable. They are so excited about the whole experience. Bethany says she has known of the pregnancy from the start, and has been surfing still.

In the clip she goes on to explain that she plans to continue surfing for as long as she can until her baby bump is pretty big. She has recently surfed some big wave spots in Tahiti and around Hawaii’s islands. Then she said she would just swim, float, and enjoy the ocean waves at that time.

All very exciting news this week! From the pictures she looks very healthy and fit as a mom-to-be at 22 weeks pregnant. Oh! And they are not disclosing names at all yet. It sounded like they were still searching for a name that they both like and agree on. The couple said that his name will not be public knowledge until he has made his debut.

Very cool news to hear this week, and I am looking forward to June to see this little guy! Well, me and the rest of the world. Click here for the news article filled with pictures and the video clip I watched.

February 8, 2015 by, Lindsey

Alright, so you are looking for something special, something different, something new to do on Valentine’s evening. Couple’s night out? Let me share with you an event that came across my path!

Momona Beats presents DJ Dan on Valentine’s weekend. Friday, February 13th at Eleven44 they are having a show. Then on Saturday, February 14th at Tahiti Nui they will be performing.

Tickets are $15 per person as a presale, and are available online at this link: http://www.momonabeats.com/new-events/. If you make your decision to come last minute, at the door tickets are $20.

I haven’t been to Eleven44 before (to be honest and all), but I do know about Tahiti Nui! Here is their sign out front, so you know what to look for, despite the night starting at 9pm…

Tahiti Nui

Check out the website I linked in this article to find out more about DJ Dan and Momona Beats. This is for adults aged 21 and over, so please plan accordingly.

Oh the month of February. Romance is in the air! Yes, the month of St. Valentine’s Day is upon us, and we cannot help but get into the loving spirit this month. Any romantic plans on the books already? Maybe a walk along the beach, dinner out, a movie night or something else? I think I will be ordering in a pizza and have a nice evening in.

I thought I would share with you all something I found in my social media outlets. I came across USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice to vote for the “Best Romantic Port of Call” for this year. You better believe Kauai mad the list! There are about 20 different ports to choose from, but oh trust me Kauai is on this list and we are in it to win it! As a side note, there are no type-in votes available. To me that means that this list is pretty well rounded out by the experts, who must have given this list a few good look-overs before finalizing the top 20.

Here is the link to follow to cast your vote: http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-romantic-port-of-call/

Voting closes Monday, February 16th so you can vote after you visit Kauai for your Valentine’s getaway if need be ;)

January is coming to a close here pretty soon. Is it just me or is time flying by? I know I am not getting any younger, but time just seems to be going by quickly. I heard one of my friends say this the other day, and I thought it was suiting: the days are long, the years are short. That about sums it up. I know we just closed out 2014 but already here we are a the coattails of January 2015! The Superbowl is upcoming, folks.

With the end of the month here, the last Saturday (as you may know) means Kilauea Art Night! From 4 to 8pm is a night of art and entertainment. OH and there will be food too, if you so choose. I have been before and there are usually food trucks, ice cream, pies, and other goodies. It is during typical dinner times, so it would make sense to eat while you are there enjoying the atmosphere.

It is very easy going and a welcoming atmosphere for residents and visitors alike from what I have seen. You will hear great music, eat tasty food, watch some dancing most likely, and perhaps get treated to another form of art and entertainment such as live art pottery making of cartoonist sketches.

If you are in the area, I highly suggest going. If you are not on Kauai’s North Shore, I urge you to go!

January 27, 2015 by, Lindsey

Most of the time when I talk about travel or activities I like to blog about things to do in the area for groups. By groups I mean couples, families, double dates, family reunions, that sort of thing. I haven’t blogged much at all about solo travel. People do do it. It can be very enjoyable. It is not for everyone, as far as suiting their personality and also factoring-in at what place they are in their life. It would make sense for solo travel at one time in your life whereas in another season it may not. Each and every person’s life is different, I do understand and respect that. I just wanted to express my thoughts on solo travel to Kauai and let you know that it can be done, it can be done successfully and enjoyably too.

There are vacation rentals that have one bedroom. This fact alone can drop your housing costs during your stay. You can be on your own time, all the time! I personally think that is a pretty neat thing. You can get up early and go for a jog along the beach, you can sleep in past noon. You can do whatever you’d like to do on your own time schedule or lack thereof. If that is the type of vacation you are seeking, by all means it is very doable.

Solo travel may be suited for either the extroverted or the introverted person just the same. There are activities that draw attention to both groups of people. From community events and highly social activities on Kauai this would be the perfect fit for an extroverted person. For an introverted individual, they may just as well be satisfied with more personal, private time on the beach, at an art gallery, at a nice restaurant. Like any city or country life there are places to go and people to see. If solo travel is in your plans or on your mind for the future, by all means consider it and see what possibilities may come.

I get it. Vacations are a luxury type of expense. A Hawaii vacation does not have to break the bank though! There are vacation rentals very reasonably priced for what they offer you. Hanalei Bay Resort 3305-6 is a one bedroom, one bath vacation rental condo unit that has all that you need for your stay. It has breath-taking view of the ocean and of Bali Hai.

Hanalei Bay Resort 3305-6 is a one bedroom (king sized bed) and one bath (full sized bathroom) that also hosts a kitchenette, high speed internet, air conditioning (if needed), living room, and porch (lanai) where you can sit and enjoy the view. This is a perfect getaway for a couple, a family of 3, or for a single person.

Check out its location at 5380 Honoiki Rd, Princeville, HI 96722. The views are right there, big and panoramic! Ok, so you know how I was talking about Hawaiian vacations and price? Well, this vacation rental is a mere $1505 per week, and some seasonal rates make it even lower. They offer nightly rates as well if you were not planning on staying a full week. I vote for at least a week when you come to stay and play on the great island of Kauai. For more information on booking this space for yourself, visit the link I attached above in this article.

Coming to Kauai at the end of February? Or maybe you are leaving Kauai at the end of February? I have just the fine dining event for you to go to on your way incoming or outgoing in Lihue, Kauai. Lihue is yes, where the airport is. It is called One Fine Evening, where it is a mix of Kauai’s premier fine arts, dining, wine, and music experience.

One Fine Evening is on Saturday, February 28th at 5:00pm at the Lilohana Luau Pavillion (3-2087 Kaumualii Hwy, Lihue). Ticket prices start at $50. Here is the link to find out more: https://www.freshtix.com/events/one-fine-evening.

It is a night of music, fine culinary food, wine of all varieties, and fine art. There will be a silent auction so I hear. Items will features jewelry, art, and other higher ticket quality items as well. The Rotary Club of Poipu Beach hosts this event and that is where the proceeds benefit after immediate expenses (food, wine, entertainment) are paid for.

I think there is also an 8:30pm dinner as well. I would contact the organizer for more information, at the link I added above. This sure sounds like a fun night, and I am drooling to go. It is in Lihue, so if you are passing through by all means, go on my behalf and my recommendation! I have heard great reports and good times from past years.

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/.

January 17, 2015 by, Lindsey

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.

For visitors coming to Kauai, I think the options may seem a bit overwhelming when it comes to the topic of: where to stay. Just like any traveler going any place new, you want to pick a good spot to go that is close to the activities and things that you want to do. You also want to hit the sweet spot where price meets quality. Sure a splurge every now and then is fabulous (trust me) but for the most part, people are on a budget. I totally get and respect that. I myself live on a budget so I know what you mean when you say that price matters, and has an impact on your decision when it comes to choosing visitor housing.

A vacation rental on Kauai’s North Shore is what I recommend. I’ll save my in-depth reasons for another post, but straight to the point: vacation rentals allow you to get the most bang for your buck. Those are my words in a quick summary!

Puu Poa 102 is a condo vacation rental that has been recently updated. It is ideal for a family as it hosts 2 bedrooms (one as the master with a bathroom and a king sized bed, and the other bedroom hosting 2 twin beds). If you need just a bit more sleeping room, the couch is convertible queen sofa sleeper. There is an additional bathroom for the non-master bedroom guests.

Alright, now that everyone is situated for sleeping, let me tell you about the views! Puu Poa 102 is located on the bluff of Princeville. You have ocean views to gaze at. Look up the exact address if you’d like: 5454 Ka Haku Road, Princeville, HI 96722. I would do it myself, and then I can compare this vacation rental home location to some of the other activities I will be parting in on the island.

There are many accommodations this condo has… the complex offers a swimming pool and tennis court. The condo in particular is equipped with outdoor equipment for the renters use: boogie boards, tennis racquets, snorkels, chairs, coolers, and more. Puu Poa 102 also has the standard: Wi-Fi, flat screen TV with DVD player and movie library.

A trip to Hawaii may be in your near future. It may not. It may be further out. Looking, gathering facts, thinking about it all adds up and helps you to make a more informed decision. Check out all that Kauai has to offer, and feel free to ask me any questions about the Garden Island in the comments section.

January 14, 2015 by, Lindsey

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 ;)

Looking to get involved and do something hands-on and memorable while staying on Kauai? Of course you are! Each day will have its highlights I’m sure. It’s those memories that are made that are so near and dear to people’s hearts.

It is not all about the pictures, although I really do like those too. It is the activities, the moments shared with family and friends that are the most pleasurable, the most treasured. Looking back on those times and reminiscing is what makes them so great.

Ok, so starting today: January 11th from 5-7pm are free beginners and intermediate classes for kids to learn the ukulele! How cool is that? Let me break it down for you:

Classes start today like I just mentioned. Not to worry if you missed it or cannot make it. There are other opportunities. It is a first come, first serve basis anyway. Oh, and did I mention it is free? Yes, free!

Here are the other dates for the free ukulele classes: January 25, February 8, 22, March 8, 22. These are all Sundays, and they are all held from 5-7pm. Dinner will even be provided. This is a sponsored event, it is great that they could provide this opportunity to kids.

The beginners class is for kids aged 6-11. There are enough spots for up to 12 students. If you have a ukulele go ahead and bring it! If not, please do you best to bring one, if it comes to it there are a few that can be loaned out for the duration of the class.

Now for the intermediate class, it is for children aged 11-18. For this class, students must bring their own ukulele–no exceptions. There are more spots available in this class though, at 15 opening.

If you are interested, have questions, want more information or anything of that nature, contact Keola at 808-245-1873. Oh, and it is at the Anahola Clubhouse.

January 9, 2015 by, Lindsey

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.

I am just a little bit late to the game. I had it set to record on my DVR and I just watched it this evening. The Biggest Loser Kauai, part 2 just happened! If you missed it, you can watch it online on NBC.com until the network chooses to take it offline. Here is the link for your viewing: http://www.nbc.com/the-biggest-loser/episode-guide/season-16/kauai-part-2/1604

If you follow the television show, you know that it can get emotional and deep when it comes to the contestants and the transformations that they go through. Week after week they have weigh-ins and they are challenged to face their fears and past trust issues.

In this week’s Kauai episode the contestants are challenged. One gentleman is to repel down a waterfall. He is nervous at first and not focused, but then he and his trainer/coach are able to do it with ease. How neat would that be to be able to repel down a waterfall? Kauai presents the opportunity! It really is the place for the great outdoors. :)

Other contestants on the show were faced with rope course type of exercises. They sure got an adrenaline rush on those activities! It is so neat to watch them accomplish those thrilling tasks. Did you know that Kauai offers these kinds of activities to not just Biggest Loser contestants but also to visitors and residents alike? If you look for these kinds of adventures to go on, it will not take you long at all to find them on Kauai. From rope swings, balance walks and other rope related thrilling activities, there are plenty of things to do for those adrenaline junkies.